AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Not bad for the money
Once you understand that this lens retails separately for about £200 or so you will start to realise that it is pretty good for the money. As a standard kit lens it gives you a good start without having to purchase anything else unless you want to have a much longer focal length. It is plastic and it could do with a metal lens mount but that's what the money buys. Of course if you get the bug then you will want to spend more on prime lenses or zooms with better glass in them. I have found this lens pretty much does the job as long as the maximum zoom is avoided unless the aperture is close to the sweet spot. I now crave a 70-200 f2.8 VRII lens so that there is no need to push this lens right up to 105mm - which, let's face it, it does pretty well unless you are a serious enthusiast or professional, in which case - why did you buy this lens?!
February 23, 2012
A true allrounder
It's a true day to day use lens for portrait, travel, close up work.
January 10, 2012
fun, easy to use lense
I use this lense for Pet portraits and landscapes, and actually have gotten great results. I've printed these photos and have gotten awesome prints, so it produces pretty sharp photos.
November 17, 2011
great walk-about lens
A wonderful walk-about lens to be kitted with any DX SLR camera. Though considered by many as an alternative to the 18-55 the 18-105 is actually a formidable lens to get used to the camera and to get an idea of what you want to add to your collection of lenses. That aside as a flexible working lens to be used in variable situations like urban areas, the 18-105 delivers a great wide angle and then carries the focus through to a wonderful 105mm for an urban portrait or a more cropped scene for example.
Near field objects render wonderful bokeh in small apertures in both 18mm or even at the top end at 105mm.
Downside is the seemingly useless and somewhat bad idea of the black paper ring around the front of the lens, which seems to have no real use what so ever.
A better, higher end version of this lens would certainly fill a niche in the ever saturated "kit-lens" alternative.
November 7, 2011
My goto lens for travel
I have two of these. The first was the kit-lens for my D90. The second a replacement due to an accident at the airport, read on....
It's a really nice range for street, landscapes and night photography (with tripod). My only complaint is that the flange ring holding it on the camera is made of plastic, which severely reduces the build quality of this lens. But for the price, range and performance you can't go wrong. My tip: Don't transport your camera with this lens attached to it in a bag, it might just snap off, if the bag falls over. See why I have two?
October 18, 2011
Purchased to replace kit 18mm-55mm lens which came with D5100--did not feel this had enough flexibility for everyday use at low level zoom (portraits, close-nature, framing objects, etc). Like the lens a lot so far, good optics/clariity. Since not IF type, it is a little cumbersome (4" long at 18mm, 6" long at 105mm), but is fairly lightweight, so easy to handle. Have also ordered a 55mm-200m IF type for extended capability.
August 22, 2011
serviceable, but cheap mount
Use this lens for personal & semi pro use. Mount to camera body is plastic and broke within 2 years of rather light use; my only complaint.
August 4, 2011
I use this lens on my D7000 and found it to be a great all around everyday lens for close up, portrait, landscape and medium telephoto shots. It is my go to lens unless I am doing long distance shots of nature and wildlife. The photos comes out sharp and colourful. Auto focus is quick and the vibration reduction greatly helps is getting those tack sharp pictures. I will recommend this lens to anyone.
July 28, 2011
Good cheap lens.
The lens came as part of body lens combo with the D7000. The lens certainly works well with the camera and provided some amazing shots. If cosr were not an option, I would probably purchase the 18 - 200 MM lens. This will happen in the future, but for now, I am quite happy the the lens I have.
July 8, 2011
This is a good lens. I wish the package would offered the Nikkor 18-200mm lens.
May 21, 2011
I was surprised
I had read some bad reviews of this lens and was a little worried. I've been pleasantly surprised with it. I'm happy with the quality I'm able to get with this kit lens. I really love the range 18-105 for portraits and can't wait to shoot with it more. Good lens for the price.
May 20, 2011
Many Strengths, one weakness
The 18-200mm lens was purchased as a set with the D-90 camera and provides all the focal length and aperture required for general non-professional use. It has all the strengths of the Nikon family of lenses [coatings, craftmanship, internal vibration reductution, manual options,etc.] But, as with the rest of the new SLR cameras with interchangeable lens, there is a plastic ring attaching the lens to the body which is very insubstantial. Be very gentle and there is no problem. Strike anything immovable with the lens and you will be visiting the repair shop.
May 3, 2011
Good lens but read below-Caution
Great Lens but repairs can cost 1/2 the cost of the lens. lot's of plastic inside.
Broke the cheap plastic mount and paid $125 to repair.
In a separate incident- A screw came loose inside the lense (very common with inexpensive lenses like this one) and jammed the zoom/auto focus-rendering the lense mostly useless. Fortunately this lense has a 5yr mfg warranty which Nikon is fixing at no charge!
April 25, 2011
An OK Lense
Light weight and easy to use. Lack of an aperture ring drives me crazy, as my last camera was an F3 and that was standard.
Absolutely hate the lens cap, which is very difficult to place with the shield on and if the camera is lifted, even a little by the shield, the lens cap easily comes off. Bad design in my opinion.
I have reached into my bag many times to find the lens cap off and suggest that the lens should automatically come from the factory with a glass lens uv/skylight filter to protect the lens from fingers that accidentally touch it.
April 24, 2011
Such a great lens!
I have used (and I'm still using it today) this lens for more than one year and this is such a good lens!
