Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical Review

Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical (this is the full name of this lens, written on its body) is ordinary advanced full-time zoom lens. It comes as a base for some cameras and is often called 'whale'(from the English' kit '- set). Now Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G can be found with almost all Nikon DX cameras elementary and intermediate. It originally came as one of three options for the camera. Nikon D90, own, it was announced along with this camera.

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm

Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G lens is exclusively suitable for APS-C DSLR cameras Nikon DX, and this means that it is designed not for full-frame cameras, but for the so-called 'cropped' ones. A complete list of Nikon DX cropped cameras can be viewed here. Install Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G on full-format cameras Nikon FX Not recommended.

Main technical specifications of Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical:

Review Instance Name Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical ∞-0.45m / 1.48ft Ø67 Made in Thailand US36549947
Basic properties
  • DX (for Nikon DX) - lens designed for Nikon DX APS-C cameras
  • AF-S (built in Auto Focus motor) - the lens uses a built-in focus motor
  • G (Gelded) - means the absence of the aperture control ring and the transfer of the focusing distance to the camera
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) - the use of special low dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • AS (ASPHERICAL) - the use of special aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • SWM (Silent wave motor) - silent wave focus motor
  • IF (Internal focusing) - internal focus
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - Special Integrated Super Enlightenment Optics
  • VR (Vibration reduction ) - built-in image stabilizer
  • AM (AM switch) - the usual focus switch, it is possible to use a similarity M / AMbut with certain limitations described in the review
  • RD (Rounded diaphragm) - rounded petals aperture
Front Filter Diameter 67 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 18-105 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 27-157.5 mm
Zoom ratio 5.83 X (usually rounded to 6)
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels focal lengths for 18, 24, 35, 50, 70, 105 mm, bayonet mount mark and hood mounts
Diaphragm 18 mm from F / 3.5 to F / 22. 105 mm from F / 5.6 to F / 38. The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera menu (G - type of lens)
MDF (Minimum Focus Distance) 0.45 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 5
Stabilizer features 3.5 stops by CIPA standards, 3 stops by Nikon standards. The stabilizer monitors the movement of the camera while shooting panoramas.
The weight 420 g
Optical design 15 elements in 11 groups, including

  • 1 aspherical element (aspherical elements are shown in blue on the optical diagram). The presence of aspherics is indicated on the case with the inscription 'Aspherical'.
  • 1 low dispersion element (shown in yellow on the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the body by the abbreviation 'ED'.

Optical design Nikon 18-105mm VR

Image of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood Nikon HB-32, bayonet type, plastic, the following lenses use the same lens hood:

Transportation With a soft cover CL-1018
Manufacturer country Thailand, the inscription on the lens: “MADE IN THAILAND”. Important: since 2014, the production of these lenses has moved to China.
Period From August 27, 2008 to the present day (at least until the summer of 2017)
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Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm, view from the bayonet side

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm, view from the bayonet side

Assembly

A copy of this review was made in Thailand. Important: Since 2014, the production of these lenses has moved to China.

To the touch Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G is pleasant and weighty, its weight is a little more than 400 grams. The lens uses common filters with a diameter of 67 mm.

Please note that the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G on the bayonet side does not have a special rubber gasket, which is a sign that the lens has dust and moisture protection. It is better not to expose the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G to severe moisture and dust tests.

The focus ring is plastic, and the zoom lens is rubberized. Unfortunately, the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G has plastic mount, for which many photographers dislike it. A plastic lens mount is the first sign that the user is facing a lens from the simplest Nikon Nikkor line of lenses. For example, plastic mounts among Nikon DX universal lenses have only the simplest whale lenses of the class 18-55/3.5-5.6 and another not very successful Nikon 18-135 / 3.5-5.6G.

The retractable lens barrel consists of two sections, to the touch they are quite durable, without any backlash.

