One year with the AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm

The sample photos and more are also available in a gallery.

One year ago I bought my AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF DX, for the reasons that you can read in my blog post of the past year. I assigned myself the task of using the new lens in place of the primes it replaces for at least one year, so now it's the moment of drawing some conclusion.

Prati allagati a Casei Gerola.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 18 mm, 1/200 sec @ ƒ/8, -0.33 EV, ISO 160, hand-held.

Le ciel s'éclaircit au-dessus de Col de Vars.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 35 mm, 1/500 sec @ ƒ/8, -0.33 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

Il campanile di Curon Vecchia.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 24 mm, 1/320 sec @ ƒ/8, -1.00 EV, ISO 180, hand-held.

St. Moritzersee.

Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 29 mm, 1/320 sec @ ƒ/8, -1.00 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

In a few words - I'm extremely happy of my purchase. I didn't run any side-by-side test, but I understand that the new lens is not as crisp as the 35mm ƒ/1.8, the 50mm ƒ/1.8 and the 85mm ƒ/1.8 - but the difference is not so large. On the other hand, the flexibility of composition that the zoom offers, as well as the fact that it's much easier to carry along than the three lenses it replaces, gave me the opportunity of taking quite a number of shots that I'd have probably missed otherwise.

Une petite tempête de neige dans la vallée.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 70 mm, 1/250 sec @ ƒ/8, -0.67 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

Le sorbier et la neige (Sorbus aucuparia).

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 62 mm, 1/100 sec @ ƒ/8, ISO 100, hand-held.

La première lumière du matin.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 70 mm, 1/160 sec @ ƒ/8, -0.67 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

Le dégel.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 70 mm, 1/640 sec @ ƒ/11, -0.33 EV, ISO 110, hand-held.

Roughly the 80% of the photos with the 18-70mm were taken with the Nikon D5100 - actually, the lens is mounted there most of the time. This combination is lightweight and compact - perfect for travel photography.

Le nuvole su Monteriggioni.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 60 mm, 1/400 sec @ ƒ/11, -1.33 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

Una mattina di maggio a Sant'Antimo.

Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 70 mm, 1/200 sec @ ƒ/11, -1.33 EV, ISO 200, hand-held.

Tra San Quirico d'Orcia e Pienza.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 18 mm, 1/160 sec @ ƒ/11, -0.67 EV, ISO 110, hand-held.

La transhumance dans la Vallée de la Clarée.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 52 mm, 1/250 sec @ ƒ/11, -1.00 EV, ISO 125, hand-held.

Does this mean that I'll never use those primes again? Definitely not. When you have all the time of the world to take your shot, carefully searching for the right point of view, mounting the tripod, waiting for the proper light, you also have the time to mount a prime. The lens might not make a big difference - the time you take does. This approach often is not compatible with travel photography, because you're in a hurry. And for the past year I mostly was in a hurry.

Le vent dans la vallée de la Durance.

Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 25 mm, 1/640 sec @ ƒ/8, -2.00 EV, ISO 110, hand-held.

Paysage près de Col de Menée.

Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 40 mm, 1/125 sec @ ƒ/11, -0.67 EV, ISO 320, hand-held.

Champ de coquelicots près de Chichilianne (Papaver rhoeas).

Nikon D7000 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 70 mm, 1/160 sec @ ƒ/13, -0.67 EV, ISO 160, hand-held.

Saint-Benoit-en-Diois.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 65 mm, 1/250 sec @ ƒ/11, -0.67 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

Now, my new assignment for the next twelve months is: find the proper pace, slow down as much as it's possible. The very few times I was able to do that in the past year not only I took better photos, but I also enjoyed the moment.

Champ de colza dans le Plateau d'Albion.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 18 mm, 1/250 sec @ ƒ/11, -0.67 EV, ISO 250, polarizer, hand-held.

Lavande à Ferrassières.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 38 mm, 1/125 sec @ ƒ/11, -1.33 EV, ISO 100, hand-held.

Champ d'engrain.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 70 mm, 1/160 sec @ ƒ/11, -0.33 EV, ISO 250, hand-held.

Lavande à Sénanque.

Nikon D5100 + Nikkor 18-70mm ƒ/3.5-4.5G ED DX AF-S @ 46 mm, 1/200 sec @ ƒ/16, -1.33 EV, ISO 280, hand-held.