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Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G 35mm Zoom

4.22 star rating
                      4.22 / 5 (27 Reviews)
MSRP : $590.00
Focal Length : 18mm - 70mm | Max. Aperture : f/3.5-f/4.5  | Focus : Autofocus  

  • Camera FormatDigital SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length18mm - 70mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/3.5-f/4.5
    Min Aperturef/36
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance14.96 in
    Picture Angle22.5 - 67 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size67 mm
    Groups / Elements15 Elements in 13 Groups
    Designed for Digital CameraYes
    Diameter3 in
    Length2.9 in
    Weight13.5 oz
    Product ID21924254

Product Description

Compact 3.8X zoom covers portrait to wide view with Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor for high-speed auto-focusing with accuracy and super-quiet operation.
  • Min focus: 0.38m (15 in.)
  • Lens hood included
  • DX lens design is optimized and compatible with Nikon D-Series digital SLR cameras

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    User Reviews

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Andrei Smolyakov a Expert

    Date Reviewed: October 22, 2008

    Strengths:    Really good lens for it's price
    Stable to find focus
    Usable range 18-70mm

    Weaknesses:    Dust collector :)

    Bottom Line:   
    I've got this lens as a part of my D70 kit more than three years ago. I like this lens, it is fast enough to focus, rather quiet, rather stable in terms of finding focus. To my taste it gives a little bit of blue cast in colors, but that is really minor and can be easily fixed in post-processing.

    Unfortunately, this lens broke after 3 years of usage, but this I consider to be pure tear-and-wear. Some mechanics broke inside, so first the zoom jammed at around 40-70mm, and then focus went off (also, mechanically). As I did not put too much care into handling the lens, I reckon at least half the blame on myself and my heavy hands.

    Apart from this there were no significant problems with this lens.

    It's not on the warranty any more, but probably I will go on to repair it, for it is really good everyday lens.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by WCpilot a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: June 4, 2007

    Strengths:    The 18-70mm range is usually nice for wandering around. It's a light lense so you won't have a sore neck/ arm at the end of the day. Quick autofocus. Well placed controls on the lense.

    Weaknesses:    Noticeable distortion at the wide and tele ends, but easily correctable in PS. It is no the most solid lense with lots of plastic, but the mount seems to be solid. My lense hood has become somewhat loose after many cycles of attaching and reversing. The zoom is not even. It shifts slightly at about 50mm. Zooms quickly at the wide end and slowly at the long. But accurate zooming is still possible.

    Bottom Line:   
    A useful prosumer lense that does what it says is should do.

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    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   B&H Photo

    Overall Rating:5
    Value Rating:4
    Submitted by vespa55 a Intermediate

    Date Reviewed: February 24, 2007

    Strengths:    Great Nikon optics as always. Sharp at all focal lengths with distortion at the extreme ends (18mm and 70mm). Contrast good. AF is fast and quiet.

    Weaknesses:    Build. Lens hood feels fragile to the point where it can easily be broken in the area where it attaches itself to the front part of the lens. Vignetting and light falloff at 18mm wide open. Pricey for a 'plasticky' lens but good enough to be taken as a backup lens during shoots.

    Bottom Line:   
    Very fast AF. The contrast and sharpness of the pictures I have taken with this lens in conjunction with my D80 and D200 is superb. If you can get past the cheap build (it feels like a super-sized 18-55mm rinky dink nikkor), this lens is a keeper in my bag when doing shoots. The range is perfect for my style of shooting. I would avoid taking pictures at this zoom lens' extreme focal lengths (18mm and 70mm) due to distortion, but this is a trait that most lenses I own have anyway regardless of how much or how good the lens is. If you are in debate whether to go with a 18-55mm or 18-70mm nikkor as a casual lens or kit lens, definitely go with the 18-70mm. I wasn't disappointed at all. In comparison with taking photographs with the 18-55mm and with the 18-70mm, there is a huge difference in image quality. Despite the cliche-like term: You get what you pay for. In this case, you're paying for the great optics (but definitely not the build). It's a keeper.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $299.00

    Purchased At:   Complete Photo USA v

    Type of photography:   People

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by photophorous a Casual

    Date Reviewed: November 21, 2006

    Strengths:    It's a bargain. Images are very sharp. It's light. I love the AF-S focus ring, which allows fine tuning of the focus with out turning AF off.

    Weaknesses:    It's plastic. Image distortion is obvious at the wide end of the zoom. Not very fast....

    Nothing that isn't expected for a zoom in this price range.

    Bottom Line:   
    First, the price listed is for the D70s kit, not just the lens.

    I've only used a few lenses, so the most important part of my review is the customer service section.

    I go this lens about 6 months ago. I have been very impressed with the sharpness and color rendition of the images I get with it. It seems to do well through out the range between f5.6 and f16, and not bad outside that range. Image distortion (I don't know the correct terms) is evident mostly at the wide end, but there is also some at the long end.

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    Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

    Price Paid:    $850.00

    Purchased At:   Beach Camera

    Similar Products Used:   Nikkor 28-105 F3.5-4.5 (on a film camera).
    Vivitar 28-105 (on an old Minolta).

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

    Overall Rating:4
    Value Rating:5
    Submitted by Nasarem a Expert

    Date Reviewed: May 5, 2006

    Strengths:    Useful 18-70mm range. Unbelievable value! (Come on! Only 300 bucks! Just give up Starbucks for 3 months a get the lense. Well worth it!). Reasonable build quality. Very good optics.

    Weaknesses:    Some distoration at the low end. Some vignetting with a Moose filter.

    Bottom Line:   
    For the price, this is an excellent lens with really unbeatable value. However, it is important to conceive of this lens as a "prosumer" lens, and one should not expect the optical quality to approach that of the 17-55 mm f/2.8 or any of the other pro Nikon lens. While quite sharp generally, my sample is soft at the low end. Above f/8, the images as very, very shart. In addition, I agree with some of the other reviewers who found that the colors are not as rich on this prosumer lens. At f/3.5, it's not a particularly bright lens. One would appreciate the f/2.8, but obviously this would drive the price considerably higher. The build quality on the 18-70 mm f/3.5 is sturdy and reliable; is lightweight and very mobile; but lacks the solid build quality (and weight) of the 17-55 mm. The distortion at the 18 mm end is definitely there, but I can definitely live with it. There is some vignetting with a Moose filter.
    One leg up on the 18-70mm is the range. I don't understand why Nikon designs a range of pro lenses (17-55 mm f/2.8 and 70-200 mm f/2.8) that leaves the 55 mm-70mm completely uncovered.
    This is an excellent choice as a general stay-on lens. However, I wonder if the 18-200 f/4-5.6 VR makes more sense as a general stay-on lense, both because of its (amazing) range and VR. I have not tried the 18-200, but based on its favorable reviews, it may replace my 18-70.

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    Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

    Price Paid:    $300.00

    Purchased At:   Beach Camera

    Similar Products Used:   17-55 mm f/2.8, 80-200 mm f/2.8 VR

    Type of photography:   Outdoor

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