18-105mm or 18-135mm

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Joshatdot
Joshatdot Forum Member • Posts: 95
18-105mm or 18-135mm

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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SUPERHOKIE Contributing Member • Posts: 983
18-105

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.

kane513 Junior Member • Posts: 43
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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!

Duncan Glendinning Regular Member • Posts: 254
Re: 18-105mm or 18-135mm

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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Duncan Glendinning Regular Member • Posts: 254
Re: 18-105

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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Joshatdot
Joshatdot OP Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: 18-105

Thx guys/gals, 18-105mm it is

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Re: one more question/option

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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CAMMASTER Contributing Member • Posts: 941
The 18-135 is terrific point of view.

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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Joshatdot
Joshatdot OP Forum Member • Posts: 95
Re: The 18-135 is terrific point of view.

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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MikeInIndy Senior Member • Posts: 1,077
Re: The 18-135 is terrific point of view.

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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