18-70mm AFS or 18-105 AFS VR?

Discussion in 'Digital Photography' started by peapody, Dec 9, 2008.

  1. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    HI guys,

    Just wondering if you guys had any input about both of these lenses? The 18-70mm is considered "pro" glass from what I read, but it lacks VR. I am between these two...just wondering which is a smarter buy. These are for my new Nikon D80.

    18-70mm for $150
    18-105mm for $200

    I can really go for either but I was looking for something sharp and fast. Cost doesn't matter between these two. And I am sure it's redundant to get both.

    what do you guys think?
  2. Badradio macrumors 6502

    Aug 19, 2004
    I have the 18-70mm, and while I wouldn't call it a "pro" lens due to the slow-ish maximum aperture, it's been amazing for the price. Very sharp, and I've had some great shots, especially from the wide end. I don't think VR is much of a benefit on a lens that size - maybe at the long end on the 18-105 you'd see some use out of it. I don't know much about the 105 version, but I'd check DP review for some feedback on image quality if you don't get any response from here, and as long as it's at least at good as the 18-70, it has to be worth the small price overhead.

    Hope that helps.
  3. termina3 macrumors 65816

    Jul 16, 2007
    I also have the 18-70, and am very pleased with it in most situations (low light it's useless).

    But for the extra $50 I'd go with VR and the additional range.

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