AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Nice versatile zoom lens
This lens came with my D90 and makes great pictures from 18-105. If I could only take one lense this would be it. It does need more light being f 3.5 to 5.6 still a great lens.
July 30, 2010
A great kit zoom lens
Came as the stock lens for the D80. Very versatile zoom range, though not very quick (f 3.5-5.6). Great response with good lighting or a flash. A little bit of barrel distortion as you zoom, but nothing really noticeable unless you view at 100%.
Overall a great, lightweight zoom lens for the DX bodies.
July 30, 2010
Very good general purpose
As a newbie to DSLR I cut my teeth on this lens. I have had it for about 1 1/2 years and used it about 90% of the time. It has served me well.
The mount has not been a problem, but then I baby the camera and lens.
My only gripe with the lens is that it doesn't focus as closely as I'd like. 1 1/2 feet is ok but I'd like it to be about 1/2 feet.
I currently covet the 18-200mm VR II lens. It is sharper and gives you that almost 100mm further reach.
July 30, 2010
This lens came with the camera when i bought it in 2008. While the lens itself has consistently produced great quality sharp images, the first 2 months i had it, i often had an error message, which was to do with the mount connection. There were several times the camera wouldn't shoot when i was in Morocco and i was furious about it. Then other times it would work again.
I sent the camera and lens back to Nikon for repair under warranty, and since then (18 months ago), i haven't had a single problem with it. It's a surprisingly good lens for a kit lens!
July 20, 2010
QUALIDADE QUE SURPREENDEU.
Uma lente extremamente versátil rápida, silenciosa perfeita para diversos motivos, uma resposta muito boa para locais de extrema luminosidade.
April 22, 2012
Fine for casual shooting, but don't look for details
Unfortunately I bought the lens with a D500 for image quality. If used indoors (studio) on a tripod the lens always is sharp on the right hand side and out of focus on the left. The upper left is a joke. I've been trying this for over a year and I'll probably need to get a fixed focus lens.
July 31, 2013
Great versatility, poor durability
I've had my D90 for about 3 years. This lens offers tremendous versatility and has done a very serviceable job. I am not a pro, so I don't take thousands upon thousands of photos. But I am an avid amateur and have enjoyed this setup very much. If I have to grab one lens to go, this is the one I revert to. That being said, I am disappointed that after a couple of years of what I consider average use, the plastic mount on the lens has cracked. There was no sudden impact or drop from a height. Just went to take off the lens, and crack goes the mount and a slim piece of plastic sheered right off one of the flanges that anchors the lens to the camera body. I'm in the process of working with Nikon to send it back for repair since there is no Nikon service provider in my area. My fear is that I'll be told that it can't be fixed and the lens is shot. And of course out of warranty. I hope I'm wrong. I've been using Nikon SLR products and lenses for decades and have subjected them to much tougher treatment than this lens has gotten, so I was surprised at the mount failure- and disappointed.
May 4, 2012
"ehh" pretty much sums up this lens
Recently I gave away all my canon stuff, and received the nikon d7000 as a gift & it came with this lens. Its alright, the word "ehh" pretty much sums up the performance. I just got the lens yesterday and im somewhat impressed but there are some things that annoy me so far. For example, the changing aperture from 18-105. At 105 the aperture is at 5.6 which does not let in much light. and also when you zoom in and out you have to change your exposure. If nikon could make this a 2.8 through out the zoom range it would be an amazing lens.
December 26, 2011
It is a good lens i usually take it to camps and take and other places
thats petty much it its a good lens to start off with.
November 30, 2011
Technically advanced build quality ?
Although this lens has all the technical advancements we have come to expect from Nikon and performs well in the field, I am disappointed with the plastic build quality. Many trade-offs for weight vs solid build vs cost. Much plastic. Unsure of quality of lenses vs my original AF lenses. Have to really consider durability in the field to decide if this is the lens for you.
August 10, 2011
Good, but not Great
The lens zooms smoothly, focuses fast and accurately. It fully covers the portrait range, rather than having than having that awkward break at 55 mm.
