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

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D7000 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 34.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 58.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 85.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 62.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 105.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 38.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 34.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/1250s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 98.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 75.0mm
Aperture: f/5.3
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/5.3
Exposure 1/500s

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, excep for the longest focal length. On the downside there is rather pronounced distortion and CAs. The amount of vignetting is about average for this lens class.

The build quality is Ok but not really something to rave about either. Thanks to a silentwave drive (AF-S) the AF is nearly silent, but not overly fast.

Given the very moderate price tag it's certainly an attractive offer if you can live with or work around its shortcomings. Compared to the entry-level kit lenses, it's a quite affordable upgrade regarding zoom range. On the other hand, it can also work as a one lens travel solution if you don't need the extra focal range of super zoom lenses or simply don't want to pay the high price of these lenses.

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