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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm Camera Lens - 2179

Abt Model: 2179 | UPC Code: 018208021796
$396.95  
Wide-Ratio 5.8x Zoom/ Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization/ ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) Glass Element/ Aspherical Lens Element/ Nikon Super Integrated Coating/ Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor/ Close Focusing To 1.48 Feet/ Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm/ Black Finish
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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Camera Lens, Model 2179

Perfect for travel, portraiture and family sports, with VR image stabilization.

Features:

  • Wide-ratio 5.8x zoom
  • Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
  • An ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) glass element
  • Aspherical lens element
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Close focusing to 1.48 feet
  • Rounded 7-blade diaphragm

Specifications:

  • Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
  • Focal Length Range: 18-105mm
  • Zoom Ratio: 5.8x
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22
  • Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 76°
  • Minimum Angle of View (DX-format): 15°20'
  • Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.20x
  • Lens Elements: 15
  • Lens Groups: 11
  • Compatible Format(s): DXFX in DX Crop Mode
  • VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: Yes
  • Diaphragm Blades: 7
  • Distance Information: Yes
  • Aspherical Elements: 1
  • Super Integrated Coating: Yes
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
  • Internal Focusing: Yes
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.48ft.(0.45m)
  • Focus Mode: AutoManualManual/Auto
  • Filter Size: 67mm
  • Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on
  • Lens Case: CL-1018
  • Lens Hood: HB-32

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Length: 3.0"
  • Diameter: 3.5"

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: .93 lbs
  • Shipping: 2 lbs
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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Camera Lens
 
4.1

(based on 117 reviews)

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80%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great all around lens

Ease of use: it is well balanced on a D5100 - it is far from that front heavy feeling that deteriorates mirrorless APS-C cameras. I love the focus ring... but it could...Read complete review

Ease of use: it is well balanced on a D5100 - it is far from that front heavy feeling that deteriorates mirrorless APS-C cameras. I love the focus ring... but it could be a bit more wide. It weighs just as much, that it is comfortable for a walk. Zoom rings and tubes are OK, no creeping, and turning smoothly. Plastic bayonet?? I can't state anything about it, because I use it since less than two weeks. I have read many users stating it is strong enough, but I will handle with care. Sharpness: excellent at the center, and no dramatic drop towards the edges. Great color rendering. Distortion: really exists, and somewhat pronounced. Sometimes ADC is a Must. Vignetting: pronounced with max. aperture at the wide and long end - stopping down by 2/3-1 stop helps much. But in some situations you have to live with it. Macro: it is not really intended for macro, but makes nice pictures of flowers. Out of focus blur: I love it at 105mm - but obviously, there are far more powerful bokeh-makers. VR: helps much. At wide end, even 1/2.5s handheld is possible with appropriate shooting technique. Focus speed: not a speed demon, but fast enough in most of the situations. Zoom reach: usually you won't need more at the tele end, but if you shoot wildlife (butterflies, birds, mammals etc.), a 70-300 VR tele will improve the situation much. Wide is nice, but nothing more than standard. Final words: bearable compromises, great performance for price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Sharpness doesn't kick in until f/11

I never see any professional photographers comment on any of these kit lenses or entry level lenses, so I will do my best. I would only recommend this lens to someone who just needed...Read complete review

I never see any professional photographers comment on any of these kit lenses or entry level lenses, so I will do my best. I would only recommend this lens to someone who just needed a lens for a holiday family get together. I don't mind shooting wide with it, but wow, it's almost like having a fisheye lens with the amount of barrel distortion present at 18mm. Very weird for a focal length of 18-105mm. I would expect that in an 18-200mm or an 18-300mm, but not this one. One of my test shots was as follows: Tripod mounted, VR off, ISO 100, SB-900 as Key, SB-600 as backlight, 1/250s Shutter, started shooting subject at f/5.6 in 1/3 stop increments. The lens didn't even sharpen up until f/11. Very disappointing. Now, I understand that this lens is no means close to a pro lens, but I've never owned a Nikon entry level kit lens that wasn't sharp at it's lowest aperture, let alone one that didn't start to show more signs of sharpening by the first stop decrease. The few photos that managed to turn out somewhat useful still needed extensive sharpening in Photoshop. However, the color rendition is fantastic. Nice, vibrant color reproduction and almost no noticeable chromatic aberration. There is quite a bit of vignetting apparent at all apertures at 105mm, but Adobe Camera Raw's automatic lens correction profile takes care of this without a hitch. The biggest downside to this lens is the fact that it has so much barrel distortion, people's features change when corrected in Lightroom. I would recommend sticking with the 18-55mm VR and 55-200 VR if you want to go the kit lens route. Sure you will be switching out the lenses, but the quality of your photographs will be drastically improved. Besides, unless you really need a wide angle view indoors, you won't be swapping lenses all that often, as the 55-200mm VR works superbly for indoor shooting. It possesses great color reproduction, sharpness, and not too much vignetting. As for the 18-55mm VR; there is a time for panoramas and wide angle shots. Typically that time is not when you will need a 200mm focal length. Also, with only having the mid-range of focal lengths, the 18-55mm VR gives you the benefit of a wide angle without all of the extra barrel distortion and vignetting as noticed with the 18-105mm. Both the 18-55 and 55-200 are tried and true, and the utmost of Nikon quality outside of the pro realm. They produce great photos and were matched to work together, not just in focal length, but photographic production as well.