It is fairly sharp, but not crisp. I expected a Nikon lens to fairly "pop" with sharpness. My 18-105 does not. I have two point-and-shoot cameras that are sharper. I love the Nikon D-90 camera and its 3200 ISO, but wish I had bought the camera without the "kit" lens and had bought another lens separately.
August 8, 2011
This lens was a kit lens for my camera and for the time being it performed alright. Low-light performance is quite bad, due to the slow aperture. The zoom works well, with no zoom creep. The sharpness is alright, however at the longer focal length one can see some distortion
April 14, 2011
O.K. lens, not super sharp
The lens seems average for for overall serviceability. Sharpness seems lacking.
April 14, 2011
Can't use it yet
I can't discuss how good the camera is or whether I would recommend it because I haven't been able to use it yet. I had been using the Nikon D100 for years when I decided to buy the Nikon D7000 with telephoto lens. I explained to the salesman that I shot only in RAW. He did not tell me I would have to upgrade to Adobe Photoshop CS5 in order to process my photos. After struggling for a few days with my Photoshop CS3, I found that was the problem. In order to install CS5 I finally found I had to upgrade the memory in my computer and buy Snow Leopard. So I had to add onto the cost of the camera and lens the cost of Photoshop CS5 (luckily I got a student discount), the cost of memory updates and the cost of Snow Leopard. I had set enough money aside for the camera and lens but had not anticipated the extra expenses. It will take me a long time to climb out of the debt I incurred.
I fault Nikon for not making that clear, Adobe for making it necessary, and the salesman at Camera and Darkroom in Santa Fe for not telling me. He was, by the way, very familiar with the camera and owned it himself.
March 23, 2011
Decent all purpose lens from wide to telephoto
Pro's ... MSRP of $400 for a single lens that will cover wide angle (18mm) to telephoto (105mm). Attractive price when included as a kit.
Con's ... Plastic mount where Nikon has had to service the lens due to failure within 3000 pictures taken.
As a general statement, a 'dedicated' focal length will outperform a 'multipurpose' lens. However, if you're looking for one lens to mount and use from wide angle to telephoto, the AF-S 18-105mm DX ED VR is worth considering. An alternative to consider includes the 18-70mm DX ED which did not have the VR feature (but still going strong after 15K pictures taken). Others include the 16-85mm ED VR or 18-200mm VR II if your budget permits.
For professionals, you'll probably be disappointed with distortion in the 18-105mm range. Most users won't notice such distortion, or correct with software. I'm generally happy with the lens in general shooting to allow subject composition from within 2' to telephoto while covering wide angle landscapes and portraits. For the serious shooter, you'll probably have a fisheye, wide angle, wide angle zoom, 50mm standard focal, 60mm micro, and high power zoom in your Nikkor inventory. For those on a limited budget while trying to have a single lens to accomplish multiple tasks where f/stop and distortion most often won't be an issue, the 18-105mm is a decent overall lens where the 18-200mm might be a better choice for the extra money.
August 10, 2010
Fragile but useful
I have used this lens for over a year. It is good as an overall "normal" lens. It is also lightweight compared to other lenses. As with any lens that only reaches 105mm, it has limitations on macro photography, and can be a little short for some landscapes. The clarity is excellent, and I have produced sharp photos with excellent color rendition. My one beef is the plastic mount. This has proved a bit fragile for my use out in wilderness settings, and I recently had to return it for repair because an unnoticed blow apparently shattered one flange of the mount. This caused the electronic connections to go haywire and give error messages as well as incorrect exposures. Upon closer inspection, I also found that the sharp corners and edges on the mount were rounded off with wear. I have had a single body to work with and often switch lenses. I am not sure the plastic will stand up to heavy use of this nature. If the mount breaks, you will be paying for the repair (as noted in other reviews I have read) because it will be put down to impact damage. It is apparent that the plastic has limitations.
My recommendation, having just purchased the 18-200mm is buy that instead. It has a metal mount, greater range and versatility, and better macro capability all in one lens.
