Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Review

December 22, 2011 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star

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The Nikon 18-105mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 is Nikon's latest ''kit'' lens, sold with the D90 digital SLR camera. The lens is designed to fit a camera with an APS-C (''subframe'') sensor, so while it will mount on Nikon film or FX digital bodies, it will show obvious vignetting when set to any focal length.
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The plastic-mount 18-105mm VR is a decent enough general-purpose lens for people who are in the price range of the D90 with which it is kitted, but for $400 ($300 in a kit with the D90), I'd rather buy something else.
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Announced with the D90, the 18-105mm rounds out a full line of 18-xx consumer zooms from Nikon. The xx choices are now 55, 70, 105, 135, and 200mm. The 18-105mm doesn't exactly replicate any equivalent film or FX sensor lens, as it is effectively the DX equivalent of a 28-160mm on those larger capture area cameras. Historically, this isn't quite in the superzoom range, but it's close (the first so called superzoom was 28-200mm).
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The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR was announced together with the Nikon D90 in 2008 and has since then been a very popular kit lens with quite a few DX DSLRs. However, it can also be purchased separately. The lens combines a very attractive zoom range with a quite affordable price of around 200€/300$ (at the time of this review), which is considerably less than the cost of stabilized super zoom lenses with an even larger focal range.
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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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