hierophant's reviews

  • Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S Nikkor

    9 out of 10 points and recommended
    Sharpness, VR, cost
    slight corner-softness

    Upgraded to this lens after the autofocus motor on my 18-55 II failed. Proved to be an excellent decision as the lens is a considerable improvement over the old D40 kit lens.
    Optical quality is stellar; delivering sharp, contrasty images. Sharpness is consistent throughout its range, and excellent even when wide open.
    Construction quality is good, despite the plastic mount; VR and autofocus operations are virtually silent.
    VR performs admirably, helping the lens deliver great low-light performance.
    There is some minor corner-softness and distortion, but not really noticeable unless you go looking for it.

    All in all, this lens is a worthy addition to Nikon's lineup, and the best bang for the buck you can currently get.

    reviewed November 16th, 2008 (purchased for $290)