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

November 4, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star

Sharpness at 18mm

Sharpness at 18mm

The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The AF-S Nikkor 18-35mm f3.5-4.5 lens was attached to a Nikon Df body, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. Mirror lock-up was activated and a cable release was used to prevent camera shake resulting from tripping the shutter. The 100% crops represent about 1/400th of the total frame area.

The full frame at 10mmThe full frame at 18mm

At 18mm the centre is very sharp even wide open at f/3.5, and remains usable down to f16.

The edges are somewhat fuzzy at f/3.5 but sharpen up quite nicely upon stopping down to f/5.6 or f/8.

The f22 setting is best avoided.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/3.5 f3.5.jpg f3.5.jpg
f/5.6 f5.6.jpg f5.6.jpg
f/8 f8.jpg f8.jpg
f/11 f11.jpg f11.jpg
f/16 f16.jpg f16.jpg
f/22 f22.jpg f22.jpg