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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
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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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|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||1.15 pounds|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.99 x 3.5 x 2.99 in||2.91 x 3.43 x 2.91 in||3.03 x 3.82 x 3.03 in||2.83 x 3.35 x 2.83 in||2.36 x 2.6 x 2.36 in||3.07 x 3.23 x 3.07 in|
|Item Weight||0.93 lb||0.85 lb||1.25 lbs||1.07 lbs||6.88 ounces||1.07 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||105 millimeters||135 millimeters||200 millimeters||85 millimeters||55 millimeters||85 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||16 millimeters||18 millimeters||24 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||67 millimeters||72 millimeters||28 millimeters||55 millimeters||72 millimeters|
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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Top Customer Reviews
Although significantly bulkier and heavier than the 18-55mm, it is much nicer to lug about than the 18-200 version. For me this one lense covers 80% of the focal range I use - it would be 90-95% if it were 16-105. This degree of utility may not apply to other people depending of the subject matter they like.
There are times when I prefer a specific prime in the range covered but in most instances the prime does not have a significant advantage.
The zoom range of 18 to 105mm covers about 95 percent of the range most avid hobbyists will ever need. The ideal portrait range falls right in the middle of the sweet spot of the zoom range.
Across the entire 18-105 zoom range, this lens has noticeably more sharpness than the 18-55mm kit lens. There is less geometric distortion and less chromatic abberation as well, with low levels that are excellent for a kit lens. It is significantly better than the Canon 18-135 lens in the same price range.
Even though it's an F3.5 to 5.6, it stays open a bit wider through the same zoom range as compared to the 18-55 kit lens, which means at 24mm, this lens is at F3.8 instead of F4 for the 18-55. Images will be just a tad better in low light at similar zoom ranges as compared to the original 18-55mm kit lens.
The lens has auto-focus and built in vibration reduction that works with all Nikon DSLR bodies, including the D40. The construction quality is on par for an upscale kit lens with a little tighter and better feel. The plastic mount fits snugly onto the camera body. The plastic mount does not seem to be a problem during normal use, and it certainly offers no loss of optical performance. It's more of a psychological problem than a real one unless you're prone to carelessly smashing your lens into solid objects. That said, if Nikon had spent the extra dollar on a metal mount, this would have been their best selling lens.
For the price of this lens, I'd say it's Nikon's best bang for the buck, especially from the point of view of optical quality.
Optically, I took the lens out for a test drive. Images were all crisp and clear without using the "vibration reduction" mode. The VR switch is below the autofocus/manual switch. Turn it off if you use a tripod. Turn it on if you are hand-holding the lens while shooting.
Nikon's ED glass is superb. This lens is no exception.