August 2, 2010
Good pictures; lightweigt; fragile construction
The lens is quiet and easy to use and is relatively light, making it a good companion for travel. I've taken good pictures in daylight and night time with and without flash.
However, while traveling overseas, my lens was attached to a D90 in a padded bag when it slipped off a suitcase onto the airport floor and the plastic lens mount broke, even though it was not a really hard fall. I was able to continue to use the lens for still photos by holding it tightly to the camera, though it was difficult.
July 31, 2010
WA chromatic abberation is disappointing.
Actually, my lens is a Nikkor AF-S 18-135 lens. It's not listed and this is as close as I could come. When I bought the camera, I thought, 'Wow! A great Nikkor zoom. This will be terrific!" I was surprised to find, on the WA setting, shooting on the shadow side of my subject, chromatic abberation. It's not just awful, but this is a Nikkor! Disappointing.
July 30, 2010
I good kit-lens for beginner.
A good lens for beginner, you can get a wide-angle until tele. The quality is acceptable, but it's feel too plasticy. The VR is usually useful, Anyway, what do you expect from a kit-lens, it's better than 18-55mm. I wouldn't recommend people to buy this lens separately, one is it a bit too expensive, two it's not worth to but separately as a walk-around lens, I would prefer 18-200 VRII, it's something worth more to invest in.
I would say, if you are getting a D90 and you are a beginner, just want to walk around taking some pictures for personal usage, go for it. But if you want to get it separately, go for the 18-200 VRII, it's more worth to invest.
July 30, 2010
for the price, its ok
The first thing I told my wife is that even my old 50mm/1.8 E Series gives me better results than this one. But thats obvious.
Really, it all depends on what you are looking for from a lens. Something inexpensive and usable for general purposes is what you get with this lens. And for the most part, most of us amateurs should be able to use it happily.
I have not used it for too long (only about 3 months) and its been working fine for me as a packaged lens with D90. If I had a choice, I'd pay a little more and get a packaged deal with 18-200mm + d90.
Lastly, Nikon has never disappointed me. And while I always harp about prices, Nikon is a part of my family.
July 30, 2010
Great optics.Easy to use.BUT it is not up to the quality of the other NIKON lenses I own.
The plastic mount will break if you tap anything with it.I wish the mount had been made of metal but it would have made it cost more
April 24, 2013
Nice lens, easy to use, great range.
Just picked this lens up as a replacement to my kit lens that came with my D80. Used for two weeks and noticed the lens was loose on the body. After inspection found that part of the PLASTIC mount was cracked so the lens could not be secure to the body. Bummer, I didn't even think about the mount being plastic but I guess you get what you pay for. My 70-200 f2.8 has a metal mount and this will never happen. Lesson learned.
December 27, 2012
Sharpness doesn't kick in until f/11
I never see any professional photographers comment on any of these kit lenses or entry level lenses, so I will do my best.
I would only recommend this lens to someone who just needed a lens for a holiday family get together. I don't mind shooting wide with it, but wow, it's almost like having a fisheye lens with the amount of barrel distortion present at 18mm. Very weird for a focal length of 18-105mm. I would expect that in an 18-200mm or an 18-300mm, but not this one. One of my test shots was as follows: Tripod mounted, VR off, ISO 100, SB-900 as Key, SB-600 as backlight, 1/250s Shutter, started shooting subject at f/5.6 in 1/3 stop increments. The lens didn't even sharpen up until f/11. Very disappointing. Now, I understand that this lens is no means close to a pro lens, but I've never owned a Nikon entry level kit lens that wasn't sharp at it's lowest aperture, let alone one that didn't start to show more signs of sharpening by the first stop decrease. The few photos that managed to turn out somewhat useful still needed extensive sharpening in Photoshop.
However, the color rendition is fantastic. Nice, vibrant color reproduction and almost no noticeable chromatic aberration. There is quite a bit of vignetting apparent at all apertures at 105mm, but Adobe Camera Raw's automatic lens correction profile takes care of this without a hitch. The biggest downside to this lens is the fact that it has so much barrel distortion, people's features change when corrected in Lightroom.
