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 mounted on Nikon D800:


Achieving an excellent DxOmark score of 26 points overall mounted on the Nikon D800, the new 18-35mm is one of the best performing wide-angle zooms to pass through our labs. With a Sharpness score of 17P-Mpix, it’s one the highest scoring lenses of its type and features consistent sharpness across the field, from edge-to-edge. With the exception of some barreling at 18mm, distortion is very low while correction of lateral chromatic aberration is equally impressive for this type of lens. Vignetting, or corner-shading, is also well within the expected tolerances for an ultra-wide zoom.