Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D Review

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This is an in-depth review of the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED, a variable aperture zoom lens that was released a long time ago, in year 2000. The lens has been recently replaced with the Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED, which I recently reviewed and praised for its superb performance. I decided to post this particular review, because it might be useful for those that are considering purchasing the lens at a bargain price, now that it has been replaced and will soon be discontinued. Plus, I have all the data I need for a detailed review.

Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D

The Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D was never a very popular lens. Although it was generally a pretty good performer (for its price) on film and earlier APS-C cameras, it was known to have rather poor corner performance, visible distortion, vignetting and chromatic aberration problems. With the introduction of high-resolution full-frame and APS-C cameras, these optical problems got amplified even more, making it a difficult lens to work with. In this review, I will be comparing the Nikon 18-35mm to its AF-S replacement and will spend some time talking about features, handling and optical performance of the lens.

1) Lens Specifications

Main Features:

  1. Wide-angle to standard zoom versatility
  2. 77mm screw-on filter thread
  3. ED glass and aspherical lens elements are utilized for superior optical performance and reduced chromatic aberration
  4. Internal Focusing (IF) design
Nikon 18-35mm AF-D Sample (7)

NIKON D800E + 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 18mm, ISO 100, 1/50, f/11.0

Technical Specifications:

  1. Focal length: 18-35mm
  2. Maximum aperture: f/3.5
  3. Minimum aperture: f/22
  4. Lens construction: 11 elements in 8 groups (with 1 ED and 1 aspherical lens elements)
  5. Angle of view: 100° – 62° (76° – 44° with Nikon DX format)
  6. Closest focusing distance: 0.33 m (1.1 ft.)
  7. Maximum reproduction ratio: 0.15x
  8. No. of diaphragm blades: 7
  9. Filter/attachment size: 77mm
  10. Diameter x length (extension from the camera’s lens-mount flange): Approximately 91.4 x 81.2 mm
  11. Weight: 370 g/13 oz.
  12. Supplied accessories: HB-23 Hood, 77mm lens cap, Rear lens cap
Nikon 18-35mm AF-D Sample (6)

NIKON D7100 + 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 @ 18mm, ISO 6400, 1/25, f/6.3

Other technical information, including manufacturer-provided MTF chart can be found in the Nikon AF NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5D IF-ED page from our lens database.

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