A Gem of a lens that outperforms it's Market Segment and Price Point!
D. Swager "dwswager", Amazon
31 October 2014
Summary: Performance 4 Stars, Value 5 Stars Bottom LIne - In the field, under most conditions, this lens will produce almost identical results as the AF-S 16-35mm f/4 VR for $500 less. If you can afford it, I recommend the 16-35mm f/4 VR, but if you have to 'settle' for the 18-35mm your not optical quality. Every once in a while you run across a lens that exceeds it's marketing slot and price point. This is one such lens.
Excerpt: I rented this lens and was so impressed at how well it performed on my D7100 and D800 I ended up buying it. It's light, very sharp, has good Brokeh for an UWA lens and doesn't get in your way. I fully intended on buying the Nikon 16-35mm f/4 VR having previously owned that great lens but for the difference in weight and price it just didn't make sense to me.
Pros: Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Excerpt: With all due respect to those giving this lens 5 stars on a full frame, they must not be that discerning. This lens rates 5 stars on a crop sensor, 4 stars on full frame. I check lens sharpness by photographing antique bricks, and do so at four different aperatures and different focal lengths. On the D600, full frame, the corners are quite soft wide open. Corners sharpen to acceptable limits at f/7. The center of the image is tack sharp even wide open.
Excerpt: Do not be quick to judge this lens by its cheap price tag and lightweight, you really have to try it out to know what's what. After switching to Nikon from Canon half a year ago, I decided to get a 16-35mm f/4 VR from a local store, since it still has gold ring and great build quality + VR compare to the 14-24mm (which I can't use b/c I need to use filter).
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: Do not be fooled by its price tag, when compared with the 16-35mm f/4 and even with the 14-24mm f/2.8. The 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is an amazing lens, very light, extremely sharp. Great alternative for traveling. The sharpness with the D810 is superb. DxO rates it to be as sharp as the 14-24mm f/2.8, when paired with the D800E. I am very happy and amazed with the results and the light weight. Perfect for landscapes. 77mm filters do fit nicely.
Pros: Consistent Output, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Landscape, Lightweight, Low Light, Nice Bokeh, Rugged