Further readings for the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
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We summarize the scores and analyses of multi-purpose zoom lenses in this second part of our review of the best lenses for the Nikon D5. More versatile than primes, zoom lenses are often a more convenient choice for shooting in fast-paced environments when you don’t always have time to switch lenses. Although primes generally deliver better image quality, with noticeably improved edge sharpness and transmission, zoom performance has steadily improved, and now some come close to rivalling the performance of a prime.
The Nikon D750 is an affordable 24.3Mp full-frame DSLR with attractive-looking specs for both the enthusiast and the professional photographer. It’s capable of producing outstanding pictures, but the quality of the lens used has a bearing on image quality. We’ve analyzed the performance of 105 lenses on the Nikon D750, and in part one we bring you an analysis of the top three zoom lenses in six different categories.
In this second installment of lens recommendations for the Nikon D810, we’ve been analyzing the best performing models for landscape and wildlife photography. Admittedly when it comes to fast-paced photography there are better choices in Nikon’s range but there’s always a case for high-resolution imagery but the Nikon D810 also serves to highlight the best performing models, and particularly in the longer focal lengths where it’s more common (and often more practical) to use cameras with lower pixel densities.
Aimed at professional studio and landscape photographers, the full-frame 36-Mpix D800E with its modified AA filter effectively increasing resolution over the standard D800 model is the closest 35mm full-frame camera yet to rival larger formats in rendering fine detail. If you’re undecided over which of the two models to choose, we’ve analyzed the image quality of the Nikon D800E with over 100 different lenses to discover how well this groundbreaking camera performs.
Following on from the lens recommendations for the earlier full-frame Nikon D600, we’ve now had the opportunity to assess a wide range lenses with that model’s replacement, the 24-Mpix D610. We’ve analyzed a total of 95 Nikkor and third-party prime and zoom models with the D610 to assess image quality, and we’ve come across some unexpected results. Read on to find out more about that and which lenses perform best when paired with the camera.
Sigma’s move away from the value-end of the market has resulted in some very high-quality yet sensitively priced lenses such as the full-frame 35mm f1.4 HSM A and this lens, the APS-C format 18-35mm f1.8 DC HSM. While we’ve previously reviewed the Canon mount version, Sigma has just released the lens in Nikon mount and we were curious to see if the performance could be repeated. Read on to find out.
Following the recommendations for Nikon D7100, we’ve had the opportunity to assess another of the firm’s 24-Mpix DX format cameras – the mid-range D5200 - with over 120 Nikkor and third-party prime and zoom models to assess image quality. Read onto find out which of these lenses perform best when paired with the camera.
This is the second part of our lens recommendations for the Nikon D7100 where we’ve analyzed nearly 60 Nikkor and third-party standard and portrait prime and zoom models to assess their optical quality. Read onto find out which of these lenses are the best performers when paired with Nikon’s ultra-high resolution 24-Mpix APS-C format semi-pro model.
This is part one of our lens recommendations for the Nikon D7100 where we’ve tested over 120 Nikkor and third-party prime and zoom models to assess image quality. Read onto find out which of these lenses are perform best when paired with Nikon’s 24M-Pix APS-C format semi-pro model.
I hope this is accurate as the old 18-35mm was easily the worst lens I have ever owned. I tried two, both from different batches and each managed to grow light blobs on highlights! Parked cars looked as though their headlights were on and resolution, even on a D200 was sepulchral. Now you are claiming the new G lens betters under all use the old 17-35mm f2.8, but the old 17-35mm f2.8 was said to better all the primes at the focal lengths it covered. Here I note the resolution you get from it, as with the 17-50mm AFS f2.8 Nikkor is dreadful - practically everywhere and all the time, especially as you go further into the longer focal lengths. Am I crazy, but maybe just possibly this is due to focus errors?? Are you using live view. Are you, IN FACT testing all these different machines as you claim, with every single lens, or merely extrapolatuing sharpness and other scores from a basic actual reading- as gas and electricity meter readers estimate performance??
What makes me suspicious is that my 17-35mm lens is rather better than you tell me it is on a D800. Interestingly I am getting in an old 24-50mm f3.3-4.5 lens to use. Notably it is ignored these days, but it was, for 18 years Nikon's ONLY 24xxx zoom. Surely despite reports, it must be OK? as that is a very long time for the best-known manufacturer to produce only one model zoom.
I have also bought and returned 2 24-70mm lenses as they were only ever sharp in the middle due to field curvature. Even at f5.6-8 on a D800 they were a joke- and your test concurs only as far as chromatic aberration is concerned. Your tests do not reflect actual use- which is a shame as I am sure a practically bad lens might be bad at usual distances, yet fine in front of a test target.
The following describes our procedure for shooting Through Focus MTF Targets. For each measured focal length and aperture setting: - Distance set to 35x the focal length - Camera is positioned in the middle of a focusing rack; autofocus is initiated to test accuracy (in live view mode if possible) - Autofocus switched OFF - We then perform more than 40 shots on a long focusing rack, bracketing around the focus distance to find the optimal focusing position (without using autofocus). With this step, called “through focus”, we are 100% certain to locate and record the optimum or “best focus” position for each lens, when mounted on the camera.
There are many sources of vibration that could impact sharpness / resolution measurement (i.e. mechanical shutter, mirror for vibration, tripod-type used etc …)
- To avoid problems arising from vibration we use a very specific protocol: · Lab is in perfect darkness · Heavy (72 kg) studio stand · Remote control is used · Step 1: mirror lock where possible · Step 2: Timer: 2s · Step 3: Time exposure 1s in total dark in order to get rid of the shutter vibrations · Flash between 1/4000s and 1/1000s depending on the aperture, synchronized on the second curtain · Electronic shutter where possible
I have been using this new 18-35 G Nikkor for about a month now on a D600. The sharpness and contrast have been very good. But I have seen a bigger issue with flare, more than I'm used to seeing with other lenses. It just means I need to be more careful whenever I get even close to pointing towards the sun, or any bright point source light.
I've been holding off on purchasing the AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED until you guys give it a test & review. Your last post said nothing before June, and being June, I was hoping that I'd see something this month. Any updates or projected test dates?
Thanks for all that you guys do. You're a tremendous resource that helps me and others make more informed decisions with our camera equipment.