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Nikon 18-105 or Nikon 18-135

c7fnt Plus
5 33 United Kingdom
28 Apr 2013 2:28PM

I am looking for a mid-zoom lens to use when on holiday. I currently have the stock 18-55 and a Tamron 70-300 but want something to leave on the camera when I go away.

Anyone got experience of both lenses and which would they go for?


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JonnyNI Plus
6 1.8k
28 Apr 2013 3:41PM
I haven't any experience of the 18-135 but have an 18-105 and think its a fantastic wee lens for the money. I also think the 18-135 lacks VR.
28 Apr 2013 7:21PM
^+1 for the 18-105

the 18-105 has the VR switch which comes in very handy at longer focal lengths. the 18-200 VRII is even better but another
200 minimum on top of what you'll pay for a new 18-105.

29 Apr 2013 8:44AM
I've had the 18-135 for about 6 years and have "replaced" it several times, but it always seems to find its way back onto my camera when I am wandering around (especially after my wife "stole" my 16-85). It does not have VR and I very rarely use it above 100mm - I don't like pushing lenses to their extreme - but its very sharp . Having said that I'm not convinced there is much difference between that and the 18-105 in terms of magnification at the high end - take a look at the lens comparator tool on the Nikon UK website and you will probably find the difference marginal. But if VR is important to you go for the 18-105.
seahawk Plus
10 1.2k United Kingdom
29 Apr 2013 10:03AM
The 18-105 has a plastic mount which may not be quite as robust but if you are going to leave it on the camera as a do-it-all lens that may not matter much; and it will be lighter in weight and it does have VR. I'd go for the 18-105. Alternatively look at a Tamron 18-270 or recapture the 18-65 from the boss!
c7fnt Plus
5 33 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2013 6:38PM
Not sure if VR is that important. None of my current lenses have VR and so would I a.) notice the difference or b.) miss it if I went 18-135?
29 Apr 2013 7:52PM
doesn't your 18-55 have VR? mine did, but then again, i only bought the camera during august last year, so maybe yours is
one of the older types?

i also owned a tamron 70-300, the DI macro jobbie (not sure if it's the same as yours?) and tbh, i struggled to use it without
a tripod, especially towards the 300mm end.

i'd still recommend the 18-105 though, at least you can turn VR off if not needed. Smile
c7fnt Plus
5 33 United Kingdom
29 Apr 2013 8:04PM
No my 18-55 came with my D40.

In an ideal world I would like to upgrade my body to a D7000.

Tend to use the Tamron for wildlife and have got some decent results.

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