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An ultra-compact, all-around lens that draws peak performance from DX-format HD-SLRs.

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Life is full of interesting views, and you need a lens that can catch them all. Whether you're shooting wide group photos or portraits, close-ups or landscapes, photos or HD videos, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II delivers the sharpest, most color-rich results imaginable. Optimized for Nikon's new high-resolution DX-format image sensors, it borrows the ultra-compact retractable lens barrel design from the Nikon 1 system. Nikon's remarkable Vibration Reduction technology provides 4.0 stops* of blur-free handheld shooting—enjoy crisp, clear images even if your hands are a bit unsteady and shoot at slower shutter speeds in low-light situations. No matter where you're headed, grab the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II and rest assured: you'll be able to land fantastic shots.
Super Integrated Coating
Silent Wave Motor
Vibration Reduction
Photo of a woman holding a baby, inset with a photo of two girls in sports attire shot with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II

Great for nearly any situation

Versatile 18–55mm focal length range

There's a reason Nikon includes an 18-55mm lens with so many D-SLR kits—it's simply a fantastic all-around lens. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II is the most compact, advanced version of the 18-55mm lens yet. A new retractable barrel design inspired by the Nikon 1 system makes it approx. 25% smaller and lighter than its predecessors, and the latest Vibration Reduction technology provides 4.0* stops of blur-free handheld shooting. Whether you're shooting wide group shots or tight close-ups, photos or HD videos, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II delivers.
Close-up photo of jewelry shot using the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens

Unleash the power of your HD-SLR

Optimized for DX-format cameras

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II is optimized to draw maximum performance from Nikon's new generation of high-resolution DX-format HD-SLRs. Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) ensures outstanding color richness and contrast by reducing reflections and glare. A seven-blade rounded diaphragm renders backgrounds and out-of-focus elements in your shots with a natural, softly blurred appearance. Your photos and HD videos will reveal the astounding sharpness and detail your HD-SLR is capable of achieving.
Photo of a bride and groom shot using the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens

Sharper photos and HD videos

The Nikon Vibration Reduction advantage

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II features Nikon's latest Vibration Reduction image stabilization technology, which provides 4.0* stops of blur-free handheld shooting. That means your photos and videos will be tack-sharp, even if your hands are a bit unsteady. Additionally, it means you'll be able to shoot at slower shutter speeds without affecting image sharpness—a huge advantage in low light situations where slower shutter speeds mean brighter photos.

*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when DX-format compatible lenses are attached to a DX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.

Super Integrated Coating
Super Integrated Coating
Nikon Super Integrated Coating is Nikon's term for its multilayer coating of the optical elements in NIKKOR lenses.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
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A very worthy kit lens! The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55 VR II lens is truly a step up for Nikon's latest, high resolution cameras. Having owned and used a number of Nikon lenses, I'm happy to have this lens with me wherever I go. For family events and travel it's especially ideal on my D3300 body. A4 enlargements from this lens are dazzling. I feel no need to carry extra prime lenses, as long as I have a kit lens that performs this well. A number of common optical problems of past lower priced kit lenses in this range have been mostly remedied. One or two stops down seems to be the sweet spot in all focal lengths. I highly recommend this as a go everywhere compact and lightweight lens! September 8, 2014
Versátil para começar Muito boa para quem está começando na fotografia, dá pra fazer muitas fotos bacanas com essa lente! September 25, 2014
Some Improvements; Good Glass I own a D5200 and only one lens (50mm 1.8) and I purchased this lens to have something at the wider end. I help a friend do videos for music, and the 50mm is sometimes too long, so I wanted something wider to be used for this, and also for landscapes and group pictures as well. It is a good piece of glass, and pictures come out sharp and the colors look vibrant as well. It's not a very fast lens, but the VR works well and it's compact design (in terms of size and weight) was pleasantly surprising. The biggest problem I have with it is the distortion I experience, especially at the wider end. I can fix my photos through Lightroom and they are able to correct the distortion pretty well. Do not get your hopes up too much because it is one of Nikon's cheapest lenses, but it is a step up from the previous 18-55, and image quality has been improved on the higher megapixel DX bodies, but my main advice is: pay attention to the distortion at wider angles, and be careful of the plastic mount! July 24, 2014
Beginning to wonder Have had this lens about four years. Less than a year ago I had it repaired due to a rough spot when turning and focusing. It now appears there may be a similar problem as the shutter won't release most of the time with this lens attached. Waiting for an answer from tech support. June 9, 2014
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Does the front element and filter ring rotate during focusing?

