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Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G DX AF-S

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#1 Dallas


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Posted 23 October 2007 - 11:32

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#2 junarto

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Posted 10 May 2008 - 17:51

It's my main lens for almost 1,5 years until i could manage to buy 17-55 2.8. The lens deliver a very sharp picture, IMHO it could match the sharpness of my 50 1.8.
Many user complaining about the vignette and distortion, but there's not a problem from me, but my main complain is the CA and fringing when using this lens for landscape. It's still there even i stop down to f/16.
Many people too considering about the plastic mount, but since I have several prime lens and zoom, I change lenses quiet often, i could change 2-3 lenses just for a single scenery and have no problem with the mount, but finally the AF-S motor died on me in my last visit to Japan (last February) the temp is below 0 degree Celsius, and the focus is start squeaking and stop focusing. It cost me around $50 to replace the AFS motor :(. So, lesson taken, is not a great working horse, But 18-135 is truly really nice light travel lens with a reasonable price.

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Posted 28 May 2008 - 13:51

This lens is quite sharp and covers a wide zoom range.  It is slow, lacks VR, and breaks easily. It has more distortion and CA than I like. 

It is too expensive for an entry level lens and two crappy for a higher level lens.  It makes an adequate lightweight back up lens, there if you need it but hopefully you never will.

It will only make you happy twice...the day you buy it and the day you sell it.

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Posted 05 May 2010 - 13:16

Got this lens as kit with my D80, very sharp lens, IMHO sharper than my Tamron 28-75 and 70-300VR wide open, but the vignetting and CA is bit annoying. Broke in 2nd years when i visit japan in winter (accidentally expose to rain and snow), repaired and sold it afterward. Good beginner lens but 135 in DX little bit to long for shoot by handheld

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Posted 14 February 2014 - 18:31

This lens is definately sharp enough for 12-16MP cameras (best in the lower focal-lenghts), but it is to slow, lacks VR and desperately needs it!

So for photography without a tripod, the upper focal-lenght range is unusable in anything but direct sunlight.

Thus the 18-55mm VR is the logical and better choice.

In addition, I think this lens is way too big to have a plastic mount.

#6 DaveO


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Posted 10 March 2014 - 14:46

   I bought a used Nikon 16-85 VR lens instead because it had VR and a metal lens mount.  Even though it doesn't reach as far.

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Posted 26 March 2014 - 11:52

I bought a 18 - 140 lens, a newer version of this. It is with VR and a metal lens mount.


It seems to be quite good even with my D7100. Best sharpness is on longer side of the lens.

Let's hope you make a new thread for this very lens.




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