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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens
 
4.6

(based on 65 reviews)

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96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (56)
  • Consistent output (37)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (35)
  • Easily interchangeable (25)
  • Nice bokeh (11)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (4)
  • Slow focus (3)
  • Weak casing (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (50)
  • Weddings (16)
  • Low light (13)
  • Night photography (11)
  • Video (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (28), Semi-pro photographer (17), Pro photographer (12), Casual photographer (3)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Landscape Lens

I rented this lens and was so impressed at how well it performed on my D7100 and D800 I ended up buying it. It's light, very sharp, has good Brokeh for an UWA...Read complete review

I rented this lens and was so impressed at how well it performed on my D7100 and D800 I ended up buying it. It's light, very sharp, has good Brokeh for an UWA lens and doesn't get in your way. I fully intended on buying the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR having previously owned that great lens but for the difference in weight and price it just didn't make sense to me. This is an exceptional landscape lens and while the 16-35mm has a subtle edge in terms of color it is very heavy and not something I want to lug around all day in the back country. They are both very sharp but I think the 18-35mm edges out the 16-35mm at 18mm and 35mm in terms of sharpness.You can talk all day about distortion and corner to corner sharpness with these UWA lenses but as a Landscape photographer those issues are not field relevant for me. If you need to shoot architecture just take out a second mortgage and get the stellar Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 or a Zeiss UWA and be happy. I have included several sample images, one of Lake Tahoe taken with the 18-35mm on my D7100. The image of the old shack was captured with the 18-35mm on my D800 and shows how well the 18-35mm performs on the 36MP sensor both in terms of sharpness and color.In the end, $ buys allot of gear and I was able to buy a new 18-35mm lens from B&H with a 5 year warranty instead of buying a used 16-35mm. I would highly recommend this lens for the majority of shooters who don't need VR.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

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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5.0

Great lens for FX landscape shooter.

By Pnoyhiker

from Oak Harbor, WA

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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:

    So far I'm loving this lens, lightweight and feels next to nothing when attached to my Nikon D750. Produces excellent images and at the widest end its almost comparable to a 20mm 1.8 prime lens. This will be my backpacking/hiking lens this summer.

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    5.0

    Excellent FX ultrawide

    By Saorsa

    from Punta Gorda, FL

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      I was considering the 16-35mm f4 but decided that this would provide the WA just as well for my purposes at a significant savings. I travel a lot and the weight was also a factor. With this, my 24-85mm f2.8-4.0 and the 70-300mm VR I can cover everything from 18 to 300mm with a bit of overlap to minimize lens swaps on my D750 with a kit that packs easily in a messenger bag.

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      3.0

      Didn't meet the hype

      By Rider/shooter

      from San Francisco, CA

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          I use a D800 and the wonderful, but big/heavy 14-24 f2.8 Nikkor. I was hoping to use this lens as an acceptable alternative for travel. I was impressed by the stunning eval at DP Review. Well... maybe I got a bad copy, but wow, it did not meet my expectations. Did both target tests and real life "brick wall" type tests. It is fairly sharp on center, but the sides and corners are so bad I had to return it. If you try this lens, do some serious testing before to decide to keep yours.

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          5.0

          A terrific lens, sharp and fast.

          By PaulW

          from Ohio

          About Me Pro Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Weddings/Events

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

            I'm a professional photographer, and this lens fills an important role, both for scenery and venue shots and for informal photographs at the reception. It gives me fast focus and a great depth of field, and nice sharp images. I am completely happy with this lens and would recommend it to others, pro, serious amateur, or whomever. It provides excellent value at a very affordable price. And it is "genuine Nikon".

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            5.0

            Way better than I expected

            By iluv2fly

            from Newnan, Ga

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Lightweight
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Quiet Autofocus
            • Sharp

            Cons

            • No Vr

            Best Uses

            • Daylight Photography
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Tripod Night Photography

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

            So I was looking for an ultra wide lens.

