Review: Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens

First time Nikon AF-S lenses 18-135mmf / 3.5-5.6G IF-ED was introduced in 2006 which at the time coincided with the launch of the Nikon D80 digital SLR from a semi-pro class. Maybe you could call it a broom lens universe though probably somewhat more fitting to enter the category of standard-zoom without constant diaphragm. Sure there are some advantages to using this lens, although there are also a variety of shortcomings. At least AF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G can be used for various needs of both indoor and outdoor photography, particularly as vulnerable such a long focal length.

At first glance Nikon AF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens is almost similar to the new Nikon 18-105mm. Total dimensions reach 2.9-in. (73.5 mm) x 3.4 in and weighs 13:58 oz. (385 g). Writing specifications typical Nikon golden located near the top of the rear mount. With DX writings show that this lens type digital SLR cameras compatible with APS-C or Crop Factor. There is a focus light for manual operation on the front post, and of course very easy. While the focal figures listed only 18, 24, 35, 50, 70, 105 and 135mm. Unfortunately the displacement distance between 105mm to 135mm and is designed just a little too close. Next a rubber grip with a solid circular although in the long term and frequent use can allow for stretchy.

Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f 3.5-5.6G IF-ED LensImage source: dentonimages.com
 

Looking to the side, unfortunate that this lens only has one lever for setting the autofocus AF and M. You will not find another lever like VR. In contrast to the “brother” who already has a lever VR. Nikon AF-S 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G constructed with 15 elements and 13 groups, quite a lot considering this is with a lens prone so long.

Features

The first feature is touted as being especially is AF-S lenses which indicates it has a built-in motors. AF-S autofocus of course made more smooth, fast, quiet yet right. Plus this lens can be used on Nikon DSLR without the AF motor in the body, class entry-level and mid-range. Perhaps this is what makes the 8-year-old lenses still sold and the selling price is not too plummeted. Even SWM code is also listed, which is equivalent to the technology of Canon’s USM. Next is the G code where the code indicates a Nikon lens that eliminates the diaphragm ring features. You can set the aperture directly from the camera body.

If you ask ED, it is Extra-low Dispersion glass which is a quality and expensive optical components. Almost all modern Nikon lenses using these elements. Its function is to reduce secondary chromatic aberration, which is a mistake on the outskirts of frame colors such as green or magenta disturbing. The last feature is the IF or Internal Focusing which makes the lens will not move forward while looking back focus. Sure makes the user is not disturbed and do not change the focal distance anyway.

Performance

Course Performance sharpness of the image, even an observer of the world of photography Ken Rockwell says that this lens “Very sharp”. You have ease to shoot up to 18mm wide and up to 135mm Tele. Slightly longer than the lens 18-105mm, yes just a little. Although its use autofocus, but it turns out you can do a manual focus override. Just turn the ring even though the lever is in the AF position. To be sure the lens is very light and compact. Suitable for use on a variety of Nikon DX DSLR cameras.

Disadvantages exist in VR stabilizer is not available. Very prone to shake that makes image sharpness disturbed, especially at maximum focal length. This deficiency would be minimized by the use of high shutter speed. As a result of a disaster if you rely on this telephoto lens in low light conditions. The second deficiency, the lens does not have a focus scale and visible distortion at 18mm focal if you are concerned with distortion. Also visible color fringing at the end of a very broad. And lastly is this lens is designed with a plastic material that is somewhat less solid than the magnesium alloy.

Here’s a video review of the Nikon af-s 18-135mm f / 3.5-5.6G

Conclusion

Nikon AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED is priced at approximately $ 200.00. This lens is suitable for a variety of purposes, both portraits, landscape, group, candid, and others.