Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED review: high-performance update to portable ultra-wide zoom

By Kevin Carter - Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Lens Review
Introduction | Image quality evaluation | Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED versus competition | Conclusion
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED review: high-performance update to portable ultra-wide zoom

Nikon’s update to the film era AF Zoom-Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED boasts an enviable spec, including built-in silent wave AF motor and re-designed optical construction with two ED glass elements. Read on to see how well it performs on the 36-Mpix Nikon D800.

With a sweeping 74 to 29 degrees horizontal angle of view, this $750 full-frame ultra-wide zoom is an update to the compact yet film-era D-series model of the same focal range and focal ratio. As a G-series lens it will come as no surprise to learn the aperture ring is now controlled electronically from the camera. Internally, improvements to the optical design include two ED glass- and three aspherical-elements (up from one of each previously) bringing the total to 12 elements in eight groups. This lens also has an ultrasonic type AF motor (SWM in Nikon parlance) allowing easy switching between manual focusing and AF while also adding compatibility with recent DX-format camera bodies, such as the D5200 and D3200. As the equivalent to a 28-55mm on these cameras, this lens isn’t quite as compelling but it may be a useful combination nonetheless.

Image quality evaluation

Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED versus competition

Conclusion