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The Nikon 18-105mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 18-105mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 18-105mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 18-105mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
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:...View full Review
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.
Most Liked Negative Review
Sharpness doesn't kick in until f/11
I never see any professional photographers comment on any of these kit lenses or entry level lenses, so I will do my best. I would only recommend this lens to someone who just needed a lens for a holiday family get together. I don't mind shooting wide with it, but wow, it's almost like having a fisheye lens with the amount of barrel distortion present at 18mm. Very weird for a focal length of 18-105mm. I would expect that in an 18-200mm or an 18-300mm, but not this one. One of my test shots w...View full Review
I never see any professional photographers comment on any of these kit lenses or entry level lenses, so I will do my best. I would only recommend this lens to someone who just needed a lens for a holiday family get together. I don't mind shooting wide with it, but wow, it's almost like having a fisheye lens with the amount of barrel distortion present at 18mm. Very weird for a focal length of 18-105mm. I would expect that in an 18-200mm or an 18-300mm, but not this one. One of my test shots was as follows: Tripod mounted, VR off, ISO 100, SB-900 as Key, SB-600 as backlight, 1/250s Shutter, started shooting subject at f/5.6 in 1/3 stop increments. The lens didn't even sharpen up until f/11. Very disappointing. Now, I understand that this lens is no means close to a pro lens, but I've never owned a Nikon entry level kit lens that wasn't sharp at it's lowest aperture, let alone one that didn't start to show more signs of sharpening by the first stop decrease. The few photos that managed to turn out somewhat useful still needed extensive sharpening in Photoshop. However, the color rendition is fantastic. Nice, vibrant color reproduction and almost no noticeable chromatic aberration. There is quite a bit of vignetting apparent at all apertures at 105mm, but Adobe Camera Raw's automatic lens correction profile takes care of this without a hitch. The biggest downside to this lens is the fact that it has so much barrel distortion, people's features change when corrected in Lightroom. I would recommend sticking with the 18-55mm VR and 55-200 VR if you want to go the kit lens route. Sure you will be switching out the lenses, but the quality of your photographs will be drastically improved. Besides, unless you really need a wide angle view indoors, you won't be swapping lenses all that often, as the 55-200mm VR works superbly for indoor shooting. It possesses great color reproduction, sharpness, and not too much vignetting. As for the 18-55mm VR; there is a time for panoramas and wide angle shots. Typically that time is not when you will need a 200mm focal length. Also, with only having the mid-range of focal lengths, the 18-55mm VR gives you the benefit of a wide angle without all of the extra barrel distortion and vignetting as noticed with the 18-105mm. Both the 18-55 and 55-200 are tried and true, and the utmost of Nikon quality outside of the pro realm. They produce great photos and were matched to work together, not just in focal length, but photographic production as well.
Reviewed by 177 customers
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)
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!
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 expected loss detail of the picture specially for long distance scene.
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
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
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.
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.
Adorama is very generous in their rating system! This lens couldn't be told from new!
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.