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| p.4 #2 · p.4 #2 · Nikon announced 18-35mm and 800mm F/5.6 lenses |
Unfortunately, I have to say "yawn". I was notionally interested in the 18-35 back when I was thinking of going FX, but AFAIC the price is insane, though not as insane as the 24-85VR. Hopefully, though, it'll be much better than the last 18-35 3.5-5.6 or whatever it was.
I don't think the price for the new 18-35 is insane as long as it is substantially better than the current AF-D model (which is pretty bad in my experience). The price for the 24-85VR IS insane in my opinion primarily due to the fact that it is no better than the previous non-VR version and in fact in some regards it has worse optical performance. The only "gain" was VR in my opinion, which is not worth the price for a mediocre lens (I have both versions and have compared them extensively, perhaps I got a VR-version dud, but my experience is in line with most others').
I don't mind paying this kind of price if the optical quality is excellent, even if it's not a fast aperture nor a constant aperture.
One other note on the 18-35 - for me it's not just how sharp it is, but also how well it handles flare and ghosting. As a landscape guy I have the sun in the frame a lot and I really don't like lenses that flare and ghost all over the place - we'll have to see with this lens. Perhaps I will place an order and try it out myself . . . .