Though discontinued,I believe Nikon's 18-135mm f3.5 is one of the sharpest lenses Nikon have ever produced. It is a non VR lens, but if used properly, it produces the sharpest photos I have ever taken IMHO. Anyone else have similar experiences with this lens?
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#1. "RE: 18-135mm f3.5 Lens" | In response to Reply # 0rutherfordphoto Registered since 26th Aug 2002Sat 26-Jan-13 04:17 PM
I've used this lens, and taken a couple of nice pictures with it but I wouldn't put it in the same class of sharpness as an AI-S 105/2.5, AF-S 300/2.8 I, or any of the 85/1.4's
It's a very useful range, and if they had added VR, I think it would be one of their better selling lenses but I feel there are definitely sharper options available.
#2. "RE: 18-135mm f3.5 Lens" | In response to Reply # 0briantilley Nikonian since 26th Jan 2003Sat 26-Jan-13 04:21 PM
My wife owned the 18-135mm several years ago. It was the main lens on her D70, which I borrowed when I needed to shoot digitally (I was using an F100 at the time).
I found it to produce quite good results, particularly when stopped down, but nothing out of the ordinary. I would rank it a fair way behind many of the more recent Nikkors in overall performance (and quite a few older ones, too).
What other lenses are you comparing it with?
#4. "RE: 18-135mm f3.5 Lens" | In response to Reply # 2Ellis Feibush Nikonian since 08th Sep 2009Sun 27-Jan-13 10:28 PM | edited Sun 27-Jan-13 10:37 PM by Ellis Feibush
Sorry, but I wasn't comparing it with Prime lenses. That would be like comparing prunes with girl scout cookies. I was actually comparing it with several other zoom lenses in my collection including: 16-85mm f3.5 VR,(which although a fairly good lens, I always thought it to be an overrated lens, for the money), 18-105 f3.5 VR and the older 18-70mm kit lens that came with the D70 (a very solid lens but not quite as sharp as some of the newer lenses).
IMHO lenses can be as fickle as women; sometimes you get an unusually good copy if you are lucky and sometimes you want a quicky divorce. Just because a lens was made with VR doesn't automatically make it a high quality lens. I had an 18-200mm f3.5 and couldn't wait to finally get rid of it. It simply wasn't sharp at infinity or anywhere else.
I believe that one's choice in lenses is a very personal one. The best lens is the one you make your best photos with. There are many more opinions about which is the "best lens" than there are choices in Nikkor lenses. What's nice is that Nikon have seen fit to provide us with such a multitude of excellent DX and FX lenses and that we can use these fine lenses to create superior images that let others know who we were and what we did here.
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#3. "RE: 18-135mm f3.5 Lens" | In response to Reply # 0
> I believe Nikon's 18-135mm f3.5 is one of the sharpest lenses Nikon have ever produced. ... Anyone else have similar experiences with this lens?
Not my experience. It's a perfectly good lens, but no, it does not rival the output from any of the following: 60/f2.8 AFS Micro, 35/f1.4 AIS (stopped down a bit), 200/f4 AFD Micro, 180/f2.8 AFD, 400/f2.8 AFS-II, 55/f2.8 AIS Micro. I'm pretty certain that the 200/f2 is in this category too, although I haven't use it myself. The Three Kings zooms (14-24, 24-70, 70-200) are also better, but none of them match these primes, either. I would think that the differences would be even more apparent on a D800e, but I don't have one of those either.
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