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

6 July 2009
Szymon Starczewski

5. Chromatic aberration

The thing that got definitely worse, comparing to the 18-135 mm, is the chromatic aberration correction level. Fortunately, it is not a big step backward. The Nikkor 18-135 mm showed the highest aberration level at both ends of the range and there it reached 0.12-0.13%. Midway, it was low or imperceptible, in the range of 0.03-0.07%.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR ED - Chromatic aberration

What the Nikkor 18-105 VR lacks is just that large area of low or imperceptible aberration – we get it only near maximum aperture and at 70-105 mm. Then, on stopping down the aberration increases until 0.11-0.12%.

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A bit worse situation we have for short focal lengths. There, as the aberration is not correlated with the aperture value, we get 0.12-0.13%, so seriously near the medium and high aberration level. Fortunately this borderline is never crossed and, overall, we are moderately pleased with the lens’s performance in this category.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105 mm f/3.5-5.6 VR ED - Chromatic aberration