I have bought it with D90, which makes a great couple together.
This lens is very very sharp and usable in each "category" to photograph.
I used it for gigs, portraits and landscapes, with the best of the results!
I would (definitely) recommend it instead of 18-55mm ;)
April 21, 2011
Great Walk Around Lens
I purchased this lens as part of a kit. I have found it to be a good lens for general photography. It has sufficient range to perform in most photographic situations. The only issue I have with it is that the aperture is not large enough when zoomed in for some lowlight situations. While this is not always an issue, it is something to consider when purchasing this lens.
April 18, 2011
Great First Lens
This is a great first lens. If has a good focus range, but is too slow for most action shots. The boken is good at the 18 end but when you reach out to 105 you can tell that the aperture closes up, and background blur gets less. For most everyday uses this is a great lens but I wouldn't recommend this if you are going to try and make a profit off of your shots. For any other use I WOULD recommend this lens.
April 18, 2011
Good lens for the price
I've used this lens allot for all kinds of photography, though the images I get from it varies from just ok to very good (sometimes) for the price of this lens I can't complain, I get good enough images with it for my needs with a cheaper lens, overall the lens is a decent investment for personal photography
April 17, 2011
A great kit lens
This lens is a perfect range for DX sensor cameras - you add an 80-200mm or 70-300mm zoom, and you have a great 2 lens kit for travel. I shoot this lens a lot on a custom infrared converted Nikon D200 camera body. The VR gives me at least 1.5 stops of hand-holdable shutter speed advantage, although subject movement becomes a problem sometimes, and no VR lens can fix that.
April 16, 2011
Good overall lens for day to day shots.
I am very happy with this lens on my D-90. All of my pictures are in focus and the wide angle and zoom capability make it very flexible for most pictures. I have had my camera and lens for 15 months now. I would recommend this lens to my friends and others.
April 16, 2011
A very nice kit lens!
This lens is good if you are buying it as a kit lens which come with a kit set of D90 or D7000 either than that you shouldn't but it. I would recommend 18-200mm VR more over than this. Due to it's range, it making me having a limit, I have a feeling of pushing beyond 105mm limit. Other than the range problem, this lens is consider very good as a kit lens. It can do nice color and I haven't seen any ghosting effect as my other old lenses.
Caution: If you planing to use this lens for a video shooting on your DSLR Mic don't use the autofocus mode because the sound of the focus is terribly bad and noisy it also quite slow.
April 16, 2011
On my camera 90% of the time.
I purchased this lens as an upgrade from the 18-55 that came on my D50. I purchased a D90 (Body only) and wanted better glass for it.
April 15, 2011
fairly quick / great for landscapes
I find this lens really good for the type of landscapes I shoot with my d300s. It has given me the type of pictures that I need for my business, especially the deep shadowed detail I am looking for.
The one criticism. I wish that it felt more substantial I worry that it will not last very long when I am climbinmg over rocks or through heavy brush.
April 15, 2011
Better Than I Expected
This is the lens that came with my Nikon D7000 and the more I use it the better I like it. It's at its optical best in the 24mm-60mm range which suits my style. In the 60mm-105mm range it's still very good when you pay attention to aperture settings for best sharpness. f8 seems to be the sweet spot in this range. For the price you can't beat it and the colour rendition is just fine.
April 14, 2011
This lens gets great pictures and has a comfortable zoom range for most situations. My only complaint is that it could have a bit better aperture.
April 14, 2011
I have been away from SLR photography for about 10 years after being involved for about 40 years. Back in those days my favorite lens was my 43-86 zoom. I would say that the 18-105 is a great replacement in current technology and a perfect pairing with my new D7000.
In my first outing with it I did notice that I need to remove the lens hood with the flash on in the wide angle mode. Since the hood is notched it seems curious that they didn't take this into consideration and allow one of the notches to line up on top. I think that might have eliminated the shadow if you forget to take it off.
April 14, 2011
as far as kit lenses go, this is the one to get. it's not much larger than the 18-55, but gives you so much more useable length. my daughter's both have the 18-55, which is also a great lens, but grab my 18-105 whenever i'm not using it. that's how much of a difference it makes. takes great shots and you don't miss much.
April 14, 2011
This is a great lens for the features and price
If you are on a budget or are new to photography this is the lens for you. It is a great well rounded lens, it came with my D7000 from Best Buy and has served me well. I sometimes take it to school and I see some lizards around and I take pictures of them and the size of the lens and the mediocre low light functionality means it is a good lens. However I would have liked it to have a better zoom so I will be getting a 55-300mm vr lens. I would say that this lens is something that is a "must" in any camera bag!
March 18, 2011
Great all purpose lens.
This has become my primary lens for all that i shoot. Very dependable.
December 14, 2010
Great kit lens
I got the 18-105 with my D3000, as a present from my family. It was great they chose to upgrade the standard kit to a better lens, instead of going for a better camera. This piece of glass is truly versatile, and of very decent optical quality. As stated in other reviews, plastic mount, a bit of distortion at 18 and some vigneting at 105 isn't five stars, but this lens keeps cost down while affording a fantastic zoom range, truly weel chosen by Nikon. VR works indeed, and at mid values sharpness is comparable to much higher grade lenses. So, a fantastic piece of kit for newbies and intermediate users, no doubt about it.
August 12, 2010