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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens

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Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens / FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to 29
  • Three Aspherical & Two ED Lens Elements
  • Super Integrated Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Internal Focusing Mechanism
  • Manual Focus Override
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 11"
  • Rounded 7-Blade Aperture
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm

The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens from Nikon is a wide-angle zoom lens that is compatible with both FX and DX-sized image sensors. This lens features a compact, lightweight design making it a highly portable lens that is ideal for travel.

The lens construction integrates three aspherical lens elements to provide a reduction in chromatic aberrations throughout the zoom range. Also aiding in the reduction of chromatic aberration is the inclusion of two ED (extra-low dispersion) elements that also provide an increase in image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity. Nikons' multilayer Super Integrated Coating is applied to the lens elements to improve light transmission and reduce ghosting and flare.  

A SWM (Silent Wave Motor) autofocus mechanism provides quiet, precise auto focusing that suit HD video recording as well as photographing fast-paced subject matter. Beside fast autofocus performance, manual override (M/A) is also available for instant switching to manual focus for fine-tuning of focus or for more creative focus placement. Its minimum focus distance is 11" and it provides a 77mm front filter thread.

Compatible with both Nikon FX and DX-sized image sensors, when used on DX format cameras, its 35mm focal length equivalence is 27-52.5mm.
Three aspherical and two ED lens elements help to reduce chromatic aberrations and improve overall image sharpness, clarity, and color fidelity.
Silent Wave Motor autofocus mechanism provides quick, quiet and precise auto focusing.
Manual focus override allows instant switching between AF and MF focusing systems for greater control over focus placement and for fine-tuning of focus.
Lightweight, compact design adds to this lens' overall mobility making it an ideal lens for travel applications.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 35mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 27 - 52.5 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 4.5
Minimum: f/22 - 29
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 100° - 63°
DX Picture Angle: 76° - 44°
Minimum Focus Distance 11.02" (28 cm)
Magnification 0.2x
Elements/Groups 12/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization No
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.27 x 3.74" (83 x 95 mm)
Weight 13.58 oz (385 g)
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-66 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • CL-1118 Soft Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    NikonAF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 33 reviews)

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    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (30)
    • Consistent output (18)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (18)
    • Easily interchangeable (11)
    • Nice bokeh (3)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (3)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (27)
    • Weddings (8)
    • Low light (7)
    • Night photography (5)
    • Video (5)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Light, Sharp and Quite Well-Made

    I vacillated between buying this lens and Nikon's 16-35mm f/4.0, which is a bit wider at the long end and has VR. I was looking for a carry-around wide zoom and both...Read complete review

    I vacillated between buying this lens and Nikon's 16-35mm f/4.0, which is a bit wider at the long end and has VR. I was looking for a carry-around wide zoom and both lenses are reasonably light. But at barely more than half the weight (370 g compared to 680 g), the 18-35 seemed like something I would be less likely to mind lugging around on my shoulder all day.The build quality of this Chinese-manufactured lens is actually quite good and the zoom movement of my sample is smooth through its range. It really is a featherweight, but it has just enough heft to feel right on a full-frame camera without having so much as to make it seem unbalanced on a crop-sensor body.As expected, there is quite noticeable barrel distortion at the wide end, but it's regular and I've been able to correct it manually in post-processing: I've made some architecural and interior shots which I consider quite satisfactory and I'm sure DxO and Adobe will release lens modules before too long which will correct the distortion automagically.Edge acuity is quite good with my sample, even on my very demanding D800E, and I'm satisfied with the colors and contrast, although there is noticeable but mostly correctable fringing. Vignetting is within what I consider an acceptable range for a wide lens and I haven't experienced any problems with flare when shooting with the supplied hood. Autofocus performance is acceptable but not super-fast. The rigorous technical reviews should start appearing shortly to quantify these characteristics.Obviously, there will be times when the extra 2mm at the wide end would be useful and, while VR isn't as important at these focal lengths as it is at longer ones, the lens would clearly be more desirable with it (albeit no doubt heavier and probably more expensive).Every lens is a compromise, of course, but some are better compromises than others. Based on my experience, this one clearly falls into the former category.

