AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
Limited Use but Excellent Pictures
Slow lens but...
I have this lens paired with a Nikon D3200. While the focal length is limiting at times I will not hold that against this lens rating since that problem is easily solved by purchasing other lenses. For an included lens this thing works great. Even if you flip it into auto mode and shoot away the pictures come out clean and crisp. The aperture of 3.5 does leave much to be desired in many situations. However, for what you can use this lens for, it does it very well. Let my sample images speak for themselves. I am new to photography with inexpensive budget equipment and I think the images look amazing.
The VR works fairly well although I do not know the specifics or technicalities behind this feature. I do know that all the shots I shoot handheld come out sharp and clear.
This lens does NOT blur the background the way that I would like for portraits so if you do a lot of that you will probably want to purchase the 35mm DX 1.8G lens.
All in all however, for the price (or included in your kit) this lens allows you to capture most of your photographic ideas nicely. A great place to start.
It usually takes a lot to impress me and I must say that I am impressed!
December 30, 2013
THINGS STARTED OUT WELL ENOUGH ...
My initial impressions of this lens were very favourable. It seemed to be well made (for a plastic lens), and the sharpness of the images I got with it were very pleasing. The zoom ring worked well, with no trace of sloppiness at all. The range of the lens, from, effectively, 27mm wide angle, to 82.5 mm telephoto, was very useful (allowing for the cropping factor), enabling it to be used in a variety of conditions, and it was not too bulky, even when zoomed out to the 55 mm setting.
Time, however, was not kind to this lens. Annoying issues became noticeable as the months passed. For example, I could never find a lens hood that didn't intrude at the edges of the image when the lens was used at the 18 mm setting. It meant I had to crop images a bit more than I wanted to.
The other issue was the distortion in vertical lines at the wide angle setting. This would render things like trees, and the edges of tall buildings, with curved sides, and the images would not look good. Using the distortion correction option on the camera menu made little difference.
The most unpleasant surprise came more or less one month after the year's warranty expired: the lens developed a “wobble,” in that the front element would move noticeably up and down when the zoom ring was used (and the zoom ring itself had become very stiff and jerky to use). This “wobble” could be seen as a distinct up and down movement through the viewfinder, as if somebody had nudged the camera. So, forget about using the zoom when taking video images, as this up and down movement would be too obvious.
At first, the wobble didn't affect the operation of the lens, but after a couple of weeks the focus became worse, and in some conditions, such as low light, the lens hardly focussed at all.
Some research on the Internet revealed this “wobble” was a common problem with this kit lens, being that it is made down to a price. My research also told me that getting the issue rectified would not be easy. Some owners reported a six to eight week delay whilst the lens was with Nikon USA (and Nikon have now made it impossible to get your equipment repaired locally), and attempts to get any information were usually met with explanations like: “The item is held awaiting parts.”
The deal breaker, as shown by Internet forum comments, was that the price of out-of-warranty repair was such that it was far cheaper to look online for a replacement lens. I have to ask, what is the point of making this lens of such cheap quality that it is only going to last you about a year?
I should point out that I am neither a professional photographer, nor a “prosumer” snapper (whatever that means!). No, I am not anything other than a weekend photographer, so I hardly think I subject my lenses to overly rough treatment or excessive use. I honestly expected this lens to perform flawlessly for a lot longer than just over twelve months.
Then again, I have read forum posts by photographers who have subjected their 18mm-55mm lens to far more use than I have, and it has failed in less than a year. In one case, a user reported about how the whole front element of the lens fell out whilst he was using it.
Would I recommend this lens? No! Most definitely not! I would recommend that people purchase the camera body only, and then pay the extra for a different lens to the 18mm-55mm.
My recommendation would be to go for the 18mm-105mm lens. The extra cost would be worth it. Also, the extended range of this lens would come in very handy. It would be far more useful to you in a whole range of photographic applications than the 18mm-55mm. Yes, the 18mm-105mm is just another plastic lens, but, hopefully, the build quality is that much better, so you would get more use out of it before it, too, exhibited the dreaded “wobble.”
December 5, 2013
The lens came with the camera and I've really enjoyed the wide angle view the lens provides along with the easy use of the VR feature.
December 4, 2013
OK In a Bundled Kit
This lens was bundled with the 55-300 mm version in a D5200 kit that joins my Canon 60D gear. The included 18-55 mm lens will not get the most out of your Nikon body. Its results are meaningfully 'soft', but you are also not going to get the latest-greatest in a price point bundle. It simply gets you started with a lens that will be suitable for snapshot sized prints. However, you may find that it can make for a suitable portrait lens where soft results are desired. When you want razor detail in a close up macro type shot, it won't be there.
The lens is okay in a start-up bundle, but a serious shooter looking for sharpness would not purchase a stand-alone copy. The sample shot included would not well tolerate a blow up even though the D5200 body used with it is highly capable.
July 28, 2013
I have had this lens for about 3 years now and I take pictures for fun. This is easy to use and takes nice pictures. For an entry level lens I think you will be very happy with it.
