Q : Nikon 18-35 D, is it that bad?

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Illumina Regular Member • Posts: 110
Q : Nikon 18-35 D, is it that bad?

Hello..
I'm currently using Samyang 14 but i plan to sell it because i'm not used to MF..
I'm considering the old 18-35..
But online reviews said that it's not a good lens..
Is it worth it to get it?
I will use it on my d600.. And will use it for walkaround, prewedding and some landscape..
Thx
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87350iroc Junior Member • Posts: 43
Re: Q : Nikon 18-35 D, is it that bad?

Not to go off topic, but for what kind of photos are you using the 14mm?

With that little focal length, almost everything should be in focus all the time at reasonable apertures.  If you are doing the normal wide angle shots, I would seriously consider focusing shy of infinity and leaving it there.  Something to look into at least.

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Illumina OP Regular Member • Posts: 110
Re: Q : Nikon 18-35 D, is it that bad?

For prewedding, but i use it at f2.8 or f4 not at f11..
If u ask me why? i still want a little background separation..
If i use it for landscape, i will use it at f11
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RBFresno
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18-35 D, is it that bad? Galen Rowell didn't think so!

Illumina wrote:

Hello..
I'm currently using Samyang 14 but i plan to sell it because i'm not used to MF..
I'm considering the old 18-35..
But online reviews said that it's not a good lens..
Is it worth it to get it?
I will use it on my d600.. And will use it for walkaround, prewedding and some landscape..
Thx
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www.eidophoto.com
www.youtube.com/CelloVideography

Hi!

It's a bit dated (i.e. film era), but the late Galen Rowell was able to get great images with the 18-35, and because of its relatively light weight, often preferred to travel with it than the heavier 17-35:

Galen Rowell's Camera Bag

I haven't personally used the 18-35, but from my reading, it works pretty well stopped down as a landscape lens, but not  stellar wide open. It has been reported to be better on the 35 end than  at 18mm. Bjørn Rørslett states that at 35mm, the 18-35 approaches the IQ of the 17-35.

Rorslett 18-35 Review

RB

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Vincent Kwan Contributing Member • Posts: 659
Re: Q : Nikon 18-35 D, is it that bad?

I enjoy using this 18-35D lens.  It is lightweight and carry it the whole day will not make you exhausted.  The lens is MIJ and build quality better than my MIC 28/1.8G.  IQ is good since I stop down to f/8 when taking landscape.

100% crop in the bottom right corner:

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coudet Veteran Member • Posts: 3,890
Re: Q : Nikon 18-35 D, is it that bad?
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Illumina wrote:

But online reviews said that it's not a good lens..

They are correct.

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