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    AF-S Nikkor 18-35 mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED lens

    After reading all of the glowing consumer reviews on this lens, my plan was to replace my Tokina 17-35 f 4 lens with this lens. But after comparing this lens side by side...Read complete review

    After reading all of the glowing consumer reviews on this lens, my plan was to replace my Tokina 17-35 f 4 lens with this lens. But after comparing this lens side by side to the Tokina I did not see enough performance improvement to replace it. The Tokina is ok and this lens is ok as well but nothing more. In the consumer reviews I saw this Nikon lens compared to the Nikon 70-200 f 4 lens but there is no comparison in my opinion ( I own the 70-200 mm lens). This lens does what it is suppose to do adequately in a smaller, lighter package. I did return the Nikon 18-35mm lens.

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    4.0

    Great on crop sensor. FF not great.

    By grafickman

    from Merced, CA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

      With all due respect to those giving this lens 5 stars on a full frame, they must not be that discerning. This lens rates 5 stars on a crop sensor, 4 stars on full frame. I check lens sharpness by photographing antique bricks, and do so at four different aperatures and different focal lengths. On the D600, full frame, the corners are quite soft wide open. Corners sharpen to acceptable limits at f/7. The center of the image is tack sharp even wide open. So, here's the recommendation; be prepared to throw away the corners and crop the image into a 4:3 format when using this lens on a full frame sensor, particularly wide open. Selective sharpening on the corners at even critical aperture would be needed if one desires to print the entire capture on full frame. At critical aperture, it's not bad, but not entirely sharp from center to corner. On a crop sensor, it's stellar. There's an expected amount of barrel distortion, but it's a super wide. VERY LIGHTWEIGHT. Again, great on a crop sensor. Falls short with some corner softness on a full frame sensor.

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      5.0

      Super light weight pocket rocket !!!

      By Anakin

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light
      • Weak Casing

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

      Do not be quick to judge this lens by its cheap price tag and lightweight, you really have to try it out to know what's what. After switching to Nikon from Canon half a year ago, I decided to get a 16-35mm f/4 VR from a local store, since it still has gold ring and great build quality + VR compare to the 14-24mm (which I can't use b/c I need to use filter). But that particular 16-35mm had soft corners and overall image isn't very pleasing unless you shoot small aperture all the time. I got one from BHphotos as well to try out, and it was a little better but still nothing compare to the image quality I had with my 17-40mm on my Canon 5D. So I returned both the 16-35mm VR. I didn't want to get the 17-35mm Nikon because of the older optical technology, and the Tokina 17-35mm doesn't take Lee filter adapters. I couldn't find a proper ultra wide zoom until I read about the "brand new" 18-35mm G lens, which didn't get much press because most people looks at its price tag and assumed it's a cheap consumer level lens. I read DXOmark scores on the 18-35mm and turns out it's pretty good. So I bought one, and it really blew my mind. I dare say this is the sharpest Nikon ultra wide other than the 14-24mm, way better than the popular 16-35mm and 17-35mm Nikon lenses. Compare to my old Canon system wide angles, I think this 18-35mm G owns Canon's 17-40mm and 16-35mm as well. It's sharp from corner to corner between 18-28mm (the range I care most about), and it takes filters. I couldn't be happier for picking this pocket rocket lightweight super performance lens !!!!

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      5.0

      Excellent Choice ......

      By Gustave

      from The Woodlands, TX

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Rugged

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

        Great lightweight lens for landscape work and very sharp. For someone who is 62 years old lightweight is very important.

