So,I went to a local camera store & tested the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR.
I couldn't leave the shop,so testing CA & stuff like that was impossible. Still,I was very interested of the quality of details this lens can capture. (& how is a much better quality-deal than the Canon 17-85mm,considering it's half the price,in my country anyway)
This is a pseudo-test.
- original setup:
(I moved a bit during the shots,so it's not 100% this frame)
-ISO used : 400
-no NR was used after the RAW conversion
-the shots were made just to compare the border quality,I didn't post any center crops because they were all crystal clear
-body used : Nikon D80 (my future camera is the D90 doesn't loose a few hundred dolars soon)
18 mm F/3.5, F/5.6, F8:
35mm F/4.5, F8:
105mm F/5.6, F8:
I tested also at 50mm,but there were very few differences between F/5 and F8.
-as known,the biggest layback is the large aperture settings at 18mm,it shows pretty weak border quality; the distorsions here are quite acceptable
-as far as the other shots are involved,I can say this lens handles nicely the border quality.
-the VR works like a charm,just look at what shutter speeds the shots were made
-the only "annoying" vigniting was,at 18mm at widely open apertures
-mechanics: perfect for a budget lens-well built,feels solid,zoom ring feels very very reliable,no creep,MF ring as well,very nice and very silent when focusing.