Anyone try new NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G on D800

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HankK
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Anyone try new NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G on D800
Mar 14, 2013

As anyone tried the new NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G on the D800.  I am looking for lighter weight wide zoom for shooting building exteriors and interiors.   I usually shoot at f8-f11.  I was hoping that this lens might be sharp enough to the edges, at least at these f stops.

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In reply to HankK, Mar 14, 2013

I'd be interested as well. There just isn't to much info on this lens yet, but I would be using it at wider apertures on a D700.

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I would suggest that on that specific camera, you will be wasting the camera's ability.  For that camera you need GOOD glass to make use of the 35mp not wehat is more like a kit lens

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In reply to HankK, Mar 14, 2013

Mine just shipped.  I will post a review of it as soon as I have a chance to check it out.  This lens was what I was looking for in terms of weight, angle of view and size.  I fully expect it will be optically good but won't know that until I use it.  Most of my photography is on a tripod at optimal apertures so I get good performance out of most lenses.  Coming from Pentax, the 12-24 was my most used lens so this on the D600 should be virtually identical.  I considered the 16-35 Nikkor and the 16-28 Tokina but was put off by size and weight and in the case of Nikkor, size, weight, filter size and cost. I try not to get hung up on other people's opinion of what is "good glass".  My most used kit is 20mm f/2.8 Nikkor, 50 f/1.8 Nikkor and 100 f/2.8 Tokina Macro.  I also have and am very pleased with the 24-85 "kit" lens.

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I would suggest that on that specific camera, you will be wasting the camera's ability. For that camera you need GOOD glass to make use of the 35mp not wehat is more like a kit lens

That's a myth

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I would suggest that on that specific camera, you will be wasting the camera's ability.  For that camera you need GOOD glass to make use of the 35mp not wehat is more like a kit lens

Too much forum reading.... not enough real life experience.

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In reply to BackPacker1532, Mar 15, 2013

BackPacker1532 wrote:

I would suggest that on that specific camera, you will be wasting the camera's ability. For that camera you need GOOD glass to make use of the 35mp not wehat is more like a kit lens

This is not true as many D800 owners are attesting for even older lenses and non-primes, non-gold teles. And doubly not true the way that consumers actually use the D800, by compressing images into much smaller jpegs.

Megapixels are not that interesting to me. High ISO is (or effective ISO when compressed). I would be much more concerned about this being a dark, variable aperture lens than its resolution ability on a D800 (although that is the cost of a light, low-cost lens, which are pluses in their own right).

Far more important is "how does it handle low-light and shake" than the MPs.

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In reply to GlobalGuyUSA, Mar 15, 2013

There's already  the 16-35 and the older 17-35.    So just curious, if not an optical improvement what would be benefit of this new lens be?    Just cost and weight?    Thanks!

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In reply to HankK, Mar 20, 2013

Just got my lens.  Took it out in the back and shot the fence at most apertures and focal lengths.

Physical - Incredibly light and reasonably compact.  Very similar to the 24-85 but slightly lighter. 77mm filter size which is nice.

Optically:

Sharpness: Excellent at all focal lengths from f/3.5 (f/4.5 at 35) to f/11 with f/5.6 seeming to be the best on my sample.

Distortion: Very little noticed but haven't really checked this out yet.  Definitely the least barrel distortion of any super-wide I have ever owned. No correction for distortion or CA on these samples.

CA: slight at edge of frame but easily corrected.

Below is a link to 4 full size jpegs with just normal sharpening and curves adjustment out of LR. Shot with D600.  I only provided 18mm and 35mm at wide open and f/5.6 as everything else upt f/11 is pretty much the same.  F/16 and smaller is good but starts to fall off a bit due to refraction.

Best Nikkor I have shot with.  All shots with D600 at iso 100 on tripod. This is the lens that will stay on the camera.

http://www.openshadowsphotography.com/Other/Nikon-18-35G/28514510_h2qvGd#!i=2416561209&k=ttVXpfX&lb=1&s=A

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In reply to Mike Wilcox, Mar 20, 2013

Just got my lens. Took it out in the back and shot the fence at most apertures and focal lengths.

Physical - Incredibly light and reasonably compact. Very similar to the 24-85 but slightly lighter. 77mm filter size which is nice.

Optically:

Sharpness: Excellent at all focal lengths from f/3.5 (f/4.5 at 35) to f/11 with f/5.6 seeming to be the best on my sample.

