general photo shooting
After 40 years of professional photography and using Nikon cameras in or shop, I decided to switch brands from "the other guys" to Nikon and purchased a D90, which serves me fairly well in a variety of situations, including artifact photography for a museum. I use a Speedlight SB-700 with it. Unfortunately, while hiking I left the camera and lens coupled, in a well-padded high end camera bag, with the lens facing upwards while I was walking, so that I could just gab the camera and take a quick shot.. The up and down movement over the trail loosened components inside the lens, specifically the aperture ring and rendered the unit unserviceable. I had no option but throw away the lens. I had a 100 mm prime lens from another maker but it doesn't work with my D90. Works on other ones in the camera store, for some reason. Otherwise the D90 performs adequately with the 70-300 Nikon ED I subsequently purchased as a stopgap measure but I am limited for its use,. And I don't find both of these lenses very sharp. They are a beginner's lens and it shows.
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.