Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX
This is the primary lens I use when shooting Portrait Photography. At the moment I favor the Nikon D3200 and 5200 because of the fact that their sensors make them comparable to the Canon 5D Mark III when it comes to portrait photography, this lens performance very well with those DX format cameras.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX Lens Perception and Focal Lenght
The reason that I primarily use the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX for portraits is because it looks and feels more natural than most other lenses and focal lengths. The 35mm focal length closely matches a 50mm lens in the FX format. This is perceived to be a natural lens as it provides an undistorted angle of view that is similar to what the unaided human eye perceives. Using the maximum aperture, this lens also is great for creating shallow depth of field.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX Build Quality
The Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX feels very lightweight but has an excellent overall build quality to it. This makes an excellent companion for lightweight DSLR Cameras, and when shooting portraits it will not feel front heavy. Super Integrated Coating (SIC)-This lens coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency with reduced flare. Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)- The motor embedded in the body of the lens enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocusing. 7-blade Diaphragm- A rounded iris produces a more natural rendering of out-of-focus image elements.
- Close Focusing
- The 35mm f/1.8 AF-S can focus as close as one foot.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX Low Light Lens Capabilities
With a maximum aperture of F 1.8 and a minimum of F 22, the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX is ideal in my opinion for low light situations without having to take advantage of a high ISO. This makes it a much more versatile lens overall and lends it some advantages in DSLR video shooting that Zoom lenses make lack given the difference in price between this lens and an F 2.8 Zoom lens.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX For DSLR Video
Prime Lenses like the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX are ideal if you are shooting video, particularly indoor or in low light conditions, however the lack some of the versatility of zoom lenses for capturing moments, so I would not recommend them for event videos. Primarily these type of lenses work best for interview style videos and filming under controlled conditions such as on a set.
This lens is the one I primarily use in my Youtube lecture videos. If you want to create a film look with shallow depth of field or reverse depth of field, this lens works very well. If you need to do low light video the maximum aperture of F 1.8 will be helpful.
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX Sample Images
These are some recent shots from the Nikon D3200 with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX lens shot at f/1.8
Nikon 35mm f/1.8 DX Low Light Video Sample
I've been doing for Photography for nearly half my life now. I come from a family of Photo Enthusiast and as an artist Photography was just a natural fit for me creatively. I prefer to shoot portraiture, events, fashion and cosplay.