Nikon offers several wide-angle zoom lenses. Most of these target professional users and consequently deliver very good if not exceptional performance. However, these lenses are also quite expensive and because of that usually not an option for amateurs.
There is an affordable Nikon wide zoom, though, the Nikkor AF-D 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5. Unfortunately, this lens looks a little outdated today (for example due to the lack of AF-S) and, what's maybe more important, it shows rather mediocre performance on modern digital FX cameras.
So, with the D600 now expanding Nikon's FX camera portfolio into the consumer segment, the pressure rose to update this lens and offer a modern and attractive wide angle zoom for current or future FX users.
As a result, the Nikkor AF-S 18-35mm f/3.5-4.5 G ED, was announced in January 2013. It offers a modern silent-wave AF drive and an update optical construction, now featuring 2 ED and 3 aspherical elements. Let's have a look at how the lens performs on our current FX test camera, the Nikon D3x.
Via Philippe Gassmann