Nikon Inc. introduced a new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, alongside the new D90 Digital SLR camera. It contains a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and Vibration Reduction (VR) Image Stabilization technology.

The new lens includes the integration of an Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element and an advanced aspherical lens element. This lens also contains Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating to reduce lens flare.

This lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon dealers in September, 2008 at an estimated selling price of $399.95. It will also be available as part of the D90 18-105mm VR lens kit for an estimated selling price of $1299.95.

EDITOR’S NOTE: While I don’t buy DX (crop sensor) lenses, if I did, I’d be very tempted by this one. It’s a great focal range and includes all the new technology. Paired with a D90, it could certainly be a very popular kit.

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  1. As a Canon shooter, I feel like Nikon is Pwning Canon. It’s like I’m playing a game of Halo, online, with the 13 year-olds destroying me as soon as I regenerate.

    I’m not switching, it’s not the tech that takes the pictures – but man, it sure can’t hurt.

  2. I think it’s really expensive for such a slow lens.

  3. That does look like a good kit. My 40D came with a 28-135 which is nice but I now need to buy something in the 18mm range for a wider angle.
    On one of the podcast I think it was Steve that said every one should shoot people with a fast 50. Is that also true with a crop sensor camera, wouldn’t you want a fast 28?

  4. @Joe I think Alex loves the “fast fitty” for the baby photos. I use it all the time on my baby boy, but I suppose it’s more up to your personal preferences. If you like getting close – fast 28, or a bit of distance, fast 85. I love my 50 f/1.4, it gives me great images all the time, I still don’t use it as much as I should (on my 1D MKII or even on my rebel XT before that).

  5. Joe, I don’t believe it’s so much the field-of-view that makes a 50mm so special. I think it’s more about the way the 50mm distorts light much like how the human eye does.

    Remember, a 50mm on a full-frame will distort exactly the same way as it would on a cropped body, except it would look as though you simply cropped the image.

  6. I see, thanks for making that clear. That makes sense. Well this lens with the new D90 will be hard to pass up for the new to SLR group. I just upgraded to SLR from my point and shoot a few months ago and had I seen a SLR with 720P then I would have seriously thought about it (and probably would have got.) Video is one thing I miss (a little) on my camera, since I shoot mainly friends and family so far.

  7. I own the Nikon AF-S 24-120mm F3.5-5.6G SWM ED VR IF Aspherical lens which I love. It was a hundred dollars more when I got it two years ago. So, it’s kind of hard to justify getting this DX lens. However, it’s a few years old and I expect Nikon has been fine tuning the VR technology. So, if I was in the market for a short-medium VR zoom, I would buy it in a heart beat.

  8. Meh. I’m a Nikon shooter, but the last thing we need is yet another 18-XXXmm consumer zoom lens. I really wish Nikon would update some of their primes.

  9. I’m with Paul. I really wish they would update the 50mm 1.8 with af-s. It really would make sense to have such a great cheap lens to go with all the cheap dslr’s (D40,D40x,D60) that can’t auto focus the af-d.

  10. I got my girlfriend the 24-120 VR and she never takes it off her D200. It’s a great walk around lens and works for her 90% of the time. I think she would like to go wider but both of us will never be happy with Wide lens until we have a full frame. That said I’m really trying not to buy any DX lens for that day when it comes.

    Personally I walk around with a 17-35 but really could use a bigger range for my “walk around” (but can’t afford the 17-55 and the whole DX thing).

    At night it’s all about my Sigma 30 1.4 (I’m pretty sure it will work on the D40 and 60) or my Nikon 50 1.4

    If I want to have some real fun I bring out my 50 1.2 but man it’s really hard to focus. I wish DSLRs came with a split screen for focussing sometimes.

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