Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

Last updated (23 January’12):
– Review by Kenrockwell

Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF is a compact lens. The lens features 18-135mm at focal length with maximum aperture of F/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 15 elements in 13 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76° – 12°. Closest focusing distance at 45 cm (1.5 ft) and has a filter size of 67 mm. The Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF lens weighs 13.6 Ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF
Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF Reviews

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF and writes;
“Sharpness is fine. It’s sharp wide open, which is critical, because that’s where you and I will be shooting it almost all the time… Bokeh (how out-of-focus areas look) is neutral, and pretty nice. I discovered this quite by accident photographing a kid. “
rating: N/A

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G and writes;
“it does offer many key advantages over the standard DX 18-55mm II kit lens and represents great value when bought in a bundle. It’s undoubtedly one of the classiest official kit lenses from any manufacturer, but if you’re buying a new body and can afford to spend more, the DX 18-200mm VR is a more compelling choice.”

Photozone reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF and writes;
“The resolution figures alone are already pretty impressive and even more so when taking the rather extreme 7.5x zoom range into account. The center resolution is excellent throughout the range. As to be expected the border performance suffers a bit at 18mm and less so at 35mm but it´s still pretty good here. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

Bythom reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF and writes;
“sharpness and contrast is simply excellent throughout the entire range, from corner to corner, at every aperture. That’s a very unusual finding, actually. Most zooms go a bit soft in the corners, and also as you zoom in. “
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF and writes;
“Build quality of the lens is excellent, perhaps not quite up to the level of the very best Nikkor optics, but far superior to the plasticky cheapness typical of kit lenses. Our test sample also showed little or no zoom creep, it maintained its zoom setting quite well, regardless of orientation.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF User Reviews

great working range for a walk around lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I switched to this lens after a very poor experience with Sigma 24-60mm lens. This Lens is sharper at max open f/stop that the sigma was stopped down. With my test pictures this lens beats the Nikon 18-55mm kit lens. “ – by high plains camera guy

Best buy for versatile lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“The build quality is better than the 18-200. I got an 18-200 from the Japan factory, and it had dirt inside, in between lens elements! The 18-135 came perfectly clean. “ – by Andrew Szava-kovats

Nice lens for the money, | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It is a very sharp lens. Haven’t noticed a lot of CA but it does have some distortion. It focuses pretty close. The lens could use VR but then it would probably be as expensive as the 18-200mm VR. It is obviously a kit quality lens and not a pro lens but, all in all, I think it is a good, versatile focal length lens for the money.” – by Stujoe

An awesome Nikkor lens with versatile range, | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is a versatile zoom lens meant for everyday use. It’s not meant for studio work as far as I can tell. For one thing it’s slow in low light, F3.5 to me is way to slow for studio work. “ – by Ray Pringle

Good lens for what I want (not change the lens) | Rating: ★★★★★
“as you can read in other reviews, it does suffer from pincushion and vignetting so did my old 18-55mm so nothing changed there. I like this lens because of the nice range 18 to 135mm, I was considering the 55-200mm but I don’t see myself changing lenses most of the time.” – by Albeniz

Best all around lens for me | Rating: ★★★★☆
“When I decided on the Nikon D80, I wanted a lens that I could keep on the camera all the time. So I bought a body and this lens. The “kit” lens wasn’t as useful and, by separating the purchase of the body and lens I got a very good combined deal. And I got a single lens that does it all (for me). “ – by Chaz Cone

Good product | Rating: ★★★★★
“A very neat and versatile lens. Due to its long range of 81-135mm I was able to take wide angle as well as close ups which gives me a lot of flexibility. Excellent product. “ – by Stuart Dosremedios

Very sharp lens from Nikon | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is sharp and light and provides you with 7X zoom. Excellent walk-around lens. The built quality is not great though with its plastic mount. Lacks VR. But excels in sharpness, so if you like sharp and you like the range, this is the one to get.” – by D. Brodsky

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Features & Specifications

Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF Specifications

The versatile, affordable Nikon 18-135mm f3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens is engineered for use exclusively with Nikon’s DX format digital SLR cameras. It has a broad focal length range (providing picture angle performance approximating a 28-200mm lens on a 35mm film SLR camera) that is suitable for a wide variety of shooting situations, ranging from wide-angle landscapes to portraits, recreational sports, action and close-ups. This new lens offers a selection of Nikon’s highly regarded technologies such as compact Silent Wave motor (AF-S) for super fast and quiet autofocus operation, Extra-Low Dispersion glass (ED) for minimized chromatic aberrations, and Internal Focusing (IF) for convenient and balanced handling.


* Versatile, High-power 7.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens (approximates the picture angle performance of a 28-200mm lens on 35mm SLR).
* A Nikon Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element delivers superior optical performance. ED glass minimizes chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance.
* Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.
* Focus as close as 1.47 feet throughout entire zoom range.
* Non-Rotating front element provides for convenient use of circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System.
* A compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet autofocusing, along with quick switching between autofocus and manual operation (M/A and M).
* A seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening, out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
* 67mm filter attachment size.

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