Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
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It's a good workhorse lens
PM Photography, Cameta
26 November 2013
Excerpt: It's a good walkaround lens. Don't confuse this with a prime lens for a pro gig (imo). Well I suppose you could, but I'm no pro. It is a kit lens, and it does to the job. But the bokeh isn't that spectacular like a 50mm 1.4 would have. I do love this lens because if you're doing a walkaround and need a good quality, semi-durable (don't drop it my first one shattered), medium focusing lens, this one is for you.
Summary: So what if this is a kit lense? When nikon decided to make this a kit lense, I am sure they did their research. Nikon would not pick a bad lense to go with a d7000 (which was my case). Anyway....yes it is not the same performer as the 24-70 or N coated but I have taken shots with this lense and have gotten many compliments.
Summary: I bought this lens several years ago as an upgrade to the 18-55 kit lens that came with my D80. I thought it was a great improvement, but the 18-105 VR really came alive when I put it on my new D7100. Images are razor sharp and autofocus works flawlessly. The 18-105 mm range covers almost every photographic situation, making it the ideal walking around lens. About the only time I use a 55-300 lens is when I'm on a wildlife shoot.
Excerpt: This is a good scenic lens and it's also good for portraits. I have been using it for taking pictures of my wife's flowers and my sons track and field. I will use it for his senior pictures as it's a very sharp lens for the price. I bought it reconditioned and it works perfectly. I also got a really good price on it here at Cameta's.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh
Conclusion: I most recently shot a wedding with this lens on my Nikon d5100, along with a SB-700 Speedflash. The lens was easy to handle and gave me a wide focal range, which allowed me to use one lens and not fuss around with using a second camera or changing lenses. When shopping around, I considered buying the 18-200 but decided the extra 95mm weren't worth the additional $400+, and bought the Speedflash instead.
Summary: I purchased the DX 18-105mm to pair with a Nikon D7000 as a "first step" in replacing a stolen kit. As an "if I only had one lens on a budget" it performed very well. Travel "snap shots" were clear and with little distortion across the 18-105mm range. It was a touch slow at times and didn't handle low-light levels as well as I had hoped but was certainly adequate when paired with a flash or a tripod.