Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF AF-S DX
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Good lens but missing VR is critical
6 December 2010
Summary: After several days of testing this lens I may say that 135 zoom was used maybe 2-3 times. Pic quality is bad at this zoom so no other advantage over 18-105. From other side 18-105 has the same build and same glass, but has optical stabilizer. This is the reason I sold the 18-135 and purchased 18-105 VR for almost same money.
Summary: This lens came with Nikon D40 kit Nikon D40 DIGITAL SLR CAMERA w/18-135mm - NID4018135 that I bought right here in B&H on 7/9/08 (10 months ago). I love the D40 and the lens' incredible range (from very wide angle to a decent tele in a relatively compact package. I used it all around, all over the place, came in great on vacations because I stopped carrying other lenses and cameras.
Pros: Compact Size, Fairly priced, Great Range, Lightweight, Versatile
Cons: AF has stopped working, AF hunting, Blurry Focus, Lens Creep, Slow Focus
Summary: I purchased the Nikon D80 with this lens about 18 months ago. I was delighted with the lens and camera until about 2 weeks ago when the auto-focus failed and started to hunt. The lens is currently in the shop. I see that this is a far too frequent problem among people who submit reviews.
Summary: I've had this lens on my D80 since last summer but all the sudden in the last week it has had trouble focusing. This is a known issue. Nikon is currently fixing my lens because it stopped focusing properly. This has happened with a lot of people and most have had it happen within the first two months. I was a lucky (or not so lucky cause the problem came later) one. Try to find a different lens if you can. This lens works GREAT when it works.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction
Summary: When I first read some reviews on this lens, I was a little apprehensive about purchasing it because of the comments about the unreliable autofocus. I asked two friends who have it and have had no problems. Well I received mine and within 50 shots mine lens started failing and I have had to send it back to Nikon. I asked Nikon about it and they said they were not aware of any problems with this lens. I hope they can repair it permanently.
Summary: I bought it mainly for travel convenience to use with my D50 as it is light and has a good zoom range and selected it despite the mixed reviews and the fact that it is one of the cheap plastic lenses probably manufactured for nikon by one of the lower cost lens manufacturers. We took about 300 photos over Xmas in the Alps in Germany. It's performance was adequate and probably in line with the price paid.
Summary: I made my change about 5 months ago to digital photography by buying the D40 with this 18-135mm. The distortion on this 18-135mm annoys me so much that I actually want to get rid of the lens. Tests (photozone) mention the same for comparative lenses on the market. Is this a consequence of DX design and/or shorter focal length? I always had good experience before with a 12 year old Tamron 28-200mm.
Summary: I've shot about 10,000 shots on this lens since late April,so this can be construed as an endurance report. The lens isvery sharp when it is on, and I would say it focussescorrectly 95% of the time. There is chromatic aberration,but mostly when facing light, and the vignetting is rarely aproblem, and requires working around only a couple opensettings.In the last month, however, this lens has begun hunting likecrazy when focussing at infinity.