Nikon 18-35mm G User Review

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Re: Testing for flare
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I have similar results, and I find that it is as good as my Nikon 17-35 2.8

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Re: Nikon 18-35mm G User Review
In reply to Neocon, Mar 27, 2013

At f4 and 24mm,  the 18-35 is much better than the 24-85 vr, particularly in the borders and corners (where blur is obvious at 25% magnifications). At  f8, they are much closer, but at 100% mag,  there is still clear difference.

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Re: Nikon 18-35mm G User Review
In reply to breivogel, Mar 27, 2013

I have a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens.. I'd like to get wider than 24mm sometimes.. is 18mm enough? Would I start to feel like the two lenses were overlapping? I'm worried about it being excessive in terms of both having to buy the lens, and carrying an extra lens in the bag.. should I save up for a 14-24mm?

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Re: Nikon 18-35mm G User Review
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I have had no problem getting flare on this lens.  See below.  Other than that I like the results a lot, after a shoot on Saturday.  After all I only very rarely shoot with the sun in the frame.  Focus is SLOW and hunts more than any other lens I have.  But neither is really a big deal for me for a wide angle.  I'm just happy how small it is and 77mm filters.

Unfortunately many from the session are HDR's due to the harsh light.

There are more samples here.  Most are from the 18-35 with the remainder from the 80-200.  Should be easy to tell which is which.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/perdoch/sets/72157633077244129/with/8587719649/

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Very Extreme corners are not great even at f11 (18mm)
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But otherwise it's a really good lens.

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Re: Nikon 18-35mm G User Review
In reply to 87350iroc, Mar 28, 2013

if you think thats alot of flare with the bare sun in the shot, you should see what my tokina 16-28 would do in that scenario

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87350iroc wrote:

I have had no problem getting flare on this lens.  See below.  Other than that I like the results a lot, after a shoot on Saturday.  After all I only very rarely shoot with the sun in the frame.  Focus is SLOW and hunts more than any other lens I have.

Just curious: did you have a filter on the lens when you took these images? Also, what was the f/stop you used (no Exif in the 2 pictures you posted)? I posted in this thread a picture with the sun in the frame, shot at 18mm and wide open (f/3.5) and I can't see any flare at all.

Finally which camera are you using? Asking that because with my D600 focus is very fast and doesn't hunt at all.

Not doubting about the issues you are stating, just trying to see if these might be caused by a combination of factors (filter, f/stop, etc) or if it is QC variation. I recently went through the hassle of exchanging a faulty Nikon 28mm G lens and the new copy is so much better that I couldn't believe it was the same model.

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Re: Nikon 18-35mm G User Review
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mskad wrote:

87350iroc wrote:

I have had no problem getting flare on this lens.  See below.  Other than that I like the results a lot, after a shoot on Saturday.  After all I only very rarely shoot with the sun in the frame.  Focus is SLOW and hunts more than any other lens I have.

Just curious: did you have a filter on the lens when you took these images? Also, what was the f/stop you used (no Exif in the 2 pictures you posted)? I posted in this thread a picture with the sun in the frame, shot at 18mm and wide open (f/3.5) and I can't see any flare at all.

Finally which camera are you using? Asking that because with my D600 focus is very fast and doesn't hunt at all.

Not doubting about the issues you are stating, just trying to see if these might be caused by a combination of factors (filter, f/stop, etc) or if it is QC variation. I recently went through the hassle of exchanging a faulty Nikon 28mm G lens and the new copy is so much better that I couldn't believe it was the same model.

No filters were used.

The first photo is 21mm f14.

The second photo is 20mm f8.

This is with a D600.  Focus speed in broad daylight, like in these pictures, is of course accurate with no hunting.  Although speed is not fast compared to every other lens I use (80-200 2 ring, Tam 28-75, 50 1.8g, Tok 100mm macro, 28-300).  It probably roughly the same speed as the macro and slower than the rest.  Again, for me, a wide angle is not about speed, so no problem there.

My small issue is in lower light, not even dark.  The lens seems to hunt more than expected.  Again, not a big deal for me, but worth mentioning.  I have never had a Nikkor (even the lowely old 18-55 in my D40 days) that hunts like this.  Also, keep in mind this is just from one day of shooting, but I have never had it happen before.

