Nikon announces the new Nikkor 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

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Nikon has just announced its new NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED FX lens. The AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED is an ultra wide-angle zoom lens that covers an ultra-wide to wide-angle from 18 to 35mm focal length. It has a minimum focus distance of 28 cm. This high-performance lens is equipped with two ED and three aspherical lens elements for superior optical performance. This is Nikon’s lightest (385g)  and travel friendly wide angle lens for FX cameras. Currently, if you want an ultra wide angle (<24mm), your only options are the 16-35mm f/4, 17-35mm f/2.8 or 14-24mm f/2.8. All these lenses are fairly expensive and heavy. The new Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 is certainly a light weight travel friendly ultra wide angle lens. The 18-35mm focal length is perfect for landscape, street photography and even portraits.

The Nikon 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 is available to pre-order at B&H.

AF-S NIKKOR 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Primary Features

  • An 18-35mm zoom lens that covers the ultra-wide to standard wide-angle range of focal lengths with approximately 1.9x magnification, supports maximum apertures of f/3.5-4.5, and offers compatibility with the FX format
  • A compact design that weighs just 385 g makes the lens small and light enough to take anywhere
  • A new optical design with superior resolution that makes the most of digital-SLR cameras with extremely high pixel counts, such as the D600
  • Constructed with two ED and three aspherical lens elements for superior aberration compensation
  • Superior rendering performance at all focusing distances, from minimum 28 cm to infinity
  • Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing
  • Equipped with two focus modes—autofocus with manual override (M/A) and manual focus (M)
  • A 7-blade rounded aperture for beautiful blur characteristics


Focal length
18-35 mm
Maximum aperture
Minimum aperture
Lens construction
12 elements in 8 groups (including 2 ED glass and 3 aspherical lens elements))
Angle of view
100° – 63° (76° – 44° with Nikon DX format)
Minimum focus distance
0.28 m/0.92 ft (from focal plane)
Maximum reproduction ratio
No. of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded)
Filter-attachment size
Diameter x length
(distance from camera lens mount flange)
Approximately 83 x 95 mm/3.3 x 3.7 in.
Approximately 385 g /13.6 oz
Supplied accessories
77 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-77, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-66, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1118

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Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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