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 35mm

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 24mmThe full frame at 35mm

At the 35mm zoom setting, centre sharpness peaks wide open at f/5.6, and remains very good down to f11.

The borders are sharpest at f/8 and f11.

Aperture Centre Crop Edge Crop
f/4.5 f4.5.jpg f4.5.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