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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8G

8 May 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

8. Vignetting

Taking into account that the maximum vignetting of Zeiss 2/35 and Nikkon 2/35 measured on a small Nikon D200 sensor amounted to 33-35%, we were curious about the new Nikkor result, which obviously has better light gathering power and was designed to work with DX format.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8G - Vignetting


At f/1.8 aperture the light falloff in the corner of the frame totaled 37% (-1.34 EV). Sadly it’s not little, but being objective, slightly darker and more expensive lenses designed for full frame didn’t give us more in this field. Especially if you step down Nikkor 1.8/35 to f/2.0, vignetting goes all the way down to 31%.

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The downfall of the new lens when compared to its full-frame competitors is the rate of falloff decrease. At f/2.8 Nikkor 1.8/35 has corners of the frame darker than the center by 22%, at f/4.0 by 14%. Only using aperture of f/5.6 completely sets us free from the defect (8%).

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 35 mm f/1.8G - Vignetting