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The front element to which the filter and hood attach to the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens does not rotate during focusing but it does move forward and backward. The focus ring will rotate when focusing.
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Is this lense compatible with the D40?

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The D40 will operate with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II. Optimized for Nikon's new high-resolution DX-format image sensors, it borrows the ultra-compact retractable lens barrel design from the Nikon 1 system. Nikon's remarkable Vibration Reduction technology provides 4.0 stops* of blur-free handheld shooting—enjoy crisp, clear images even if your hands are a bit unsteady and shoot at slower shutter speeds in low-light situations. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II is optimized to draw maximum performance from Nikon's new generation of high-resolution DX-format HD-SLRs. To retract the lens, keep the retractable lens barrel button pressed and rotate the zoom ring in the opposite direction until it locks. If the camera is turned on with the lens retracted, the camera will display a warning, “F--”.
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Is this lens compatible with the Nikon D50?

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Yes, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II is compatible with the D50. This lens features a retractable barrel which must be extended before turning on the camera. If the camera is turned on with the lens is retracted, the camera will display a warning.

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P520 Compatible

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Does this lens work with the Coolpix P520?
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The COOLPIX P520 does not have detachable lenses. This lens was made for the DSLR line of cameras. For more information on DSLRs please see: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Pr...
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compatibility with D40?

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I got this lens today. After I mount the lens to the camera, the camera shows "no lens connected to camera" why is that? Did i miss something?
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The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens is compatible and will operate with the D40. Please keep in mind that when the lens is attached and retracted it will display an "F--" on the screen. Make sure that you are extending the lens by pressing the button located on the lens.
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Are the lense compatible with the D5300?
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AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II is compatible with the D5300. For more on which lenses to choose with your D5300, please see: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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Does this lens work with FX-format cameras like the new D810?

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DX lenses like the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II (2211) can be used on FX format cameras but they will not take full advantage of the FX format's full-frame sensor. Keep in mind that a high-end camera like the D810, and like Nikon's other FX format cameras, will perform best with a high-end lens. While this AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G VR II lens is compatible with these cameras, it is not the best choice for use on the D810. A few lenses lenses to consider instead are attached to this response.

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I have a D3100 and when I try to attach this lens to it I keep getting a "lens not attached" error message. How do I fix this? Am I doing something wrong?
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When attaching the lens, please make sure that the lens is extended. If the lens is not completely extended it may display an "F--" error or a lens error on the camera. Please contact Nikon Technical Support for help with further question. For information on how to contact Nikon please visit: http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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Hello. What kind of hood is compatible with this lens? Does HB-45 fit this lens?

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The correct hood is the HB-69
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Will this work on the D3000 camera body?

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So upset... My D3000 took a dive during the earthquake on Sunday. Body appears fine but the lens broke. I tried my 55-200 zoom and it seems to work fine, but the 18-55mm is the one I use most.
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Yes it will
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needed to know if lens is original

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serial no: 20420935
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Yes it is, never actually seen a "fake" lens, rest assured that lens is real. Be interested to know why you ask ?
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whats the difference between this lens and the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR ?

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is there a significant difference between these two lens or are they the same besides that this one is lighter and a bit smaller?
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New version has VRII and is collapsible also has Super Integrated Coated lens elements instead of one aspherical element
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When comparing the photos taken by this 18-55mm zoom with the DX35mm f1.8 using my D7000, I found that the photos from the zoom is a little bit darker than the DX prime lens. (about 0.3 step darker)

My exposure compensation is set ot 0
Is this normal? Thanks
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