AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
So far, So good..
I have only had it for a couple days, but so far i have enjoyed it. I can use both manual and auto focus to get good pictures. Auto focus can be a little slow, but otherwise a nice product.
April 24, 2011
Full of Quality and Dependability
I got the Nikon 18-55mm AF-S DX VR with my D60 kit, my first DSLR, and used it until I felt comfortable enough with the camera to upgrade to the 18-105. The 18-55 was perfect for a learning curve. It takes outstanding shots, especially landscape and architecture. Indoors, with longer exposures, it also delivered crisp clear images without a tripod because of the VR feature.
The qualities of all functions are extremely good, especially considering the price of the glass. Sometimes, especially the first few months, it took a bit to focus but that may also have been my own ignorance of various functions that both the camera and lens offer. I have read some reviews where people experienced distortion at the bottom and top of the range but I never noticed this in my captures. Though it is made of plastic it seems durable enough and it connected and disconnected with ease from the D60 body.
While I had this lens for the first 7 months of my DSLR usage, I probably clicked about a thousand shots a month on average. The D60 and 18-55 were with me on my trip to England and the comments I have received on castles I photographed have been great. In fact, many friends and relatives requested framed 8x10s and 11x14s. That certainly makes one feel good. And I thank the D60 and 18-55 for that to a major degree.
I would recommend this to anyone starting their DSLR life. For the money I do not think it can be beat.
April 8, 2011
wonderfull Kit Lens
it's an easy use and great Kit - Lens
great for using every time and sharp for all you need
September 22, 2010
Better than anyone could expect
This lens came with my D80 and I kept it when I upgraded to the D90. I have wanted to try the VR version but can't get away from this lens - for the money, it is startlingly good. I recently bought the 60mm 2.8 macro, and after many attempts have gone back to little 18-55 for most of my macro shots - it's that good and the depth of field is much better. I now use the 60mm macro for mostly portrait work, which it is quite good at- go figure. Anyway, great, great lens - don't let the price throw you off.
September 4, 2010
First off, I'd like to dispel rumors of it's flimsiness. I've had the thing for six months. I've dropped it, stepped on it, and thrown it at cats (not really). The only part of it that shows signs of wear is the filter on the front. The point is, it can keep up with you if you don't abuse it.
August 23, 2010
It does what it is designed to do.
This lens, like the more than 20 others I have used in nearly 40 years of professional photography, is meets the usual high Nikon standard quality. If and when a photo goes badly, it is invariably my mistake, not the equipment. I have and still use large format, 35mm, and digital format lenses.
When you hit your thumb with a hammer, it isn't the hammer's fault.
July 30, 2010
No better lens for the money
There is flat out no better lens for the money than this one (except perhaps for the VR version of the same lens, which I have no experience with).
I shoot this lens on my D40x and D300, and it is sharp across the zoom range. You often get this lens virtually free with a low-end kit. I dont have experience with other kit lenses such as the 18-105 or 18-135, but from reviews I have read, those have a lot more distortion and are softer than this lens. This lens when paired with the 55-200 VR are about all an amateur needs 95% of the time. The pair is significantly superior to the Nikon 18-200mm lens in multiple respects (see my review there).
You just flat out will not find a bang for the buck out there, period (again, the VR update of this lens may be the only exception to that).
July 30, 2010
I use this lens a lot. Coupled to my D5000 I am getting excelent results.
July 30, 2010
Super Sharp Bang for the Buck
This lightweight supersharp lens is a no brainer. It has both an aspherical and an ED element. It doesn't weight you down - a great grab and go lens that is versatile enough for 80% of the time.
July 30, 2010
very good lens
Very good lens given a fact that you understand it's not a fast lens. At a daylight performs very well, fast AF, silent, excellent application in street photography.
Night time - you can use it, but you better of rely on your ability to focus it manually.
Being a wideangle-to-normal-range-zoom it never leaves my bag.
It is a very light-weighted lens.
Downsides: I don't put slipping autofocus at night here because you expect to have it, you just don't have that light in the output, but here' something else. You have to use a ND filter to protect the lens from fingerprinting it, it's really easy to do w/o the filter. And the filter will give you all sort of glares very visible at night.
