Nikon 18mm f/3.5 [AI-S]

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This light and compact wide-angle gives a 100° angle of view on FX. It gives sharp and contrasty images thanks to its modern optical formula, but flare and ghosts are easily produced under adverse light conditions. Designed with CRC for better sharpness when the lens is focused close. Some CA, and severe vignetting wide open. Sweet spot is f/8 to f/11.

Hood: HK-9. Case: CL-37.

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Mount: Nikon F.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/3.5 to f/22.
Close focus distance (CFD): 25 cm / 0.82 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:8.3 / 0.12X.
Focus: Manual.
Groups/elements: 10/11.
Filter diameter: 72 mm.
L x D, W: 63 x 75 mm, 350 g.
IR: No hotspot reports.
Approximate street price: USD 1080 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 1981-2005.

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Established: 1917
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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