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Nikon AF Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED 35mm Zoom

4.53/5 (62 Reviews)


  • MPN1998
    Product ID20724256
    Weight13 oz
    Length3.3 in
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance13.2 in
    Diameter3.2 in
    Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Attachment / Filter Size77 mm
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Min Aperturef/22
    Picture Angle62 - 100 degrees
    Focal Length18mm - 35mm
    Groups / Elements11 Elements in 8 Groups
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/4.5
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    MountNikon
    Designed for Digital CameraYes

Product Description

Versatile, high-performance wide angle zoom with Internal Focusing (IF) design for smoother, faster AF. Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element reduces chromatic aberrations providing superior optical performance, even at maximum aperture. Focus distance of 1 foot to infinity is ideal for landscape, snapshot, candid, environmental, close-up and full length portrait photography. Nikon D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes.


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Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by Peter Harrap a Expert

Date Reviewed: January 25, 2008

Strengths:    Goodish build quality and good ergomics.

Weaknesses:    Lots of distortion Lots of fringing.
It cannot cope at all with strong highlights. Reflections off chreome car parts in sunlight give rise to extraordinary images!!! Like a solar flare the light appears to rise from the cars surfaces as a solid shape of light- takes some beating! Both copies did this at the central portion of the image. The curvature of field makes it unsuitable for landscapes as in AF mode objects etc that SHOULD be in focus at a distance and infinity are not so. They are blurred. There's also Ankh-shaped flare marks and really horrid green ghosting circles if the sky is brightly lit in the image area. You do NOT have to have the sun there at all.

I gave up aghast


Bottom Line:   
I have had 2 copies purchased from the same online dealer. I would not advise anyone to buy this bit of glass.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $200.00

Purchased At:   online

Similar Products Used:   18-55DX f3.5-5.6 Nikkor. Tamron 17-50mm f2.8 zoom, 18-70mm f3.5-4.5 AFS Nikkor

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Andyb a Professional

Date Reviewed: May 28, 2005

Strengths:    SHARP!
Great contrast and colour rendition.
Light weight.


Weaknesses:    Some distortion at 18mm.

Bottom Line:   
I have used this lens now for over a year and I absolutely love it. For a lens to continue to surprise me the way this does after continued use is quite something. I have never really needed to question whether I should have spent the extra on the AFS f2.8 lens of roughly similar focal length that Nikon offer - because this little lens is such a star.

There have been maybe one or two times when it would have been nice to have f2.8, but not enough for it to make that much of a difference (hey, at 18mm the difference between f3.5 and f2.8 is minimal!). This lens is sharp, sharp, sharp, the contrast is fantastic and the auto focus very quick too, due to it's short throw.

There is some barrel distortion at 18mm, so this is not the right lens for architecture, so that's worth considering.

Some people complain about the build quality and that it is plasticky. So what? I use it professionaly and throw it around quite a lot and it seems to shrug it all off with style. Weight in a lens does not equal performance. I have no hesitation in recommending this lens. Buy it, it will serve you well and produce outstanding results for you. It has a permanent place in my camera bag.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Purchased At:   Park Cameras

Similar Products Used:   Many Nikon lenses
Tokina 28-80 f2.8 ATX Pro (this is stunning)


Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by arronyoung a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: October 19, 2004

Strengths:    1:light
2:sharp and contrast
3:color is saturation
4:cheap


Weaknesses:    1:the filter is a little big
2:MF is not good.
3:the edge is a little soft.


Bottom Line:   
An excellent lens, and can not find the opponent in this type, only prime lens and constant aperture zoom lens can beat it a little.
With open aperture, it's sharp and good contrast,when slow down to F8, excellent!!
the color is saturation,and the photo have abundant layer.
Whem with F8,it can compete with prime lens such as 24/2.8,and 35/2.
For test the lens ,I use a rule as the model ,and used 24/2.8,35/2 and this lens,with 100VS.and can see ,when open aperture,the center is as good as prime, but the edge is softer.(motion, the prime lens use the F2 or F2.8,and this lens is 4.5 and 4 ). when all slow to F8, it's very hard to distinguish which is prime and which is this len.
the flare controlled very good ,and can say the best controll.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $403.00

Purchased At:   China

Similar Products Used:   nikkor 24/2.8,35/2,and 28~100G

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by angeljusto a Expert

Date Reviewed: October 15, 2004

Strengths:    Light but well built.
Included lens hood.
Quite fast AF.


Weaknesses:    Distorsion, curved horizons everywhere.
A bit of color fringing.


Bottom Line:   
Great as a cheaper alternative to the 17-35mm, at least on a DSLR.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Paulus Tirta a Beginner from Jakarta , Indonesia

Date Reviewed: January 30, 2004

Strengths:    Proven built Quality
Excellent sharpness and colour except on the far corners


Weaknesses:    For it's price ... none!

Bottom Line:   
This maybe the best market offered wide zoom lens for non pro budget.. talk about plasticky feel ,couple days ago i incidently drop my beloved lens from 2 1\2 feet away , straight down to the hard surface when i foolly forget to zip my lowepro lens case.And this little lens just survive that accident..The moment i checked the whole function it just worked well, nothing was damage . However ,there is a little scratch i found just below the filter ring..

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Duration Product Used:   0-1 years

Price Paid:    $380.00

Similar Products Used:   Nikon AF 28-85
Nikon 80-200


Type of photography:   Outdoor



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