Starter Series Episode 2: 35mm f/1.8!

It's a new week, which means it's time for a new episode of Starter Series, my YouTube series based on finding affordable equipment to help you create better photo and video content. This week, the topic of interest is the 35mm f/1.8 lens, and for this video, I'm using the DX cropped sensor version.

As you start to purchase lenses, I would highly recommend grabbing the full frame versions of this lens. As you get further and further along into photography, having the full frame version of this lens will allow you to upgrade your camera body, without having it create a circle (vigneting on your full frame body, or buying the same focal length twice for two different sized sensors. However, be aware that on a cropped sensor body, a full frame lens will have a magnified field of view, so in this case, it would be 35 x (1.5 for Nikon/Sony Cropped Sensor Cameras (APS-C) (ex. Nikon D7500, D500) , 1.6 for Canon Cropped Sensor Cameras (APS-C) (ex. Rebel T6i, 80D), or 2x for 4/3 & Micro 4/3 (ex. Panasonic GH5 and GH5s)).

An additional note, for Canon shooters, due to the way the mounts are designed, APS-C lenses won't mount on full frame bodies, but the full frame lenses will mount on APS-C bodies, so keep that in mind. Nikon shooters can use cropped sensor lenses on full frame bodies that have a cropped sensor (DX) mode. For a more detailed breakdown, check out this article from

Regardless of which version of this lens you decide to purchase, the 35mm f/1.8 is an indispensable tool to help you realize your images when shooting.