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Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G ED Thomas, May 2013
 
 

Nikon AF-S 18-35mm f3.5-4.5G sample images

 

The following images were taken with the Nikon 18-35/3.5-4.5G on a D800. Each image was recorded in RAW and converted with Lightroom 4.4 at Camera Standard settings. Noise-reduction was set to 0, sharpening to 70/0.5/36/10, no extra tone, color, or saturation-adjustment was used. You can click on each image to access the large original. Please respect our copyright and only use those images for personal use.

Chrome, color, reflections: The lens reproduces them faithfully:

Red Morgan: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 18mm f8 on a D800
 
Main image and all 100% crops: 18mm, f8, 1/40 sec, 100 ISO

18mm on a full-frame can give you quite a dramatic perspective:

Red Morgan: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 18mm f4.5 on a D800
Main image and all 100% crops: 18mm, f4.5, 1/100 sec, 100 ISO
 
   
18mm, f4.5, 100 ISO
 
18mm, f4.5, 100 ISO
  18mm, f4.5, 100 ISO

Capture fine details in architecture shots:

Wichernhaus: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 18mm f4.0 on a D800
 
Main image and all 100% crops: 18mm, f4.0, 1/400 sec, 100 ISO

Scene shot at f8. No problem shooting against bright sky or white clouds:

Town Gate: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 18mm f8 on a D800
 
Main image and all 100% crops: 18mm, f8, 1/100 sec, 100 ISO

Now the same scene shot at f3.5. Shows what this lens is capable of even wide open:

Town Gate: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 18mm f3.5 on a D800
 
Main image and all 100% crops: 18mm, f3.5, 1/500 sec, 100 ISO

A beautiful magnolia stellata captured in all her glory:

Magnolia: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 22mm f5.6 on a D800
 
Main image and all 100% crops: 22mm, f5.6, 1/160 sec, 100 ISO

Closing in on the details. A shot from 35 cm distance:

Violets: close-up shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 35mm f8 on a D800
Main image and all 100% crops: 35mm, f8, 1/80 sec, 100 ISO
 
   
35mm, f8, 100 ISO
 
35mm, f8, 100 ISO
  35mm, f8, 100 ISO

Details aplenty on this serene scene:

Duck Pond: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 35mm f8 on a D800
Main image and all 100% crops: 35mm, f8, 1/160 sec, 100 ISO
 
   
35mm, f8, 100 ISO
 
35mm, f8, 100 ISO
  35mm, f8, 100 ISO

Structures and textures are well defined:

Old House: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 24mm f8 on a D800
 
Main image and all 100% crops: 24mm, f8, 1/10 sec, 100 ISO

The following shot shows what happens if you're shooting with the sun in your frame. This is one of the worst flares that I could produce with this lens. Of 33 shots under similar conditions 6 showed comparable flare and 3 others were slightly affected. This on the other hand means that about 2/3 of the shots showed no sign of flare or ghosting which is not bad under these adverse conditions. There's also no veiling glare in this image and the blacks are really black. That's a pretty good result.

Flare/Glare: shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 24mm f11 on a D800
24mm, f11, 1/250 sec, 100 ISO
 

You can even produce some Bokeh with this lens: zoom in to 35mm and get close to your subject like with the following tulips. But it's nervous with outlining clearly showing:

Tulips: Bokeh shot with Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G at 35mm f4.5 on a D800
 
Main image and all 50% crops: 35mm, f4.5, 1/400 sec, 100 ISO

 

For more examples check out all my high-resolution Nikon AF-S 18-35/3.5-4.5G sample images.

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