High-power 5.8x zoom DX-NIKKOR lens with SWM and VR function

The 18-105mm Nikkor zoom lens came out a few years ago as the kit lens for the Nikon D90 and more recently as the kit lens for the Nikon D7000. Which of course means that with it’s extended zoom range, it should actually be a good normal zoom lens for any model Nikon DX camera body.

The only problem so far has been the price of the 18-105mm Nikkor zoom, which normally sells for close to $400. The price is not really that bad, but it is quite a bit more than the normal 18-55mm kit lens offered with most Nikon DX bodies.

A few days ago I went to my local camera store, to take advantage of the Nikon Holiday Sale and buy a Nikon D5100 kit at a very low price. I didn’t want the standard kit lens, so I asked about substituting the 18-105mm Nikkor for the 18-55mm Nikkor. They only had a refurbished 18-105mm Nikkor lens available (which is fine with me) so I was able to pick up the modified package for $150 over the regular package price.

Note: Within a few days (depending on the weather) I should be able to add some images taken with this lens.

Key Features

  • DX-format, high-power 5.8x zoom lens with focal length ranging from 18 to 105mm
  • Broad picture angle range approximates the perspective of a 27-157.5mm lens on a 35mm-format film camera or Nikon FX-format digital SLR
  • Covers diverse shooting situations from wide-angle landscapes and interiors to portraiture and medium-range sports
  • Vibration Reduction assures sharper handheld pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible
  • Built-in Silent Wave Motor delivers quiet, swift autofocus with superior accuracy
  • High-performance optical system featuring an ED glass element and an aspherical lens element realizes superior image reproduction capability
  • The rounded 7-blade diaphragm opening renders out-of-focus elements more naturally
  • Leather texture matches Nikon digital SLR’s body high-quality exterior design


Focal length
Maximum aperture
Minimum aperture
Lens construction
15 elements in 11 groups (with one ED glass element and one aspherical lens element)
Picture angle
76° – 15°20’
Closest focusing distance
0.45 m/1.48 ft. (throughout entire zoom range)
Maximum reproduction ratio
No. of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size
Diameter x length
(extension from lens mount)
Appproximately 76 x 89 mm/2.9 x 3.5 in.
Approximately 420 g/14.8 oz.
Supplied accessories
67mm snap-on front lens cap LC-67, Rear lens cap LF-1, Bayonet hood HB-32, Flexible lens pouch CL-1018