Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical review

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Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical was introduced with the camera Nikon D80 back in the fall of 2006. It was produced only in Thailand, like many other inexpensive zooms and fixes.

Main technical specifications of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical:

Review Instance Name Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical
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 no aperture control ring and transfer of 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 focusing motor
  • IF (Internal focusing) - internal focusing
  • SIC (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - Special Integrated Super Enlightenment Optics
  • AM (AM switch) - the usual focus switch, it is possible to use something like 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 18-135 mm EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 27-202.5 mm
Zoom ratio 7.5 X (usually rounded to 8)
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Tags focal lengths for 18, 24, 35, 50, 70, 105, 135 mm, bayonet mount mark and hood mounts
Diaphragm 18 mm from F / 3.5 to F / 22. 135 mm from F / 5.6 to F / 38. The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera menu (G - lens type)
MDF (Minimum Focus Distance) 0.45 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 4.2
Stabilizer features Lens lacks image stabilizer
The weight 385 g
Optical design 15 elements in 13 groups, including

  • 2 aspherical elements (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'.

Nikon 18-135 optical scheme

Image of optical circuit clickable

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

Transportation Using a soft cover CL-0915 (the same cover was included in the package of delivery Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-70mm 1: 3.5-4.5G ED DX SWM IF Aspherical)
Manufacturer country Thailand, inscription on the lens: “MADE IN THAILAND”
Release period From August 2006 to August 2008, later replaced by a similar lens - Nikon 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED Nikkor VR AF-S SWM DX IF Aspherical
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Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical


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 135 mm of focal length.

Unfortunately, Nikon 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G cannot boast 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 / 5.6
  • 105 mm - F / 5.6
  • 135 mm - F / 5.6
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

What you should pay attention to in the Nikon 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G lens:

  1. This is a camera lens class DX, that is, from cameras with a cropped matrix and using it at full frame will not do anything good. But due to the smaller coverage area of ​​the matrix, it turned out less.
  2. The lens has built-in focus motor SWM, which allows you to use the lens on the entire line of Nikon digital SLR cameras, even on younger models of the type D40, D3000. It focuses really silently, but not very fast. For everyday life, speed is enough.
  3. Convenient range of focal lengths. We get a 7.5x zoom lens. This is a pretty convenient thing, those who take off on fixes understand what I'm writing about.
  4. The lens does not have an image stabilizer. Now this is a very convenient feature, and in this regard, the 18-105 VR, 18-200 VR and 16-85 VR lenses are winning, since the image stabilizer really helps when shooting.
  5. The mounts of the mount are made of plastic, and not of metal in higher quality specimens. On the one hand, this is bad, but on the other hand it reduces weight.
  6. Internal focus - It will help to use filters without any extra problems, and indeed, internal focusing is a pleasant trifle.
  7. When zooming, the lens is decent sucks in air, well, dust with him, but you yourself already guessed the consequences.
  8. The lens has a couple of super elements from ED (ultrafine glass), which are designed to improve the picture eliminating it from HA. But few people are surprised by this in our time, but for 2006 it was a great solution.
  9. Convenient focus mode - to adjust the focus you do not need to switch to manual focus mode - just twist the focus ring.
  10. Included lens hood. In the style of good tradition, the lens hood can be attached to the lens in the opposite position. This will allow you to always carry it with you, and most importantly, with its reverse position, it does not interfere with the zoom. For example, at 18-105, the lens hood slightly interferes with the zoom ring.
  11. Pretty easy. 18-105 VR is much harder.
  12. A serious drawback is small aperture, but we must remember that it is more inappropriate to demand from a lens of this class.
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical


Nikon 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G focuses 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 D40, D90 the lens focuses tenaciously and does not release objects from the field of sharpness.

I used almost everyone Nikon Nikkor DX Universal Zoom Lenses and I can summarize that the Nikon 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G autofocus speed is almost exactly the same as that of Nikon 18-105VR, Nikon 18-140mm VR, Nikon 18-200VR, Nikon 18-200mm GII VR, Nikon 18-300 / 3.5-5.6 VRNikon 18-300 / 3.5-6.3 VR, and if we compare the focusing time from infinity to MDF and vice versa (the analysis can be done using video from the network). Of all the Nikon DX zoom lenses, it only focuses noticeably faster Nikon 16-85VR, Nikon 17-55, Nikon 18-70 и Nikon 16-80VR . Funny but even the simplest lenses Nikon 18-55G, 18-55GI, 18-55 VR, 18-55VRII still focus a little faster.

