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

Last updated (12 November’11):
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The Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED features 18-105mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 15 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.45 m/1.48 ft and has a filter size of 67mm. The Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED lens weighs 20 g/14.8 oz and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.5 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Reviews reviews the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED and writes;
“Sharpness, both centre and edge, stays consistent through all of the focal lengths. All three tested focal lengths rated very well, with 18mm slightly sharper than 50mm, and 50mm slightly sharper than 105mm. Edge sharpness also stays consistent through all focal lengths, rating very good across the board at the edges.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED and writes;
“Imatest showed the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens to be a good partner for the D90 and a competent although not stellar – performer. Highest resolutions were recorded a couple of stops down from maximum aperture and resolution declined steeply from f/20 onwards. We suspect diffraction limitations were largely responsible for this loss of resolution and wonder why Nikon didn’t limit the minimum aperture to f/22 for all focal length settings.”
Rating: ★★★★½

Momentcorp reviews the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED and writes;
“The other thing worth to mention is that the corners at 18mm and aperture f/3.5 is a bit soft, and there is a bit of vignetting, it will not bother you on portraits to put it that way. Stop the lens down to f/5.6 and you have great performance throughout the zoom range. The lens also has tendencies to show a bit of CA, something that really isn’t too much to worry about with cameras like the D90, D300 or if you use Capture NX2 software..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

KenRockwell reviews the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED and writes;
“By “sharp shots” I mean perfect tripod-equivalent sharpness when viewed at 100%, as shot on a D90 by me. For most uses, one can use much slower speeds. See Why VR Matters for more..”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED and writes;
“The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR offers a nice package of a comfortable focal range, optical stabilization and very high resolution figures. On the downside there’re rather pronounced distortion and CAs.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Bythom reviews the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED and writes;
“This lens has one of the more consistent chromatic aberration patterns I’ve seen in testing. Imatest reports between 1 and 1.5 pixels of transition at virtually every aperture and focal length. This is modest but not invisible levels of CA. However, the D90, D300, and Capture NX2 can all correct for this lateral chromatic aberration very easily.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED User Reviews

Outstanding lens!! | Rating: ★★★★★
“The lens works great with my Nikon D90. It allows a wide range of close-up, wide angle, standard, and telephoto opportunities. The pictures are amazingly sharp and finely detailed. I rate this as a must-have lens for your Nikon Digital SLR camera. And don’t hesitate to buy a refurb from Cameta Camera.” – by Deputy

Great do it all lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use the 35mm f/1.8 for indoor without flash. It always gives me great images and forces me to frame my pictures better. But 18-105mm VR is definitely more fun and practical for daily use. And with VR I can get good hand held shots at night.” – by Jia Y., Liu

My perfect lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“It’s not a “fast” lens. But, you won’t get a fast lens with VR. That’s ok. It’s easy to make up the difference with shutter speed. And for doing photos in a church, where it’s rude to use a flash, it opens up enough. Again, shutter speed helps there. Plus, shooting in RAW makes all the difference in the world..” – by J. Andersen

Great all-purpose at the right price | Rating: ★★★★★
“Instead, this lens for about half the cost will cover most of the useful range of the 18-200. The VR works great on this lens, especially at 105 where the lens performs admirably. A very good upgrade to a kit lens with more versatility, a more solid feel and VR to make your telephoto shots much better.” – by Bradley Olson

Bought this for a short vacation | Rating: ★★★★★
“It was one of the best things I ever did. I almost feel like it is the only lens needed for general photography. I chose this particular one because the customer reviews were so good. All my photos with this lens are wonderful. They look professional and that is the point when you buy a good lens from Nikon..” – by pilot27k

A great upgrade and overall excellent lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I was shooting inside all day with f/3.5, ISO 800 and shutter speed of 1/6 of a second. The pictures came out crisp and clear with the aid of the vibration reduction, whereas my 18-55mm would be a hit-or-miss. I found it great that I could go from shooting wide angle shots to mid-range telephoto shots without having to switch between lenses.” – by Weston Powers

Super People Shooting Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens isn’t all that expensive and you’re buying better than excellent optics, Nikon quality (the build on this lens is as good as you’ll find on any lens made today) and VR that works (it’s almost like going a couple stops lower).” – by Tiffany Ann

Definitly better than its reputation on expert sites!! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The lens has a good bit of barrel distortion at 18mm, but then again all super zooms have this issue. Correct in Photoshop is easy if you must. Pincushion distortion is there but much less noticeable..” – by Jeffrey Cheap-n-Easy

enjoy the lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got this as the kit lens when I purchased my Nikon D90. It’s a good all around lens with very convenient focal range. Fast focusing with the D90 and the vibration reduction works as advertised. Ocassional the photos are a little soft, but easily fixed with software. Doubt I’d pay the full price for this as an “additional” lens but perfect as a kit lens.” – by Jeffrey I. Turkel

Forget the 18-55 and 18-200 – This is the one you want | Rating: ★★★★★
“I bought a D5000 that came with the 18-55 but I thought it was way too wide even at 55mm. A month after buying the camera I realized I was never using the 18-55 so I sold it and bought the 18-105. The 18-105 not only has a serious reach advantage over the 18-55, but also allows you to manually focus without flipping the focus switch to manual. It’s also just a more convenient and sturdy lens..” – by Revived gamer

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Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Specifications

This 5.8x zoom, designed exclusively for use with Nikon’s DX-format, features Nikon’s VR image stabilization and is perfect for portraits and action. The wide-ratio 5.8x zoom 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.

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Key Features

* DX-format, high-power 5.8x zoom lens with focal length ranging from 18 to 105mm
* Broad picture angle range approximates the perspective of a 27-157.5mm lens on a 35mm-format film camera or Nikon FX-format digital SLR
* Covers diverse shooting situations from wide-angle landscapes and interiors to portraiture and medium-range sports
* Vibration Reduction assures sharper handheld pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible
* Built-in Silent Wave Motor delivers quiet, swift autofocus with superior accuracy
* High-performance optical system featuring an ED glass element and an aspherical lens element realizes superior image reproduction capability
* The rounded 7-blade diaphragm opening renders out-of-focus elements more naturally
* Leather texture matches Nikon digital SLR’s body high-quality exterior design

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