Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Nikkor 18mm f/2.8D
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25 July 2009
Conclusion: Bought this lens as a lightweight alternative to my 17-35 AFS....you can literally put this one in your coat pocket and along with a D700/24-10VR have a nice lightweight FX travel kit. So far I've been impressed, after reading a lot of bad reviews I've been pleasantly surprised by the image quality I'm getting form this lens. I use it under demanding conditions at dusk in city where flare is a big issue normally.
Pros: Size, performance, weight.
Cons: Price even used is high unless you get a private sale
Conclusion: My first Nikkor 18mm was the (great) f3.5 AIS... i loved it, but wanted more speed... I eventually found one of these (2.8 AF-D) for sale from a buddy for $200, bought it and never looked back. This is the only 18mm f2.8 AF prime out there (right?), and it fills that void nicely. The size is just right, the focus is super fast, i like that it's a 2.8, and the glass is just great. I liked it so much i got a second copy recently for $325....
Pros: Size, AF Speed, max ap. of 2.8, performance.
Cons: Cost (retail price), can be difficult to find used, the hood (HB-18) is extremely difficult to find.
Conclusion: This lens I use a lot. The reach on FF is very nice for indoor photography. But also outside it is very usable. This length is difficult to master. Everything at close is overly large. The premium of this lens is it's compactness and speed. I had the 14-24mm first and that lens is way to heavy for me and very vulnerable. The lens hood comes loose too quickly and can ruin the image. Also the hood is narrow and therefor the lens front is exposed.
Pros: Light weight, very compact, fast, good IQ.
Cons: Rotation of grip at AF, no weather sealing, not so good hood.
Conclusion: The list price of this lens is crazy but you can get it used for far less and its worth it. I do see spherical aberration on my digital bodies which is corrected easily (one click) in Nikon Capture. Other than that, this lens is very sharp from f2.8 and gets perfect stopped down. A Nikon classic for me!
Summary: I have been using this lens for almost as long as it has been available. First with an F5 and F4 then with a D100 and now with D200.For me it is valuable for general use as my standard lens where people are involved, for weddings, parties etc. I originally and still use it when I want to do a nature close-up and also be able to show that natural feature in its context -- even up to the horizon--like sea or mountain scapes.I also use it in landscape situations for...
Conclusion: Nice second prime lens to have for general photography.
Pros: The lens is much improved from the early manual focus 18mm F/4 and 18mm F/3.5 versions. As a lens for the Nikon DSLR, it performs very effectively as a 27mm wide angle lens (35mm basis). Contrast and color is better than most zooms that cover this range. Sharp, with good glare control. Good at F/2.8, too.
Cons: Lens hood does cause some light loss. I do not use it normally.