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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
|Price:||$396.95 & FREE Shipping|
- 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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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-32|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (DX)|
|Image Stabilization||Vibration reduction up to 3 stops|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 2.99 x 3.5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||422 grams|
|Item Weight||0.93 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.45 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, plastic mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||17.76 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||76 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.54 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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- 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.
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!Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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...
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Purchased for a gift! My mother loves it! I like it too...works great!Published 6 days ago by kelli trent
I use this lens most of the time on my Nikon D 7100 and it is super.The VR works wonders as I found out on my trip to Sabino Canyon where I rode the bumpy shuttle. Read morePublished 1 month ago by chondroman
i inherited this lens from daughter, along with d7000, a kit, sure it works but what a quality control disaster, do yourself a huge favor , stay PRIMEPublished 2 months ago by Jody Koepp Norris
This lens came with my D7100 kit and it is a great starter lens. It is not fast enough to be used in very low light or indoor sports events but it does a good job everywhere else. Read morePublished 2 months ago by Daniel Hunter