Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED DX - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Images

Finally some sample shots taken with the Nikon D200 and RAW-converted via Raw Shooter Premium 2006.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 135.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/320s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 22.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/180s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 135.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/180s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 18.0mm
Exposure Data: f/10.0 @ 1/100s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 70.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.3 @ 1/250s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 22.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/40s
Size 3898x2613

Verdict

Quality-wise the Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED DX positioned itself between the AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G and the AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - just as you would/should expect it regarding the zoom range and complexity of design and there´s really nothing bad about it. The resolution figures alone are already pretty impressive and even more so when taking the rather extreme 7.5x zoom range into account. The center resolution is excellent throughout the range. As to be expected the border performance suffers a bit at 18mm and less so at 35mm but it´s still pretty good here. Resolution is a real strength of the lens. Typical for most dedicated APS-C zooms the vignetting figures aren´t quite as good - at 18mm and 135mm @ wide-open aperture the results are rather dismal to a degree where you may even call it under-designed - obviously a result of cost-cutting measure. At 18mm the lens also suffers a bit from rather hefty barrel distortions but this is quite typical for a lens in this class. CAs can be visible without being excessive although purple fringing can intensify the effect quite a bit in extreme contrast situations. The build quality of the lens is decent though Nikon has overdone it a little with the plastic mount. All-in-all a good consumer grade lens and maybe the current value king in Nikon land. If you´re shopping in this lens class there´re probably no reasons anymore to consider third-party alternatives.

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