Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Review / Test Report - Sample Shots & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D300 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 4.5.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 48.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/60s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/4.5
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 62.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 85.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/80s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 25.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/30s

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR offers a nice package of a comfortable focal range, optical stabilization and very high resolution figures. On the downside there're rather pronounced distortion and CAs. The build quality is Ok but not really something to rave about either. Given the very moderate price tag it's certainly an attractive offer if you can live with or work around its shortcomings. It's quite interesting to see that Nikon is able to offer very attractive "long range" kit zoom lenses. None of the other manufacturers does really come close in this respect and it's certainly giving Nikon a competitive edge in the important budget segment of the market.

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