Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR lens review: Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR lens

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CNET Editors' Rating

3.5 stars Very good
  • Overall: 7.5
  • Design: 7.0
  • Features: 7.0
  • Performance: 8.0
  • Image quality: 8.0
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The Good Consistently sharp; lightweight.

The Bad All plastic construction, including lens mount.

The Bottom Line The Nikon AF-S DX 18-105mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is a good choice for someone who wants more than the basic kit lens has to offer, while remaining compact and lightweight.

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For Nikon DX shooters looking to expand their horizons beyond the kit lens, the 18-105mm DX ED VR f3.5-5.6 lens is an attractive and reasonably priced addition to your collection. Introduced in August 2008 as a kit lens option for the D90, you can find it for well under $400. Delivering a 27-158mm 35mm equivalent focal length in a compact and lightweight package, combined with Nikon's Vibration Reduction (VR) image-stabilization technology, make this a good choice for travel and general pictorial photography. Although the telephoto range seems a likely option for portraits, its f5.6 maximum aperture does not permit the shallow depth of field desirable for those shots.

The lens fits in Nikon's lineup between the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and the 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G IF-ED VR options; there is also an 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens still current, but it lacks VR.

Design

    • Compact and lightweight at 14.8 ounces, in part due to its all-plastic construction.
    • Its G designation refers to its lack of an aperture ring.
    • As an internal focusing (IF) lens, the front element does not rotate which makes it good for working with circular polarizing filters.
    • The filter size is 67mm, with plastic threads on the filter mount.
    • There is no focusing scale, no depth-of-field scale and no infrared focusing marks. The only markings on the lens are the focal lengths displayed in white with markings for 18, 24, 35, 50, 70 and 105mm.

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Quick Specifications See All

  • Release date Sep. 15, 2008
  • Lens Aperture f/3.5-5.6
  • Weight 14.8 oz