One of the original three lenses launched alongside the mirrorless Nikon Z cameras. The Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S is a moderately fast, mildly wide-angle prime lens designed specifically for this system.
The 35mm focal length and 63º angle of view makes it an ideal choice for street photography and photojournalism. As well as for general-use photography. Combine that with a wide f/1.8 maximum aperture for better low-light photography. It creative depth-of-field effects, and the Z 35mm f/1.8 S is a highly desirable optic for many Nikon Z shooters.
The optical arrangement utilizes 11 elements in 9 groups, including 2 ED elements, 3 aspherical elements. The elements with Nikon’s Nano Crystal Coating to reduce flare and ghosting. All housed in a sealed barrel that protects against dust and water droplets. Controls on the barrel are limited to an AF/MF switch and what Nikon calls a control ring. The control ring is essentially a manual focus ring for precision focusing in MF mode. But you can also assign exposure-compensation settings to the control ring when in AF mode. Which adds some functionality over traditional Nikon F-mount 35mm lenses.
There’s no lens-based image stabilization (VR), due to the fact Nikon Z cameras feature 5-axis in-body image stabilization (IBIS). But the Nikkor Z 35mm f/1.8 S does feature a near-silent autofocus stepping motor to reduce, if not eliminate. Focusing noise captured by the on-board mic during video recording. Measuring 86x73mm (LxD) and weighing 370g, it’s a fairly large 35mm prime lens. Especially compared to the older Nikkor D-mount version, but it remains well balanced. The practical to use on the smaller Nikon Z cameras.
- Full-frame format
- Available in Z-mount only
- Aperture range f/1.8–f/16
- 62mm filter thread
- Minimum focus distance: 25cm
- Weight: 370 grams
Overall lens image quality
Tested on the high-resolution 45.7MP Nikon Z 7 mirrorless camera. The Nikkor Z 35mm F1.8 S ranks as the highest-scoring Nikon 35mm lens. Achieving an overall score of 38 points and an impressive sharpness sub-score of 30 PMpix at f/4.