AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
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Versatile wide angle (18mm) to standard view (35mm) full-frame FX-format zoom lens that's particularly well suited for travel and video applications. Shoot wide-angle shots of interiors, architecture, landscapes and group portraits, or zoom in for a standard view that mimics the field of view of our eyes.
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AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
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After years of shooting Nikon (I moved up to ´´F´´ film products in early 80s), this was my first wide angle zoom. I was concerned the slow speed would be a hindrance, but that hasn´t been the case. I´ve used this lens more than any other I own, simply because it works so well indoors. The digital bodies I have (D600, D750, D5600) all have more than enough sensitivity to allow hand-held shots indoors without flash. 18mm is wide enough for almost any situation, no matter how tight. It´s light weight is a big advantage. It´s amusing to think that I have both a 35mm f1.4 and a 35mm f2 prime, yet I´ve taken more pictures by far with the long end of this lens (35mm f4.5). Highly recommended
This is the best ultra-wide angle that Nikon makes. It´s BETTER than the 16-35mm and just as sharp as the almost $2,500 14-24mm! On the D800, DXOmark gives the 18-35mm a sharpness rating of 17 P-Mpix. How about the holy trinity 14-24mm? They also give it a 17 P-Mpix. That right, the sub $1,000 18-35mm is just as sharp as the legendary 14-24mm. This lens is a beast! I own it and recommend it. If you´re thinking about it, don´t! Just go buy it. There is a reason it´s almost impossible to find used on Kijiji... no one ever parts with them! They are just that good.
I purchased this excellent wide angle for use on my D610 and D750 along with the Nikon 16mm-85mm VR Zoom to shoot U.S. Coast Guard events, landscapes, architectural exteriors/interiors, and urban transportation infrastructure. The lens compact size, low weight, and zoom range favor portability when traveling and utilizing two cameras at the same time. I also utilize these lenses on the D610 and D750 with a Nikon 70-200mm F4 VR zoom, 80-400mm VR zoom. I also use for long distance traveling to Japan, Europe, and Greece a Nikon D7100 and D7200, but substitute Nikon´s excellent DX lenses; DX 10-24mm Wide angle, and a DX 16-85mm VR zoom to mirror closely the same zoom ranges on the full frame bodies that I purchased after owning the D7000, D7100, D7200 that I use 60% of the time, when travel weight or the 1.5x factor is of benefit. I get excellent publishable results from the Nikon 18-35mm wide angle when used on the full-frame D610 and D750 at a significant cost reduction from Nikon´s faster pro-wide angles. It does a good job of replacing my older Nikon 20mm F2.8 AIS lens--and with improved flexibility, sharpness and optical quality.
This is a very good lens for the money. If this is the range you need? Then don´t think to hard about getting one. Just do it.
Photos taken with a D610
I grabbed one of these when I bought my D600 and it is an amazing lens. I don´t think there is any way to beat it for price, sharpness, color quality and weight! It hardly weighs anything mounted on a D600!
Just an amazing product. feels a little light when on a D700 or D800 but still works awesome!
One upgrade it could have is VR for some nice wide video shooting but it is so light its not even that bad.
I have had this lens for a number of years. I find it to be a very reliable, very sharp lens that is in the true sweet spot of wide angle zoom lenses. Do I wish I had the the 16-35, F4? Hardly ever to be honest. I am a landscape and nature photographer (But no birding, those photographers have infinite patience where mine is pretty vast but finite!). I spend a lot of time in the canyons of northern AZ (Grand Canyon and slot canyons) and southern UT and this lens has served me well with prints up to 24´´. I rarely need to venture below F4.0 so extra 1/2 stop distance does not play a role in my decisions. The 16-35 weighs nearly twice as much and that adds up over the day regardless of the neck strap as I am now in my mid-60´s. If you are a pro go for the big glass, if you see yourself peaking at being a very advanced amateur, like me, this will serve you well IMHO. Best wishes one and all.
I use this zoom lens during long hikes and weight is important. While it is very small and light, it produces outstanding sharp pictures from center to edges. I use it with a D750 and all the pictures are tack sharp with vivid colors. AFS is very fast and right on, never missed a picture. Build quality is high, smooth zoom action... For its price, it is definitively a bargain. One of the best wide angle competing with (and surpassing) much higher price lenses in its category. I wished all the lenses had the same ratio Quality/price
One reviewer below spuriously asserts that the lens is not sharp. Incorrect. I have 24x36in photo taken with the lens sitting in my house. It is amazingly sharp. Check the DXOmark scores, for instance. The colours are remarkable, too.
not sharp. light weight. good built. there are better alternatives out there.
if you don´t care much about sharpness then this may be the lens for you.
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