AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED
Wide enough and very, very sharp !
The experts say it has vignetting and distortion, but I haven't seen any of those in normal shooting.But I can see the clarity and sharpness in every shot, even if I shoot wide open. It's light and small and nothing is moving while zooming or focusing (the front glass element is moving in and out just a fraction while zooming, but it all happens behind the filter, so no problem there)
The zoom is so nicely dampened that it makes you play with it for the sheer fun.
It's the most inexpensive new wide zoom from Nikon but they made it awesome (for the price) I'm happy :)
May 17, 2013
Light lens with incredible sharpness
love this lens, just got it and cant imagine how light it seems... pictures are real sharp with great colors and replication of what you see. I was excited to do landscapes using this lens and no noticeable softness at the edges was found at the edges.
April 24, 2013
WELL DONE, NIKON
The shape and handeling of this lens reminds me of one of my all time favorite Nikon lenses, the 17-35 f2.8. The fact that it is lighter and cheaper is a good thing for me and the kind of shooting that I do at this focal range. The best news is that it has better edge-to-edge sharpness than that lens. IQ wise it falls between the great 16-35 VR and the venerable 14-24 lenses, but of course once again in a more compact and lighter package. It certainly cannot compete with those lenses for lower light shooting and their pro-grade build quality, but on my D600, that has such an amazing useable, ISO range, this lens works quite well for me. The build quality is definitely in the pro-sumer range, but given the light weight, it has a very nice "feel" as the zoom ring is perfectly damped. If the choice was available, I would give this unit a 41/2 star rating. I am very pleased with this product and it's price/quality ratio. Well done again, Nikon.
March 22, 2013
Great inexpensive wide angle
I originally purchased this lens for real estate photography and have ended up using it for much more than that. It is a great wide angle lens however I do regret not investing in the 17-35 f2.8. So far it is held up to all that it has been faced with. Only complaint is that the lens is so light that it feels cheap. In this case cheap does not mean low quality in any way.
August 5, 2013
Have only had it for a week but the sharpness is fabulous for the price. My prime purpose for purchasing this lens was to photograph ships in the Welland Canal. I needed the wide angle to capture the entire ship.So far I am more than happy with this lens.
March 10, 2013