If you own a DX format Nikon DSLR this lens is a must! It is compact, lightweight, balances great on your body, and is simply a joy to use! I rotate this frequently on my D200 as my "go to" prime lens. Its fast f1.8 maximum aperture allows some excellent low light effects. I like to use it in the f1.8-2.8 range to open up backgrounds in low light ambient or flash situation. I recently used it to photograph low light theatre from close to the stage and the results were phenomenal. This lens produces great colors and contrast and focuses extremely fast even in low light conditions. The 7 blade rounded diaphram also produces a nice bokeh effect. On the flip side, it also has a deep f22 minimum aperture, which allows for tremendous depth of field. Also, 35mm on a DX sensor converts to approximately 52mm, so it is a nice focual length for portraits and shots of people. You will appreciate the way your camera handles vs. a heavier, longer zoom, so you will really like it if you need to carry your camera for a while. It is affordable and a great value, so run, don't walk to get this lens!