Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor

Last updated (12 August’10):
- Review by Bythom

The Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor features 18-35mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-4.5. The lens construction has 11 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 1.1ft.(0.33m) and has a filter size of 77mm. The Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor lens weighs 13 oz. (370g) and it measures 3.6 inches in diameter and 3.2 inches long.

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info


Expert Reviews

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor Reviews

Bythom reviews the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“..Center sharpness is good to very good, depending upon aperture. While I wouldn’t hold this lens up as one of Nikon’s sharpest lenses, I also don’t think it qualifies as one of the least sharp, either. On a digital SLR with a reduced frame of view, the lens shines, however. Since most of the deficiencies are corner related, a 1.5x angle of view crop does wonders for the performance ratings. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“This lens shows very good sharpness across its full focal length range. The corners of the frame are a little soft when shooting wide open, but the amount of softening isn’t extreme, and a large area in the center of the frame is very sharp. Stopping down just a half-stop makes a dramatic improvement in corner sharpness, and performance at f/5.6 is very good across the board.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“The Nikkor showed a quite mixed resolution characteristic in the MTF lab. The center performance leaves little to be desired – it is very good at max. aperture and increases to excellent levels beyond.. At 18mm the border resolution is even able to reach excellent levels by f/5.6 and at 24mm the borders are easily within very good territories from f/5.6 onwards. At 35mm there’s a bit of a “delay” but at f/8 and f/11 the center to border quality is on a very decent level.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor and writes;
“On Fuji Velvia 50 Film, The Nikon 18-35mm gives snappy, contrasty and sharp images at all focal lengths even wide open. It is a little soft in the corners at all focal lengths wide open, but still better than my fixed manual focus lenses. It sharpens up and gives fantastic results stopped down a couple of stops.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor User Reviews

A sweetheart! A versatile performer, solid and fun to use! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“On a Nikon digital SLR, which will use the center portion of this lens (due to the size of the sensor in the SLR) you can expect excellent, even spectacular results. This is a fabulous lens for landscape and nature shots, portraits, or just plain walking around taking pictures.. The images I have shot with this lens have all featured superb contrast, are very sharp, and have beautiful color rendition. There just is not a lot not to like about this lens.” – by Roger J. Buffington

Good lens for price | Rating: ★★★★★
“Lightweight lens at a reasonable cost… Quite sharp, a bit of distortion though. Overall not bad. “ – by Oracle DBA

Wide but distortion.. | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I use it on a Nikon D700 FX so it gets REALLY wide. The lens is pretty sharp even in the corners, though you will notice that they are less sharp especially wide open. The build quality is mediocre and it feels like most cheap plastic zooms from Nikon. If you are a haptic it is not so nice but if you are looking for something light weight it is great.” – by Maik Dobiey

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Manual

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor User Manual

- Download Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor User Manual (PDF – 4.9Mb)

Features & Specifications

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D ED-IF AF Zoom Nikkor Specifications

Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element reduces chromatic aberrations providing superior optical performance, even at maximum aperture. Focus distance of 1 foot to infinity is ideal for landscape, snapshot, candid, environmental, close-up and full length portrait photography. Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes. Internal Focusing (IF) design for smooth and fast auto focus.


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