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

6 July 2009
Szymon Starczewski

6. Distortion

Cheap and universal Nikon zoom have always given free rein to the distortion and vignetting. Let’s find out how the Nikkor 18-105 VR fares. At 18 mm the situation is, unfortunately, bad. We get a very noticeable barrel distortion of -5.0%. What’s interesting, it’s even more than in the case of the Nikkor 18-135 mm, which had the result of –4.6%. At longer focal length the distortion swiftly changes the sign and becomes pincushion. At 35 mm it reaches 1.44%, so passes the 1% which we consider the limit of a little bothersome level. Unfortunately, at longer focal lengths the geometric aberrations increase too. At 70 mm the distortion is 1.97% and at 105 mm – 1.92%.

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

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

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

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