Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 - how good is it ?
Dear all Nikonians, just want to know what comments all of you fellow Nikon users out there have on this lens, especially compared to say the Sigma 17-35 EX f/2.8-4 lens (which I rate highly optically). I am trying to get a feel as to how good the optics of this new Nikkor rates amongst the 3rd party competition out there. I am particularly interested in how it compares to the Sigma lens I have mentioned, for 'side by side' pics seem to indicate that they are on par ? any comments by you dudes out there would be appreciated.
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#1. "RE: Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 - how good is it ?" | In response to Reply # 0jrp Charter MemberSat 25-Nov-00 05:19 AM
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#2. "RE: Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 - how good is it ?" | In response to Reply # 0
The server is slow today, very slow and for the first time. As for the zoom from what I gather all sources have reported very favourably. According to my dealer it is at the same level as the 28-105 minimum, so that's pretty good. I'm thinking this lens and the 80-400VR would practically cover all my options.
#3. "RE: Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 - how good is it ?" | In response to Reply # 2DHoward Basic MemberMon 04-Dec-00 09:43 PM
I just purchased the 18-35 and have only run 7 or 8 rolls through my F100 so I am still a bit of a novice with this particular lens but...the images are excellent. I am extremely pleased with these initial results. I now have the 18-35, the Nikon 24-105 (with which I am really pleased)and the Nikon 70-300 with which I have taken far better images than I would have ever thought.
#4. "RE: Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 - how good is it ?" | In response to Reply # 3
Just got the 18-35 and what an interesting lens it is.
First the bad, the body construction is rather lightweight being made of polycarbonate/resin. That's it, now the good, the lens is lightweight! finish and looks are rather tasteful and appears more expensive than it is. There is very low disitortion throughout the range, virtually no barrelling even at 18mm which, surprisingly, is better than the 20mm prime. The zoom has good damping and stiffness and the manual focus is smooth but not loose. The surface of the lens shows what I think maybe a new polishing process, there is a 'liquid pool' shine to the surface compared to the slightly drier look of my other Nikkors. The supplied lens hood is petal shaped, nice looking, of good quality and fits the lens very easily with no force required. Everything in the box is made in Japan. The viewfinder shows quite a dramatic view and while it does not outperform my 20mm f2.8 it is does look more pleasing and more inviting. Results from one roll of Fuji printfilm confirms low distortion and lack of fringing. I am still waiting for results from my slide film. From the initial results I can definitely say the zoom looks all round to be a very nice lens indeed....I would have been happy to drop the AF for more MF damping and tougher materials.
#5. "RE: Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 - how good is it ?" | In response to Reply # 4BJNicholls Charter MemberThu 07-Dec-00 08:57 PM
I just got mine and have only played with it a bit. Mike's description is excellent. The 77mm filter size should provide ample clearance from vignetting, since it's considerably larger than the front lens element. I'd suggest being careful with the cutaway hood. It's made of polcarbonate and the thin areas plus the leverage of the "petals" look like a relatively easy to break combination. The body of this lens is similar in size to the 28-105 or the 60mm Micro. The barrel doesn't lengthen much when zoomed. There is some focus shift during zooming that I noted in my first test shots. Flare seems to be very well controlled, which is especially important in in a superwide lens.
#7. "RE: Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 - how good is it ?" | In response to Reply # 4Mikepoison Basic MemberSun 17-Dec-00 10:30 AM
I just got one yesterday, and there's also a few interesting features to be noticed:
You can lock the aperature ring, which is always fun to do. Some might not think much of it, but my other lenses don't have that =)
For some reason, it came with the bajonet for free (go Nikon!) so that's a good feature too =)
About the lens fitting the cam: there is no room for play whatsoever. once it's locked, it's -really- locked.
even at 18mm, the UWA-distortion is of such a level that I'm still smiling at the result
The focus ring doesn't quite lock if you set the camera to autofocus, so there is a potential of wearing out the focus ring if you fidget with it too much while it's in AF, and you think it's in MF.
One thing that I'm not entire happy with moneywise, but I'll get over, is the fact that the filter ring is 77mm .. so getting a variable ND filter (basically a linear polariser fitted to a circular polariser) on this lens will be rather pricy, if I want the quality of the filter to match the quality of the lens. (so we're talking B&W highquality filter)
It's long enough that on a camera with an MB (or an F5, undoubtely) you can adjust the focus without brushing against the body with your hand.
It completes the emptyness I had on the WA-side of my lens department. remember: I haven't been nikoning around for very long, so I tried to get the most range for my money.. with a 28-300, 2x teleconverter and this sweet 18-35, I'm pretty content with what I can do now.
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#8. "RE: Nikkor 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 - how good is it ?" | In response to Reply # 7BJNicholls Charter MemberWed 20-Dec-00 07:01 PM
LAST EDITED ON Dec-22-00 AT 07:06 PM (GMT)
Here are some test images from the new 18-35:
The first pair of images shows the barrel distortion at 18mm which is mostly gone at 35mm.
The next image is an interior shot of the historic Rio Grande Depot, merely to show the coverage offered at 18mm.
The final images are two unmodified scan details at 2820 ppi resolution and a downsampled version of the image they came from. The slide has more detail than my scanner can resolve, so these images are for relative comparison only. This image was shot at 18mm, handheld, Fuji RMS @ 100 ISO, f/5.6 @ 1/60 sec.
This is not an ideal lens for an architectural photographer, but aside from the moderate distortion at 18mm, this lens is quite crisp, with well controlled flare and excellent color rendition. It's a nice, lightweight and compact lens which handles well on both my F100 and N80 bodies.
#6. "photos taken by Nikkor 18-35 and 17-35" | In response to Reply # 0
If you go to the following link, you'll see three sets of comparison photos ( you won't be able to read the traditional Chinese though unless you have proper software). The last set of the three is a comparison of their flare control performance among Nikkor AF-S 17-35/2.8, Nikkor AF 18-35/3.5-4.5, and Canon EF 17-35/2.8.
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