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.
Impressive for a kit lens, destined to be a kit lens
Beau Smith, Amazon
25 June 2009
Summary: It's difficult to write this review without substantial bias and background, but the best way to write this review is to speak from experience. I got this lens with the Nikon D80, which many people have cited (somewhat accurately) as among the most notorious for soft images. (I do have objections to that, and I do say that a great prime lens such as the 50mm f/1.8 produces sharp, bright images.
Handy and good lense when not wide open. Mine broke after 1.5 year of light use.
8 June 2009
Summary: This lens is versatile. If the lighting is good it produces decent images. It's not very fast, but sufficient for my use (very basic) most of the time. The extra zoom is very handy but I've noticed when the lighting is a bit low (e.g., outdoor early evening), the pictures come out way too dark. I used this lens lightly for about 1.5 year before I took it off to try the new 50mm lens I got for Christmas.
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: This is the lowest review I have ever given a Nikon product. The distortion issue has been reviewed previously and I absolutely agree that wide-open this lens can act like it came out of a bubblegum machine. At higher f-stops it becomes a resonably good tool. I use it almost excluseively in Aperture mode, and seldom below f-8.
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.