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It is a 5.8x zoom lens designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX-format cameras.

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Pros

like most lenses it retains its value quite well - especially compared to the stock 18-55mm, the camera body it is paired with

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available as a kit lens with many cameras in Nikon's consumer end - further money off

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Vibration Reduction (VR) built-in

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the same speeds as the 16-85mm

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great do-everything walk-around lens - light, not too long, good zoom range for a variety of photography

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great photo quality (sharp, high detail) - keeps up with the more expensive 16-85mm

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ED glass

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affordable price point

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easy to use manual focus ring (in the right place, thick enough)

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a great first lens, much nicer than the 18-55mm

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known and respected Nikon quality

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Cons

will not retain its used value as much as the higher cost / more 'professional' 16-85mm

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lower build quality than the 16-85mm - completely plastic vs. metal mount and tube

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relatively slow compared to more expensive zoom lenses starting at f/3.5 - cannot isolate subjects easily, poorer in low light

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distortion is more notable than the more expensive 16-85mm

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The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a 5.8x zoom lens designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX-format cameras. This serves as a lower-priced alternative to the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, and has most of the same features. The main difference is in the focal length, now ranging from 18 - 105 mm, which reduces the wide-angle view and increases the minimum focus distance to 1.48 ft. Image stabilization allows handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than usual, and increases the sharpness of the image. Both the ED-(Extra-low Dispersion) glass element and the Aspherical lens element have been reduced in complexity from the 16-85mm lens, but still contribute significant reduction of distortion at the edges and color distortion. Super Integrated Coating (SIC) reduces internal flare for increased color consistency. The diaphragm still follows a rounded 7-blade design, rendering a more natural appearance in background elements.

Features
  • Focal Length: 18-105 mm
  • Zoom Ratio: 5.8x
  • Aperture: f/3.5 - f/22
  • Angle of View: 15 - 76 deg (DX-format)
  • VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 7 blade diaphragm
  • Distance Information
  • 1 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Element
  • 1 Aspherical Elements
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIG)
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Internal Focusing
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.48 ft. 0.45 m
  • Focus Mode: Auto, Manual, Manual/Auto
  • Filter: 67 mm Screw-on
  • Diameter x Length: 3.0 x 3.5 in, 76 x 89 mm
  • Weight: 14.8 oz, 420 g
  • LC-67 67mm Snap-on Front Lens Cap, LF-1 Rear Lens Cap, HB-32 Bayonet Lens Hood, CL-1018 Flexible Lens Pouch
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