The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED lens just got DxOMark tested.
The score for this lens tested on D800 is 26, other than the super 14-24mm f/2.8 lens, it is one of the best wide-angle zoom lens for Nikon DSLRs.
With the price close to the Tokina, this new Nikon’s ‘moderate to slow’ variable aperture, all-plastic construction and lack of an aperture collar may all be viewed as shortcomings. Looking on the up-side, the material choice means the lens weighs just 385g and yet, even after adopting a large 77mm filter size, it somehow retains relatively compact dimensions making it highly portable. As for the optical quality, it’s first class and will no doubt be a good match for the inevitable high-resolution bodies that must surely exist on the drawing boards of Nikon facilities in Tokyo and Sendai.
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