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

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There Are Faster Focusing Lenses, But Not With a Comparable Zoom Range For The Price

Nikon 18-135mm DX LensThis 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 portraits to wide-angle landscapes. [g index]

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, photographers 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 chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of image degradation. The lens' compact Silent Wave Motor offers wonderfully fast, smooth and quiet autofocus performance.

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. Nikon’s 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.

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Lens styleZoom lens
Max Format Size APS-C / DX  
Lens focal length18 – 135 mm  
Stabilization type No  
Camera mount Nikon F (DX)  
Angle of View 76 degrees - 12 degrees  
Aperture (lens diaphragm)
Largest aperture opening F3.5 - F5.6  
Smallest aperture opening F22.0 - F38.0  
Includes aperture ring No  
Total diaphragm blades 7 Rounded  
Total Elements 13  
Number of Groups 15  
Coatings / special elements 2x ED lens elements 2x aspherical elements  
Minimum focus distance 0.45 m (17.72")  
Autofocus type Yes  
Lens motor Micro-type ultrasonic  
Full time manual focus Unknown  
Focusing method Internal  - Silent Wave Motor; manually via focusing ring  
Physical features
Overall weight385 g (0.85 lb)  
Lens diameter 74 mm (2.89")  
Overall length 87 mm (3.41")  
Construction materials Plastic barrel, plastic mount  
Lens color Black  
Zooming method Rotary (internal)  
Filter thread size 67 mm  
Lens hood included Yes  
Lens hood code HB-32



Nikon 18-135mm DX Lens

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

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