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Who is using the 18-135 kit lens?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by BellaB, Jul 9, 2008.

  1. BellaB


    May 31, 2008
    I got that one with my D80 but have barely been using it because I don't want to risk using this kit lens when I have others that are better. But it would be the most convenient as a walk around lens.
    Can you post some good shots from this one if you are using it?
    Just to inspire and encourage me?
  2. JoJo2Fast


    Nov 20, 2007
    Auburn, WA
    Got this lens when I got my D300. It's definitely been a wonderful lens for me. I haven't really been able to buy any other lenses yet so this one gets used by me a lot. I definitely encourage you to get out and shoot with it. Just because it's not a super expensive lens doesn't mean it cant produce good results. Here are some shots.

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  3. liftoff


    Dec 21, 2007
    Phoenix, AZ
    you got some nice shots from that lens - good job!
  4. CraigH


    Mar 21, 2008
    Orlando, Florida
    I think that the 18-135 is a wicked sharp lens. Just some from this Monday.


  5. nice pictures

    i have read this is pretty much one of the sharpest lenses that Nikon makes and (apparently) out resolves some pro zooms in the center and corners. I love to see some shots demonstrating the bokeh characteristics.
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  6. I love my 18-135 - I'll have to find some examples
  7. I bought one a a couple of months ago from Tosh - love it! My sister borrowed it for a trip and she immediately asked me to get one for her. Here are a couple of samples:

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  8. The Ben

    The Ben

    Oct 17, 2007
    Houston, Tx
    I liked it when I bought my D80 with it. Then I sold it in favor of the Sigma 18-200 OS HSM thinking I'd use that more often. Well, I just sold my Sigma too and madr the 'beast' my walk around.

    Great lens, I just didn't have any use for it.
  9. Just an observation...

    I haven't read much of anything NEGATIVE about this lens. I often think that since it has been identified as a "kit" lens, a lot of shooters consider it "just another cheap consumer lens", which it is just by definition. If it were a $650 zoom, would it get more consideration?

    North Carolina
  10. Tosh


    May 6, 2005
    As noted by others, it's very sharp:

    95mm "wide open" at f/5.6

    I ultimately chose a Tamron 28-75 2.8 as my light carry due to its greater light gathering, but it was a tough choice. The Tamron was sharper, but it was close.
    18 to 135mm is truly a huge range and a major plus for a walkaround.
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  11. how does it compare with the 18-70 ?

    I use my 18-70 + 70-300 quite a bit, but i wouldn't mind having more reach than the 18-70. I consider the 18-70 sharp, but it doesn't have the 'biting' sharpness of other lenses I have used. Nice pictures btw.
  12. BellaB


    May 31, 2008
    Thank you. Those are all some great shots.
    I think Keith is right. Because it's a kit lens I just assume that it can't possibly be as good as a better non-kit lens. Why else would they be so much more expensive.
    But when I look at my shots with this lens they are really good and I never had anything to complain about.
    I'll have to start using it more.
    Thanks again for the great examples!!
  13. paulskimcb


    Feb 12, 2007
    Not necessarily true; I actually see quite a bit of negativity directed toward this lens. It is VERY sharp, but distortion and vignetting are both problems with this lens, and for me, personally, it is a bit difficult to hand-hold at the longer focal lengths, especially given the relatively slow speed of the lens.

    From what I read here and elsewhere, I think that, in terms of pure IQ, the heirarchy seems to go something like this between the kit lenses:

    18-55 (all variants, with the VR being the best)

    That said, the 18-135 is sharp, offers nice contrast and a great range. I have a copy, and while I shoot mostly with primes, I like my copy and find it a useful, dependable lens.

  14. Bolts


    May 7, 2007
    Tampa, Florida
    I :Love: my kit lens 18-135! (Please ignore dust on sensor.)

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  15. I am using the 18-135 in place of the 18-70 and 70-300VR. For my purposes, the one lens light weight kit works just fine. When I was in casual mode, I found that I was using one or the other but not both, so having the extra reach in one lens now is helpful. I considered reacquiring an 18-200 but the 18-135 is about $300 less than the 18-200 which I was hesitant to use above 135mm anyway.
  16. finallly found some shots

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  17. wow

    really impressive stuff, for a kit lens, this one really can deliver the goods...
  18. Cleo68


    Jul 7, 2008
    Bedford, MA
    Thanks guys and gals. You've made me feel so much better about my gear! I like mine too. I was afraid I'd be disappointed after having so many high-end Canon lenses in the past. But I'm really enjoying this lens. Love the focal range.

    Here's one taken at 135mm:


    and at 40mm:

  19. I love the 18-135mm. As can be seen by the great pictures already posted in this thread it is very, very sharp. This is one of the lenses that I bought and sold then bought again. While on vacation I missed it dearly. Even thought about replacing my 17-55mm with it. This lens together with the 70-300mm VR make a great light kit. I keep the 18-135mm on my D50 all the time, what a combo that is.

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  20. I've actually been keeping a 24-70 on a D3 and a 12-24 on the D300 as the walkaround lenses. After looking at these shots, I think I'm going to rethink the D300/12-24 and hang the 18-135 off the front.

    Thanks for all of the great shots!

    North Carolina
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