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5.0

Excellent prodct

By binudebbas

from Undisclosed

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

Great in Value and quality. Sharp images, excellent colour reproduction, quick in focus and blurr-free photos. As a new user I am really happy with performance of lens as well as camera (D7100)

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4.0

Don't let "KIT LENS" discourage you!

By HWSDigital

from Branson, MO, USA

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

I received this lens with my D7000 in early 2012. Overall it was a great lens on this body but went quite soft past 70mm and I was concerned about the plastic mount. So, after reading numerous reviews, I decided to purchase the Nikon 16-85VR hoping to see a big improvement especially at the long end and I found the wider end to be a plus. Sharpness on the long end versus the 18-105VR and the build quality is better with the 16-85VR, but at twice the price of the 18-105VR, the improvements in my opinion were cost prohibitive! Enter the D7100...On this camera body, the 18-105VR really came to life even more so than the 16-85VR. Don't misunderstand me, both are good lenses, but for the money, the 18-105VR is difficult to beat unless you graduate to professional grade glass. The 16-85VR handles CA's a bit better, and it should at double the price, but this is easily corrected and both lenses suffer from moderate distortion and pin cushion which is also easily fixed. However, for general street photography, flowers and landscapes, the 18-105VR is very good overall; tack sharp and well worth the price. Mounted on the D7100, you would have to be a pixel peeper to tell the difference between the two lenses from wide to mid-range of their respective zoom ranges. The only reason I gave this lens only 4 stars is the plastic bayonet mount. DO NOT grab the camera by the lens with the 18-105VR as some plastic mounts have broken. And it remains a bit soft on the long end, but for the money, one can't go wrong with the 18-105VR especially on a newer body. I know there are many who will say I'm nuts. But for general photography, this glass is difficult to beat for the price!

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3.0

I wanted to like it.

By grclark

from Eastern Sierra, CA

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

My issue with this lens is that it reflects the shortcuts in construction to make it a less expensive kit lens. No issues with the glass itself, the VR, focusing all good, and a handy zoom range. The lens mount is plastic, not metal like most other quality Nikon lenses. If you hurriedly pick up your gear up by the lens (hey we all do it once in awhile) instead of the body your lens may just break off like mine did. Nikon charges to fix this and says it is from being knocked/abused. The plastic 'seal' at the end of the outer ring under which the inner barrel slides can slip out of place allowing debris to enter. So if you treat the lens with kid gloves it can serve you well but if you get out and about and use your equipment under real world conditions I'd get a more substantial lens. The AFS DX18-200 which seems to have a higher build quality is what I bought to replace this lens.

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3.0

Surpness not upto mark

By Mainul

from Undisclosed

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

surpness not upto expected loss detail of the picture specially for long distance scene.

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2.0

Mass produced, low quality, plastic everything

By Ksands

from West Coast, Florida

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

This lens is a kit lens for a reason, very cheaply made, (front ring came off within the first couple months) - if it came with your camera then by all means use it for average pics but do not spend your hard earned money on this lens if it didn't come with your camera. Very few images have come back tact sharp using this lens, but when I shoot w my 50 1:4 I get an incredible image and great bokeh. You'll be much better off buying the 18 0r 28-300 or better yet just invest in the 17-55 2.8 or 24-70 2.8

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3.0

Fine for casual shooting, but don't look for details

By Lark

from Undisclosed

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

Unfortunately I bought the lens with a D500 for image quality. If used indoors (studio) on a tripod the lens always is sharp on the right hand side and out of focus on the left. The upper left is a joke. I've been trying this for over a year and I'll probably need to get a fixed focus lens.

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4.0

Good lense for the price.

By RainMaker

from Washington, DC, USA

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

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.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good Walking Around Lens

By Dleaoh

from SW Ohio

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

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. The only drawback is that it's rather heavy--certainly as compared to the basic 18-55 mm--but the capabilities of the lens more than compensate for that minor inconvenience.

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(19 of 22 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great Carry Around Lens

By The Love Doctor Strange

from Florida

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

Really the title says it all. I have used this lens with the D90 since I got it with the kit. I think this lens has better color reproduction and response then all the other kit lenses provided with the other cameras further down the Nikon Hierarchy. My D90 is the first SLR camera of any type I have owned and I love it. Since I got the original kit I have purchased several Nikon lenses (professional and consumer) but the original 18-105mm ended up the tool of choice most of the time. Its just that versatile. My only complaint, in very low light without the flash and a tripod, there are clearly much better performers within nikon's line up.

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(21 of 23 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Versatile of them all

By MagarVu

from Milpitas California

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

Great lens for over all use in daily basis. Its excellent enough for my family memory keeping.

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