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Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens USA

You Pay: $196.95
Product Highlights
  • Wide Angle to Telephoto zoom

The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Lens is an ultra compact, lightweight standard zoom lens that has a 3x focal zoom range and is ideally suited for use with compact Nikon digital SLR cameras that feature the smaller DX sized chip. This lens offers the most basic zoom range in the DX lens series, an equivalent focal length in 35mm terms of 27-82.5mm. It will conveniently cover everything from tight indoor portraits to standard snap shots.

The innovative Vibration Reduction (VR) system allows handheld telephoto zoom shooting even in poorly lit conditions. It minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, and offers the equivalent of shooting at a shutter speed 3 stops (8 times) faster. The Nikon Super Integrated Coating used in this lens minimizes ghosting and flare to provide even higher contrast and more vivid images, even in challenging light conditions.

This G-type Nikkor lens is designed with no aperture rings, and offers easier, virtually mistake-free operation because the aperture does not need to be set to minimum.

Note: AF-S feature is not supported by certain camera models. Please click here for a list of compatible models.

Note! DX lenses are NOT recommended for use with "full-frame" digital or 35mm film SLR cameras

Vibration Reduction
Minimizes image blur caused by camera shake, enabling sharper pictures hand-held at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible.
Optics
One hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration.
SWM (Silent Wave Motor)
The improved SWM built into the lens offers smooth and quiet autofocus performance.
Rounded Diaphragm
The rounded diaphragm opening (7 blades) makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Angle of View 76° - 28°
Minimum Focus Distance 11" (28 cm)
Magnification 0.31x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3
Elements/Groups 11/8
Diaphragm Blades 7
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 52 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 2.9 x 3.1" (7.37 x 7.87 cm)
Weight 9.35 oz (265 g)
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    Nikon18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens
     
    4.5

    (based on 356 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (207)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (125)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (24)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (264)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (262)
    • Easily interchangeable (220)
    • Consistent output (176)
    • Durable (104)

    Cons

    • Weak casing (54)
    • Poor in low light (35)
    • Slow focus (28)
    • Blurry focus (7)
    • Plastic mount (5)

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (187)
    • Low light (95)
    • Weddings (93)
    • General purpose (57)
    • Wildlife photos (55)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (133), Casual photographer (79), Semi-pro photographer (52), Enthusiast (41), Pro photographer (18)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (209), Yes (22)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    It's your basic kit lens

    This lens came with my D3200. And it was a great lens that covers a lot of range. This was a great starting lens that helped me decide what kind of lenses to upgrade...Read complete review

    This lens came with my D3200. And it was a great lens that covers a lot of range. This was a great starting lens that helped me decide what kind of lenses to upgrade to. I found myself shooting subjects mostly on the 18mm range. Hence, I upgraded to a wide angle zoom. This lens also helped me learn about VR, auto focus, and how it applies to my style of photography. It does just about everything average, but not one thing great. The images come out sharp and with great detail contrast and color. It can also do Macro/Micro, and video.

    It is a great first DSLR lens, but it has some negatives. Manual focus is very difficult, slow and limited auto focus, rotating front element and focus ring when focusing, plastic construction, and small glass. But, these can be positives for those who like light weight, shoot mostly auto focus, shoot close up and in controlled lighting, and like compact size.

    At any rate, this lens is great for what it was intended: a good starter lens with decent performance, diverse ability, and a good value.

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    For the money, not bad!

    Obviously, having a wide lens suitable for a digital SLR is a must. I have many of Nikon's pro lenses in 35mm film compatible lenses, and I use them on my digital cameras....Read complete review

    Obviously, having a wide lens suitable for a digital SLR is a must. I have many of Nikon's pro lenses in 35mm film compatible lenses, and I use them on my digital cameras. However, I haven't yet gotten to the point I feel I need the ultra-wide pro lens yet. This lens, for the money, is a good deal. It's not super fast, but the VR makes a definite difference. It's my first VR lens, and it's taken me a bit of getting used to. There is some barrel distortion at the wide end, but the color rendition is above average. If you don't have $1200 to drop on the pro wide zoom, this baby will do you just fine.

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    5.0

    So far, so good!

    By Ray

    from Somerville, MA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Night Photography

    Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

    My parents got this for me for my birthday. I've only used it a few times with my D7000, but I'm really liking it thus far.I was out last night from 11pm-1am with friends and it performed pretty well on handheld shots of everything from bar neon to nighttime churches. It definitely does well in low light.It focuses much more quietly than my other lens, which is a Nikkor 28mm f/2.8. I had some issues with backfocusing when I used AF, but that seems to happen no matter what lens I use.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Love it!

    By Sarah

    from Bangor, ME

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

        Easy to use, and produces great quality photos. Just love it!

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Cheap, but excellent quality

        By Kevin, Wild Pine Photo

        from Clayton, Wi

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • cheap
        • Consistent Output
        • Lightweight
        • Sharp
        • Vibration Reduction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Flash
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Studio

        Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

        I'm a professional photographer out of Wisconsin, and I needed a wide angle lens fast, but had little money at the time. This lens was going to be used in bright light for action and portraits, with flash, and landscapes, so its small apertures don't matter as much to me. I was very nervous getting such a cheap lens for my Nikon D300 for professional work, but I can say, this lens is excellent! The apertures work fine, very sharp, excellent Vibration Reduction, and smooth zooming.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Thank you B&H

        By iPoland

        from GRand Haven, MI

        Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

        Great replacement lens , easy order and great service.

