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Nikon18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens
 
4.5

(based on 359 reviews)

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    (209)

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    (126)

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    (24)

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    (0)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (265)
  • Lightweight (265)
  • Easily interchangeable (223)
  • Consistent output (177)
  • Durable (106)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (190)
  • Low light (97)
  • Weddings (94)
  • Wildlife photos (58)
  • General purpose (57)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (133), Casual photographer (81), Semi-pro photographer (53), Enthusiast (41), Pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (212), 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.

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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

Top-Notch Lens

By Jimmy

from Melbourne, FL

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Crisp, instant focus. Anti-vibration function is a wonderful asset. Makes for some fantastic pictures. Nikon products take me photography to the next level.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Very Please with New Lens

    By JLS

    from Amarillo, TX

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

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

      This replaces the exact lens that I dropped and broke. It is exactly like the one that came with my camera. Glad I found the exact replacement.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Nikon 18-55 MM len nikon

      By Boss

      from Virginia

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        Exactly what I needed and good customer service

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        • No

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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.

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        • 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!

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            • Yes

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            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.

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            • 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.

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                (8 of 8 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.

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                • 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

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                  • 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

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                    • No

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                    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...

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                        • 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.

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                            • 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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                                  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.

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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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                                      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

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