AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
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
Plastic lens mount ruins a good lens.
This lens would get a good review if it were not for the lousy plastic mount. As another reviewer pointed out, this is the point of the lens under greatest stress and it is not up to th job. Had mine just 6 months and the lens litteraly fell off the camera when it was in use as the cheap, plastic ring mount appeared to have given way simply under the stress of holding the lens to the camera body. Apparently, Nikon UK consider this to be 'physical damage' and want to charge me $100 to repair it. So be careful. If any parts on your Nikon body or lens fail due to stress, it will be your fault and your cost. Defected from Nikon 16 years ago, but came back last year to give Nikon another try. Beginning to wish I'd stuck with my Canon D5 and lens! Feel sad because otherwise it's not a bad lens.
February 16, 2012
The plastic mount on this lens makes it worthless.
The plastic mount which is the most stressful point on any lens is worthless due to this fragile
and weak link.
December 12, 2011
Lens is not as sharp as its 18-135 mm predecessor
The 18-105 mm Nikkor provided as the "kit" lens for the new D7000 is no where near as sharp as its predecessor, the 18-135 mm. Though the 18-135 mm lacks the anti-vibration technology, I would certainly take it over the quite soft 18-105 mm. Nikon ought to simply insert AV technology in the quite good 18-135 mm design, and they'd have a winner.
July 18, 2011
Mount Breaks too Easily
My lens came with my camera. I had the lens less than one year when it just fell off the camera while taking a picture. I sent the lens in for repair and was told that it was not covered under warranty because I damaged the lens and therefore would be required to pay for it. I never damaged or dropped my lens. Other reviewers here have had the same complaint. When I appealed the decision again that I was the one who damaged the lens. I was also told that the lens’ mounts just don’t break and that I obviously must have done something to it (that is a quote). Apparently the company doesn’t understand manufacturing processes, because every manufacturing process has flaws. Lens mounts can be defective.
Additionally, the mounts are made of plastic. The chances of a plastic mount breaking are much higher than if a metal mount had been used. Either way I was blamed for the failure and it cost me to get it fixed.
This is the lens for you if you want one in which the mount will eventually break and you want to pay even if it’s still under warranty.
April 14, 2011
Cheap plastic mount broke and lens dropped
I was very happy with the lens until I was out hiking, turned the zoom and watched as my lens fell out of the camera and fell 20 ft. down the rocks. Don't buy ANY plastic mount lenses.
March 16, 2011
This lens was cheaply made!!!!!!!!
This lens came with the D90 kit that I purchased less than a year ago. Little did I know that the lens had a plastic mount. Just what little of time I used this lens, as I was mounting and dismounting the lens, the mount tabs broke off. I enquired about warranty relacement or repair I was told that it was not covered. From other reviews I have read, I am not the only one that has experienced this problem. I was and still am disatisfied with this lens, since I had to foot the cost of repairs.
July 30, 2010
I am very disappointed in the significant pincushion and barrel distortion of this lens and would not recommend that anyone buy one.
In any photos that should have straight lines in them, I have to use Photoshop's lens corrections if I want to make a framable print -- and I can't always fix the problems in Photoshop.
July 30, 2010
Plastic Mount is a big Problem
Had this for 18 months and took great pictures but just broke the plastic mount from a little bump. it will cost $200 + to get it fixed so not a good idea as it can easily break again. There are many reviews about this as a major issue with several of Nixon's kit lenses so buyer beware.
October 19, 2012