stevetauro's reviews

  • Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED DX AF-S Nikkor

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    good range, affordable, sharp
    faloff, plastic mount

    I got my 18-135 as a D60 kit and, after a year of usage, i can sau it was a bargain.
    Really sharp all over its (very useful ) range, perfect as a vacation & all-around lens if you - like me - hate wasting time and photo opportunities changing lenses and if you like travelling light. Good control of CA and flare, AF really fast and silent.Trade-offs are vignetting at full wide and full tele and distortion at all focal lenghts, you can correct them in post processing (but it' s a hassle).
    I can't understand why Nikon made this lens with a plastic mount: I frequently have problems with a non perfect contact with the camera. In my experience it's the biggest cons. Nikon should fix it, il wouldn't be so expensive.........
    Lack of IS may be a problem at full tele (200 mm equivalent), consider the 18-105 IS as an alternative, not a big difference 105 vs 135 .

    reviewed September 1st, 2009