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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.
- Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED - $749.95
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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 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
Great image quality
Relatively low price point
What I Don't Like
Only goes down to 18mm
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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|Focal Length||18 - 35 mm|
|Minimum Focus distance||11.02 inches|
|Number of Elements||12|
|Number of Groups||8|
|Aperture Blade Design||Not Specified|
|Number of Aperture Blades||7|
|Filter Size||77 mm|
|Lens Mount Construction||Metal|
|Weather Sealed||Not Specified|
|Distance Scale||Yes - No Hyper Focal Markings|