Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED (FX) - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
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Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D3x and RAW-converted via Capture One.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 26.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 26.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 26.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 29.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 29.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 25.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 34.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 29.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 25.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D3X
ISO Speed 160
Focal Length 27.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED delivers excellent center sharpness and very good border and corner performance throughout most of the zoom range, at least when stopped down. Only at the long end of the zoom range the overall resolution drops a little.

Typical for most wide angle lenses, distortion is quite pronounced at short focal lengths. Vignetting is a bit on the high side at large apertures and the shortest zoom setting, but on a normal level when stopped down. CAs are well under control for a wide angle lens.

The build quality is on a typical level for a Nikon consumer zoom. Even though the lens barrel is made of plastic and the whole lens quite light for its size, it doesn't feel cheap. Thanks to an AF-S drive, the autofocus works silently and quite fast.

In summary, the AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED shows a very solid performance (much better than its predecessor), without being really stellar though. However, since it's targeting the consumer market, this is hardly surprising, because an affordable price in this segment counts more than sheer performance. For its price, the Nikkor performs very well.

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