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

The Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is a more budget friendly ultrawide zoom lens for Nikon FX (full frame) digital SLR cameras. It can also be used on Nikon DX (APS-C) bodies, but with an equivalent file of view to a 27-50mm lens on a full frame body. Although the lens’ aperture isn’t constant, the max aperture only varies between f/3.5 and 4.5. This helps to cut down on the weight and price of the lens. At $750 this lens is one of the less expensive ultrawide zoom lenses currently available.

Pricing*

  • Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED - $749.95

*Pricing from Manufacturer's website - Current selling price may be different.

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Image quality

I haven’t personally tested the lens yet. Overall image quality from this lens is generally deemed as very good to excellent. Here are th MTF charts for the lens:

Build Quality

Build quality is on par with the better consumer lenses. It feels a little “hollow” and does not appear to be fully weather sealed like the AF-S 16-35mm f/4 lens. However, that lens is about $350 more so that is to be expected. For the price, I feel th build quality is just fine and in line with what I expected.

What I Like

Lightweight
Great image quality
Relatively low price point

What I Don't Like

Only goes down to 18mm
No VR

The Bottom Line

If you are looking for an ultrawide zoom lens that won’t break the budget, then take a hard look at the Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens. While it only goes down to 18mm, doesn’t have VR and the max aperture varies between f/3.5 and f/4.5 this lens is a real sleeper. If you need a lens with VR then plan to spend an extra $350 on the 16-35mm lens. And if you need wider than 18mm you will probably want to look at the Nikon 14-24mm lens. In the end, the Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is s lens I can recommend to most photographers for its excellent value, size, weight and image quality.

Overall User Rating

4.66 out of 5

based on 216 user reviews online.

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Specs

Focal Length 18 - 35 mm
Max Aperture f/3.5
Minimum Aperture f/
Minimum Focus distance 11.02 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.20x
Number of Elements 12
Number of Groups 8
Aperture Blade Design Not Specified
Number of Aperture Blades 7
Filter Size 77 mm
Diameter 3.27 in.
Length 3.74 in.
Weight .85 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Metal
Tripod Collar None
Weather Sealed Not Specified
Distance Scale Yes - No Hyper Focal Markings
Image Stabilization No
Lens Shade Included

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