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Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX -Nikkor

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Review Date: Feb 22, 2012 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $250.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Convenient range, has VR, reasonably sharp mid aperatures with good contrast. Inexpensive. Lightweight.
Cons:
Lacks the manual focus override (MA). Plastic mount, plastic feel, plastic look, etc.

Mine is a Nikon refurb. I use this as my walk around lens on my d7000. It covers 80% of my casual shooting. I have successfully enlarged to 20x30. Although it is a plastic kits lens, it performs well for casual photography. I know some get nervous about the plastic mount, but they have been around for many years and appear to work well for the designated amateur audience. I get decent focus speeds and color rendition and contrast are all good on my copy. I am very satisfied for what it is, an inexpensive zoom with a convenient range and decent optics, but I don't push it, if I need something for early morning landscapes or I'm at absolute max/min zoom, I'll select a different lens for the shot.