breivog's reviews

  • Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED AF-S Nikkor

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    Light, sharp. good autofocus, smooth zoom and focus rings.
    no VR, Variable f-stop, not weather sealed, significant distortion at 18mm, not a wide as some alternatives.

    I have compared this lens to the 17-35 2.8 and the 16-35 f4 VR myself on a D800. IMHO, this new lens is better than either (at the same focal lengths) - and much cheaper and lighter. At f8, all of these are fairly similar, but at f4, the 18-35 has considerable sharper corners than the 16-35, and a bit sharper than the 17-35.

    Used it as a primary lens on a trip to Death valley. Results were very good. Quite a bit better than the 24-85G at 24mm.

    This lens is weakest at 35mm, but still pretty good.

    For hiking, it is and ideal wide angle when weight and size area consideration.

    reviewed April 13th, 2013 (purchased for $750)