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        5.0

        Excellent Lens Option - Very sharp

        By Ruifo

        from Mexico City

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Landscape
        • Lightweight
        • Low Light
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged

        Cons

        • Not Pro-built

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

        Do not be fooled by its price tag, when compared with the 16-35mm f/4 and even with the 14-24mm f/2.8. The 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is an amazing lens, very light, extremely sharp. Great alternative for traveling. The sharpness with the D810 is superb. DxO rates it to be as sharp as the 14-24mm f/2.8, when paired with the D800E. I am very happy and amazed with the results and the light weight. Perfect for landscapes. 77mm filters do fit nicely.

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        3.0

        AF-S Nikkor 18-35 mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED lens

        By Suntouched

        from Salem Oregon

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Pricey

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

        After reading all of the glowing consumer reviews on this lens, my plan was to replace my Tokina 17-35 f 4 lens with this lens. But after comparing this lens side by side to the Tokina I did not see enough performance improvement to replace it. The Tokina is ok and this lens is ok as well but nothing more. In the consumer reviews I saw this Nikon lens compared to the Nikon 70-200 f 4 lens but there is no comparison in my opinion ( I own the 70-200 mm lens). This lens does what it is suppose to do adequately in a smaller, lighter package. I did return the Nikon 18-35mm lens.

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        5.0

        Very sharp, light, and versatile

        By Paul

        from Youngstown, Ohio

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

          Except for when I'm shooting the formal family portraits, this lens has quickly become surprisingly my second most used lens throughout the day when I'm photographing a wedding. I've formerly used five different lenses during the many parts of a wedding day, and this new addition has quickly moved to the #2, second only to my 70-200 f/2.8. Extremely versatile in so many situations!

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          4.0

          Great lightweight super-wide!

          By Full-time RVer & Photog

          from North America

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                How you use the product: Used primarily for street shooting and landscapes.
                Things that are great about it: 1) Light weight, 2) Quality construction, 3) Great image quality when stopped down.
                Things that aren't so great about it: 1) Edge sharpness suffers when wide open.

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                5.0

                Flexible, lightweight, sharp.

                By Traveling Matt

                from St Louis, Missouri, USA

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                  This is my daytime landscape and wide-walkaround lens for lightweight travel, paired with my Nikon D610.

                  It's pretty darn sharp wide open, has your standard nice Nikkor color rendition, and is oh so much lighter than the 16-35mm f4 VR (not to mention considerably less expensive!).

                  Construction is plastic, but it still feels well built and balances well on a D610. Not everything has to be made of metal!

                  77mm filter threads are nice, as all my filters are 77mm (no step up rings!).

                  I could deal with this lens being a straight f4, but it's not a dealbreaker. Just stop it down to f4.5 during daylight hours if you plan on zooming quite a bit (in good light, of course).

                  This lens' minor distortion and vignetting don't bother me. Every wide angle has distortion! Deal with it.

                  If you need the absolute best Nikon wide-angle, go with the 14-24mm f2.8 of course. But if you don't fancy lugging that expensive monster around, the 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G ED should be on your short list.

                  Recommended!

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                  5.0

                  Useful for high quality landscapes

                  By Northeast Mountain Man

                  from Woodstock, NY

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                    I bought this for my D800 after being unsatisfied with the quality of the Nikkor AFD20mm f2.8. That 20mm had been OK on a D700 camera, but on the D800 it showed enormous field curvature at any focus distance less than infinity as well as massive CA towards the edges of the frame. I had resisted trying the 18-35G because most respectable testing sites online didn't show much difference in ranking of the 2 lenses. However, in real world use, the 18-35G shows vast improvements in those areas as well as more vibrant color rendition. I wish now that I hadn't waited so long for this purchase. That a variable aperture zoom can provide such a noticeable overall improvement in image quality over an older-design fixed focal length lens is a testament to modern design techniques. The only downside to the zoom from a landscape-shooter's perspective is that it has slightly more barrel distortion, but Photoshop cleans it up nicely for natural scenes (not sure it that's true about architecture, haven't tried yet). I also did a comparison with Nikon's 24-70 f2.8 at 31mm (tripod mounted, mirror up, manual focus, etc.) and found that the 18-35 had slightly lower contrast, but with some unsharp mask applied to bring out the details there is very little difference. Not really a fair test anyway as it's comparing the weaker end of the 18-35 with the stronger end of the 24-70 optically. As a landscape shooter who uses tripods, I am glad Nikon produced this lens without VR, an unwanted expense and increase in bulk that dissuaded me from their 16-35. This 18-35 is compact and lightweight enough for even the most rugged hikes. Build quality looks good enough to last a long time if you take care of this lens, and it mounted on my D800 with a reassuring smoothness.

