Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S Review


Nikon NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S Specifications

Lens Specifications
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Lens TypePrime Lens
Focal Length35mm
Mount TypeNikon Z
FormatFull Frame / FX
Compatible Format(s)Full Frame / APS-C
Compatible with TeleconvertersNo
Maximum Reproduction Ratio0.19 x
Vibration Reduction (Image Stabilization)No
Aperture Information
Aperture RingNo
Maximim Aperturef/1.8
Minimum Aperturef/16
Maximum Angle of View (APS-C or smaller format)44°
Maximum Angle of View (Full frame or larger format)63°
Optical Information
Lens Elements11
Lens Groups9
Diaphragm Blades9 (Rounded)
Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements2
Aspherical Elements3
Nano Crystal CoatYes
Super Integrated Coat (SIC)Yes
Focus Information
Built-in Focus MotorYes
Stepper Motor (STM)Yes
Internal FocusingYes
Rear FocusingYes
Minimum Focus Distance0.82 ft. (0.25 m)
Electronic DiaphragmYes
Distance InformationYes
Filter Information
Filter Size62mm
Accepts Filter TypeScrew-on
Physical Characteristics
Weather / Dust SealingYes
Mount MaterialMetal
Dimensions73mm x 86mm
Other Information
Available in ColorsBlack
Supplied AccessoriesLC-62B Snap-On Front Lens Cap, LF-N1 Rear Lens Cap, HB-89 Bayonet Lens Hood

As you can see, the optical formula of the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S is comprised of 11 elements in 9 groups, which consists of 3 aspherical and 2 extra-low dispersion (ED) elements. It has a rounded 9-blade diaphragm and its glass is coated with both Nano Crystal and Super Integrated coating. In comparison, the Nikon 35mm f/1.8G ED consists of 11 elements in 8 groups, has one aspherical and one ED elements, 7-blade rounded diaphragm and it does not feature Nano Crystal coating. The Nikon 35mm f/1.4G has the oldest optical design in the group, with 10 elements in 7 groups, rounded 9-blade diaphragm, a single aspherical lens element and contains Nano Crystal coat. Lastly, the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art is optically the most complex – it has a total of 13 elements in 11 groups, 2 of which are aspherical and 5 of which are low dispersion elements (1 FLD and 4 SLD). Similar to the 35mm f/1.8 S and 35mm f/1.4G, it features a rounded 9-blade diaphragm and Sigma’s proprietary Super Multi-Layer Coating.

Here is a quick comparison summary of these lenses:

Lens FeatureNikon Z 35mm f/1.8 SNikon 35mm f/1.8GNikon 35mm f/1.4GSigma 35mm f/1.4 Art
Camera MountNikon ZNikon FNikon F7 Mounts
Elements / Groups11 / 911 / 810 / 713 / 11
Special Elements3 ASPH, 2 ED1 ASPH, 1 ED1 ASPH2 ASPH, 1 FLD, 4 SLD
CoatingNano, SICSICNanoSML
Diaphragm9 (Rounded)7 (Rounded)9 (Rounded)9 (Rounded)
Filter Size62mm58mm67mm67mm

Considering the above, how does the Nikon Z 35mm f/1.8 S stack up against these lenses in terms of overall performance? We answer this question on the lens comparisons page of this review.

Nikon Z 35mm f1.8 S Image Sample #35
NIKON Z 7 + NIKKOR Z 35mm f/1.8 S @ 35mm, ISO 64, 1/200, f/2.0