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Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens

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  • Nikon 18-70mm f3.5-4.5g
  • Exclusive Silent Wave Motor for high-speed auto-focusing with accuracy and super-quiet operation
  • Optimized DX lens design is compatible with every Nikon D-Series digital SLR cameras
  • Compact 3.8X zoom covers portrait to wide view (76' at 18mm to 22 50' at 70mm)
  • Three Nikon ED glass elements, plus aspheric element for low distortion and minimized chromatic aberration
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Technical Details

  • Brand Name: Nikon
  • Model: 2149
  • Lens Type: Wide Angle
  • Minimum focal length: 18 millimeters
  • Maximum focal length: 70 millimeters
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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3 x 3 x 3 inches ; 13.8 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0001YEOCU
  • Item model number: 2149
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: April 21, 2005

Product Description

Compact 3.8X zoom covers portrait to wide view (76' at 18mm to 22 50' at 70mm).Optimized DX lens design is compatible with every Nikon D-Series digital SLR cameras.Three Nikon ED glass elements, plus aspheric element for low distortion and minimized chromatic aberration.Exclusive Silent Wave Motor for high-speed auto-focusing with accuracy and super-quiet operation.

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Customer Reviews

This lens is a good "walk-around" lens.
rj
I opted for the 18-70 lens after they recommended it instead of the 18-55 kit lens due to better quality optics and sturdier construction.
A. Drew
This lens will be as gift for beginner and pros photographers.
Mikheil

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

58 of 60 people found the following review helpful By Ben on December 27, 2005
I recieved my lens with my D70 kit and have used it for the past year and a half. The 18-70 is a great lens, particularly for outdoor photography. Indoors, it is a little more limited due to the variable aperture but works well when used with flash. The zoom range and the silent wave focus are the best features. Stopped down, the lens is also quite sharp.

My shooting with this lens was predominately landscape and event photography, and has really produced some nice pictures. I've since upgraded to a 17-55 f/2.8 lens due to the better low light performance, sharpness and build quality, but aside from a little barrel distortion and light fall-off at 18mm, the 18-70 is no slouch. I'd recommend it as a light travel lens or a good starter lens.
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48 of 51 people found the following review helpful By abarak on February 1, 2006
As most people I guess, I got this lens as part of the D70 kit. The D70 plus this lens make a great kit at a reasonable price. Things I liked -

* Wide to mid-tele zoom range: I find this lens zoom range good for 99% of the photo opportunties I have, which include family life and an occational travel.

* f/22 minimum aperture allows for night photography longer exposures without need for natural density filters

* Optical quality: Given enough available light, this lens is good, color and geometrical distortions are almot unnoticeable. As with all wide lenses, some goemetrical distorion is noticable at the wide zoom range (under 24mm)

* Silent focus and build quality: This is not the old Nikon almost military spec lens construction, it still however feels solid and nice to hold and operate

Things I didn't like -

* The included hood has somewhat cheap feel

* Aperture opening is limiting in some cases, for more capable indoor photography you'll want a fixed f/2.8 zoom, which cost ~3x, or better yet an f/1.8 prime lens and give up zoom altogether.

Why four and not five stars? there are better (and much more expesive) lenses - these would be five stars in absolute rank. In terms of bang for the buck - this is a five stars lens.
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52 of 57 people found the following review helpful By A. Drew on December 25, 2005
I bought my D50 at a local camera store in my town. I opted for the 18-70 lens after they recommended it instead of the 18-55 kit lens due to better quality optics and sturdier construction. The 18-55 has a plastic mount while the 18-70 has a metal one.

I've had the camera and lens for a week -- and, so far, I've taken over 400 photos. The lens has an excellent range. The wide angle of 18mm (equivalent to 27mm) is great for shooting interior rooms and group shots (no more telling everyone to sqeeze in!). It zooms out to a decent 70mm (equivalent to 105mm).

Compared to my five-year-old point and shoot, this is a night-and-day improvement. In focuses instantly--even in the dark. Image quality is excellent: it is easy to adjust the depth of field and blur out the background.
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14 of 14 people found the following review helpful By Bill on March 27, 2007
I must say, this lens rocks. It's very contrasty and color redention is great. And very sharp, too. Many zoom lenses don't perform well at their longest focal length, especially at the widest aperture. But even at 70mm and f/4.5, it can still hang with the big boys. There's a little bit of light falloff in the corners at 18mm wide open. However, that's no show stopper because it's not bad and rarely will you need a wide open aperture at that focal length. There's some barrel distortion at 18mm, but will not be noticable in most shots. In the real world we don't take pictures of pieces of paper with grid lines, do we? The f/3.5-4.5 is a little faster than your typical f/4-5.6 zooms. So you get slightly faster shutter speeds and better autofocus performance in low light. And the autofocus is fast and accurate, especially for a lens in this price range. The focus ring has a nice smooth damped feeling when focusing manually. But the focus ring is in the back and zoom ring in the front, which takes some getting used to. Build quality is great for a lens of this price point. And there's even a rubber seal on the lens mount-I've never had a lens with a seal. The lens hood was hard to remove and install, but if you grab it by the sides and not top and bottom, it makes it easier. But I still found it a little tight, so I sanded the plastic stops on the hood. You may want to do this to yours. The filter thread is 67mm-filters of this size are a bit pricey, but not nearly as bad as 77 or 82mm. Overall, the 18-70 is about the best bang for the buck Nikon offers!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By rj on April 16, 2010
This lens is a good "walk-around" lens. A walk around lens needs to be small, lightweight, still reasonably fast, and should range from medium wide to short tele. Nikon's kit lenses have all incorporated these features more or less. The problem is that the demanded versatility and portability sometimes requires compromises in terms of image quality and built quality.

Therefore you have to ask the question, if it would be better to spend money on a decent point-and-shoot camera instead of spending it on a compromise lens. You bought a SLR for a special purpose, and a kit lenses will most likely defeat some of that purpose, whatever it was.

Anyway, this lens does it's job pretty well. In my opinion it has the perfect range for a walk-around lens. It's small and lightweight.

Compared to other available "compromises" there are some pro's and con's:
Pros:
- optically maybe Nikon's best kit lens according to various tests on the web.
- longer telephoto reach than the cheaper 18-55 mm lenses.
- better built quality than almost all Nikon kit lenses (metal mount).
- with f/4.5 at the long end it's faster than other kit lenses and Nikon's 16-85 VR (which is otherwise in a different class for price and built quality).
- way lighter and cheaper than pro alround lenses (17-55 f/2.8)
- Bokeh is not bad and seems to be much nicer than in many of Nikon's other DX zooms.

Cons:
- no VR. In my opinion this could be a deal breaker. VR works great for what it is made for and you get it now in all newer cheap lenses basically for free. The faster long end of this lens (f/4.5 instead of the usual 5.6 now) will help your low light focus but the it won't compensate for VR in terms of camera shake. The difference is not big enough.
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