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

10 December 2013
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary



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Pros:
  • very good resolution in the frame centre,
  • good image resolution on the edge of the APS-C sensor,
  • negligible longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • good performance against bright light,
  • slight astigmatism,
  • silent and efficient autofocus,
  • moderate vignetting for such a class of equipment,
  • sensible price, reflecting well the possibilities of the lens.

Cons:

  • weak image quality on the edge of full frame at the maximum relative aperture,
  • build quality of the casing and the manual focus ring should have been better,
  • high distortion on wide angle.

The Nikkor AF-S 18–35 mm f/3.5–4.5G ED is certainly an interesting lens. Nikon didn’t go over the top with its price so even the owners of the cheapest full frame reflex cameras can be tempted by it. After buying such a lens it would be difficult to carp about the weak image quality or the autofocus performance. The high level of distortion on the wide angle and the build quality is quite another story. Firstly, when you take this truly lightweight lens in your hand the word ‘solid’ never crosses your mind. Secondly, it is already a kind of tradition that we were disappointed by the work of the manual focus ring which features serious slacks. However, if you think you can get used to those flaws the Nikkor AF-S 18-35 mm can certainly make you satisfied.