Nikon AF-S 18-105 VR vs AF-P 18-55 VR

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  1. helevess

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    I decided to buy a Nikon D5300 recently, with an AF-P 70-300 VR kit, but I can't really decide whether I should spend some extra money and get an AF-S 18-105 VR, or an AF-P 18-55 is enough with the 70-300.


     
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    18-105mm is a good general use, if you can pull the trigger on it then get it mainly for the comfort of using such a good wide focal range, mind you both kit lenses has about same image quality.
     
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    I had the 18-105 with a D90 and its a decent lens. the VR works fairly well, and while it isnt the sharpest lens in the bag, for general usage its really not bad at all.
    i think its a nice "walk around" type lens, although arguably not long enough for outside shots unless your close. however, as a lens to just throw on the camera for chasing the kids around the house/yard/pool area i think its a very usably focal range on a DX camera and produces reasonably good results.
     
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    For a Nikon D5300, I would get the Nikor 18-140. I replaced my 18-55 with this lens and I end up using it on 90% of my shots. I rarely use my long zoom any more except for wildlife.
     
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    Get the longer one. 18-105 is great for vacations and family events. No need to lug anything else around.
     
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    Even if i have the 70-300 lens?

    Btw thanks for each and every answer!
     
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    I would say bring the 18-105mm with the 70-300mm and I would add one fast prime for lower light situation like the Nikon 35mm 1.8G DX or the Nikon 50mm 1.8G, both around the 200$ new each.
     
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    It also depends what your going to do with it. I like astrophotography and i have the af-p 18-55mm and the af-p 70-300 and neither of them have the infinity mark witch kinda makes it a pain at night time. Im also using a newer D5300
     
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    Thank you, I think I will go with this setup.
     
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    I have a 55-300 lens and still went with the 18-140. In my opinion, it is a better lens than the 18-105 and takes better pictures than the 55-300 or the 70-300 lenses in the mid zoom range. Except at the upper end of the zoom range of the 300mm zooms, I can crop the 18-140 images and still get a sharper final product.
     

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