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NikonAF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
 
4.5

(based on 306 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (183)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (98)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (231)
  • Easily interchangeable (167)
  • Consistent output (161)
  • Lightweight (154)
  • Durable (104)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (35)
  • Heavy (31)
  • Weak casing (22)
  • Slow focus (18)
  • Plastic mount (6)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (181)
  • Weddings (97)
  • Sports/action (89)
  • Wildlife photos (77)
  • Low light (73)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (121), Semi-pro photographer (54), Casual photographer (53), Enthusiast (23), Pro photographer (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (193), Yes (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazng Lens for your money!!

This is a terrific mid-range lens for many different situations. Its semi-fast and gives you very gorgeous shots. I love the manual and auto focus options. I tend to use the auto focus...Read complete review

This is a terrific mid-range lens for many different situations. Its semi-fast and gives you very gorgeous shots. I love the manual and auto focus options. I tend to use the auto focus when light situations get low. The zoom is just enough for me to get romantic close-ups of objects, plant-life and children...

The zoom is smooth and quiet, and it feels comfortable in my hand. I have been able to capture great detail and stop action for some cool shots! It slides on and off with ease, and I find that it produces consistent images.

We all know that lens prices can get sky high. So for my budget, this lens is the best bang for your buck. A definite go-to lens in my small collection.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Nice range, Good images

I got this lens to replace a failed kit 18-55mm. For what I do the wider angle end is more important. This lens performs admirably with just a couple of quirks. The...Read complete review

I got this lens to replace a failed kit 18-55mm. For what I do the wider angle end is more important. This lens performs admirably with just a couple of quirks. The manual focus ring will not take you through the entire focusing range. Occasionally, you can hear the auto focus motor briefly but the lens fails to change focus. I haven't figured out if this is because my hand is bumping the manual focus ring and thereby overriding the focus mechanism or if there is an issue with the lens. I did buy refurbished. The lens is also slow to focus, apx 1 second. Almost nothing happens in the beginning. At the end of a second it snaps into focus. This may just be the way the lens interacts with my D60 but a friend reports similar performance on his D300. Putting the camera in continuous focus mode seems to resolve shooting fast objects.

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(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This lens rocks!!

By Harvey

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

This lens, despite it being a "kits lens" is marvelous. sharp, well built. Fluid in motion. Just great.
For those who own the D90, this lens is its perfect partner. It also works perfectly with the D7000 and beyond. 
No issues.
If you have focus problems close in; the lens does not seem to focus, fear not. Have a look at what you are shooting. Is there sufficient  contrast; among other things.?
All in all, you will not be disappointed with this lens.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

Plastic Mounting Ring

By Felix

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

This is probably only one of two lenses that has a plastic mounting ring. All other lenses have the aluminum ring. Of course, it stripped when I mounted the lens onto my camera.

I would go for the 18-140mm lens now since that is a better kit lens.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Excellent for every day.

By Alex

from Qatar Doha

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I own this lens for 4 years. It performs very good with all my Nikon cameras. Range is all i need for every day shooting and also traveling. Excellent choice for its money.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile Compact Wide Angle to Portrait Zoom

By Jamadeus65

from Baltimore MD USA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Weddings/Events

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

This overall versatile zoom lens really provides shooting flexibility in a relatively light weight and compact zoom lens. Only drawback would be the loss of low light capabilities due to the maximum F/stop range. This can easy be over come with a professional grade flash unit.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Amazing Lens

By nat

from columbus ohio

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I just took a trip to Italy and needed a more versatile lens and this was everything I needed.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • Yes

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

"I would buy this product again

By k9k9k9

from Uruguay

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

      good lens

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      I would go for higher level lens

      By Alex Wang

      from New York

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

      I bought this product for traveling and realized the image quality wasn't what I expected. 18-105mm with Vibration Reduction, definitely for a beginner, but if you're like me, pursuing higher quality image, go for what's best within your budge.

      (11 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great lens

      By pitureman

      from Maryland

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events

      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

      Great lens for flash and outdoor photography. Not good for low light. If I need a low light lens the 35mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.8 does what I need it to do. I use this lens with the Nikon D7000.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (6 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Great Lens

      By Lurena

      from Suffolk, VA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        This lens is a wonderful catch all for any photography besides extreme close-ups or extreme distance shots.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        WOW

        By Jim Boy

        from West Palm Beach FL

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Night Photography
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        Just got the new lens and it is so sharp in pictures.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Good General Purpose Lens

        By Ms. M

        from Jonesboro, AR

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          I use this with the D7100 Nikon for classroom instruction on DSLR cameras and lens

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (0 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Ok lens for starters

          By GS Live

          from Utah

          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          I was hesitant to get this lens but it has come in handy

          (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          3.0

          Convenience Lens

          By Kevin

          from Central New York

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Convenient

          Cons

          • Slow
          • Vignetting Fixed In Post

          Best Uses

          • Vacation
          • Well-Lit Scenes

          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          Having only had this lens a short time, its hard to give a full review. It works well in well lit scenarios. I think it will make a nice convenience lens.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Lens!

          By Legacy Pro

          from Schwenksville PA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors/Low Light
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            Very happy with this purchase. I use it with my D200 for portrait photography, posing families and singles. Works well for groups too.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            5.0

            A good and flexible lens,,,

            By Iceman

            from Oklahoma City, Okla

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              This is a very versatile lens, delivering very good results and consistent quality.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great all-round lens.

              By Johnny O

              from Seattle, WA (Superbowl Champs!)

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • NONE

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              Excellent lens for all-around shooting. Very happy with the selection and assistance from B&H on lens replacement choices. Received lens in 3 days.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes
               
              5.0

              Great multipurpose lens

              By Johnny

              from Oceanside, CA

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              Love the quality and feel of this.

               
              4.0

              easy to use

              By D.Russo

              from São Paulo, Brasil

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              the lenses is cool and good construction easy to use.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              very good lens

              By harish

              from OC,CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                Light weight and great image quality

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                4.0

                Good option for beginners

                By Gabriel Luque

                from Argentina

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                Good for general purpose, portraits and family situations.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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