The Focus is Silent and Extremely Fast
If you want a great fun
Digital SLR DX
telephoto lens. this is it. Now if you're a pixel peeper person that analyzes things to no end like shooting newspaper text or a photographing brick wall to measure for
distortion and sharpness, don't get this
lens, you'll need the Nikkor 24-70 or the 70-200. But if you're just going use it for capturing normal everyday pictures and viewing the resulting images like a normal sane person, then this is the
Overall this lens has a very robust feel with a good build It has a nice fit
and finish and shows detailed attention to quality control. The zoom and focus rings feel and glide quite well. even though there's a somewhat slight plastic sliding quality. The switches function OK and in general everything seems as though will hold up for a long time frame. Of course it's no equal to a mid 80's Nikkor
prime, but that's hardly a fair comparison. For starters they are constructed quite different have
dissimilar components and they are employed differently.
Personally I have a difficult time understanding the difference a metal lens mount would make instead of a plastic one like this lens employs.
You'd think that if the
lens was removed and re-installed then it could possibly make some difference. Although a plastic lens mount would be easier the metal camera mount. Plastic is somewhat self lubricating could inhibit both from scratching. In spite of this confounding
dilemma, I still sleep well at night.
Ok. let's talk about performance. The focus is silent and extremely fast. The reach very useful. The smaller maximum aperture can be compensated by using a higher zoom which also provided
beautiful portrait bokeh. The VR combined with a higher
ISO allows it to be very capable of capturing
available interior light without requiring flash to
interfere with color balance.
The 18-105 is exceedingly sharp. The images come out well and I have no problems in that area and anything erroneous in shooting those
photos can be put down as
photographer error. Also there was only positive effects on the color, no
purple fringing, just really favorable results over the details and sharpness this lens captures.
The lens looks sort of plain Jane lacking even the silver ring the 18-55 sports. Also, there's no front end lens markings and no focal length indicators.
Also it comes with a very annoying lens cap, (This is a recurring issue among the 18-135mm and 18-200mm lenses) perhaps due to the way the cap was
molded from two surfaces that are pressed together to take it off the lens are smooth, short, and are made with an angle which allows your fingers slip off. Consequently the cap falls from your hand onto the ground. keep this in mind when standing on a cliff, a soiled floor or a grate.
Feb 2,, 2011