AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
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.
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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
This lense is awesome!
This lense is great for all around, the auto focus motor is silents which is excellent for taking photos, and the weight and portability is great!
August 15, 2011
This product is a good starter
I got it with my D3100 an its an average good looking lens, obviously zooming in all the way an trying to focus on a flower is impossible with this lens. And at times it makes you wish it had Manual focus, but other then that It takes crispy shots, i work for the Disney company and have been a professional photographer there for about one year, an we have never used this lens so obviously to me its a little below my standards. But Hey! its a good lens to start out with trust me (:
August 5, 2011
Does its job..
i am quite new at this but, so far so good. This lens came with my D3100 and I have been managing pretty good, of course beauty is in the eye of the beholder, and of course, pictures in the skill of the photographer. I have been reading reviews about issues which has me a little uneasy, so I guess we'll have to wait and see.
July 27, 2011
Perfect starter lens!
This was my first lens that I got with my d5000 almost a year ago and I'm still very pleased with it. It takes some very decent up-close shots and distance shots. It's perfect for a beginner photographer and it has a nice zoom range to start with!
July 27, 2011
Easy to use, sharp pictures.
No surprise here. I have owned Nikon for many years in the SLR category. First auto focus for me but Wow, it is great.
July 26, 2011
When you get better with a DSLR,replace it!
Simply put,i got the D5100,i just got talented witrh a DSLR and found out how limited this is,you will want ED glass for the camera,or better glass then the 18-55
July 19, 2011
An average lens.
Purchased this with my D5100 (Great camera!), because the 50mm f1.8 was not yet available. It's a handy lens for walk-around snapshots, but is not as sharp as I wanted. Compared it to my Panasonic super zoom (essentially a point-and -shoot, but with a Leica lens.) Panasonic ws slightly sharper.
July 18, 2011
great starter lens and beyond
Sharp and generally auto focuses well, good feel for it's price.
July 7, 2011
Amazing range of usefulness
Recently did some travel through northern Arizona and used my lens on my D3100. It amazed me on how wide of a field it could capture AND how much it could zoom in.
June 27, 2011
Best camera I have ever owned.
Crisp, fantastic color, captures action photos with no problem. Easy to use and download. Easy to change lenses. GUIDE setting makes it easy and very quick to change from one setting to another without having to change the mode dial and explains each function in detail. Would recommend anyone to try this camera.
June 8, 2011
For a kit lens, it is technically impressive but the shortcuts taken are clear. First of all, the vibration reduction Nikon engineered into the lens is great. It does its job well, and i was able to take macro shots at 55mm handheld at dusk. Props to them.
Unfortunately, it feels more plastic-y than an older Pentax 18-55 I've used. The barrel's zoom rotation feels like plastic instead of smooth metal. Not unusable, but not as classy. On top of this, they did not include a separate ring for the focus mechanism, so you're left awkwardly grabbing near the end of the lens, hoping you don't smudge it. The end of the lens also rotates as you focus (but not zoom) so that rules out directional filters or flower lens hoods.
They also used a plastic lens mount, but paired with a light camera like the D5100, shouldn't cause a problem if you accidentally pick it up by the lens.
Overall, a very capable lens, but the quality/ergonomic compromises are still apparent.
June 6, 2011
Best kit lens ever made
Sharp, great color and contrast, and the fact that it comes as a low cost kit lens with the consumer class Nikons amazes me. Best kit lens ever made.
June 4, 2011
Excellent Quality, Dont Overlook !!!
This lens is frequently overlooked by photographers but my experience with this lens has been impressive in its price range. Portraiture is very good in reasonable light at a distance and very good as well at 18mm f/3.5 with a great minimum distance under 1 foot. Bokeh is very smooth and depth of field adjusts nicely throughout the aperture range. It's not a high-end lens but this is a good lens to have for the price.....
May 31, 2011
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
This is a great Lens for short distance. I have enjoyed it very much and would recommend it to anyone starting out in DSLR.
May 30, 2011
Unimpressed with this lens
Not that impressed with my AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens. Less than 2 years old (purchased 2009) and occasionally malfunctions. When using VR there is often a clicking noise coming from the lens that also shows up visually as a jump in SLR field of view. Flaring is an occasional issue. Autofocus fails frequently in low light. Resolution is fine.
May 18, 2011
This is the second D60 and I have new troubles with this one the aputure and shuter are not in synic when using program mode for example the aputure read 4.5 and the shuter read 4000 not even close to the real setting of this normal shady day. Also notice the left side of all my pictures are out of focus? fuzzie on all lenses
May 13, 2011
Great overall starter lense
I have used this lense on several occasions in various evirnoments are the Las Vegas area. It works well in all situations. I use it on my D5000 and have never had any issues with it functioning completely.
May 7, 2011
This is a magnificent lens. I have an older D40 with the same lens but without the VR and I can clearly see a difference in my shots. Our family does a lot of boating and with the bumpy ride, many shots can come out bad. Our percentage of clear shots has risen since the addition of our VR lens. I just love it.
May 2, 2011
basic fills the need
I have a large after market zoom for my d-200 and needed a smaller lens to be able to capture larger areas of focus. This lens seems to be a great addition to my larger zoom
April 25, 2011
Great all around usage lens
great for that wide angle shot like a nice landscape shot to a family shot!
April 23, 2011
Excellent Kit Lens
I am very impressed with this lens. It has great versatility, A good starter and will remain an important part of my equipment. I look forward to my next lens.
April 20, 2011
Nice Lens, Easy to use.
I haven't had it for very long but pictures taken with it are very sharp with excellent color fidelity
April 20, 2011
Broke within 4 months
The zoom started sticking the first time I was in cold weather. I sent it in for warranty service. Not the quality I expect from Nikon
April 18, 2011
average sharpness-very fragile
This lens gave me adequate reliability until it's front element became loose as if it's about to fall out. This lens was never dropped or misused. It still works but, reliability is questionable. I am under the impression that it is a throw-away product and not worthy of repair. I would not recommend this lens if you work in rough conditions.
April 16, 2011
infinity focusing problem
This lens works well when using it in the auto focus mode. However, in low light situations where it is too dark for auto focus to work the manual focus mode has an inconsistancy. When the subject is at a far off (infinity) distance just manually rotating the focus ring all the way to the infinity setting will yield badly out of focus images. To get an in focus image the manual focus ring must me rotated back slightly before the infinity ring stop. In very low light situations it may not be possible to discern exactly where the correct fucus point is.
April 15, 2011
Great picture quality and versatility for the cost
When I bought my first Nikon DSLR (a D5000) I bought this lens together with the 55-200mm VR lens because the price of 18-200mm VR lens was a little too steep for my pocket.I was not expecting this lens to perform as well as it has.I am not a professional photographer but I do have some knowledge of photography.I used it first during a trip to the seaside with my friends and used it to shoot all kinds of portraits as well as landscapes.I was really impressed by the quality of images it produced. I later bought and used more expensive lens as well but to date, I keep this lens on my DSLR because of its versatility.It is ideal for all the general purposes, from shooting a group photo to capturing a landscape.
April 15, 2011
This is my basic do everything lens. although I think it has a slight tendancy to be slightly soft on focus.
April 14, 2011
Great close up lens!
This lens is great for getting close ups pf small animals, plants, and insects. This lens also works great for wide sweeping landscapes and creaes cyrstal clear images!
April 14, 2011