July 19, 2013
Good For a Kit Lens
I got this lens as a kit lens with my D3200 and it is a good lens for a kit lens. Even though some people tend to say that the kit lenses aren't very good, this one surprised me. It's great for the price. This lens however isn't for all people. I would recommend this lens to anyone who is looking to take pictures for memories, someone who doesn't have a ton of money, or someone looking to carry around something small. Don't count on this lens for good zoom though. If you can manually focus, you can also get good macro type pictures if you're willing to get up close and/or on your knees. It's not a lens to use all the time(for photographers or beginning photographers) but it's a nice lens to have. Overall, it's impressive for a kit lens.
July 15, 2013
Okay lense. Cheaply made
This lense was recommended online as good value for money. Pictures were pretty good, not real sharp. I had this lense for about 2 months and it took a slight knock when it swung into a rock. Zoom mechanism was damaged. I got it fixed. Bumped it again. Another repair. Well, three strikes and it's out!
It is getting thrown in trash. Local shop repair guy said he would not get it repaired (something I had already decided).
I would not recommend this lens. Shoddy construction, long repair turn around.
June 4, 2013
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
This lens was part of Nikon D5000 camera package I received as a gift. A 55-200mm VR lens was also included.
The package got me started and this lens lasted two years before it malfunctioned. Nikon repaired it under the warranty. About a month later the lens fell on a carpeted floor and had the same malfunction as before; the zoom and focus would not work. This time the type of damage (because it fell)was not covered under the extended warranty and the cost to repair almost equaled the cost of a new lens. I read the reviews and decided not to have it repaired.
Talking to experts I learned that this is an okay lens (it's more affordable than other options), but there are better options to consider if you're willing to pay a little more, which is what I did. I replaced the two lens with one that covered much of the same range and added a AF-S DX 35/1.8G Nikkor lens for low light/ portrait conditions. I'm ready to go to the next level with my picture taking.
This lens is a good start and may be all you need. For me it was a nice beginning lens.
April 17, 2013
Good value but low-end
Included in a kit it's actually pretty good value - it's a decent, lightweight lens with very little distortion, so the photographs you get from it (if you're shooting RAW and don't benefit from all the in-camera corrections) require little if any tweaking.
The big limitation is sharpness. It's just not very, especially at the tele end. On a modern entry-level DSLR like the D3200 or D5200, with which this often ships, the 24 megapixel sensor is nowhere near challenged with this lens.
But that's okay, because unless you're a pixel peeper, a cropper, or getting really into it, you won't care.
March 26, 2013
This lens came with my D3100 camera. I was new to photography so I literally had no idea what I was getting myself into! This lens is really good but once I got the hang of the basics, I wanted to do more!! This is what it is: a starter lens. I am attached to mine for sentimental reasons now but it is handy in the majority of every-day events.
January 10, 2013
Kit lens that produce great photos
got this lens when i purchased my nikon d5100. pictures taken from this lens are exceptional considering that it is a kit lens.
November 7, 2012
El lente estándar
Este es el objetivo que mas uso ya que venia con mi cámara, muy pocas veces lo quito de mi cámara, tiene enfoque muy rápido, funciona muy bien para paisajes y retratos, tiene buena calidad de imagen y es muy liviano.
October 31, 2012
Light, good and cheap!
This lens, including the mount, is made of plastic, which does not imply bad quality. I bought it with a D5000 for my wife, and she gets very good general results, at par with the ones obtained with a 18-200mm, with less distortion. Surprisingly, the lens shines in the macro range: 8x11 prints of butterflies taken with this lens and the 200mm micro Nikon that costs about 10 times more are hard to differentiate.
October 24, 2012
Good beginner/travel lens.
This is the kit lens I received with my D3200. It is a pretty decent quality lens for the price. Its not great, but it gets the job done. It does occasionally have trouble focusing when in Auto-Focus, but I usually leave it in Manual so it's not much of a problem for me. No real issues with it, it does what it's supposed to with relatively good results.
I would recommend this lens to beginners and those who just want a decent travel lens.
August 8, 2012
Great Starter Lens but thats all
This is a great starter lens because you have a wide angle at 18mm and a slight zoom to the 55mm and comes with the VR and AF-S so there is automatic focus although that takes a while.
- slight distortion
- slow autofocus
- nothing special
July 29, 2012
Awesome for beginners
Perfect for portraits & landscapes while traveling
July 7, 2012
i have had this for 6 months and use it on a d5000 . its perfect . its good for anything . i love it . barley ever take it off .
June 18, 2012
These reviewers know what they're talking about
Other than those who complained about erganomics (I've yet to experience any frustrations with zooming) I completely agree with the reviews: this lense is great for the money. The 18-55 range is absolutely ideal, but after recently acquiring my 35mm f1.8, this lense does not look as sharp with every shot, but most pictures do turn out crisp and clear.
June 2, 2012
Great lens for starters. High quality pictures.This type of lens that you will bring anywhere or everyday use.
