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Distortion In The Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens

Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:42 pm

Ok, so I am going to get rid of this lens, because frankly, at the wider end. it is awful (with the D90 at least). Two options, the 18-55mm VR 'kit' lens (which I thought was a fairly decent lens), or the 16-85mm VR. Does the 16-85mm lens fare any better as far as distortion is concerned?

If money was no issue, I would go for the 17-55mm f/2.8, but I lack the funds for it


[Edited 2009-11-30 11:49:51 by alasdair1982]
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RE: Distortion In The Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens

Mon Nov 30, 2009 7:55 pm

You could also try PTlens in Photoshop, as I believe it has a lens profile for the 18-105. It works amazingly well for automatic distortion reduction. It can also correct for perspective problems that you would normally need a shift lens for.
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RE: Distortion In The Nikon 18-105mm VR Lens

Mon Nov 30, 2009 8:05 pm

All three of the lenses you have mentioned suffer from barrel distortions, with the 17-55 f/2.8 having the least.

Your best bet is to fix it in camera, using the distortion correction feature, or in post processing (I prefer Capture NX).

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