During focusing, the front and rear lenses remain stationary, as the lens uses internal focusthat is indicated on the case by the letters'IF'-'Iinternal 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 across the entire range of focal lengths, while you can shoot Macro with 1: 4.2 magnification (the smaller the second ratio, the better the lens's macro capabilities). Nikon 18-135mm 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 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G:

Manual focus can be performed even if 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 DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

About the picture:

Here you can write treatises and give many examples. But the final result of the picture in many respects depends not only on the lens and it is difficult to achieve a single accurate opinion. But still - the lens showed good sharpness on all focal ranges. At 18 mm, the corners are slightly soft, at 135 mm the sharpness is worse. But in general, sharpness is good, especially if you close the aperture a few stops.

The bokeh in the telephoto area is smooth, not aggressive - from a lens of this class is no longer necessary. Chromatic aberrations present - from them on a cheap zoom lens anywhere. Needless to 18mm HA the biggest and most terrible, just like distortion.

The vignetting of 135 and 18 mm, even on the cropped matrix, is quite strong and can be seen in the photo, but is easily removed in the editor.

Color rendering - all felt-tip pens taste and color are different, of course not the same as fast fixes.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

What else is there?

Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm has two main competitors, this 18-105mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor  и 18-200mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED VR II AF-S DX Nikkor. They differ slightly in focal lengths and the presence of a stabilizer. The first of them I do not recommend, it gives a soft picture, the second I recommend because of its best performance. Also, competitors include Nikon 16-85mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR Nikkor, which attracts with its wide angle. What to choose from these four relatively cheap lenses is up to you. And there is still a good old Nikon 18-70mm f / 3.5-4.5G IF-ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor but everyone has already forgotten about it.

You can download the original photos in the '.JPEG' format at this link and another addition at this link.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical


When shooting in the body range, always remember that the lens does not have a large aperturebecause it will not be able to provide short excerpts low ISO, so as not to pick up the ISO try not to shoot at the long end with shutter speed below 1/125 to avoid grease. For portraits, the lens is quite suitable in the area of ​​105-135mm, makes it possible to feel the bokeh, which is even wow for the zoom lens.

Due to the large diameter of the front lens, I advise you to immediately buy protective filter. I also recommend shooting at 6,3-8,0 apertures at all focal lengths - then the lens gives a really high-quality picture.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135m 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

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An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

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

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Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G IF-ED pretty good universal lens for all occasions. When writing a review, I showed normal sharpness, the rest of the indicators are in the aisles of the norm - and I do not need to demand more from an amateur zoom for such money. The only thing that confuses is the lack of an image stabilizer. Also, if you decide to buy this lens to replace the whale 18-55 - pay better attention to more advanced Nikon 18-105VR и Nikon 18-200VR.

Full list of all lenses Nikon Nikkor DX You can find at this link.

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Comments: 155, on the topic: Review of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-135mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM IF Aspherical

  • Serg

    it focuses faster, but because of this, accuracy suffers and

  • Jury

    I bought a D80 carcass with this lens for the occasion. Very satisfied. Sharp, zero autofocus errors. Excellent focal range. The downside is noticeable vignetting. An excellent choice for the amateur.

  • Zalina

    Hello, I need professional advice for a beginner) will this lens fit on Nikon d70s and approximately how much will it cost if you take it used? Thanks in advance 🙏🏻

    • Ivan

      I do not pretend to be professional advice, but it will work for the specified camera.

      • Zalina

        Can't you orientate the price? I found such a used one for 7t₽. Is this a normal price for him?

      • Zalina

        Thank you for your answer, I’m looking everywhere and I just can’t understand 😂 Or I don’t see it anymore (my eye is blurry)

        • Ivan

          Yes, not at all! It's as easy as shelling pears. As for used equipment, it is always a lottery, especially for beginners. Here everyone decides for himself whether to take or not.

  • Anastasia

    Hello. I shoot with Nikon D7000 and this lens, most often birthdays, corporate parties. F8, 1 / 160-1 / 200. In general, the pictures are not bad, but when I zoom in, they are very noisy and not sharp enough. With what it can be connected?

    • Andrii

      Tin. People shoot corporate events with a whale lens and have no idea about the causes of the noise.

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