With frequent use, the lens may begin to suffer from spontaneous lengthening of the frame (trunk of the lens) under its own weight.

There is a bayonet mount mark and a mark on the case for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses an HB-32 plastic lens hood, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The lens hood comes with the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the zoom ring is partially lost. Exactly the same lens hood Nikon 18-70, Nikon 18-135 и Nikon 18-140.

When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'vacuum cleaner effect', which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera. You can clearly see the effect of a vacuum cleaner with a Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G lens here.

The Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G comes with a soft case CL-1018, and the lens itself comes in a small cardboard box with a characteristic Nikon coloring.

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm, rear information part

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm, rear information part

Diaphragm

Diaphragm lens consists of 7 rounded petalswhich form a fairly even hole. Diaphragm closes to F / 22 by 18 mm and to F / 38 by 105 mm of focal length.

Unfortunately, the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G cannot boast of good aperture.

There are marks with a focal length on the zoom ring, the following is a list with the minimum numbers F available for these marks:

  • 18 mm - F / 3.5
  • 24 mm - F / 4
  • 35 mm - F / 4.5
  • 50 mm - F / 5
  • 70 mm - F / 5.3
  • 105 mm - F / 5.6
Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm, maximum length

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm, maximum length

Stabilizer

Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G has a second-generation Nikon VR image stabilizer that can compensate 3.5 stops by shutter speed. In values excerpts this means that you can shoot at shutter speeds 10-12 times longer than what the lens without a stabilizer requires.

The instructions for the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G lens indicate 3 stops (Nikon measurements), and on the official website 3.5 feet (measured by CIPA). In any case, the stabilizer works well.

To enable / disable the stabilizer on the lens there 'VR ON / OFF' button. The stabilizer itself works well. I was able to take pictures without grease and hard work at 105 mm focal length and 1/30 second. Unlike more advanced lenses, such as Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED VR SWM IF Aspherical, this lens does not have the ability to switch stabilizer modes.

While the image stabilizer is turned on and off, the viewfinder may twitch slightly, this is the norm and should not be afraid. The stabilizer is turned on by pressing the focus activation button.

The lens can track the movement of the camera during panorama shooting. In this case, the stabilizer will suppress vibration only in the direction perpendicular to the movement of the camera.

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm with the most extended frame of the case and the established hood

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm with the most extended frame of the case and the established hood

Focusing

Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G focuses quite quietly thanks to 'SWM'-motor (Silent Wbird Motor - quiet wave / ultrasonic motor) and refers to the lens'AF-S'type (with built-in motor focusing), and therefore it will automatically focus on any Nikon digital SLR camera.

Auto Focus Speed ​​- average. On cameras Nikon D90, D200 the lens focuses tenaciously and does not release objects from the field of sharpness.

During focusing, the front and rear lenses remain stationary, as the lens uses internal focusthat is indicated on the case by the letters'IF'-'Internal Focus' - 'Inner Focus'. The front lens does not rotate while zooming. It is possible to use any filters without problems.

When changing the focal length, the front lens does not rotate.

The minimum focusing distance is only 45 cm, while you can shoot Macro with 1: 5 magnification. Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G does not have a window with a distance scale, depth of field scale and other useful marks.

In manual focus mode, the ring rotates about 120 degrees, when it reaches the extreme positions it does not rest, but continues to slide, without affecting the focus. Manual focus is easy.

On the lens housing you can find focus switch 'A - M'. In position 'A', automatic focusing works, and in position M - manual focusing.

The 'A-M' switch in this lens is non-standard. Normally, in all lenses equipped with such switches, manual focus cannot be performed in 'A' mode. But here is what the manual says for Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G:

Manual focus can be performed even if the AM lens mode is set to A. Set the camera to focus on AF-S and press the shutter-release button halfway to autofocus. Then, while holding the shutter-release button halfway, manually rotate the lens focus ring to fine-tune the focus. Note. Do not try to rotate the focus ring while the autofocus function is operating. When the autofocus function completes, release and press the shutter-release button halfway again.