            It came down to Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 (to big and heavy) but best lens out there. Tamron 15-30mm f/2.8 (to big and heavy) awesome lens though. Nikon 16-35mm f/4 that is popular and has 2mm extra width on the wide end compared to 18-35mm. The 16-35mm f/4 is a bigger sized lens and heavier and per many reviews not as sharp but has VR big plus... I really felt that I was gambling when I bought the 18-35mm. Was it going to be good enough???

            I really wanted a light weight lens that would balance well on my D750. I travel a lot!!! I have a 24-70mm f/2.8 that mostly stays at home. To big and heavy for the amount of traveling that I do, if you ask me. The 16-35mm f/4 is similar to the 24-70 in size and a little lighter weight. The 18-35mm on the other hand is light as a feather in comparison... So I was prepared to trade a smidget of picture quality for less weight....

            I have to say I did not expect the 18-35mm to be as sharp as it is. I was actually floored by how good the pictures are. It is a Keeper for sure.

            Here is the caveat with this lens. I consider this lens a daytime lens. As long as you have enough light this lens is fantastic. It does not have VR so low light hand held is a no go if you ask me. If you bring a tripod you will get very, very, sharp low light pictures.

            I'd say this... if you are very disciplined you will probably get better night pictures with the 18-35mm without VR than with the 16-35mm with Vr since you will not be foolish enough to use Vr instead of a tripod. Tripod always wins!!!

            My copy of the 18-35mm is amazingly good! I give it 2 thumbs up.

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            5.0

            Great lens!!

            By RobWENDEL

            from Fort Lauderdale, Fl

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              I use this lens for my party shots. It's wide enough to get the whole group and zoom in enough to get the bride and groom with family members.

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              5.0

              Great option

              By RT

              from Charlotte, NC

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              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

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

                I have owned the Nikon 16-35 f/4 and still own the venerable 14-24 f/2.8. This is a great LIGHTWEIGHT option to add to the kit. It is extremely sharp with accurate focus. Also it has a 77mm filter thread so all my usual filters can be used without having to use the custom filters and holders for the 14-24. All lenses are compromises in some way and if you need a great option when space is limited and need to use your usual filters this is a no-brainer. Obviously it doesn't have VR or nano coating but optically I think it is equal or superior to the 16-35.

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                5.0

                Great lens so far...

                By cdub1855

                from Ocean Park, Wa.

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Good Price Point
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • None

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

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

                I bought this after much research and reading reviews. I wanted wider but it goes wide enuf for me. It turns out to be a good quality, "low cost" option even though, at $, I don't consider it low cost but it's all relative when you start looking at the options, 16-35, 17-35, 15-30, etc. It's a very versatile landscape lens and everything has come through looking quite sharp at both focal extremes. It's quite plasticky for the money but I don't see that affecting longevity. The front element is large, 77mm, so get a filter to protect first thing. This lens does not have IS but that's not uncommon at these focal lengths. If you have to have IS next best step would be Nikon 16-35 at about a $ upside. To me, wasn't that important as I'm using a tripod often with this lens. Remember ,too, that this lens is more than 1/2 pound lighter than the 16-35 and that's important to me. All in all I'm very pleased after taking a while to figure out what I wanted!!

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                5.0

                Excellent rendition

                By Vaughn

                from Rochester, New York

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Rugged
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I need it for wide shots of production stills. sets are long and this fits the bill

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                5.0

                This lens is well worth the price.

                By Joe

                from New Jersey

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • NONE

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Walking around lens

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

                This lens has greatly expanded my walking around photography in NYC.

                It allows a much more realistic view when close to the intended subject.

                I'd love a faster lens, but the price on this lens is within my budget.

                The lens is incredibly sharp.

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                5.0

                Great standard Lens

                By Nate

                from Denver

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light

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

                  This is a sharp lens. I had the older 18-35 mm before and was nervous about spending $ to replace a lens I already have, not to mention it was working fine for me too. But this lens has proven to be worth the upgrade. Sturdy construction, and not too heave, and sharp. DXO was right!

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                  5.0

                  Love this lens

                  By Cole

                  from Dalton, Ga.

