A lack of excitement about the 18-35 3.5-4.5?

Started Feb 3, 2013 | Discussions thread
jhinkey Senior Member • Posts: 2,813
Re: A lack of excitement about the 18-35 3.5-4.5?

philm5d wrote:

Am I the only one who actually likes the present version of this lens? I guess I ought to accept that I am in the minority onn these forums in that,

a) I actually own and use the equipment I talk about and


b) I am a full time pro of 30 years experience who actually sells images and doesn't pixel peep lenses to the nth degree.

Good that you are a pro, but that does not necessarily make you any more credible than an experienced, proficient, talented serious amateur.

Enough of the rant. I can sum up the present af-d lens. It is an extremely light weight lens with excellent performance for the price and. The centre is sharp at ALL apertures and focal lengths Yes if you stare into the far corners there is a lack of the central area performance, less so at the edges but far from unacceptable.

The image below is from a D800 at F5.6/18mm with the point of focus being the red car number plate. I can easily read the dealer's name on the plate - for crying out loud how much more do you want?

Well, I want a lens that when stopped down is sharp all the way out the corners - not a blurry CA mess.

If your subject of interest is mainly in the center of the frame, then great, the old version will do you fine.  But if you have interesting thing in the edges and corners (say like a mountain range with stars in the sky) you kind of want those parts of the image to be sharp.

If the extra element in the latest version makes any improvement then I'll be buying one, on the other hand maybe I'm happy with this one that cost me £200 on eBay. By the way this lens knocks the socks off the 20mm f2.8. I had two copies of the 20, both were really soft at the edges and horrible colour fringing.

It's not just an extra element, it's extra aspherics and extra ED elements (and different optical design all together) that will (hopefully) make a big difference.

I also own the (weighs a ton) 14-24 but when I can live without the 14 end guess which lens I reach for!

I own the very nice 17-35/2.8 which also weighs quite a bit and I'm looking for something that is reasonably sharp wide open (which the current 18-35 is not) and uniformly sharp across the frame stopped down a bit.  Hopefully the new version will have these attributes.

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