I would recommend sticking with the 18-55mm VR and 55-200 VR if you want to go the kit lens route. Sure you will be switching out the lenses, but the quality of your photographs will be drastically improved. Besides, unless you really need a wide angle view indoors, you won't be swapping lenses all that often, as the 55-200mm VR works superbly for indoor shooting. It possesses great color reproduction, sharpness, and not too much vignetting. As for the 18-55mm VR; there is a time for panoramas and wide angle shots. Typically that time is not when you will need a 200mm focal length. Also, with only having the mid-range of focal lengths, the 18-55mm VR gives you the benefit of a wide angle without all of the extra barrel distortion and vignetting as noticed with the 18-105mm. Both the 18-55 and 55-200 are tried and true, and the utmost of Nikon quality outside of the pro realm. They produce great photos and were matched to work together, not just in focal length, but photographic production as well.
November 12, 2011
The lens mount is plastic and breakes easily, I was told the camera is not heavy enough to have a metal mount and that there are not issues with this lens, but just google Nikom lens mount issues and you will see that this is a big problem and not covered by there 5 year warranty.
September 15, 2011
Disappointing Build Quality
I got this lens as a kit lens with my D90. I had dropped my camera bag (not too hard) with the lens attached. The plastic mounting broke to my dismay. I have since read a number of similar stories online. How much more would it cost to make a metal mounting? Pennies or a buck or two at the most and it would save many people the grief of having to seek out service, not to mention the expense. Not happy with the quality.
August 19, 2011
can't get a real sharp image/slow
i bought this lens w/ the d7000. not real happy. i love the range, but it is not real sharp and it is slow, especially at 105mm. forget it if your doing indoor photography w/o flash or good lighting. i have to use 6400+ just to get frozen action.
i only use it when i absolutely have to. that's not the way i want to spend my money.
wish i would have spent more on another lens. a couple hundred dollars more would have saved me a couple of hundred i have already spent.
April 20, 2011
Had this for less then a month and one of the pieces that hold it to the camera body broke when it was slightly knocked. There isn't any fixing this piece. I have to buy a new lens or try hold the lens in place so it doesn't lean forward at that connection point. What a bummer...
August 1, 2010
Nice optics, poor mount
How could such a great company ruin such a great lens with a plastic mount? Before having it repaired, I had to twist it back and forth gently to get it in just the right position for the camera to recognize it. It is working now, but based on hundreds of comments all over the web, I'm sure it will probably happen again, probably after the warranty has expired. Again, the image quality with this lens on my D90 is excellent, but I'm just living in constant fear tht it will break again.
July 30, 2010
Lens mount is very poor!
After I had this lens for about a year, the mount (which is made of plastic) broke, so I got a replacement and that one broke, too! The last time it broke, I had the camera around my neck and jumped down from about 3 feet. That simple jolt was enough to snap the lens off--I didn't hit it against anything, it just snapped off.
Furthermore, both lenses became loose within a year, even with just on-and-off uses. I ended up having to hold the lens tight against the camera body and twisting it back and forth to get it to work consistently.
This lens takes great pictures, but what good is that if the mount is cheap and the lens eventually loosens and breaks???!!
I guess this is another example of "you get what you pay for".
If you buy this lens, treat it gently!
July 9, 2010
Objectif assez bas de gamme quant à la correction de la distortion "pin cushion". Netteté juste sur la normale. J'ai même essayé un autre 18-105 neuf pour comparer... mêmes résultats. Ne disposant pas d'un banc optique pour les autres aberrations, j'avoue que je suis très déçu des résultats. Pourtant je changeais mon D70 (6mpx) avec un objectif qui ma foi, était fort bien. Mon D90 à 12 MPX. avec cet objectif : mes images de 6mpx étaient meilleures.
L'objectif de base 18-55 est beaucoup mieux corrigé même s'il est peu dispendieux.
March 6, 2013