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

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.

Editors' Rating
  • Design 7.0
  • Features 7.0
  • Performance 8.0
  • Image quality 8.0
7.5 Overall

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

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.

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  • Brand Nikon Inc.
  • Accessory Type Lenses
  • Lens Aperture f/3.5-5.6
  • Filter Size 67 mm
  • Type zoom lens
  • Length 3.5 in
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