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Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • It includes LC-67 67mm snap-on front lens cap , LF-1 rear lens cap , HB-32 Bayonet lens hood, CL-1018 Flexible lens pouch
  • Vibration Reduction is engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens and enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than normal.
  • Aspherical lens element virtually eliminates coma and other types of lens aberration, further improving image integrity.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
  • Close focusing to 1.48 feet - Creative close-up photography is possible throughout the entire zoom range.

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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 2179
  • Lens Type: Zoom lens
  • Mounting Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
  • Minimum focal length: 18 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 89 x 76 x 2.5 inches ; 14.9 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 6 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B001EO6W8K
  • Item model number: 2179
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (176 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 17, 2003

Product Description

This 5.8x zoom, designed exclusively for use with Nikon's DX-format, features Nikon's VR image stabilization and is perfect for portraits and action. The wide-ratio 5.8x zoomCompact, versatile and ideal for a broad range of shooting situations, ranging from interiors and landscapes to beautiful portraits--a perfect everyday zoom. Vibration Reduction is engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens and enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.

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I have a similar Nikon lens range 55 to 200, but the 18 to 105 is much more clear and sharp.
TJF in UAE
The 18mm focal length is great for some wide angle shots (make do with the 18mm while you save up for a true wide angle lens if you haven't already).
Danny Yu
Overall this lens feels like it is a really good product and feels very robust and well made.
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286 of 299 people found the following review helpful By Cheap-n-Easy on January 14, 2010
I got this lens with my D90 kit. I am also a fan of Ken Rockwell, his reviews and deep expert knowledge about cameras, film and digital. Especially his expertise with Nikon over the past 30 or so years helped me a lot to be smarter about equipment and take better pictures. Ken is not the biggest fan of this AF-S 18-105 VR lens and that would naturally lead many people to caution. I have done my own comparison and truly believe he is too negative about this lens.

What I have:
Nikon D90 (SOLD - great cam but I needed a better/faster autofocus system to capture fast moving kids therefore I got the:)
Nikon D300s (SOLD - D my new D7000 eclipses it in every aspect)
Nikon D7000 (Simply fantastic!!!)
Nikon D40 (Sold my old trusty D40. After the D7000 came on board it was just not neccessary to hold onto it any longer0
AF-S 35mm f/1.8 prime (you MUST get this one)
AF-S 18-105 VR (This review)
AF-S 18-200 VR II
AF-S 18-55 VR D40 kit lens (sold with D40 body)
AF-S 55-200 VR (For Sale)
AF-S 70-300 VR (Tripod wildlife shots and similar; unfortunately rarely used)
AF-S 10-24 (The best and widest non-fisheye lens for DX cams. Expensive, but will hold its value. This lens is FANTASTIC and a must for any serious photographer. Save buying an expensive body, go with a D40 or a D5000 and get this lens!)

What is good about the AF-S 18-105 VR:
- Very versatile! Great zoom range for most of your photography needs.
- Better AF "hit rate" than the AF-S 18-200 VR
- Sharp, well exposed pictures with really great colors all the time.
- Still "relatively" portable for the zoom range it provides.
- Probably the best bang for the buck AF-S DX VR lens!
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220 of 229 people found the following review helpful By Honest Opinion on November 15, 2008
If you take photographs for fun then this is a great lens. I am using it on the ultimate fun camera, a Nikon D40 and the lens completes it very well. I usually don't analyse things to death like photographing text from a Newspaper or grid patterns to measure sharpness or distortion. I just use it to take pictures and observe the results like a normal person would. Having said that I am quite critical and have had really good cameras with excellent optics.

Overall this lens feels like it is a really good product and feels very robust and well made. It is well finished and shows good attention to detail and quality control. The two rings (zoom and focus) feel and glide very well. albeit with a very slight plastic sliding sound. The switches feel fairly OK and generally everything seems like it will last a very very long time. Of course it cannot match a mid 80's Nikon prime lens but it is hard to make such a comparison. Firstly they are built differently with different numbers of components and secondly they are used differently.

Personally I don't understand the difference that a steel camera mount would make over the plastic one this lens has. I suppose if you remove and replace the camera lots of times then it could make a difference. Although having said that a plastic surface on the lens would be kinder the steel mount on the camera. Plastic being self lubricating would prevent both from being scratched. I don't sleep less well at night because of it.

Visually the lens looks a bit plain and lacks the silver ring that the 18-55 came with. It also lacks an writing on the forward business end of the camera. There are also no markings for focal length.

One thing about this lens that I do find very annoying is the extremely fiddly lens cap.
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222 of 232 people found the following review helpful By Brian K. Martin on June 10, 2009
I was torn between the 18-105mm and 18-200mm. After a week of shooting with both on a D40x a few things became clear:
- the 105 seems to be more reliable - it can focus correctly more often (less hunt) and the VR, though less powerful than the VRII, reduces blur more often (for me) than the VRII on the 200mm
- the 105 is much more comfortable on the D40/D60 body. It feels almost perfect. Not too heavy; not too light. Just right.
- the color saturation is better on the 18-200mm
- the sharpness is very similar on both (at the center at least).

My recommendation is that if money is tight and the weight of the camera is important to you (since this is a walk around lens), the 18-105mm is a very nice upgrade to the 18-55mm or the 18-55mm & 55-200mm combo. You can use the extra $ for a nice flash and the 35mm prime. If money is not and issue and you find yourself shooting a lot of images at 200mm - then go for the 18-200mm. Image quality will not be a deciding factor.

Perhaps order the 18-200mm, shoot for a week with it and look at how often you use the range 105-200mm. If you are not using it often - trade it in for the 105mm. Otherwise, remember that cropping on an image taken at 105mm is not a replacement for 200mm optical zoom for more reasons than pixel count - focus, exposure, and depth of field are also different under real zoom and I find this important for portraits.

In the end I sent my 18-200mm back and kept the 18-105mm.
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132 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Mark Alsip on February 10, 2010
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Of the dozen or so Nikon lenses I've owned, this is the first I've been unhappy with. Features vs. price isn't a problem, but quality of materials has turned out to be a huge issue. To save money or weight (or both) Nikon has used thin, cheap plastic instead of metal for the bayonet mount. I didn't notice just how thin and fragile this plastic was until shooting in 28 degree weather last month, when the lens literally fell off the camera body as I was zoomed in on a subject.

Inside the body I found a tiny shard of black plastic that turned out to be all that ever held the lens on the body. Comparing the shard to the remainder that had NOT broken off the lens, I was shocked to see just how thin this very important of plastic had been on the day the lens left the factory -- what I mean is, I wasn't looking at a mount worn thin by repeated use: this was original material and workmanship with no signs of abuse or wear in the 10 months since I'd purchased it new.

The lens is on its way to Nikon repair now but the only thing I fear more than them NOT fixing it for free is that they'll replace it with another poorly-made lens that's going to fall apart on me in the middle of an important shoot. I don't "baby" my equipment but I do take care of it and I expect it to last for years as a result. This used to be what Nikon stood for and I'm still using Nikon lenses purchased over 20 year ago. Corners were obviously cut to produce this lens cheaply and in looking at how it's made, I'm not surprised it fell off the camera body and into a snow bank during normal use. This lens does NOT represent a commitment to quality. Unless you plan on never removing it from the camera body, I would look elsewhere...
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