Thus, in AF-S mode, after successful focusing, you can still rotate the focus ring to adjust the focus or refocus it. Unfortunately, such a property is only a miserable semblance of a full-fledged regime M / AM with the possibility of constant manual focus control.

You can find more information about lenses with a similar feature in the section Focus Features 'A', for some Nikkor lenses with the 'A-M' switch.

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm with hood in transport mode

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm with hood in transport mode

Image quality

The lens is sharp enough in the center of the frame, even on open apertures. Sharpness sags a little at 105 mm. Unfortunately, the corners and edges of the image on open apertures remain very weak. The lens also suffers from chromatic aberration and vignetting. Modern cameras can automatically correct vignetting and chromatic aberration.

Of course, at 18 mm you can see barrel-shaped distortion, which becomes pads like with an increase in focal length. The level of dystoria is at an adequate level for comfortable perception of the image.

Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G well tolerates side and back light and shows good contrast, which is typical of modern universal lenses. In general, I did not find anything particularly bad or good in the quality of the image obtained with the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G.

Examples of photos on Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G:

Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical prices

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My experience

Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical was my first universal lens for my first two cameras Nikon D40 и Nikon D90. I used it a little over a year, after which I changed it to Tamron 17-50mm F / 2.8 XR Di II LD Aspherical (IF). Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G is nothing more than an ordinary whale lens with a slightly expanded focal length, which allows you to use part of the tele-range.

For a month, I was simultaneously holding Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G and Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical, which allowed me to compare their capabilities. As a result, it turned out that using a range of focal lengths of 18-105 is several times more convenient than using 18-55. The ability to use 105 mm of focal length on the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G is one of the lens's greatest strengths. Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G also has a more pleasant / solid appearance and it is much more convenient to handle it than with 18-55.

This lens is not a bit suitable as a regular lens for some more or less serious shootings (wedding, responsible reporting, etc.). I took off 4 wedding on the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G and now I regret it. In the same time Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G fits very well for simple tasks. He repeatedly helped me out on hikes, on vacation, for homely leisurely filming. Like it or not, but finding a more balanced lens than the Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G is very difficult.

From cheap universal lenses for Nikon DX cameras, I advise you to look at the options Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5G ED DX SWM IF Aspherical и Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical. True, these lenses can only be found in use on the secondary market. A good replacement for Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G are Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical и Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical.

The most similar lens from a third-party manufacturer is Sigma Zoom 18-125mm 1: 3.8-5.6 DC OS HSM (Optical Stabilizer).

An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5mm/2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80mm/ 2.8-4IN AF-S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR

Thank you the store Fotika.com.ua behind provided by Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical lens, which I took for a while to create photos with its appearance.

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm on Nikon D40x camera

Nikon Nikkor dx 18-105mm on camera Nikon D40x

Results

Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical lens performed quite well as universal lens for amateur photographers. On vacation, he is simply indispensable. Unfortunately, one should not expect high optical performance from such a lens. In general, the lens is good for its price class.

I recommend it as the very first lens for Nikon DX cameras. It is best to buy a Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G kit (together with the camera), in which case the cost of the camera and lens will be lower than their total cost separately. Using Nikon 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G is much more convenient than class lenses. 18-55/3.5-5.6 due to the wider range of focal lengths.

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Comments: 883, on the topic: Review Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical

  • Jury

    Good afternoon. Tell me, does anyone have experience using this lens on FF? As far as it's possible? How critical? Interested, for example, on d610 ...

    • Ivan

      Here, read. There, clearly, with a photograph, it is shown what will happen if the DX lens is put on the FF camera: https://radojuva.com/2012/03/nikon-lenses/

      • Valery A.

        If you shoot in FX mode, and then sprinkle, cutting off the dark corners - it will be a little wider than in the HX.

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