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Night Photography
                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    This lens came highly recommended by Ken Wheeler, the angry photographer of you tube fame and Moose Peterson another well respected photographer, two people I highly respect in the world of photography. This is a focal length I wanted to add to my other lenses. So I bought the lens and to no surprise I was more then happy with it. A lens of this quality for only $ , this is what I call a big bang for the buck...

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                    5.0

                    18-35mm zoom

                    By Ismael

                    from Savannah GA

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

                    AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED has to be one of my favorite lenses. It is a light weight zoom lense. I consider this lense being perfect for a different kind of shooting. You can shoot nice wide landscapes or use the wide angle effectively when you are trying to fit various elements in your composition. I also Love using the 28-35mm range when I'm shooting street photography or portraits. Some people do not like zoom lenses because they are not as sharp as primes, but in my opinion it is sharp enough and you can always do post sharpening in Photoshop or Lightroom. For me using zoom lenses equals less equipment and less weight. This is a perfect lense to take in a backpacking trip.

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                    5.0

                    wonderful lens

                    By THEO

                    from Winchester Va

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                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Wildlife Photos

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

                      sharp lanscape lens, and for rooms full of people...typical NIKON quality and performance...very
                      pleased with this lens

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                      4.0

                      4.5 Stars!

                      By Wayne

                      from Raleigh, North Carolina

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

                      This is one of my favorite lenses. It's sharp, lightweight and has a nice range making it ideal for travel. I just love the versatility of this lens. When you want really wide you've got 18mm. If you want to shoot a portrait you've got 35mm. Paired with a Nikon fx body you can't go wrong. I'm giving it 4.5 stars because after a few months mine made a strange mechanical sound when zooming from 24 to 28mm. It was probably nothing serious but I sent it back to Nikon for warranty service anyway. No problem, they had my lens fixed and returned promptly. Get yourself a 77mm Hoya NXT HMC UV filter to protect the front element. It's a slim filter and doesn't cause vignetting. The folks at B&H are wonderful and have the best customer service. Get yours today!

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                      4.0

                      Lite

                      By telmanmn

                      from St Paul Mn

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      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:

                        Have not used enough to give a 5 star rating but from what I have shot am inpressed by the lens. For my uses will do what I expected.

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                        4.0

                        good light wide zoom lens

                        By dpreview

                        from nj

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Poor in Low Light

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        After use for over 2 years, I feel it is a worthy purchase. It is relative light, covers wider side of full frame for landscape, decent sharpness from 18-24mm, pretty ugly distortion at widest zoom and not so sharp at 35mm no matter how much you close down. Focus is fast and not reliable.
                        So, I put it on D800E w/ my dp2p together when I travel light and not changing lens during shooting.
                        It is not good for: stitching, indoor or bad lighting street shoot, low distortion landscape.

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very Pleased

                        By John

                        from Sierra Vista, AZ

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

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

                          My wife and I just got back from a trip to Santa Fe and Estes Park, CO. I used this lens for some landscape shots as well as interiors of the 100 year old lodge where we stayed. I processed all my raw images with Lightroom. My images were sharp and the distortion at 18mm was correctable. The lens is light and easy to carry. I was very pleased with the results. I had sold my Nikon 16-35 several months ago. for several reasons. I much prefer this one. I've bought from B&H for many years and I'm always pleased with their service.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Wide and versatile

                          By Puget Sounder

                          from Puget Sound, Washington

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                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

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

                            Having recently switched to FX format I was looking for a lens that would replace the DX lenses I was using. I love the widest angle of this lens. Shooting great landscapes is so easy and inclusive. It does not have VR, but VR really isn't necessary when shooting wides. The lens is fast and very sharp. Lighter than some comparable zooms and this ensures that it goes with me wherever I shoot.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens at great price!

                            By Bob P

                            from Rochester, NY

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                            Pros

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

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

                                Not being a professional photographer, I looked for a wide angle zoom at an affordable price for my D610. I found it in the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G. Images are sharp and its light weight makes easy to carry around. I'm very pleased.

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