July 30, 2010
Unbelievable for the Price
The 18-55, even without VR, is probably the best all-around zoom lens I have ever used. It delivers consistently good results over its entire range, demonstrating its optical quality. I wish it was a little faster, but of course that tiny complaint vanishes with the newer 18-55 VR version.
After using several lenses, the 18-55 is now the lens that is on my camera by default.
You simply can not beat this lens for the price.
July 30, 2010
Excellent Value. Excellent product overall
Unfortunately I only had a chance to use this lens for about a two week period before it and my camera were stolen. Normally, since I own many other Nikon lenses besides those I've reviewed here I only buy a camera body but for some reason I opted to purchase the 18-55 lens when I purchased my new D300s to supplement my D300 and D700 bodies. Like I said, it was stolen but in the very short time I owned the lens I was pleasantly surprised at the lightness, ease of use, and the excellent, sharp images it produced. For the price, you can't go wrong if you need to get a kit lens. Excellent clarity, short, compact. Very unintrusive in it's use if you like fast street photography. A joy to carry on your shoulder. Almost un-noticable.
July 30, 2010
A convenient and high quality compact lens.
This lens is a real winning combinaison with a compact SLR like the Nikon D40. A perfect fit in term of ergonomics. When travelling with the camera, this package will give you very high quality picture mostly similar from result done with higher end pro lenses. VR stabilisation is only option missing but the newest version got it for the same price level. Another advantage of the lens is its filter diameter of 52mm wich allow you to try different types of filter at low cost like for a circular polarizer.
If you are looking for stronger magnification, the Nikon AFS 55-200mm VR can fill the gap nicely.
In one word, a perfect compact good quality fit!
July 29, 2010
Melhor lente para estreia da máquina
Esta lente veio com a câmera que comprei, uma D5100, e é ótima. Não sou profissional, apenas gosto muito de fotografia e de fotografar. A lente é versátil e bastante útil em muitas situações para minhas incursões fotográficas: registrar todos os eventos dentro de casa, fotografar meus filhos e esposa, fazer retratos e boas fotos de paisagens e documentar meus passeios ao ar livre. Para esportes velozes e macrofotografia existem lentes mais apropriadas. O alcance do zoom me agrada pois consigo enquadramentos em grande angular mais que suficientes para o dia-a-dia. As funções de autofocus têm uma boa velocidade, mas posso também focar manualmente, em situações específicas. A lente é leve. Como primeira lente me atende perfeitamente.
March 30, 2012
A real value
I am handicapped and the weight of my kit is extremely important. Anything that doesn't prove useful is gone in short order. This lens is an impressive blend of price, size, weight and performance. I don't use it a lot but its good enough to have found a permanent place in my "always carry" kit. It may not be as durable as some other items in the Nikon line, but I recommend it as a fine value for any amateur photographer.
August 6, 2012
There's a reason these are in starter kits.
Found one of these on the floor and behind a desk of the newsroom of a near-bankrupt publication I got a job with. It works relatively well, even though it's horribly dirty and I've even dropped it five feet onto a concrete floor while changing lenses. For a half-busted (the zoom gives me resistance now since dropping it like an idiot), dirty, inexpensive lens, it has done remarkably well and stays in my camera bag for those need-to-get, last ditch wide-angle shots. The fact that it comes in most starter kits makes them ubiquitous too. Every reporter who shoots Nikon should have one of these things.
April 19, 2012
This Kit Lens is great for the begginers. You can shoot almost everything within the range. Its good for travelling, landscape or portraits. Everyone should use this lens at-least once. Grab it with your Lovely Nikon DSLR. NIkon the best.
December 2, 2011
Best Darned Lens for the Money
I've been using this lens as my general purpose lens for my D80 for about three years now. I love this lens! It's been problem free and it shoots great pictures, free of distortion and true to the subject.
November 21, 2011
my lens is great and does the job I need it for. I have had a little trouble with it not auto focusing on close ups and hope the warranty repair is as good as the lens has been.
August 4, 2011
Needed repair after 2 years but under warranty
I did enjoy my camera and lenses for my D40 until my basic 18-55mm lense started to have trouble. Focusing by rotating lens freely became a problem. Nikon fixed it under warranty at no cost.