Great lens for landscape,nature,portrait,travel...etc
May 21, 2012
Just purchased this lens with the D5100. Lens was stiff when trying to zoom in and out. Returned to store to exchange and they went through 3 more lens with same problem. So I returned lens and camera. Just received camera and the 55 - 200 and the 18 - 55 lens through on line purchase. The 55-200 works fine but the 18-55 is so stiff and noisy, I'm returning everything and going to canon.
April 14, 2012
La lentille m'a donné un excellent rendement sur mon appareil D-5100. Pour le prix c'est un excellent achat. Le seul point a apporté est un détail qui peut être important. Le bouchon de lentille pourrais être retenu par une ficelle ou autre chose ( mécanisme détachable en même temps ). Ce qui l'empêcherais d’être oublié ou perdu. Son utilisation accessible aiderait a prolongé la vie de notre lentille.
April 13, 2012
This is an ok lens. It's really not amazing, but for a beginner it works well and is worth the price. I would recommend upgrading to a Nikkor 50mm 1.4 as soon as possible as it will help you learn much faster. It is nice for wide angle though, which is what I use it for. If you are looking for an inexpensive lens, this is a good one. It is a good buy for the price!
February 23, 2012
This came bundled with my D3100 which I bought a year ago. I am well pleased with the quality of images I get with this lens. I have done a few portraits using this lens and both my subject and myself were rapt with the results.
January 19, 2012
I was disappointed with this lens.
I had allot of out of focus shots because this lens won't stay in focus in manual mode. Other than that it worked fine in the other settings.
December 8, 2011
Although I at first didn't like the idea of having such a limited lens [I like to shoot landscape photos so I thought I would prefer a telephoto], I actually really enjoy this lens! Pictures come out beautiful and crisp with no chromatic aberration so far [I've taken about 8000 photos so far and haven't seen a hint of it yet]. I would definitely recommend this for any amateur photographer trying to transition into the industry - speaking from personal experience. It's a great starting lens.
November 14, 2011
Great little lens
It was the VR that sold this lens for me. I got a really good price for this and attached to to my D40X. The VR does make a difference. Especially in lower lighting. My hands aren't as steady as they were 40 years ago. Even if they were, I firmly believe in stabilization. This lens really helped me personally, and I recomend it highly.
November 7, 2011
Great everyday lens
Pictures are very sharp. Very easy to focus. The first lens broke, so I replaced it with this one with VR. It improves clarity immensely.
October 17, 2011
Received the lens as part of a kit with the D3100. Lens has worked with no problems at all.
September 12, 2011
Pretty good to me for the price
This lense may have a few conforts to give up, but what matters is the end result, I feel this lense is able to take better shots than some more expensives ones, so save a few hundres bucks, be careful with the lense, take good pictures and use the money you save for something else. In my case it came with the D3100 camera kit.
September 8, 2011
Gold Ring Lens
This review is about the VR 18-55 mm lens, stock #2176, not the ED lens, stock #2170. They might look alike; the VR lens is superior to the ED!
When I was buying my Nikon D5100 I checked prices and thought it would be prudent to get this 18-55 mm lens as an add-on. I mistakenly believed that Nikon was providing a “starter lens” so that I could use the camera right away. I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the box and saw the gold ring around the lens. The gold ring is a particular hallmark used by Nikon to give distinction to lens quality. I guess that I am supposed to stand up when such a lens enters the room. Checking the technical reviews of the lens, I found that it is well-regarded and has favorable technical evaluations. You might care to check the reviews by users of comparable lenses of other manufacturers.
I really think that a wide angle lens is the most useful lens of all. This is my lens of choice for photography in buildings, of people, for close up work, and for fast moving shots when I have to shoot from the hip not waiting for the viewfinder or screen. As a walk around lens, I set the camera at the sports action setting and the lens at 40 mm. The camera can focus on subjects less than a foot away. Nikon gets us off to a good start by including this valuable lens when we buy our cameras.
Wide angle lenses have inherent problems: First of all, unless you hold the camera straight up the wide angle will create bending of the image along the sides of the picture. Avoid this by turning on the distortion control feature on the camera or fix it with third party software. Secondly, if the camera is tilted to the right or left, the picture will be tilted noticeably. Again, set the camera’s control for this, turn on the grid lines feature, or use software. The third problem will be light flares from looking into the sun. I remedy sun flares with the eraser function available with third party software. This lens does not come with a hood. In fact, the lens does not have treads to install a hood! (To use a hood would make the picture look like it was photographed through a pipe.)
Some people criticize the lens for being plastic. This is silly. You want a lightweight, rust proof, strong lens body that does not perspire or cause the lens to fog or internally mildew due to temperature and humidity changes.
Best Features: Sharp optics, short focus distance (macro), quick focus, vibration reduction for photography from an automobile at speed. An excellent value for the price.
Worse Features: (Checking…)
Recommended Accessories: If you like the status of a gold ring lens, then get the coffee tumbler from Nikon’s Logo Shop. That item comes with its own lens pouch and in a styled box. It has a gold ring!
September 7, 2011