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The fastest lens in the 1 NIKKOR lineup with ultra-fast f/1.8 maximum aperture
Enhanced low-light performance shoots clear, sharp photos and videos even in fading light
Depth of field control keeps the subject in focus while softly blurring the background
18.5mm (50mm equivalent on 35mm format) focal length mimics what we see with our eyes. Get as close as 8.4 inches from your subject
Compatible Format(s): CX
The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 is a normal, 18.5-mm (angle of view equivalent to 50 mm in 35-mm  format) fixed focal length (prime) lens with the fastest maximum aperture, f/1.8, in the 1 NIKKOR lineup. Its lightweight size makes it conveniently portable. Adoption of an aspherical lens element to the latest optical design results in extremely sharp rendering, as well as reproduction that expresses the beautiful blur characteristics and three-dimensional feel expected of a fixed focal length lens. As the lens itself is so fast, it is not only capable of capturing sharp, blur-free images indoors under dim lighting without increasing ISO sensitivity, but it also supports incredibly fast shutter speeds up to 1/16,000 s, enabling capture of photos utilizing the lens' beautiful blur characteristics even outdoors on bright, sunny days. With a weight of approximately 70 g, the 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 is the lightest lens in the 1 NIKKOR lineup, making it extremely easy to carry around. When used with the compact and lightweight Nikon 1 J1, J2 or V1, the incredible portability of the entire system makes it easy to take additional lenses wherever you go, increasing the possibilities and enjoyment of photography in any situation. The 1 NIKKOR 18.5mm f/1.8 is a single lens perfectly suited to those new to fixed focal length lenses as it easily allows users to expand their power of expression through interchangeable lenses. It is best suited to scenes in which a portrait
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
When taking a picture of my kids using auto scene selector mode inside the house under the same overhead lighting conditions and the same shutter speed (1/50), I went from ISO3200 with the 10mm pancake lens (f/2.8) to ISO800 with this lens (f/1.8). This makes for a much sharper picture, especially when you want to crop and enlarge certain parts of the photo! The background blurring is also very cool and really makes your subject pop out of the photo. I did notice as the other reviewer did that sometimes it hunts for focus much longer than the other lenses, but most of the time it is just as fast. I also noticed that in EXTREME low-light conditions and auto scene mode, the camera will reduce the shutter speed to the point where it is difficult to hand-hold the camera (and impossible to capture kids) without getting blurred pictures (1/4). The resulting picture is actually over-exposed to the point where it is much brighter than the actual level of light in the room. However, if I put...
Awesome lens, a must have for this camera, and at this price its $100 cheaper than any other mirror-less competitors with equivalent focal range.
Super fast, I have been pleased to see 1/60 f/1.8 and 400iso in an average incandescent lit room. Same room with the 10mm-30mm kit lens at 10mm gets 1/20 f/3.5 and 800iso. Still not bad, who said this camera had low light issues? With this lens there is no issue. I've seen 1/30 450iso in a dark parking lot just with a few overhead lights. I couldn't be more satisfied unless they added a black hole to start pulling light from outside the frame.
The 18.5mm is equivalent to a 50mm on a 35mm camera and is a well loved focal range by many, especially for street photography. It just feels right, not to far away, but not too close. This range is about the same as your own vision, so it frames most "snapshot" situations great and focuses quickly. You have a lot of flexibility in both aperture and shutter speed in average inside...
Charts and graphs aside, real world use reveals this to be one of the best lenses currently available for the Nikon 1 line. Although with enough available light, the kit lenses 10-30 and 30-110 perform admirably. The Nikon 1 NIKKOR 10mm f/2.8 (Black) and this 18.5mm prime really let the nikon 1 get some work done. Buy this one first as it is the same as a nifty-50 on a 35mm lens. Translation: it doesn't distort like a wide angle, or maginfy like a zoom, it approximates how the naked eye sees the world.
It's the same story when it comes to full dSLRs. The body can only take the system so far, and only processes the light formed and given to it by the lens. If you are stepping up from a point and shoot for the interchangeable lenses, don't waste your money turning the nikon 1 system back into a point and shoot/superzoom with a...
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