For instance the photo below was inside one of the barns, not exactly super dark, but certainly not bright.  There was some hunting that required the lens to rack back and forth from min focus distance to infinity at least once.  Focus point was on the diagonal pipe in the foreground.  Granted this is pretty low contrast, but again, never had this happen with any other Nikkors.  Shutter speed was in the neighborhood of 1/3sec, iso 100, f8, 18mm.

In review, I like this lens.  I will not be returning it.  But I will be curious to try it out more in low light.

John

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In reply to 87350iroc, Mar 28, 2013

By the way, a couple of my favorite 18-35 photos so far.  Full res for your inspection.

18mm, f8

26mm, f10

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Re: Very Extreme corners are not great even at f11 (18mm)
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Compared to what?   I have looked at this in test shots and this lens is better than the 16-35 or 17-35 - don't know about the 14-24.

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Re: Nikon 18-35mm G User Review
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Consider this as an 18-24.  May be better than the 24-70  @ 24mm as well.  The 14-24 is a beast -  expensive, heavy and delicate.  You won't even notice the 18-35 in your bag (comparatively speaking).

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Re: Very Extreme corners are not great even at f11 (18mm)
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It's better than the recent copy of the 16-35 VR I tried. Don't know if there are any well performing copies of the 16-35 at 18mm. Don't know if the Tokina 16-28 may also be better in the corners than the new Nikon 18-35.

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Compared to what?   I have looked at this in test shots and this lens is better than the 16-35 or 17-35 - don't know about the 14-24.

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In reply to lukep, Mar 28, 2013

It's very unlikely that the new 18-35 would flare less than the 16-35, as the latter has nano crystal coat while the former does not.

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In reply to kiirokurisu, Mar 28, 2013

Looks like a perfect option for those put off by the weight of the 14-24 and the size of the 16-35. As far as cost is concerned however the UK price at £669 ($1000+) is the real barrier for me. Until this lens prices at a similar level to the US...$750 (£500-550) the 16-35mm F4 at £800 is more attractive. Not sure what Nikon Europe is trying to say pricing this lens at this price point in Europe.

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Great pictures!
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Great pictures and thanks for taking the time to provide a detailed reply to my inquiry.

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Compared to Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G
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Comparing the 18-35mm to the Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G at their respective optimal aperture (f/11 for the zoom and f/8 for the prime lens), I see almost no different between the two lenses. Indeed, the 28mm resolves slightly more (or is it just better contrast?), but nonetheless the zoom is very close.

On a side note: when comparing the test shots at different apertures, I found that the 18-35mm lens at 28mm seems to show more DOF than the 28mm prime at same aperture. This shows only between center and border of the frame. Most likely due to the field curvature of the 28mm lens.

Below are the screen shots with images at 100% in Lightroom. Click on the image and then on "View Original" to see at full resolution.

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Re: Compared to Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G
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Re: Compared to Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G
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tabila117 wrote:

Here a little comparison with 17-35mm f/2.8 :

http://photogeek.fr/2013/04/test-lobjectif-nikon-af-s-18-35mm-f35-45-g-vs-nikon-af-s-17-35mm-f28-d-ed/

Great comparison, thanks for posting that.

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Re: Compared to Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G
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Comparing the 18-35mm to the Nikon 28mm f/1.8 G at their respective optimal aperture (f/11 for the zoom and f/8 for the prime lens), I see almost no different between the two lenses. Indeed, the 28mm resolves slightly more (or is it just better contrast?), but nonetheless the zoom is very close.

On a side note: when comparing the test shots at different apertures, I found that the 18-35mm lens at 28mm seems to show more DOF than the 28mm prime at same aperture. This shows only between center and border of the frame. Most likely due to the field curvature of the 28mm lens.

Below are the screen shots with images at 100% in Lightroom. Click on the image and then on "View Original" to see at full resolution.

Left Border

Center

Bottom Right Corner

interesting... i think i have to get one 18-35 and check it ... maybe i can use it instead of 17-35, mainly because of weight ...

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