Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX (VR) Vibration Reduction Lens F/DSLR Cameras - Grey Market


About Nikon 18-105mm

This Nikon 5.8x zoom camera lens is designed exclusively for use with Nikon's DX-format, features Nikon's VR image stabilization and is perfect for portraits and action.

The Nikon 18-105mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Weddings and more.The Nikon 18-105mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 18-105mm: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Lightweight

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (51),Easily interchangeable (36),Lightweight (35),Consistent output (34),Durable (20),Strong construction (12),Rugged (9),Nice bokeh (7)
Poor in low light (7),Heavy (5),Slow focus (5),Weak casing (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (31),Sports/action (17),Weddings (16),General purpose (15),Wildlife photos (14),Low light (13),Night photography (10),Landscape photography (8),Video (7),Macro photography (6),Upgrade (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (17),Enthusiast (10),Semi-pro photographer (10),Casual photographer (7),Semi-professional (5),Pro photographer (4),Photography student (3)

Nikon 18-105mm Features

  • Compact, 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.
  • An ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) glass element minimizes chromatic aberration, contributing to superior optical performance.
  • 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.
  • Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • Close focusing to 1.48 feet
  • Rounded 7-blade diaphragm renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Nikon 18-105mm Specifications

Focal Length Range
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Note: DX lenses are not recommended for use with "full-frame" digital or 35mm film SLR cameras
Zoom Ratio
Maximum Aperture
Minimum Aperture
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Vibration Reduction
Distance Information
ED Glass Elements
Super Integrated Coating
Aspherical Element(s)
Yes, One element
Manual/Auto Focus Mode
Minimum Focus Distance
1.48 ft. (0.45m)
Maximum Angle of View
Minimum Angle of View
Lens (Elements)
Lens (Groups)
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Accepts Filter Type
Filter Size
Lens Attachment Size
Lens Case
Lens Hood
3.0" x 3.5" (Diameter x Length)
76 x 89mm (Diameter x Length)
14.8oz. (420g)

Nikon 18-105mm Reviews

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(based on 177 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


A great all round lens

I made the mistake of purchasing the body then the lens, learned a lession the hard way. The lens is great if provides me with a nice focal range. I now have the 105mm 2.8 and my next is 85mm 1.8


Most Liked Negative Review


Be careful with this lens

I purchased this to replace my broken 18-135. I was very cautious having read a review about left and right edge focus issues but I really liked the features of this lens. I created some test shots that included some very sharp focus requirements at the edges. (I used some white lace items) I found that the other review was, indeed, correct so I returned this lens and purchased the 16-85 lens. [...]

Reviewed by 177 customers


Excellent prodct


from Undisclosed

Great in Value and quality. Sharp images, excellent colour reproduction, quick in focus and blurr-free photos. As a new user I am really happy with performance of lens as well as camera (D7100)


Don't let "KIT LENS" discourage you!


from Branson, MO, USA

I received this lens with my D7000 in early 2012. Overall it was a great lens on this body but went quite soft past 70mm and I was concerned about the plastic mount. So, after reading numerous reviews, I decided to purchase the Nikon 16-85VR hoping to see a big improvement especially at the long end and I found the wider end to be a plus. Sharpness on the long end versus the 18-105VR and the build quality is better with the 16-85VR, but at twice the price of the 18-105VR, the improvements in my opinion were cost prohibitive! Enter the D7100...On this camera body, the 18-105VR really came to life even more so than the 16-85VR. Don't misunderstand me, both are good lenses, but for the money, the 18-105VR is difficult to beat unless you graduate to professional grade glass. The 16-85VR handles CA's a bit better, and it should at double the price, but this is easily corrected and both lenses suffer from moderate distortion and pin cushion which is also easily fixed. However, for general street photography, flowers and landscapes, the 18-105VR is very good overall; tack sharp and well worth the price. Mounted on the D7100, you would have to be a pixel peeper to tell the difference between the two lenses from wide to mid-range of their respective zoom ranges. The only reason I gave this lens only 4 stars is the plastic bayonet mount. DO NOT grab the camera by the lens with the 18-105VR as some plastic mounts have broken. And it remains a bit soft on the long end, but for the money, one can't go wrong with the 18-105VR especially on a newer body. I know there are many who will say I'm nuts. But for general photography, this glass is difficult to beat for the price!


