Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX review at photodo

"Weighing only 200g, and being only 52.5mm long, this lens is exceedingly lightweight, compact and should be easy enough to stow away in a kit bag for when you need it without it being a burden. The lens balances well on the Nikon D300 used for testing.

Build quality is good, with the lens barrel being constructed from high quality plastics and the lens mount is

made of metal. A silent wave focusing motor provides speedy and accurate autofocus, which can be overridden at any point by simply turning the focus ring. The slim focus ring is nicely damped, making it east to apply fine adjustments, although there is no distance window, or hyperfocal marking, so it can be difficult to tell which end is focused at infinity without checking through the viewfinder. The minimum focus distance of 30cm allows shooting in cramped environments.

The lens takes 52mm filters, which is a common size for Nikon prime lenses and as focusing is performed internally the filter thread does not rotate, which makes this lens perfect for use with polarising and graduated filters.

This lens puts in an excellent optical performance at every aperture. Sharpness is already very good in the centre at maximum aperture and the quality towards the edges is fairly good.

Stopping the lens down improves sharpness across the frame, with peak quality being achieved between f/4 and f/5.6. Here the sharpness in the centre is outstanding and the quality towards the edges is excellent."

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