Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Autofocus Lens

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Weight 14.82 oz (420 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.0 x 3.5" (7.62 x 8.89 cm)
Filter thread 67 mm


Minimum focus distance 1.48' (45 cm)
Diaphragm blades 7
Camera mount type Nikon F
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:5
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Focal length 18 - 105 mm
Magnification 0.20x
Angle of view 76° - 15°
Format compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Groups/elements 11/15


Image stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
Pc magazine.32817846
26 June 2013

The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is a good alternative to an 18-55mm kit lens; it's sharp throughout its zoom range, and affordable.

  • +

    Very sharp. Vibration reduction system. Sturdy build. Attractive price.

  • -

    Competing lenses feature 18-135mm zoom range. Some distortion. Softer edges at longer focal lengths.

What digital camera.32818507
11 April 2013

The Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR AF-S DX is not only very versatile but also affordable

10 July 2010

Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at this popular budget standard zoom, which is currently offered as the kit lens with the Nikon D7000 camera.

  • +

    Useful 'walkabout' zoom range, Decent optical performer, Very good value, VR performs well, Lightweight

  • -

    AF noticeably slower at telephoto end of the zoom, CA at 105mm and apertures below f/11

Summit post.32823201
30 July 2011

I got mine as the kit lens with my D7000. All around I am very happy with the quality and sharpness of this lens. It covers a great range picture possibilities.

Consumer electronics net.32824926
17 March 2009

In order to do my part in the economic recovery I recently bought a new Nikon D300, a SB-900 flash and wanted to get a good all around lens to keep on it most of the time. My criteria were it had to have wide angle, a decent telephoto range and have VR (VR = Vibration Reduction) - Nikon's...

Imaging resource.34355410
2 September 2008

The Nikon 18-105mm Æ’/3.5-5.6 definitely raises the bar for Nikon's current lineup of kit lenses; consistently sharp, even at large apertures, with good resistance to chromatic aberration. Corner shading is prevalent, but it's not a noticeable problem.

11 November 2010

A budget standard zoom for Nikon DX SLRs with a range equivalent to 27-158mm on a 35mm camera, Vibration Reduction and a silent focusing motor.

  • +

    Useful 'walkabout' zoom range, Decent optical performer, Very good value, VR performs well, Lightweight

  • -

    AF noticeably slower at telephoto end of the zoom, CA at 105mm and apertures below f/11

Photozone de.34752480
11 July 2010

The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR offers a nice package of a comfortable focal range, optical stabilization and very high resolution figures, excep for the longest focal length. On the downside there is rather pronounced distortion and CAs.

Photozone de.34752480
3 January 2009

The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR offers a nice package of a comfortable focal range, optical stabilization and very high resolution figures. On the downside there're rather pronounced distortion and CAs. The build quality is Ok but not really something to rave about either.

User Reviews
9 May 2016

Back in my film days I kept a 35-105 pinned to one of my Nikkormat bodies at all times and it was my favorite rig for just about everything. People, landscape, street shots, hot rods, live musical performances.

B h photo.32817553
24 June 2016

I own this lens for 4 years. It performs very good with all my Nikon cameras. Range is all i need for every day shooting and also traveling. Excellent choice for its money.

16 May 2017

I am replacing the 18-135 zoom that came with my camera kit when I bought it nearly ten years ago now. This lens is a bit better than the kit lens, but I wish Nikon would use the steel mounting ring on all their lenses. The additional cost of a couple of dollars would be worth it.

Ritz camera.34752625
29 December 2016

I bought this for my wife. The price, order process, and delivery were great. The Nikkor 18-105 provided just the right flexibility she wanted to take some great shots of the grand kids this Christmas.

Imaging resource.34355410
7 June 2014

Over the decades I've owned lots of cameras and lenses - good, bad and indifferent. This is one of the better lenses I've owned and by far and away the best kit lens I've ever owned. I'm simply amazed at how good it is given that Nikon bundle it with their DX DSLRs for such a low price.

  • +

    Excellent for the price

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13 January 2016

Bought this to replace my go-to lens, an 18-85mm which got distroyed when dropped. I really like the longer zoom range on this lens. Performs nicely like other Nikon lenses I own. Very nice. I'm a happy camper.

Wolfcamera com.34753814
12 August 2012

I most recently shot a wedding with this lens on my Nikon d5100, along with a SB-700 Speedflash. The lens was easy to handle and gave me a wide focal range, which allowed me to use one lens and not fuss around with using a second camera or changing lenses.

  • +

    Consistent Output

  • -

    Slow Focus

29 December 2011

Got this lens as a part of a D7000 kit since I couldn't buy a body only. The lens was very soft, had allot of barrel distortion and vignetting. The build quality was ok for a kit lens.

  • +

    Cheap, good zoom range, VR.

  • -

    Plastic mount, soft, vignetting, CA, barrel distortion, slow focus in low light.

Photography review.34752477
5 May 2010

I bought this for family use, mainly for this price, weight and Image Quality. Today after some month of use, I'm very happy with it, and I've extended its use to more artistic pictures, only in certain circumstances of course.

  • +

    Zoom range, price and quality

  • -

    its plastic mount. Today I can't take my nikon D90 from the lens, may be broken for that.

3 August 2010

I can think of nothing negative about this lens. It takes inside close up pictures better than any other lens I have ever used. [...].

  • +

    Nice Bokeh, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Durable, Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction, Rugged

Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens / DX Format
  • 27-157.5mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to 22
  • One Aspherical & One ED Glass Element
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR Image Stabilization
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 17.7"
  • Filter Thread Diameter: 67mm
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-32 Lens Hood for Select Nikon Lenses
  • CL-1018 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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