Distortion: Very little noticed but haven't really checked this out yet. Definitely the least barrel distortion of any super-wide I have ever owned. No correction for distortion or CA on these samples.

CA: slight at edge of frame but easily corrected.

Below is a link to 4 full size jpegs with just normal sharpening and curves adjustment out of LR. Shot with D600. I only provided 18mm and 35mm at wide open and f/5.6 as everything else upt f/11 is pretty much the same. F/16 and smaller is good but starts to fall off a bit due to refraction.

Best Nikkor I have shot with. All shots with D600 at iso 100 on tripod. This is the lens that will stay on the camera.

http://www.openshadowsphotography.com/Other/Nikon-18-35G/28514510_h2qvGd#!i=2416561209&k=ttVXpfX&lb=1&s=A

Very encouraging report! This lens would be perfect for my needs if edge performance is good enough at f/8-11.

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Outperforms 14-24/2.8G?
In reply to Mike Wilcox, Mar 20, 2013

Best Nikkor I have shot with.

Thank you for sharing your preliminary impressions.

Outperforms the venerable reference standard, 14-24mm/2.8G?

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Haven't had much time to use it, but so far 'very sharp' with maybe just a slight bit of softening in the corners wide open that pretty much disappears by f8.  Tiny bit of CA along some edges that clears up easily.  Much better than the original 18-35 afd!

Very impressed so far.

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Congratulations on your new lens. I may need to rent this lens and put it through its paces myself. The 14-24 is a brilliant lens but sometimes more than what I want to carry around. I had the 16-35/4 but wasn't too impressed. I am looking for something lighter. This new lens may fit the bill.

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check these out.

http://www.nikoncafe.com/vforums/showthread.php?t=355678

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In reply to Mike Wilcox, Mar 20, 2013

Just got my lens. Took it out in the back and shot the fence at most apertures and focal lengths.

Physical - Incredibly light and reasonably compact. Very similar to the 24-85 but slightly lighter. 77mm filter size which is nice.

Optically:

Sharpness: Excellent at all focal lengths from f/3.5 (f/4.5 at 35) to f/11 with f/5.6 seeming to be the best on my sample.

Distortion: Very little noticed but haven't really checked this out yet. Definitely the least barrel distortion of any super-wide I have ever owned. No correction for distortion or CA on these samples.

CA: slight at edge of frame but easily corrected.

Below is a link to 4 full size jpegs with just normal sharpening and curves adjustment out of LR. Shot with D600. I only provided 18mm and 35mm at wide open and f/5.6 as everything else upt f/11 is pretty much the same. F/16 and smaller is good but starts to fall off a bit due to refraction.

Best Nikkor I have shot with. All shots with D600 at iso 100 on tripod. This is the lens that will stay on the camera.

http://www.openshadowsphotography.com/Other/Nikon-18-35G/28514510_h2qvGd#!i=2416561209&k=ttVXpfX&lb=1&s=A

Looking good.

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In reply to Mike Wilcox, Mar 20, 2013

Just got my lens. Took it out in the back and shot the fence at most apertures and focal lengths.

Physical - Incredibly light and reasonably compact. Very similar to the 24-85 but slightly lighter. 77mm filter size which is nice.

Optically:

Sharpness: Excellent at all focal lengths from f/3.5 (f/4.5 at 35) to f/11 with f/5.6 seeming to be the best on my sample.

Distortion: Very little noticed but haven't really checked this out yet. Definitely the least barrel distortion of any super-wide I have ever owned. No correction for distortion or CA on these samples.

CA: slight at edge of frame but easily corrected.

Below is a link to 4 full size jpegs with just normal sharpening and curves adjustment out of LR. Shot with D600. I only provided 18mm and 35mm at wide open and f/5.6 as everything else upt f/11 is pretty much the same. F/16 and smaller is good but starts to fall off a bit due to refraction.

Best Nikkor I have shot with. All shots with D600 at iso 100 on tripod. This is the lens that will stay on the camera.

http://www.openshadowsphotography.com/Other/Nikon-18-35G/28514510_h2qvGd#!i=2416561209&k=ttVXpfX&lb=1&s=A

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In reply to moony16, Mar 20, 2013

Very interested to get more information on this lens. My Nikkor 17-35mm f/2.8 is not so good on my D800. Would be very interested to get something lighter with some more sharpness on the sides and corners.

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Re: Outperforms 14-24/2.8G?
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Don't know. I have never shot with that lens. Probaby not at 14mm and f/2.8

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