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        5.0

        I like this lens

        By KeninNJ

        from Jersey City, New Jersey

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

            I use this lens for taking outdoor/travel pictures. It's light weight, easy to get on and off, easy to use and takes great pictures. The colors are richer than any other lenses I've used.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            It's your basic kit lens

            By ToxicTabasco

            from Nevada

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Slow Focus
            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Video

            Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

            This lens came with my D3200. And it was a great lens that covers a lot of range. This was a great starting lens that helped me decide what kind of lenses to upgrade to. I found myself shooting subjects mostly on the 18mm range. Hence, I upgraded to a wide angle zoom. This lens also helped me learn about VR, auto focus, and how it applies to my style of photography. It does just about everything average, but not one thing great. The images come out sharp and with great detail contrast and color. It can also do Macro/Micro, and video.

            It is a great first DSLR lens, but it has some negatives. Manual focus is very difficult, slow and limited auto focus, rotating front element and focus ring when focusing, plastic construction, and small glass. But, these can be positives for those who like light weight, shoot mostly auto focus, shoot close up and in controlled lighting, and like compact size.

            At any rate, this lens is great for what it was intended: a good starter lens with decent performance, diverse ability, and a good value.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            kit lens

            By Robram13

            from Riverside CA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

              Great lens for beginers

              • Was this a gift?:
              • Yes

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              5.0

              LOVE IT

              By HattDesigns

              from Palmer, AK

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                Great all around lens

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice lens

                By JATMD

                from California, MD

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                    I use this for general photography with my D90. I used to exclusively use an all in one (Tamron 28-300). That lens was good for many situations, but lacked the closeup I needed. This lens is also noticably brighter than the all in one. I acutually upgraded to this lens from my original "kit lens" 18-55 without VR.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Quite nice for that price

                    By Jim the Stayer

                    from Land

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus
                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                    Nice glass if you are about to start...

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    Good product. Would purchase again

                    By Mel

                    from Ct

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                        It is exactly what i wanted. Works great. Also recieved it very quick.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        I like it

                        By Don C

                        from Western Pennsylvania

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Indoors/Low Light
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                          I am a casual shotter. I had my non VR version of this lens broken while shotting from a small aircraft and this replaced it. It works well and I really like the VR feature.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good lens.

                          By Sunshine photo

                          from Plantation, Florida

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                              I got this lens to use on my nikon d7000 as a walk around lens. Picture quality is good for this type of lens.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Really good value

                              By Dr. Jim

                              from Palm Beach Gardens, FL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Consistent Output
                              • Durable
                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                                  I've used the non VR version for years and I love this lens. I use it for about 90% of what I do. For a cheap (kit) lens, it's a steal. Super sharp, very little (if any) distortion, even does macro well. You can spend a lot more for a lens that will only perform marginally better. For the price, I can't think of any negatives.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Versatile lens for everyday photography!

                                  By Rajat S

                                  from Framingham, MA

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Output
                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Nice Bokeh

                                  Cons

                                  • Distortion At 18mm 55mm
                                  • Poor in Low Light

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Street photography
                                  • Video
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                                  This is a great everyday lens. When I got my camera (Nikon D7000), I bought only the body and a 35mm prime lens. However, after a few months of shooting with 35mm, I craved for a zoom lens and a wider lens. The Tokina 11-66mm and Nikon 10-24mm were both out of my budget. I already had a 55-200mm, but there was a focal gap between 35mm and 55-200mm lens. Below are the pros and cons:

                                  Pros:
                                  - Good sharpness
                                  - Covers 18mm to 55mm and isn't expensive
                                  - VR helps a lot with handheld photography
                                  - Can be used for landscapes, street or portraits without changing to another lens
                                  - Light weight - I can carry it around all day

                                  Cons:
                                  - Plastic body (but decent contrctruction considering the cost)
                                  - Distortion at the 18mm and 55mm focal lengths. However, DxO Optics Pro works magic!
                                  - Slow - F/3.5-5.6
                                  - Doesn't work on FX (well, if I had money for FX, I have other options ;) )

                                  The cons are not really that big. But the pros are significant, especially the light weight and VR. It's a great lens and I highly recommend it!

                                  My first 18-55mm had a back focussing issue so I exchanged for another one and it seems much better now and has an AF fine tune setting of +3 which is quite acceptable by me.

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great lens

                                  By Kman

                                  from East bay CA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • Slow Focus

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Weddings/Events

                                  Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                                  I use this lens everyday to take family photos. It works great and does a good job of capturing our outings.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Outstanding product

                                  By Heydocjoe

                                  from Fall River lake kansas

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easily Interchangeable
                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                  • None at this time

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery

                                  Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                                  Love the wide angle benefit for lanscapes

                                  • Was this a gift?:
                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Versatile and solid performance

                                  By JZ

                                  from New Jersey

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Indoors/Low Light

                                    Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                                    I bought this lens for use with my new D7100. My shots thus far have been mainly indoors at a party. The lens is sharp for the price and provides good zoom range for the types of photos I was shooting. Handling also feels good. The lens feels solid and not cheap. I would recommend this lens for amateur / enthusiast use.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Reliable Results

                                    By jcortese

                                    from Hoffman Estates, IL

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors/Low Light
                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Weddings/Events
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                                      I own one of these and bought another one as a gift. If it wasn't already a common kit lens, this lens would become a "must have" for all Nikonians. It is a great general purpose zoom that yields crisp images across its focal length. VR is an bonus that helps with low light situations. Definitely a BIG value for the price.

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Great lens

                                      By Mac

                                      from Marshall Islands

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Consistent Output
                                      • Durable
                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                        Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens:

                                        Had to replace lens for second camera. This was a great way to get a deal.

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                                        • Yes

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