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

Announced Jan 29, 2013 •
Wideangle zoom lens | Nikon F (FX)
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Today I received the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Lens. Since I know that a lot of people here are on the fence about this lens, and because of the very few reviews (if any) available online, I decided to take it for a quick test and post this very superficial first impressions report, along with few sample images (all taken with Nikon D600). The short version : I can't believe it's not butter! The images I've got after playing with it for 1 hour or so are way beyond my ...

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I have spent quite some time searching for an addition in covering the wide end of my kit, looking closely at reviews and pixelpeeping samples. Being an amateur owner of a D600, packed in a sling along with a 50mm 1.4 prime and a 70-300VR, I needed a wide FX lens that would offer good quality at a reasonable price (since I don't make a living as a photographer), but also not make my long walks around town unbearable. As something a bit wider than a 20mm prime was on my mind, the dilemma was, ...

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Xinonix
 
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I bought this lens the day it became available and this is a perfect wide angle lens for high resolution cameras (D800) with the correct plugin in your editing tool you get perfect quality picture, sharp from edge to edge, perfect contrast and light weight. It compares favorable to other Nikon lenses I have (2.8) but are much heavier and have worse performance.

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Bohemien
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I'd like to share my opinion on this great little lens with you, as I'm really happy with it. Bought it along with the D600 to cover the wide end after moving to FX. On DX, I had the Tokina 12-24 to cover the same range, but rarely shot it at anything other than f/8, found my copy to be really soft at larger apertures (at f/8, it could deliver stunning images, though!). With the 18-35G, that's a completely different story - good at all apertures across it's whole zoom range. What I like about ...

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Photographer124
 
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It's just as sharp as 50mm f1.4 G... sharper than 24-120mm F4... great colors, contrast... VERY light. Distortion is not too bad, the 24-120mm profile in PS corrects it all, which says a lot for a 18mm lens... I highly recommend it. It would be a 5 star lens if it had VR.

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