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Nikon18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens
 
4.5

(based on 390 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (242)

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    (122)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (18)

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    (5)

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    (3)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (285)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (284)
  • Easily interchangeable (253)
  • Consistent output (207)
  • Durable (120)

Cons

  • Weak casing (48)
  • Poor in low light (31)
  • Slow focus (25)
  • Blurry focus (8)
  • Difficult to clean (4)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (206)
  • Low light (117)
  • Weddings (93)
  • Wildlife photos (79)
  • Sports/action (75)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (110), Casual photographer (101), Semi-pro photographer (71), Enthusiast (24), Pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (212), Yes (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Small, sharp, very light and cheap

This is small, handy, very sharp and cheap. What more can you ask for? Although I am more used to shoot with my 17-55mm f/2.8 which is one of the heaviest...Read complete review

This is small, handy, very sharp and cheap. What more can you ask for? Although I am more used to shoot with my 17-55mm f/2.8 which is one of the heaviest lens in its class, this one solved the problem when i want to be more mobile with my D200. I also recommend reading the review by ken rockwell at his website about this lens. go to search and type Nikon 18-55mm ED II. Take note that ED II is a lot sharper than the older version which only says 18-55mm ED. Dont think twice about this lens, this is one of the best Nikon lens that i ever used. Compared to my 17-55mm f/2.8 Nikon G lens which is worth $1,100.00, the image quality of this $120.00 is almost the same. They will only differ in the aperture and speed in focusing in low light situation, but if you are not into that, go ahead and order this now. This is even better than the 18-135mm, 18-70mm.

Expertise: Active hobbyist

Problems Encountered: Definitely none.

Previous Equivalent Item Owned: Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8, Nikon 18-70mm, Nikon 18-200mm VR II

Items I Recommend: 52mm Lens filter

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Plastic bayonet mounts!

This lens came as the kit lens with my D40 camera. The lens has a plastic bayonet mount. The plastic rails lasted just over one year before two of the three rails broke...Read complete review

This lens came as the kit lens with my D40 camera. The lens has a plastic bayonet mount. The plastic rails lasted just over one year before two of the three rails broke off. Preliminary repair estimates from Nikon indicate that it will cost $77.00 to repair for [$] lens. Nikon should not be making lenses with plastic mounts no matter how basic the lens is meant to be.I would not recommend this lens to an enemy!It would be helpful if B&H would indicate the material of the mount on the specification sheets.

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5.0

Excellent value

By no nick name

from Northbrook, IL

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Price

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

    The Nikon 18-55 lens was exactly what I needed. It is lightweight, excellent quality for the price and works extremely well with my Nikon D80. The photos I have taken are excellent.

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    • No

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    5.0

    great lens

    By waverunner

    from san jose, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

      this is a great everyday lens. I always have it with me.

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      5.0

      replaced

      By bb

      from new hyde pk ny

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

        Had to replace this same lens this one is just as good Great price Thanks B&H

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        • No

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        5.0

        Very Pleased

        By Happy Customer

        from Milford, OH

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

            Ordered this lens as replacement. Received it on the date promised and works as expected.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Nikon 18-55mm Auto-Zoom lens

            By Joanne in Indy

            from Indianapolis, IN

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

              For the price, you can't beat it.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Nice entry level lens

              By Ken

              from Chestertown, MD

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                Wish it came with a lens hood

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great Lense for beginners

                By Jsluss

                from Ohio

                Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                I am new to photography with a professional grade camera. With my d40, it took great picures. It didn't zoom really far so some of the picures I got of my husband on stage for his graduation weren't the best but that is to be expected with an 18 mm. B and H did have it to my house within two days o normal shipping so that was really impressive.
                All in all, this is a great and affordable lense for the money.

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                4.0

                Solid starter lens

                By LeePhotography

                from Batavia, NY

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                For what i use it for everyday use it's wonderful. It's the hybrid of lenses. It's not too bad in low light either! I recommend for anyone that's looking for a cheap lens to go with a nikon body!

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                5.0

                Great Lens

                By Troy

                from Waterloo, IA

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                Performs as expected.

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                3.0

                good for a the price..

                By Jayz

                from New jersey

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable

                Cons

                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                Good for my D7000 for my photobooth bussiness. nice it has the ED Glass on it.. very cheap!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Not Bad at all!

                By jnazario

                from Orlando, Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                  Wanted an inexpensive lens to work with for family get-togethers (nothing fancy) and was pleasantly surprised.Very Sharp, great bokeh.Unexpected results from a $[*] lens.

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                  5.0

                  Very good product

                  By Marcel

                  from Pernambuco, Brasil

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Daily use
                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                    Excelent lenses. Does what it´s supposed to do.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    great !!

                    By Suhail

                    from san antonio

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery

                    Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                    I liked it, it great !!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very Sharp

                    By Dario Vidal

                    from Medford, Oregon

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors/Low Light
                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                      I was looking for something inexpensive as a temporary wide zoom lens for my D2X and I bought this one.
                      Surprisingly it is very sharp something you don't expect from a 100 dollars lens.
                      Focus is not super fast but it is fast enough for me.
                      I'm just very happy with it.
                      No softness at any focal point.
                      Love it.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Amazing Starter Lens

                      By Cameron With The Camera

                      from Lake Arrowhead, CA

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                      If you have never used a DSLR, buy this lens with a Nikon 55-300mm lens, it will give you everything you will need! I am now upgraded to all F/2.8 lenses, so this lens is now obsolete! wouldn't recommend this to a Pro, however they should know why. but for a beginner, its amazing! it has wonderful boketh!

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                      5.0

                      Great starter lens

                      By Lscozzare

                      from Staten Island, NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                        The original lens that came with my Nikon D40 broke, so I purchased this as a replacement. It works beautifully and while not a high powered distance lens, it is great for day to day casual shots around the house, or in close quarters.

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                        5.0

                        Good all-round use

                        By The Night Cycler

                        from Melbourne

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery

                          Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                          After my D80 fell off its tripod mount and destroyed my 18-70mm lens in the process, I needed a lens for all-round use that wasn't particularly expensive in case when I upgrade my camera, I purchase an FX rather than a DX model.

                          This lens was extremely cheap. I am surprised by how light it is in comparison to the 18-70 mm it replaces. I am very happy with the photographs I get from it.

                          It is extremely good value for the price, and I'd recommend it for anyone who wants a good all-purpose lens.

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                          5.0

                          18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Nikkor

                          By TamiK

                          from Ben Lomond, CA

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                            Use this for portraits and love the AF feature as well as adaptability for sports as well as wildlife.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            What I had expected

                            By day

                            from new england

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                                Replaces exact lens that I broke.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Slow zooming in video mode is jumpy.

                                By aBugz

                                from Spanish Fort, Alabama

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Video
                                  • Wildlife Photos

                                  Comments about Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor Autofocus Lens:

                                  This is a kit lens with my D5100. I've taken this lens and the 55-200mm on two extensive driving trips. In my opinion the still pictures with either lens is superb. In video mode the 55-200mm is super smooth while zooming slowly; but this 18-55mm is irritatingly jumpy. However the 18-55mm has done exceptionally well for even small insects and tiny wild flowers. For macro work the secret is tripod, ample light, and 5 sec self timer plus 'one second shutter delay' after mirror retracts. I would advise any friend purchasing this lens to pay attention to the smoothness of action when zooming slowly during video.

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