Putting the 18-35/3.5-4.5G in context

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Putting the 18-35/3.5-4.5G in context
Mar 23, 2013

So far, many early comments regarding Nikon's new 18-35/3.5-4.5G are effusive.  Based on some comments, you'd think this is the finest wide-angle lens Nikon has ever produced.

Certainly this new lens is lightweight, inexpensive, no VR, etc. etc... those differences are clear from the product specs.  But where does it fall on the current spectrum of lens options regarding edge/corner sharpness, flare resistance, and distortion?  I'm very interested in hearing from those with experience with both this lens and others in this approximate range (16-35/4, 28/1.8, 24/1.4, 14-24/2.8, etc.).

How good is this lens really?

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