Field Test Nikon 18-35/3.5-4.5

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Surfworx Photography, Jun 11, 2004.

  1. Greetings,

    Nothing too scientific here, I just purchased the lens and gave it a run out
    in the field today. In particular I was interested in it's low light
    capabilities, and if there was any distortion on my DSLR.
    Overall, I'm looking forward to using the lens alot in future.

    Here are some sample images:

    Good depth of Field, colour and contrast range:
    http://www.surfworx.com.au/Museum/pages/DSCF5742.htm

    Low light and available light capabilities were quite versatile too:
    http://www.surfworx.com.au/Museum/pages/DSCF5793.htm

    You can also get quite close (33cm) with the lens too:
    http://www.surfworx.com.au/Museum/pages/DSCF5842.htm

    No distortion at the outer edges or loss of sharpness:
    http://www.surfworx.com.au/Museum/pages/DSCF5957.htm

    I'd have to, at this stage anyway, recommend the lens to a Nikon based user.
    It is lightweight, is surprisingly hard to flare, and provides good range.
    The only bad point is the focus motor noise - hardly worth mentioning.

    Happy snapping!

    Derrick
     
    Surfworx Photography, Jun 11, 2004
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  2. Surfworx Photography

    n.t. Guest

    I have owned this lens for some time now and it is unquestionably a very
    high-quality lens. the only thing it lacks is fast aperture, but for 3x the
    price and 2x the weight you can have the 2.8 version (don't think so..)
    I recently bought a 20mm AfD f2.8, I have heard that it is a Nikon classic
    (for indoor low-light stuff) and after comparing the two with some tests
    (light fall off, sharpness, linear distortion etc..) so I was surprised to
    discover that the 18-35 actually outperformed or equalled the prime in all
    tests. I should also point out that I tested these lenses on a DSLR so on a
    film camera you will obviously see more aberrations.
    n.t.
     
    n.t., Jun 11, 2004
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