I wanted to like it.


from Eastern Sierra, CA

My issue with this lens is that it reflects the shortcuts in construction to make it a less expensive kit lens. No issues with the glass itself, the VR, focusing all good, and a handy zoom range. The lens mount is plastic, not metal like most other quality Nikon lenses. If you hurriedly pick up your gear up by the lens (hey we all do it once in awhile) instead of the body your lens may just break off like mine did. Nikon charges to fix this and says it is from being knocked/abused. The plastic 'seal' at the end of the outer ring under which the inner barrel slides can slip out of place allowing debris to enter. So if you treat the lens with kid gloves it can serve you well but if you get out and about and use your equipment under real world conditions I'd get a more substantial lens. The AFS DX18-200 which seems to have a higher build quality is what I bought to replace this lens.


Surpness not upto mark


from Undisclosed

surpness not upto expected loss detail of the picture specially for long distance scene.


Mass produced, low quality, plastic everything


from West Coast, Florida

This lens is a kit lens for a reason, very cheaply made, (front ring came off within the first couple months) - if it came with your camera then by all means use it for average pics but do not spend your hard earned money on this lens if it didn't come with your camera. Very few images have come back tact sharp using this lens, but when I shoot w my 50 1:4 I get an incredible image and great bokeh. You'll be much better off buying the 18 0r 28-300 or better yet just invest in the 17-55 2.8 or 24-70 2.8


great lens


from lacon il.  -  Photo Enthusiast

I think this a great sized lens if this was the only one you would get. auto focus and manual work nicely, so does the v/r reduction. very good glass. I have not found anything bad about it, would recommend it to anyone

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Lens for Grandson


from Bellevue, Washington  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought this used lens for my grandson. I gave him my old Nikon D80 camera and am teaching him how to use Aperture Priority, Shutter Priority, and ISO in various scenes to get great resulting images. The Nikon 18-105mm VR lens gives him a wide range of focal lengths and is sharp throughout the range. The image stabilization also helps reduce image blur. I've taken him out for some early morning sunrise shots in the mountains. He has enthusiastically blurted out, "Grandpa I've never seen anything as beautiful as this!" All because of a used camera, a great used lens, and a little teaching from grandpa.




from Oklahoma  -  Photo Enthusiast

This new came with my D7000 in November, 2012. Worked ok until last week, when the lens unexpectedly fell out of the camera during a morning sunrise shoot. The lens mount is plastic, and the top prong simply broke off. The lens is very, very front heavy to begin with, and zooming out apparently places even more stress on the brittle plastic mount. The cheap, brittle plastic mount broke simply because it is too weak to hold this front-heavy beast. It is a kit lens so what can one expect, but that's no excuse for Nikon's flawed design and flimsy construction. At the current price, this lens is NOT worth the money. I cannot recommend this lens to a friend.


Nice Lens, Great Price!


from Chicago,IL  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Adorama is very generous in their rating system! This lens couldn't be told from new!


Fine for casual shooting, but don't look for details


from Undisclosed

Unfortunately I bought the lens with a D500 for image quality. If used indoors (studio) on a tripod the lens always is sharp on the right hand side and out of focus on the left. The upper left is a joke. I've been trying this for over a year and I'll probably need to get a fixed focus lens.


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MICHAEL D  Nice! Light, sharp, fast focusing "vacation" lens.
Shopper  Dose it fix with Nikon D5200?
ZDENEK F  All lenses of the AF-S class are compatible with the Nikon D5200 as the camera is built for lense using a DX angle of view format .Electronic rangefinder is also working on any lens ,that has a maximum apperture 5.6 and faster.
DS M  Well, I am planning to get this lens. Since it says grey market, I am kind of thinking twice...Did you have any issues with the lens, was this a brand new lens?
STEPHEN L  I think it is a great lens . I have not had any issues with it . I would recommend this lens to my friends. I am semi pro photographer and use this lens in many settings. My primary photos are wildlife. The lens was brand new. There is nothing wrong with grey market lens. Hope this helps
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