AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Excellent all around lens
* Zoom range is just perfect for regular indoor/outdoor.
* Lens is fairly light (compared to 18-200) and photo quality is still comparable
* Perfect for indoors also if used with a bounce flash (like SB-700)
14 juin 2012
Great everywhere lens.
I got D90 that came with this lens. I later bought a Tamron 18-300mm lens. But this lens always produces much better images, even though it doesn't zoom as far. I finally packed and Tamron lens away and sold it. Go with Nikon!
14 mai 2012
Great all around lens
Ease of use: it is well balanced on a D5100 - it is far from that front heavy feeling that deteriorates mirrorless APS-C cameras. I love the focus ring... but it could be a bit more wide. It weighs just as much, that it is comfortable for a walk. Zoom rings and tubes are OK, no creeping, and turning smoothly. Plastic bayonet?? I can't state anything about it, because I use it since less than two weeks. I have read many users stating it is strong enough, but I will handle with care.
Sharpness: excellent at the center, and no dramatic drop towards the edges. Great color rendering.
Distortion: really exists, and somewhat pronounced. Sometimes ADC is a Must.
Vignetting: pronounced with max. aperture at the wide and long end - stopping down by 2/3-1 stop helps much. But in some situations you have to live with it.
Macro: it is not really intended for macro, but makes nice pictures of flowers.
Out of focus blur: I love it at 105mm - but obviously, there are far more powerful bokeh-makers.
VR: helps much. At wide end, even 1/2.5s handheld is possible with appropriate shooting technique.
Focus speed: not a speed demon, but fast enough in most of the situations.
Zoom reach: usually you won't need more at the tele end, but if you shoot wildlife (butterflies, birds, mammals etc.), a 70-300 VR tele will improve the situation much. Wide is nice, but nothing more than standard.
Final words: bearable compromises, great performance for price.
4 avril 2012
5 Stars based on class of lens
I originally got this lens with my D90 when it was first introduced 3 years ago, when I was new to Digital SLR after decades shooting film with Canon equipment. The 18-105 is the most versatile lens in my kit now in that it handles a wide range of shooting styles from landscapes, travel, portraiture, and almost macro close up very well but excels in none of them. Over the last several years I have gotten some of the best lenses Nikon makes, which are stellar for their specialty but none, are more versatile regardless of price. I recommend this lens for beginners who are not sure of their special interests yet and probably will not know until after taking thousands of photos. This lens allows someone to explore such a wide variety of shooting subjects that it is almost an essential lens for newcomers.
I also recommend this lens to travelers and casual shooters because it is light weight and quite capable of producing images that anyone regardless of experience, would be proud of.
What is its strengths: Light weight, wide range of zoom, very close minimum focusing distance(almost macro), nice flare resistance, good contrast, excellent Vibration Reduction(VR), smooth manual focusing, good sharpness at widest apertures and excellent sharpness stopped down to, say f/8, good out of focus rendering at longer focal lengths which is really effective at 90mm or so for portraits that blur the background pleasantly to isolate the very sharply focused subject, and bargain price.
What are the weaknesses? It is not as good for ambient light indoor photography because its maximum aperture not optimized for it....use a flash when the light is dim, moderately slow automatic focusing in low light, geometric distortion at the widest focal lengths, a little pincushion distortion at 105 mm focal length, Software correctable CA at wide apertures. These all sound bad but they impact every lens to varying degrees and compared to other lenses in its class and price range, these are better specs than others.
Note that this lens has a plastic lens mount which I've heard is criticized for potential weakness but my experience is that after 80,000 shots on two different Nikon cameras(D90 and D7000) in rough conditions of event and back country shooting it seems rugged and I would have no qualms about taking it anywhere.
So, with $10,000 in great, heavy lenses in my bag, the 18-105 is still shot frequently, particularly for walks and travel, or anywhere when using the great SB900 flash with it.
1 avril 2012
Awesome lens, works perfect for every occasion, great lens for a great price
21 mars 2012