Lens reviews update: DxOMark data for Nikon-fit full frame wideangles
DxOMark has just reviewed Nikon's latest budget full frame wideangle lens, the AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED. As part of our ongoing collaboration we've added the results to our lens comparison widget, along with a number of other Nikon-fit full frame wideangle zooms. You can compare it to its predecessor, the AF Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF ED, the AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR, the legendary AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, and the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX. Follow the links below to see the comparisons in our lens widget, and for the full data on DxOMark..
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED on D7000 and D800
The 18-35mm f/3.5-54.5G is no slouch on the DX format D7000, and comprehensively outperforms the 18-55mm kit zoom. But as expected it really comes into its own in front of the larger FX sensor in the D800.
New vs old on D800: 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G vs AF Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF ED
The new 18-35mm is clearly better than its predecessor, with much improved sharpness at larger apertures and reduced chromatic aberration. However stop down F8 or F11 - common working apertures for full frame wideangles - and the sharpness advantage more-or-less disappears.
Budget vs stabilised: 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G vs AF-S Nikkor 16-35mm f/4G ED VR
The 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G is at least a match for the more expensive 16-35mm f/4G in terms of sharpness, across their shared range. Chromatic aberration and vignetting characteristics are broadly similar too, but while the 18-35mm shows varying amounts of barrel distortion, the 16-35mm VR veers between barrel and pincushion.
Budget vs the reference: 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G vs AF-S Nikkor 14-24mm f/2.8G ED
The 14-24mm f/2.8G is pretty much the benchmark for wide angle zooms. It's very different to the 18-35mm f/3.5-3.4G, of course, in terms of focal length range, aperture and price, but what's impressive here is how closely the budget lens matches it for sharpness when compared like-for-like.
Third party competition: compared to Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX
The only really modern third party full frame wide zoom is the Tokina AT-X 16-28mm f/2.8 Pro FX, but again this is a very different lens in terms of capabilities and price. The Tokina struggles a bit with edge sharpness, especially wide open, but stop both lenses down to F5.6 and and the differences are much smaller.
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