I can’t express how enough how happy I have been with this lens. First of all, I bought it without trying it out on my camera body (something that I would normally never do). But, in this case, I have a friend who takes some great photos and he has been telling me since day one, buy the 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens because it will end up one of your favorites.
I ran across one for a great price on Craigslist and decided, why not? I was surprised with how sharp this lens is. First of all, if I crank the f stop all the way down, it gives me a great bokeh look that allows me to take some great portrait shots even when the background is awful. This lens gathers a lot of light, so it is a very fast lens too!
I shot a building implosion and decided to shoot it with the 35mm lens and believe me, it was a great choice. When you are setting up to catch pictures of an 80 year old building that is being brought down with explosives, you only get to take it one time, so it was important that I picked the right lens for the job.
While in Israel, I took some shots of the Old City of Jerusalem with the 35mm lens that have sold quite well. Actually, within the first couple of sales of that print, this lens had already paid for itself. Now, this lens is still making me money.
I have lens that I like and then I have lens that I call my “Money Lenses”; the 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX lens is definitely a money lens for me. Another thing that I really like about this lens is that it is relatively small and very light. If you have to grab a lens for a walkabout, this is a great choice.
If you do not already own one of these lenses, I would highly recommend that you pick one up and check it out. It is definitely to great tool to have in your toolbox.