Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
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The bayonet mount broke on this lens and Nikon did not honor the warranty.
Thomas M. Smith, Amazon
29 December 2013
Summary: The bayonet mount Nikon uses on their lenses seems to have changed from a metal piece to a flimsy plastic one. The plastic one cost less than $10.00 to replace, which is most likely why Nikon now uses it - however it breaks easily. The one on our lens broke within a year of buying this lens. I sent it back to Nikon and they claimed it was our fault, and offered to fix it for $130.
Excerpt: This new came with my D7000 in November, 2012. Worked ok until last week, when the lens unexpectedly fell out of the camera during a morning sunrise shoot. The lens mount is plastic, and the top prong simply broke off. The lens is very, very front heavy to begin with, and zooming out apparently places even more stress on the brittle plastic mount. The cheap, brittle plastic mount broke simply because it is too weak to hold this front-heavy beast.
Cons: Heavy, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus, Weak Plastic Lens Mount
Excerpt: I did a lot of research, and bought this lens to be my "go to" lens when travelling, to avoid constantly switching between my 18-55 and 55-200 lenses. Wanted to get a true Nikkor lens to go with my Nikon D5000, figuring the quality would be high. But I was very disappointed in the resolution of the photos I got, no matter what combination of aperture and speed I used. Finally returned it.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Rugged, Strong Construction
Summary: I have several Nikon film cameras and nikon lenses. I received a Nikon D90 with the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor Lens as a birthday present. It has been great being able to see images instantly on screen. About 6 months ago, after becoming more proficient with the computerized manual settings of a digital camera, I started using my old Nikon lenses, which are much heavier than the newer lens (and the camera, as well).
Conclusion: Got this lens as a part of a D7000 kit since I couldn't buy a body only. The lens was very soft, had allot of barrel distortion and vignetting. The build quality was ok for a kit lens. The lens hood supplied wasn't that great and is comparable to a cheap knock off hood you find on ebay and it is tight to fit and remove. VR works well, but the focus is slow and tends to hunt in low light.
Pros: Cheap, good zoom range, VR.
Cons: Plastic mount, soft, vignetting, CA, barrel distortion, slow focus in low light.
Summary: The 18-105 mm Nikkor provided as the "kit" lens for the new D7000 is no where near as sharp as its predecessor, the 18-135 mm. Though the 18-135 mm lacks the anti-vibration technology, I would certainly take it over the quite soft 18-105 mm. Nikon ought to simply insert AV technology in the quite good 18-135 mm design, and they'd have a winner.
Excerpt: The 18-105 mm Nikkor provided as the "kit" lens for the new D7000 is no where near as sharp as its predecessor, the 18-135 mm. Though the 18-135 mm lacks the anti-vibration technology, I would certainly take it over the quite soft 18-105 mm. Nikon ought to simply insert AV technology in the quite good 18-135 mm design, and they'd have a winner.