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                    4.0

                    Sharp and Versatile

                    By Richard Alpha

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                      Overall I am very pleased with this lens, which I use on my D800E for street photography, interiors and some architecture. The zoom range is more versatile than I would have thought. It is rapidly becoming my favorite lens. The lens is quite sharp but suffers from vignette and barrel distortion when used at the wide end of the zoom range and/or maximum aperture. Close focus (less than 10 inches at 18mm!) further exaggerate these effects. Distortion is very well corrected by the in-camera firmware under all conditions. The new user should insure that Nikon's latest distortion correction firmware is installed and activated in the camera – this is version L.009. On the D800, these functions are activated on the "Shooting Menu"; I set the vignette control to "High". JPEG images are corrected for both vignette and barrel distortion. RAW images are only corrected for barrel distortion. Vignette is easily corrected manually in ACR. ACR does not have this lens in its distortion correction data base, which is another reason to use the in-camera firmware. DxO Optics does have the correction module available and it corrects both vignette and barrel distortion in RAW images.

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                      4.0

                      Nice Wide Angle Zoom

                      By WRon

                      from Austin, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • A little slow

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                      I use it on my D600 when I need an ultra-wide zoom lens. It is relatively small, lightweight, and performs well. It does not have VR and its a trifle slow. However, I can always crank up the D600's ISO to compensate for the lens's relatively small maximum apertures. The lens is adequately sharp and distortion is relatively small. On the whole, I do not regret buying this lens rather than the 16-35mm - its less expensive and more compact than the 16-35mm.

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                      5.0

                      I would recommend to anyone.

                      By se

                      from laguna woods, ca

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Video

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                        This lens was all I needed.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent lens

                        By Ace

                        from Mid atlantic

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                        Great transaction quick shipment

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                        5.0

                        Good lens for landscapes

                        By Eurico Salis

                        from Aptos, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                          I purchased this lens to use in my Nikon D800 when I go out. It works good in landscapes, architecture. I needed a wide FX lens that would offer good quality at a reasonable price and thats its. It's a sharp, great colors, contrast. I highly recommend it.

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                          4.0

                          Very good lens, not the best

                          By C pen name

                          from Los Angeles

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Pros

                          • Compact
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                              I tried this lens as I desperately want a lighter and smaller option. The 14-24 is just awe-inspiring, but it is 2 lbs and its huge glass attracts attention. I love it. The 16-35 is almost as good (not quite!), less expensive and 1/2 lb lighter; it is still big and heavy. I take it sometimes when I can't stomach dragging all that weight around. I tested the 18-35, and even at optimal f 5.6 and f 8 conditions, it does not take a lot of pixel peeping to see that this lens is not quite as sharp as the other two. If you don't consider your d800 to be a medium format camera, you may be happy, it is a good lens.

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                              4.0

                              Good all-purpose wide-angle zoom

                              By jtang2

                              from Novi, MI

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Variable Aperture

                              Best Uses

                              • All-around Wide Angle
                              • Indoors/Low Light
                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Video

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                              Good for landscapes and indoors.
                              When shooting against the sun, the flare is minimal.
                              Wish it included VR.

