Hughesy's reviews

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

    7 out of 10 points and recommended
    Sharp, Contrast, Lightweight , VR, Decent size Focus Ring, Solid Construction
    Plastic Mount

    For a kit lens with the D90 I couldn't believe the sharpness of the images, while wide open there is corner softness on most focal lengths, stopping down to f/5.6 at the wide end fixes most of the this.

    I found the sweet spot for my lens was at f/8 with center sharpness being somewhat sharper at f/5.6 from 35-70mm, however at f/8 the frame is sharp all over.

    - Noticeable vignetting at wide end
    - VR works well enough for me that i can get 7 out of 10 shots sharp at a 1/2 sec exposure handheld @ 18-50mm
    - Compared to the 28-105mm f/3.5~4.5D IF it is slightly sharper at all focal lengths, That being said the images become almost the same in terms of sharpness when you get to f/8-f/10

    I took this lens to an Airshow while the 105mm is just barely enough for take off and landing shots the shots that i did take surprised me for a non prime lens. I will most likely hold on to this lens until i get the 16-85mm VR,

    Also I used this lens on the D90 I do not know performance on other cameras.

    reviewed April 10th, 2009 (purchased for $320)