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This lense came bundled in with my nikon d80 when i bought it. The reason they bundled it with the camera is because it's just a great all around lense. As it is a DX lense it works for DX sensors so doesn't have that full frame crop factor that a full frame lenses have on digital slr's. with the 18 - 135 mm lense you have a wide range of photo opportunities at your disposal. from the wide angle landscape shot to the half body portrait and at the 135 mm end you got the beginnings of some great telephoto shots. if you are entering the digital slr market this a great lense to begin with. The glass is of a good quality and will create some crisp images. the only bad thing is the narrow aperture that the lense has. But an external flash will solve most of your aperture problems.
I use this Nikon lens on my Nikon D80 D-SLR camera and it was the lens that came with the camera. It retails at £300 when sold separately and you wont be able to find it much cheaper than this, not as of currently anyway.
Not heavy, not lightweight but quite reasonable overall. Well constructed although the seal at the front can become damaged and torn by the lens cap mechanism so forking out on a UV or polariser filter to attach to the front is highly recommended. It is black in colour alike with almost all lenses
The focal range is equivalent to a 27-202.5mm lens in 35mm format. The modern construction elements minimise distortion and ensure high resolution and contrast. Silent Motor Wave technology is also featured and so as you would expect this lens is pretty quiet. There are two focus modes, auto and manual, with a manual override in auto mode. Focusing is from as close as 45cm from the subject through to an infinite focal range. A lens hood is provided which is flower shaped and work well in minimising image distortions from stray and unwanted light.
At £300 this is a reasonably priced lens. There is decent zoom on it and a decent wide angle too, handling is okay and generally for the price the lens performs better than you would probably expect. However, it doesnt totally excel itself and if you want a really top lens you will have to fork out otherwise this will be absolutely fine, especially if youre not after the very best lenses which come at the very highest prices
Nothing exceptional but a good lens overall that comes at a highly reasonable price. However if you are after a great lens then you are going to have fork out a lot more money and so this 18-135mm lens is a great balance between price and quality.
(Note: This review is also feature on my ciao account)