Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED £550, $750

Th e cheap­est Nikon on test – but the least wide

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Sim­i­lar to us­ing a 12mm lens on a DX cam­era, this FX-for­mat zoom has a widest avail­able view­ing angle of 100 de­grees. That’s the least im­pres­sive of any lens on test, but at least it has a com­pact and light­weight build for an FX wide-angle zoom. In­deed, at 385 grams, it’s even lighter than the 460-gram Nikon 10-24mm DX zoom, and only just over a third of the weight of the Nikon 14-24mm.

De­spite be­ing a light­weight, the lens feels rea­son­ably well put to­gether. At­trac­tions in­clude ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus, ED (Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) glass and a rub­ber weather seal on the mount­ing plate. Un­like some of Nikon’s more lav­ish lenses, it has SIC (Su­per In­te­grated Coat­ing) rather than Nano Crys­tal Coat, but re­sis­tance to ghost­ing and flare is pretty good nonethe­less.


Along with the mod­est max­i­mum view­ing angle comes rel­a­tively lit­tle dis­tor­tion at the short­est zoom set­ting. Fring­ing is also min­i­mal, but lev­els of sharp­ness to­wards the edges of the frame are dis­ap­point­ing.


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