At the time of this posting, the Yongnuo 35mm f2 lens retails new for around $100, sells used for $20-30 less, and costs approximately 25% as much as the superiorly performing Nikon 35mm f2 AF-D (or the even more expensive G version). DX format users may also be interested in the $200 Nikon 35mm 1.8G DX lens. As you may expect from the aforementioned comparison lenses, we tested the Nikon version, but we imagine performance is the same/similar for other mounts.
The Yongnuo 35mm f2 for Nikon is a decent enough lens considering the price. It is not incredibly sharp or confidence-inspiringly well-built, but it gets the job done for $100.
35mm is a great focal length on either full frame as a semi-wide angle or APS-C (1.5x crop) cameras as a “normal” lens. I particularly like the 35mm focal length on full frame as it feels just wide enough for many applications, though real estate photographers or those looking to capture sprawling landscapes will probably want something wider, especially if they are shooting on a crop camera like the D3500, D5500, D7500, or D500.
If you are a beginner photographer or on a tight budget, this is a fine enough lens. Advanced and professional photographers will likely be disappointed with the lens if not at least pleasantly surprised by the performance to price ratio. And as always, I do not make money from advertisements or provide you with referral links to product pages which may in turn make my reviews biased. Sample photos below.
These photos were taken on a Nikon D600 (for the dogs) and a Nikon Df (for the tree).