Nikon 18-135mm AF-S DX Lens


Nikon 18-135mm AF-S DX Lens
Page Type Gear Review
Object Title Nikon 18-135mm AF-S DX Lens
Manufacturer Nikon
Page By Michael Hoyt
Page Type Jun 4, 2007 / Jun 4, 2007
Object ID 3334
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18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor

Type of lens: G-Type AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens with built-in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount (Designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras)

Aperture range: f/3.5 to f/22 (at 18mm) f/5.6 to f/38

Lens construction: 15 elements in 13 groups (with one ED glass element and two aspherical lens elements)

Focus method: Compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor)

Weight: (approx.) 13.6 oz

Versatile, High-power 7.5x Zoom-Nikkor lens (Approximates the picture angle performance of a 28-200mm lens on 35mm SLR).

A Nikon Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element delivers superior optical performance. ED glass minimizes chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance.

Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto-focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.

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.

A compact Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet auto-focusing, along with quick switching between auto-focus and manual operation (M/A and M).

A seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening, out-of-focus elements appear more natural. 67mm filter attachment size.

Available: September 2006



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Michael Hoyt - Jun 4, 2007 6:24 pm - Voted 5/5

Great Lightweight Lens
I recently purchased a Nikon D80 kit which included the Nikon 18-135mm AF-S DX lens. To keep the lens lightweight and be able to sell it at a competitive price (inexpensive), Nikon used acrylic (plastic) lens elements in its design. Now don’t get me wrong, I’m all for lightweight, especially when hiking/climbing. But one should realize there is a degradation of picture quality when using lenses which are not all glass. Fortunately the degradation in quality with this lens is acceptable in most situations.

I verified the degradation by taking pictures of the an object using the Nikon 18-135mm AF-S DX lens then one of my “older” all-glass lenses at the same focal length. When I compared the two resulting pictures at high magnification, I could easily see that the all-glass lens gave a higher quality result.

That being said, one of the reasons I purchased the D80 kit was so I could reduce the weight I carry while hiking/climbing. I knew I would be giving up some picture quality by using a partially plastic lens, but I’m willing to live with it. The degradation is so slight (when compared to all-glass) that it’s insignificant in most cases – macro photography being the exception.

It’s a good lens, and I’d buy it again.

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