18-105mm or 18-135mm

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Joshatdot
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18-105mm or 18-135mm
May 1, 2009

I've been looking into getting the D60 body, and picking out a lens. I was wondering what your opinions about the:

Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Lens
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Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX VR ED Nikkor Lens

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In reply to Joshatdot, May 1, 2009

The VR will save the day when the light gets low.

I mean, how much of the time will you need the extra 30mm of the 18-135? At tele end 30mm is practically negligible. But VR is indispensable. Granted the VR on the 18-105 only gives a one stop advantage, but even that is a huge advantage. ISO 3200 vs 1600, or 1/20 WITHOUT BLUR vs BLUR on the 18-135. And the sharpness is neck and neck between the two. I can't think of any reason why anyone would choose the 18-135 over the 18-105 VR.

Well of course, if you can get one for a real cheap price.

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The 18-105 is a much sharper lens with much higher build quality. It is the best sub $500 DX kit lens out there. it is much sharper than the 18-200VR even!

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Re: 18-105mm or 18-135mm
In reply to Joshatdot, May 1, 2009

I have both and find that I use the 18-105 over the 18-135 because I like the low light advantage that VR provides. If you believe the slrgear.com test results, the 18-135 has a slight image quality advantage (8.94) over the 18-105 (8.53).

The Nikon published MTF info might cause you to conclude the opposite. You can find Nikon's MTF info for the 18-135 here http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/lens/af/dx/af-s_dx_zoom18-135mmf_35-56g_ed/index.htm and for the 18-105 here http://imaging.nikon.com/products/imaging/lineup/lens/af/dx/af-s_dx_18-105mmf_35-56g_ed_vr/index.htm .

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SUPERHOKIE wrote:

The VR will save the day when the light gets low.

I mean, how much of the time will you need the extra 30mm of the
18-135? At tele end 30mm is practically negligible. But VR is
indispensable. Granted the VR on the 18-105 only gives a one stop
advantage, but even that is a huge advantage. ISO 3200 vs 1600, or
1/20 WITHOUT BLUR vs BLUR on the 18-135. And the sharpness is neck
and neck between the two. I can't think of any reason why anyone
would choose the 18-135 over the 18-105 VR.

Well of course, if you can get one for a real cheap price.

The Nikon website ( http://www.nikonusa.com/Find-Your-Nikon/Product/Camera-Lenses/2179/AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-18-105mm-f%252F3.5-5.6G-ED-VR.html ) claims that VR on the 18-105 provides up to 3 stop (shutter speed slower) advantage over a non-VR lense.
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In reply to Duncan Glendinning, May 2, 2009

Thx guys/gals, 18-105mm it is

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refurb body and 18-105mm kit or body + 18-55 + 55-200 mm kit?

I found some pretty good refurb deals on Amazon
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The 18-135 is terrific point of view.
In reply to Joshatdot, May 2, 2009

My 18-135 is exellent, really super sharp, and is a bargain I would regret the 18-105s loss of range but thats just me.
No problem to use if you keep like my 18-200VR shutter speeds up enough .

I still have my 18-135 to use on holidays because its as good as the 18-200 VR .

Also I was surprised to notice the difference between 135- 200 is not all that much, but 105 -200 is , and so I think for me anyway not a good choice !

Even my 18-200VR at the longer end needs 320 sec or 400 using shutter priority gets exellent sharpness , or soft results Ive found ,

So VR is not so usefull as all that at longer distances I think thats so ,

I need to watch shutter speeds are high enough with both , I do believe ,

If I do keep the shutter speeds up Ive found both then give super sharp results, Ive just found this out recently Ive moved from A to S for most shots in good light. with the 18-135 loosing nothing at all to my also exellent but more than twice the price 18-200VR .

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Re: The 18-135 is terrific point of view.
In reply to CAMMASTER, May 5, 2009

I've been doing alot of reading at Ken Rockwell's site. He has pretty good through reviews on Nikon lenses. I think for now I'll get the 18-110 VR, and later when $ provided, I'll upgrade to the 18-200 VR.

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Re: The 18-135 is terrific point of view.
In reply to Joshatdot, May 5, 2009

Expect people to tell you not to take Ken Rockwell too seriously. They're right. I'd get the 18-105 (not only does it have VR, but it also doesn't suffer from vignetting and chromatic aberrations like the 18-135 does, the 18-70 also has issues and the 18-200 isn't particularly sharp) and add in the 70-300 VR later. The 18-55 55-200 combo is great, but the 18-105 will somewhat reduce your need to swap lenses since it's got a pretty decent telephoto end and has a good overlap for the 70-300 (or 70-200/80-200 F2.8s if you want to go big for action sports type stuff). I have the 18-55 and 55-200 and find the 18-55 both not wide enough and not long enough to be on the camera as much as I'd like one lens to be. Generally I end up with the 50 f1.8 on there and use the foot zoom/wide as necessary. Also the 18-55 and 55-200 lack the instant focus override of the 18-105 which can be nice to have.
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