Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF AF-S DX
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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: So you want to buy a nice "all around lens." Well, this could be it, however, take some of my following into consideration. Pros; This lens is a cheap and easy way to cover a large range of zooms. Depending upon your needs and camera you own, this lens allows for a lot of versatility. +1 Star. The lens is light weight and fairly short when dealing with storage. Being compact and still having a decent zoom range makes it a good all around lens.
Summary: The optics, performance, and convenience of this lens are all very good, but there is significant pincushion distortion at the wide angle end--where we take a large percentage of our pictures. Otherwise, the zoom range would be perfect for those who frequently want to carry only one lens.
Decent contrast, excellent color, very poor pincushion.
Kate Stokes, Amazon
19 April 2007
Summary: The title of my review basically says it all. I sold this lens soon after getting it as part of a D80 kit. While the contrast and colors are better than expected from a kit lens, the pincushion is just terrible. In any of the pictures I took that featured vertical lines (posts, poles, building edges, etc) the pincushion was so bad that it is uncorrectable even with Photoshop CS2. This was noticeable at any focal length.
Sharp glass, but slow AF, poor distortion, and significant light fall-off.
M. Vaughan, Amazon
19 April 2007
Summary: The title says it all. I bought the lens because the glass is sharp, the focal length is handy, and it is lightweight and easy to use. But the light fall-off in the corners is significant unless you stop-down every shot. You'll see visible distortion at any focal length on the zoom - over 1% barrel distortion on the wide end and pincussion on the long end. The auto-focus is slow and tends to hunt, even in medium light.
Summary: I'm a hobbiest/enthusiast not a professional, yet I've taken the time to learn terms like vignette, bokeh and about pincushion/barrel lens effect. The 18-135mm DX Nikkor lens suffers from all of them. If you're not a perfectionist or professional, then you will certainly not be disappointed by this utilitarian starter lens. If you expect to take your photography to "the next level" then this lens will quickly become a paperweight not worthy of space in your camera bag.
Summary: I can't honestly give this a 1 or 2 star rating because i don't believe every one of these that Nikon makes will suffer the same fate as mine. It's far too easy to just blast a product because it didn't work for me, but at the same time, leave out the part that mine might just be a lemon and that doesn't necessarily mean all of these lenses are bad. Got mine in a D80 kit for Christmas 2006. Everything worked great.