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NikonAF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens
 
4.5

(based on 367 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (214)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (128)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (270)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (268)
  • Easily interchangeable (225)
  • Consistent output (182)
  • Durable (107)

Cons

  • Weak casing (55)
  • Poor in low light (35)
  • Slow focus (28)
  • Blurry focus (7)
  • Plastic mount (5)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (193)
  • Low light (98)
  • Weddings (94)
  • Wildlife photos (58)
  • General purpose (57)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (135), Casual photographer (82), Semi-pro photographer (55), Enthusiast (41), Pro photographer (19)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (218), 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

Nice upgrade to kit lens

By Bang_Zoom

from Arlington, VA

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
    • Macro Photography
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action

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

    Noticed improved sharpness due to the VR element. Smooth action and sharp focusing. Wish I had switched to the VR lens earlier.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Excellent service

    By Liz A

    from Marietta GA

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

    We had looked for this lens many other places and it was more reasonable here and the service was quick and easy. We received the lens within 3 days. I would highly recommend this company!

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    4.0

    Not a bad little lens

    By Chris B

    from Michigan

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

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

      Pretty nice lens for the price. Nice zoom range for a dx camera. Reasonably sharp.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Perfect Replacement

      By TMac

      from Mesa Arizona

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

      Perfect lens to replace my broken stock lens for my Nikon5100.

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      5.0

      Great Buy!

      By Jack

      from Montana

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        For the price this lens really delivers.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Excellent Starter/Kit Lens

        By JDA-Wildlife

        from Long Island, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

            I purchased this lens for my daughter who is just getting into photography. Even though it's a "Kit" lens it's surprisingly very sharp. It's small and light weight. It doesn't come with a hood so if you want one you have to purchase it separately.

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            • No

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            3.0

            You get what you pay for

            By Adrian

            from Washington, D.C.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Weak Casing

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

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

            I bought this lens as a nice cheap lightweight alternative to some of my better lenses. The lens is pretty great for outdoor and action photography and at a great price point however the biggest issues I have found with it is the bayonet mount which has a tendency to break (mine broke on a small fall) which needs to be replaced. The replacement is a 6 dollar part which you need to undo some very small screws to get in there and replace... not difficult but if this is the only lens you are carrying in the field, it is very inconvenient to have it break!

            Just a word of warning about it!

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            • No

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            5.0

            Amazing Company!

            By Jeff

            from San Diego

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

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

            No out of state sales tax, free shipping,and competitive pricing.

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            • No

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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 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 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 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 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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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                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 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 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 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 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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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens:

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

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                      • Yes

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                      (7 of 7 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 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 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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                      5.0

                      Thank you B&H

                      By iPoland

                      from GRand Haven, MI

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

                              Great all around lens

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                              • 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 AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 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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