Nikon 35mm 1.8G Dx has been my companion for quite a while. I’ve extensively used it for video purposes; in fact, almost all my YouTube videos have been made with this lens for all my channels. The portrait capabilities of Nikon 35mm 1.8G lens cannot be under estimated. Of course, there are far better and expensive lenses from Nikon which takes much better portraits. But I’d like to present this lens from a beginner’s perspective where someone would like to do a transition from a kit lens.

Nikon 35mm 1.8G Portrait -Review


Nikon 35mm 1.8G lens’s Portrait capabilities are shown here in the video below. The wide, constant aperture value of f/1.8 gives you control over the amount of light you’d like to let in while shooting. Also, the Bokeh or blur background effect produced by this with the wide aperture values are truly pleasing. Family pictures and candid shots of kids would turn out great with this Nikon 35mm 1.8G Dx lens. I don’t think anyone would call this lens a “Portrait lens” per se, but from my experience it has the potential to deliver crisp and clear portrait images. Now, let us take a quick at the focal length and Aperture rage. Since it has a fixed focal length of 35mm you don’t get much to play around with focal length. Meaning, there is no zooming in or out. If you need to do any further adjustments framing your subject, you’ll find yourself physically moving closer to your subject or vice versa. Realistically speaking, this is a great learning curve. Especially if you are a beginner with DSLR photography. Also I’d like to remind you about the 1.5 times crop factor for Nikon crop sensor cameras. So considering this crop factor, The appearance of the images produced out of this lens would be equivalent to that of a 50mm lens on a full frame camera, 52.5mm to be exact. That’d be a different topic on its own, so let me know in the comment section below if you’d like me to make a video explaining on that! Here is another YouTube video I made to showcase the video capabilities of this lens. Like I mentioned earlier, I use this lens on a consistent basis for all my YouTube channels.

To Conclude, I’d say this Nikon 35mm 1.8G portrait lens would be a perfect addition to your DSLR arsenal which has the potential to deliver crisp, clear and sharp images for your Portrait needs.