Nikon 18-70 vs Nikon 18-135

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Andrazh
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Nikon 18-70 vs Nikon 18-135
Apr 11, 2013

I own both lenses and i have to decide which one to keep.
I like the build quality of 18-70 and focus better. But I think 18-135 is a bit more sharp and has larger range.
Can someone tell me how should I test these two for sharpness? So it would be accurate?
Dont want to sell the wrong one

Thnx

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Take photos.

Look at photos.

Decide.

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If you can't tell which is shaper then its irrelevant isn't it.

I really can't see how anyone else can help as you have both lenses sat in front of you

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Had both of them. Nikon 18-70 mm could not lived up to its fame. The humble "consumer" 18-135 blew out of the water the praised 18-70mm. In my opinion 18-70 was a deception. Nikon 18-135 is a much versatile lens and has an IQ at least on par with the 18-70mm

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Liviu Namolovan wrote:

Had both of them. Nikon 18-70 mm could not lived up to its fame. The humble "consumer" 18-135 blew out of the water the praised 18-70mm. In my opinion 18-70 was a deception. Nikon 18-135 is a much versatile lens and has an IQ at least on par with the 18-70mm

Yes, DxOMark gives the same score for both of them:

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Compare-Camera-Lenses/Compare-lenses/(lens1)/174/(lens2)/207/(brand1)/Nikkor/(camera1)/680/(brand2)/Nikkor/(camera2)/680

I still have 18-135mm (purchased with D80) and it is surprisingly sharp on D7000!

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alexsid wrote:

Liviu Namolovan wrote:

Had both of them. Nikon 18-70 mm could not lived up to its fame. The humble "consumer" 18-135 blew out of the water the praised 18-70mm. In my opinion 18-70 was a deception. Nikon 18-135 is a much versatile lens and has an IQ at least on par with the 18-70mm

Yes, DxOMark gives the same score for both of them:

http://www.dxomark.com/index.php/Lenses/Compare-Camera-Lenses/Compare-lenses/(lens1)/174/(lens2)/207/(brand1)/Nikkor/(camera1)/680/(brand2)/Nikkor/(camera2)/680

I still have 18-135mm (purchased with D80) and it is surprisingly sharp on D7000!

Alex

Why would you want to look out how copies of the lens, other than the ones you own, perform? Surely in this unigue situation the answer has to come from the copies you have on hand

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I have both the 18-70 and the 18-105 and I like the 18-70 better. It is sharp, more compact, better built, and easy to carry. I pictures in my gallery with the 18-70 if you want to see some examples.

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18-70 - was a decent all-around lens on my D70s.   Not great, not too many flaws.

18-135 - one of the sharpest zooms Nikon made, at the expense of a lot of other optical issues.  CA was quite apparent.  Some distortion as well.   Worked well on 10mp cameras, but not sure how it does on the modern stuff.

Both needed VR.    The 18-135 was clearly sharper, but...

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Andrazh wrote:

I own both lenses and i have to decide which one to keep.
I like the build quality of 18-70 and focus better. But I think 18-135 is a bit more sharp and has larger range.
Can someone tell me how should I test these two for sharpness? So it would be accurate?
Dont want to sell the wrong one

Thnx

Sell the 18-135.  Why?, because you can conceivably get more money for it.  Don't bother getting caught up in the minutia.  The 18-70 is a great Disneyland lens.  Or sell them both and get a 24-85VR, they are practically giving them away with the recent D600 bundled promotions if you scout around.  If you are contemplating a indeterminate stay with DX, please disregard the comment as 24mm is probably not ideal for an all purpose zoom in that format.

I happen to like the 18-70, not because it is especially good, but I perceive as having an important historical role in saving Nikon from digital obscurity along with the D70.  I shot Canon at the time and, like the specifications of the D800, the D70 18-70 kit was so well specified and reasonably priced, I instantly became enamored by it and increasingly disillusioned with Canon's artificial market compartmentalization and felt marginalized as a consumer because of their election to reduce functionality, based solely on software 'crippling,' for no reason other than to create incremental, but costly upgrade paths.

Fast forward to today and many of the Canon bodies are only differentiated by features alone, and employ the same (or similar) sensor for nearly all their consumer bodies.

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