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                              5.0

                              Best Wide Zoom I've Ever Owned, Bar None

                              By Michael Vorhis, Author

                              from Fremont, CA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Pros

                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight
                              • Sharp

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors/Low Light
                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography
                                • Weddings/Events

                                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                                Very, very sharp lens, throughout the image range I care about (I don't check obscurely far edges; I check the primary subject, where the focus is applied--only makes sense).

                                Combined with the D800's ability to tune auto-focus to each specific lens in the bag, this lens comes out as sharp as anything, with just a very minor sku of the body's auto-focus in my case. I was able to optimize for both congerging from too near and from too far, and sharpness was identical. And focusing manually can even improve on that, if the hand is steady enough.

                                And it does all that while weighing nothing, which I love. Considering the light materials (which I have no doubt are still quite strong), I almost get the feeling the design target was to create a kit lens, but that the combination of excellent ED glass and the impressive sharpness surprised everyone. Probably not, but the end result is a VERY light lens that is absolutely pro-worthy.

                                They say the best lens is useless if you don't have it with you; this lens will never convince me it's too heavy to include in the bag on long, arduous treks, and it will never disappoint me in sharpness or image quality. The only way I'd ever set it aside is if I were to drop the thing. :)

                                - Michael Vorhis
                                .... Author of:
                                ...... ARCHANGEL 5-star suspense thriller
                                ...... OPEN DISTANCE 5-star sci-fi thriller

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                                4.0

                                lightweight & sharp

                                By John H

                                from Long Island, NY

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                Pros

                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Night Photography

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                                  After reading lens reviews,it was a choice between the 18-35mm or the Nikon 16-35mm VR lens.
                                  I chose the 18-35mm over the 16-35mm mainly because of the price and although VR is good for hand holding, this lens will be used with my Nikon D3s and since the D3s has excellent high iso performance, I didn't think not having a VR would be a handicap when hand holding, anyway you can always use a tripod.
                                  One of the reasons for purchasing it was to use it for astro-photography and the initial results were very good with the with the lens set to 18mm
                                  f/3.5 iso 1000. I didn't try it at 35mm though.
                                  I did test it against light colored house siding for any distortions, barrel, vignetting ect and regarding barrel it was easily fixed in CS-5. The was a little vignetting in the cornors wide open but by f/8 it was ok and again fixable in CS-5, you can also set the vignetting amount in the D3s menus. Note this was a quick test just to get an idea of its performance.
                                  One thing to note, this lens is very light, has a plastic barrel but the lens mount is metal. You must be very carefull using it any bumps, bangs ect will porbably break it.
                                  I also liked the Nikon warrentry 5 years and my experences with having work done at NIkon's Melville facitity are very positive.

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                                  5.0

                                  AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens

                                  By goosedad

                                  from Los Angeles, CA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery
                                    • Weddings/Events

                                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                                    Very clear and sharp lens. There is slight distortion at 18 especially in the corners. Focus is reasonablely fast. Yes, the lens is light and mostly plastic, you get what you pay for. If you want a good walk around wide angle lens and don't want to pay over 1000 dollars, this is a excellent choice.

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                                    5.0

                                    Outstanding value

                                    By DenverBob

                                    from Denver, CO

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens:

                                      Using this on D800. Wanted something lighter than 14-24 that could use ND and polarizing filters for landscape work. Fits the bill perfectly. Outstanding color rendition, contrast, center and edge sharpness. Since I can go up to ISO 1600 on the D800 if needed, the lack of VR and 2.8 aperture isn't an issue. Also, avoids the heinous reflections from shooting the 14-24 anywhere near the sun. The 18 low end on the 18-35 isn't anywhere close to reach of the 14-24 at 14, but that is the main trade-off here. Image quality is awfully close to the 14-24 and probably equal in the center. It looks like the 14-24 is going to be a secondary lens I will use when I need the widest reach and when light is low and I'm hand holding and need the 2.8 aperture. Otherwise I'm going with this one due to size, weight, and ability to use filters.

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