Nikon 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED IF AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
- 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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|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F|
|Included Components||HB-32 Flower Type Lens Shade, CL-0195 Soft Lens|
|Item Dimensions||3 x 0.12 x 3 inches|
|Item Weight||0.86 pounds|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5|
|Maximum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.35 pounds|
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
* 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.
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.
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:
- 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.
- 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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I was very pleased with my lens and it came in a timely fashion!Published 2 months ago by dorothy redland
Excellent lens and a great general purpose addition to any lens collection.Published 4 months ago by Stillard
after the first use appeared dirt on the lens in my opinion has problems with focus .. but came in perfect conditionPublished 5 months ago by jose manuel rojas
Sharp and quiet, more than what I was expecting. The auto focus was so quiet, I thought it was broken. I had forgotten whose name was on it, it's what I expect from Nikon.Published 5 months ago by Mike Orvos
Decent lenses to start off with, definetely had a lot of dust. The zoom ring is rather sticky. The focus ring is amazing.Published 5 months ago by Cameron Everard