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Review Nikon AF-S DX 18-105 mm 3.5-5,6 G ED VR (N APS-C)

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In August 2008, the Nikon 18-105 mm was launched. This lens, called in full Nikon AF-S DX 18-105 mm 3.5-5,6 G ED VR, is an alternative to the Nikon 18-55 mm kit lens. The range on the long end, 105 mm, is so great that a lot of photographic situations can be managed without having to change lens. The Nikon 18-105 mm is much cheaper than the Nikon 16-85 mm. In the last few years the Nikon 18-200mm and the Nikon 18-300 mm have joined the competition for the Nikon 18-105mm. What does it offer? This was one of the first lenses we've tested. We decided to test it again. This time with a modern 24 megapixel camera (Nikon D3200 and Nikon D7100), evaluating the quality of both jpg and RAW files.
 Nikkor 18-105 VR
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Field of view Nikon 18-105 mm @18 mm
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Nikon 18-105 @105 mm
Two images, shot from the same position, illustrate the large 5.8 zoom range of the Nikon 18-105mm. Without changing your lens, you will get two totally different images. The field of view of this lens is equal to the field of view of a 27-157mm lens on a camera with a full frame sensor.

Construction and autofocus

 
Both the lens body and the mount are of plastic. During focusing, the filter does not rotate. The focus ring and zoom ring run smoothly without the lens feeling cheap. As with many other Nikon lenses, the AF drive is provided by a Silent Wave Motor. That means fast, almost silent and virtually no hunting in low light. Thanks to the built -in SWF, you will also have AF using Nikon camera bodies without an AF motor, like the Nikon D3200 or the Nikon D5200.
Specifications
Nikon 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor
Image Stabilization:+
lenses/ groups:15/11
length x diameter:89 / 76
filter size:67
Weight:420
Lens hood:-

Image stabilization Nikon 18-105 mm

 
The effectiveness of Nikon 18-105 's  integrated image stabilization is measured at a focal lenght of 105 mm. The effectiveness is about 4 stops, which is a lot. IS-Nikon-18-105-

18mm3p5Nikon18-105mmNikon AF-S DX 18-105 mm/3.5-5,6 G ED VR @ 18 mm, f/3.5, 1/640, 100 ISO

Vignetting

 

Vignetting is expressed in stops and is somewhat on the high side at 18 mm at f/3.5 and f/4.0. And at 105 mm, the vignetting is only a bit too high at f/5.6. Vignetting can be controlled by certain programs.

 

Move your mouse over the graph to see our results for vignetting in RAW files.

vignet-jpg

Distortion Nikon 18-105

 
The distortion in RAW files (Move your mouse over the graph), is high at every focal length, especially at 18 mm. Distortion can be controlled with software. distortion-jpg

Bokeh

 
Less fast zoom lenses on a camera with an APS-C sensor supply almost never a nice bokeh. The Nikon 18-105mm is no exception. The maximum aperture at 62mm is f/5.2. The depth of field, even though the small image sensor, is quite large. The background is uneasy about the blurry circles are readily identifiable and have no uniform coverage. Nikon-18-105-bokeh-at-105mm
The bokeh changes shape by light waste in the center is the beautiful bokeh around. In the corners the bokeh takes the form of a cat's eye (move your mouse over the image).
18mmbokeh-example-Nikon-18-105mm

Flare

 
This lens is very sensitive to backlight; both ghosting and flare can be seen. You will have to take this into account when photographing. Nikkor_18-105_mm_overstraling

Resolution Nikon 18-105

 

The resolution, expressed in LW/PH, reached in the center at different focal lengths and apertures nice values​​. The corners are less sharp than the center aperture and stopping down hardly helps.
Thanks to the high resolution of the test cameras (24 megapixels) this "softness" in the corners will in practice almost be invisible to most photographers.

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Resolutie

Chromatic aberration Nikon 18-105 mm

The chromatic aberration remains sufficiently low in jpg files, thanks to the in-camera correction. Chromatic aberration is one of the parameters where you can distinguish the professional Nikon lenses (designed with lateral chromatic aberration almost completely absent) from cheaper consumer lens, which is less heavily deployed on completely eliminating chromatic aberration. At high magnifications you may can encounter purple and green edges in the corners in sharp contrast transitions. That is easily corrected in Capture NX or Lightroom.


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chromatic aberration Nikon 18-105mm

Conclusion Nikon AF-S DX 18-105 mm 3.5-5,6 G review

Nikkor 18-105 VR

See our list of tested lenses or the lenses with a Nikon mount tested by us to compare the performance of this lens to other lenses.

 

ECWYSIWYG score: This table shows the performance of this lens when you store the files in the camera as jpg, with all available in-camera lens corrections applied. This score gives you for this lens/test camera combination: "What you see is what you get".
90
135
8.0
7.2
9.2
8.4
9.2
105
158
7.2
6.6
8.3
8.2
8.7
18
28
7.1
7.1
8.5
8.1
5.6
24
35
7.2
6.9
9.1
8.5
6.0
33
50
7.2
6.9
8.4
8.7
7.0
57
85
6.7
6.3
5.5
8.8
9.2
Overall
Overall
7.2
6.8
8.2
8.4
7.6
ECPure RAW score: This table shows the performance of this lens when the file is stored in the camera in RAW format. This score approaches the intrinsic quality of the combination of lens and test camera.
90
135
6.9
7.3
9.1
8.8
6.1
105
158
6.9
7.2
9.1
8.9
6.1
18
28
7.4
7.9
9.1
8.5
5.5
24
35
7.4
7.8
9.2
8.7
6.4
33
50
7.3
7.5
9.2
9.0
7.1
57
85
6.9
7.3
9.0
9.0
6.0
Overall
Overall
7.0
7.5
9.1
8.8
5.5

Pro

  • Good performances in the center
  • Handy zoom range
  • Effective image stabilization
  • Favorable recommended retail price

Con

  • Moderate optical performances in the corners
  • Strong distortion
  • Sensitive to flare

The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105 mm 3.5-5, 6 G ED VR is equipped with an effective image stabilization, and is practical in use due to the wide zoom range. This lens is not very fast and in terms of resolution and distortion, this lens performs only very moderately. The lens is sensitive to backlight, but the recommended retail price is attractive.

Ivo Freriks
Author: Ivo Freriks
With Camera Review Stuff I hope to make a modest contribution to the pleasure that you get from photography. By testing cameras and lenses in the same way, evluating the results and weighing up the pros and cons, I hope to help you find the right camera or lens.

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Comments (2)

  1. Stan

Lens performance depends on camera body used. Using a higher quality lens does not result in better imaging unless the camera body software/firmware/design can utilize the additional information. My D300 images are limited not only by my skills,...

Lens performance depends on camera body used. Using a higher quality lens does not result in better imaging unless the camera body software/firmware/design can utilize the additional information. My D300 images are limited not only by my skills, but by lens AND the D300 itself.

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  1. Ivo    Stan

Hi Stan,<br /><br />I don't know about your camera skills, but you're absolutely right about the D300.<br />Almost every lens review tests the combination of camera and lens.<br />We try to use the most demanding camera's available for our lens...

Hi Stan,<br /><br />I don't know about your camera skills, but you're absolutely right about the D300.<br />Almost every lens review tests the combination of camera and lens.<br />We try to use the most demanding camera's available for our lens reviews.<br /><br />Regards,<br /><br />Ivo

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