I've only recently jumped into the Nikon world, I picked up a D7000 before our honeymoon this year and I'm still learning the ropes on it (although already got some beautiful pictures out of it).
I hope I am in the correct subforum for this, my apologies if not. I have yet to dabble into other lens with my D7000 yet, planning to try some out in the future. I did receive one as a gift though this Christmas, and I'm curious as to the difference with the lens I got with the camera. The person I received it from thought it was a wide-angle lens but I don't see that and just wanted to see how redundant the two are. I'm still learning the technical ins and outs so bear with my stupid questions .
The lens I have is the AF-S DX NIKKOR
18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR ( http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2179/AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-18-105mm-f%252F3.5-5.6G-ED-VR.html )
And the one I received is AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II ( http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2170/AF-S-DX-Zoom-Nikkor-18-55mm-f%252F3.5-5.6G-ED-II.html )
I do like both for their versatility, they both seem to very good 'catch-all' lens. I like that the second is a bit more portable and lighter, but I don't see from the technical descriptions if it's capable of anything unique compared to the 18-105mm.
Any opinions on whether it is worth hanging on to? If not, we will most likely return it and put the money towards a 'unique' lens before our next trip.
Thanks for your help!
#1. "RE: AF DX Lens comparison" | In response to Reply # 0Bravozulu Registered since 04th Jun 2012Mon 31-Dec-12 06:46 PM
The 18-105 costs $400. The 18-55 sells for about $125. Whether or not that directly affects quality, who knows?
But both have ED glass to eliminate CR (chromatic aberration) and VR (vibration reduction). Good. And both do away with the aperture ring, denoted by the letter "G" in the nomenclature.
All this is good. Let's see if anyone with hands-on experience here chimes in.
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#2. "RE: AF DX Lens comparison" | In response to Reply # 1muleskinner_blues Registered since 31st Dec 2012Mon 31-Dec-12 08:09 PM
Thanks Bravozulu, great info on some of that nomenclature.
Sounds pretty similar, but like you said I'll be curious if anyone with first hand experience with the lenses has any input. I'd be glad to keep the 18-55, but I'm thinking it might be best to exchange it for credit towards something else since it sounds like (to my untrained ear) the 18-105 is capable of everything it can do.
#3. "RE: AF DX Lens comparison" | In response to Reply # 1briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Mon 31-Dec-12 08:23 PM
>But both have ED glass to eliminate CR (chromatic aberration)
>and VR (vibration reduction). Good.
Actually, the 18-55mm lens that was linked to is a previous version, without VR.
Unless there is a requirement to really minimise weight and bulk, I would suggest keeping the 18-105mm and not the 18-55mm