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

(based on 355 reviews)

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    (125)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (263)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (261)
  • Easily interchangeable (220)
  • Consistent output (175)
  • Durable (104)

Cons

  • Weak casing (53)
  • Poor in low light (35)
  • Slow focus (28)
  • Blurry focus (7)
  • Plastic mount (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (187)
  • Low light (94)
  • Weddings (93)
  • General purpose (57)
  • Wildlife photos (55)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (132), Casual photographer (79), Semi-pro photographer (52), Enthusiast (41), Pro photographer (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (209), Yes (21)

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

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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      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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          • No

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          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

            • 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

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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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                  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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                      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.

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                                • 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

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                                • 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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                                      5.0

                                      Good basic lens.

                                      By webpsycho

                                      from Val-d'Or, QC, Canada

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Lightweight
                                      • Multipurpose

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Portrait

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

                                        I bought this lens from use dept (refurbished) because I broke the previous one but it was my fault. This lens is easy to use, not the better one in low light but good for general propuse. Under $, it is a good basic lens to add to your bag.

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