Nikon 18-105

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Head to head.jpg Nikon 18-105 (on the left) from a comparison article

The cheap kit lens for APS-C

This lens is not going to set any records in the statistics. As a kit lens for APS-C cameras (it was standard on the Nikon D90) it is designed to be cheap and it actually shows. There are probably some comparisons that show that it does not do as well as some of the others.

But you know what, this is a great lens. I actually used it in the article most equipment is more than good enough to compare against a really good lens in an everyday situation. Unless you are writing articles about the relative performances of lenses, you will not be able to complain.

However, do not buy this lens separately. If you are just starting, and buy a used camera that comes with this lens, it might be all you need. Chances are very good that you will then be intrigued to try other things and you will end up with lenses that can also do what this lens can do for you, so it is one of those lenses that gets redundant the fastest. Build quality wise, it will probably not last as long as some of the older lenses that are out there (I actually had the plastic connecting piece broken, and had it repaired).

My Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6D
Price Affordable, but usually comes bundled with the camera
Weight 450g
Good for General purpose for everything
New or used Do not buy it new, also only get it used when bundled

No, this is not a lens to be used on a full frame camera. It will technically work, but your camera will switch to work as an APS-C camera. There is no sensible reason to use this on a full frame camera.

This is a APS-C zoom, it goes from quite wide to decently long. At 105mm it just leaves you wanting maybe a bit more, this is why it is probably not really a universal zoom, but it is also not that far off. It is a good beginners lens, and for most people this will actually be more than enough.

As explained above, this is a lens that you should only get if it is your first lens and it comes bundled with the camera for a nice price.


These pages are for Amateur Photographers and not really for seasoned photographers and professionals. I have no affiliation or commercial interest with any brand/make. I write from my own experience. I ended up using mainly Nikon, so I am more familiar with this brand than others. See price for notes on pricing as well as photography related links.