Nikon 18-105mm lens. Is it worth upgrading?


wheeldon 13 3 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 10:00PM
The problem I have is that at the moment I have a Nikon 18-70mm 3.4-4.5 ED DX lens. I am thinking of changing it to the Nikon 18-105mm AF-S DX Nikkor f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens but I cannot find any reviews of the 18-105mm lens and dont know if it is worth splashing out money on the lens or to look at getting something else.

Can anyone help me......... Please

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miptog 13 3.6k 63 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 10:04PM
keep the 18-70 and consider nikkor 105 macro or 70 - 200 f/2.8
User_Removed 12 2.1k 7 England
17 Oct 2008 10:12PM
Depends on your budget I think. The 2 lenses that I always carry and use 90% of the time now are the Nikon f1.4 50mm and the 2.8 10.5mm Nikon. Just depends on budget, 70-200 Nikon is a great lenses but a lot of money and the 18-70 Nikon is also great, but again a lot of money.
wheeldon 13 3 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 10:23PM
Thanks. My budget is about 200 but I could go just over, but not a lot.
17 Oct 2008 11:52PM
Agree with Michael (Miptog) the 18-70 is one of Nikon's 'mistakes' ..i.e. a damn good lens, originally packaged as a 'kit' lens...! don't think you'll achieve any great difference between 75 and 105 that a few footsteps can't cure..! and you'd be dissapointed for that reason.. ok, you'll get VR..I'm not convinced by the 'advantage' of this feature..
From there on it depends what you want to 'expand' on..Landscape etc. would be well catered for by Sigma 10-20mm a very popular item around here.. (I love it...).
Longer range..? think you need to be considering a greater reach than 105mm ..say, up towards 200/300 Michael's suggestion of 70-200 f2.8 is good...(lovely lens - my favourite..) but lotsa pennies...!!
miptog 13 3.6k 63 United Kingdom
17 Oct 2008 11:58PM
With a 200 budget suggest a 50mm f/1.8 or a 70-300. See
Nikkor Lens price list.
discreetphoton Plus
14 3.5k 20 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2008 10:12AM
I agree with the others. The 18-105 is not likely to be an upgrade in terms of quality, and a sharp lens can be blown up to a greater degree than a soft one. For example, my 105mm 2.8 gives far better magnification at infinity than my 18-135mm lens.
wheeldon 13 3 United Kingdom
18 Oct 2008 7:06PM
Thank you for your replies everyone. I think I will now stick with the 18-70mm lens and look at spending my cash on another accessory.
dianah 12 24.5k 4 United Kingdom
19 Oct 2008 6:35PM
I have a 28-105mm Nikon Lens with the macro option as well as my original lens 18-55mm.
I love the quality of the 28-105 lens and use it nearly all the time but I have to say that if I wasn't into macro shots of flowers I might possibly have a different opinion.
I am afraid I am not very technically minded but I love this lens and wouldn't change it for anything at the moment.

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