There Are Faster Focusing Lenses, But Not With a Comparable Zoom Range For The Price
This is the D80 kit lens introduced in August, 2006.
Designed exclusively for use on Nikon DX-format
digital SLR cameras, this new and extraordinarily versatile AF
Zoom-Nikkor lens is perfect for an extremely wide variety of shooting situations ranging from
tight sports, action and
While some prefer the slightly better build of the 18-70mm, I'd take the extra 65mm (close to 100mm on the DSLRs that use these lenses) any day over a distance scale and a metal lens mount. For crying out loud it's an autofocus
walk around lens, so distance scales are relics for few people to use and the mount is a
disputable point, since it will stay on 99% of the time. As for focus speed, it's great. There are faster focusing lenses, but not with a comparable zoom range for the price.
For practical purposes,
will enjoy picture angle performance that
approximates that of
a 28-200mm lens on a
35mm film SLR
. Advanced Nikon engineering, in particular the compact Silent Wave Motor, has enabled a highly compact lightweight design with excellent handling characteristics.
The optical design features a Nikon ED glass element and two hybrid
aspherical lens elements,
assuring high-resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing
and other forms of image degradation.
The lens' compact Silent Wave Motor offers wonderfully fast, smooth and quiet
Debuting with the D80 and available at significant savings when packaged with the D80 body, the quality and versatility of the 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G lens helps put the Nikon D80 in a class all its own.
Versatile, High-power 7.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens (Approximates the picture angle performance of a 28-200mm lens on 35mm SLR).
AF-S Autofocus lens featuring a Silent wave, coreless, integrated, focus motor (unwrapped in 1996). Basically an updated AF-I Autofocus-Silent sporting a "Silent Wave Motor" (ultrasonic)
to focus near silently and fast.
DX - NIKKOR - Compact and lightweight Nikon DX lenses feature a lesser image circle and are specifically created and optimized for the Nikon D-series, digital SLR camera bodies. An ideal option for photographers and
enthusiasts who require shooting of expansive landscapes with Nikon DX DSLR
ED- (Extra-low Dispersion Glass)
a necessary element of the Nikon telephoto lens
Nikon engineered Extra-low Dispersion optical glass to facilitate the
manufacture of lenses that provide superior color correction and sharpness by
diminishing chromatic aberrations.
G - labeled after the f-number.
A G-lens contains no aperture ring, therefore aperture may only be
electronically controlled by the camera and only autofocus camera bodies
featuring function dials have the capacity to control G lenses
IF- Internal Focusing
The ability to have a lens focus while it's size remains unchanged. Nikons
IF engineering allows that to happen. All internal optical travel is contained
within the inside of the non-extension lens container..
Focus as close as 1.47 ft throughout entire zoom range.
Non-Rotating front element provides for convenient use of circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System.
SWM- Silent Wave Motor
Nikon AF-S engineering is yet one more rationale why professional photographers like Nikon telephoto optical lenses.