June 5, 2011
The 18-55mm VR II is an easy lens to recommend. It produces crisp, vivid, images throughout its aperture range. So long as larger max aperture is not needed, nor wider/longer focal length, this lens is a superb performer for a wide range of photo projects. The VR is effective, and, when used in connection with current DSLRs and their quality high ISO capabilities, allows shooting in many low available light situations. At its modest price point, it is a tremendous value.
April 15, 2011
medicre focus range
I have used with my film cameras wide angle lenses, and rather seldom I used my 28mm; usefil range would be 35 mm and up, othervise there is significant destortion even if digital corections are applied..
I liked very much my 80-200mmm, and my 50mm 1:1.2 is my favorite and I took som beautiful night shots. I hope I can use these lenses with D3100 in manual mode.
Why do not make a digital back for film cameras?
April 14, 2011
for the money its good, but...
ok, so i got this lens as a kit lens with a d60. when i got my d300s i kept it just bc it had done so well. initially it was pretty sharp for what it is, and af was on par, yet a little slow compared to others. eventually, i started to lose auto focus after about a yr and a half of use. it still tried to af, but always missed. tried in camera calibration to no relief. tried it on a d60 adn d90 body, then a d5000 from a friend and still misses focus. then the zoom ring just froze up one day, only zoom from 18-about 35. for the cost to replace i was not overly concerned about it. it is the cheapest lens ... before i replaced it though, i bought a 24-70. then decided to get rid of some equipment and this lens went with it. overall, for a walk around lens it did great and actually does deliver sharp images . but it is a plastic kit lens and eventually it will fail. i cant know it really, it is not designed to be a pro lens, but a "beginner" lens, so. for the novice, it will meet most of your needs except low light focus. if it breaks, it isnt really much to replace compared to others, so... overall, 4 stars just bc of limited life of lens. other than that, it does ok to good.
February 23, 2011
good for low-end product
very crisp at most settings, minimal distortion.
consistent focus capability. Good for entry lens.
Not durable however - early on developed a tendency for the focus-helix to jump track and jam.
August 2, 2010
Works well, Too much plastic
The lens came with my D40 in a kit. The lens focused quickly, and took good photos. I had a snap on lens hood, and in the process of removing the hood, the lens separated in my hand. I have always been told Nikon lenses are the best. I was disappointed to see this lens was all plastic. I owned a Nikon SLR in the past. Camera body, lens, and flash were well built. The kit is a great buy for individuals entering the world of digital slr photography.
July 31, 2010
This lens has a small aperture and should therefore be used with a tripod in situations other than daylight. I use a tripod as often as possible and the photos are nice and sharp, though not quite as sharp as my little Nikon Coolpix S1 camera. The features on this lens work well and are easy to use. It does not offer a macro feature and while it focuses more closely than most other lenses, I do wish it would focus about 25% closer.
In summary, it takes great photos and you cannot beat the price.
July 30, 2010
Great lense for close and medium ranges.
I get sharp and clear photos at close and medium ranges. The AR and A settings are great. It gives a clear photo even if you are not steady holding your camera.
July 30, 2010
This lens is very sharp. I am not fond of the plastic lens mount. But Lens does great job
July 30, 2010
Compact & lightweight
This lens came standard with the D40 camera kit. It is compact and very lightweight. Mostly made of plastic. It takes very nice photos but don't expect great zoom shots. About three years into owing it the zoom jammed @ about the 47mm mark. Luckily we had a 5 year warranty & Nikon repaired the lens free of charge. We had to pay the shipping & ins. to the repair facility in CA. Apparently this breakdown has happened to many owners. If it breaks again I will probably get a VR zoom lens. All in all it's a pretty nice lens for the low cost. I would have given it 5 stars if it had not jammed after minimum usage.
July 30, 2010
Excellent optics, not the best construction
I loved my 18-55mm lens, however, after 1.5 years of use, the plastic lens mount failed, which was not covered under warranty. The optics of this lens are fantastic for the price, if only the lens mount were more sturdy.
July 30, 2010