Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX

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Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX is a standard zoom lens. The lens features 18-55mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6 and minimum aperture at f/22-38. The lens construction has 7 elements in 5 groups, with one ED glass element and has diagonal angle of view at 76 to 28 degrees (at 50 feet). Closest focusing distance at 0.9 feet and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX lens weighs 7.2 ounces and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 2.9 inches long.

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX
Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Reviews reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and writes;
“The inclusion of the SWM focusing system lifts this lens above the ordinary. Combine that with a good overall performance and you get a budget lens worth its money. It?s not perfect, but it?s the best among its peers.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and writes;
“Sharpness is very good but not great throughout the range, with f/8 being the point of maximum sharpness on my sample pretty much across the entire focal length range. Even at f/3.5 (or 5.6 at the tele end) in the corners this lens remains a fair performer–slightly better than you’d expect for the price.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and writes;
“Nikkor 18-55mm is an excellent lens for the market it was designed for, namely entry-level dSLR users. While it suffers from soft corners at wide angle and maximum aperture, closing down one or two f-stops makes a world of difference…18-55mm is an excellent bargain, and a great starting point for a dSLR hobby.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and writes;
“Despite its lightweight construction this lens does not have too a ‘cheap’ feel to it and the overall performance, although not stunning, is certainly not in the milk-bottle category. The autofocus performed satisfactorily and the manual mode proved usable. For a ‘kit’ lens, the performance, especially at the wider end if you ignore the distortion, is quite good.”
rating: N/A reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and writes;
“The resolution figures are actually very good and no worse than those of much higher priced models – truly remarkable. The contrast level at large apertures (primarily wide-end) leaves something to be desired though.”
Rating: ★★★★☆ reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX and writes;
“It’s cheap and works great. It’s sharp, doesn’t have much distortion, zooms easily to any exact setting focuses silently, closely and reasonably fast. Nikon never ceases to amaze me with cheaper and cheaper lenses made with more and more plastic that outperform older designs that look tougher and cost more.”
rating: N/A

User Opinions

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX User Reviews

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This is a light, quiet, fairly fast focus lens that has low distortion for the price with seven diaphragm blades which are rounded at the larger apertures (this is good). It will focus at around 11″ which is better than some lenses costing more than $1000.00! The sweet spot is around f/5.6 – f/8 as you get some diffraction at smaller apertures. The A/M switch is on the side of the lens with a very small focus ring at the very front so it really is intended for more auto-focus operation. Zoom operation is smooth and light. “ – by T. Green

Great Everyday Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I have 6 different focal length Nikon AF lens and this works great with my D50 SLR as an all purpose lens. It is lighter than my other lens because it has more plastic than my older metal ones. But there is no distortion as far as I can tell. “ – by B. Payne

Excellent Short Zoom Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I got this lens as part of a package with a Nikon D40x camera. While the 18-55mm range is a bit short for my taste, I do like using this lens. Pros: very light weight, reasonably fast auto-focus, high quality image resolution “ – by William B. Dwinnell IV

Great value lens!! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“This lens can really deliver great pictures. Provided you know what you’re doing. That simply means understanding how to use aperture, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, and lighting among other things to achieve the best results. That also means you have to minimize using “toink” (auto) mode to learn. Not that the different auto modes don’t take great shots. They actually do, except, they don’t always come out the way you want them to. I use this along with a D40x body. And most of the time it has helped me take great pictures. I say most of the time only because this lens does have its limits. When you understand this, you should be just fine. For shooting distant objects try the 55-200mm VR lens. For shooting objects in low light conditions try the 50mm f/1.8D lens.” – by Werner Nicdao

Great lens – Great macro | Rating: ★★★★★
“I am very pleased with this lens. I mostly bought it for macro photos, but is gave me a whole new perspective for a “normal” lens for digital 35 mm SLR. Very pleased indeed.” – by James Frick “PA-C”

Excellent lens for the money but fragile | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It’s a good thing that this great walking around lens is inexpensive because unlike Nikkor lenses of yore, it is very fragile. That said, this is my second purchase of this lens. I was disappointed that the first one only lasted six months, but I am hard on equipment because I am never in the studio if I can be outside shooting. Why did I buy another? Simple. I haven’t found a better lens for everyday shooting (and I shoot every day) that combines a wide angle that also gives me good quality closeups. It’s not a micro lens (macro lens to non-Nikon users), but not every shot needs to show every eye on the spider in front of you in hyperfocus detail. The ability to chose to focus manually is a real plus in closeup mode when the depth of field is relatively shallow and you don’t want the camera to choose where the focal plane falls. The focus ring became a tad loose with continual use, but worth putting up with for the price.
– by K. Duprey “journalist”"

This is a best buy lens! | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I love this lens, it`s cheap, it’s sharp, it`s clear, it`s easy tu use. The best for the begginer. The only con that i foud is that the front of the lens rotates to fix focus. “ – by Victor Mira Ortiz “Victor M – Photo”

Nikon 18-66mm F3.5-5.6G EDII AF S Nikkor Zoom Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Sharp as a tack most of the time. I only like a lens if it is SHARP!!!!! What more do you want? Leave a CPL (circular polarizer on the majority of the time. Get GREAT RESULTS! Happy Camper. “ – by Lawrence W. Vozel

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Specifications

Designed exclusively for Nikon DX-format SLR cameras, this 18-55mm lens approximates the picture angle performance of a 27-82.5mm lens in the 35mm format, ensuring superb versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations. The lens offers such features as a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) with a compact rod-type design that provides fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing; an ED glass element that minimizes chromatic aberration and produces a superior optical performance; a hybrid aspherical element that delivers high resolution and contrast; and a seven-blade rounded diaphragm that produces more natural out-of-focus highlights. The focus mode switch, meanwhile, makes it a breeze to switch quickly between autofocus (A) and manual (M) focus. Finally, the lens’s Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare to provide an even higher contrast and more vivid images, even in challenging light conditions. All Nikon lenses carry a five-year warranty.

* Focal length: 18-55mm
* Maximum aperture: f/3.5-5.6
* Minimum aperture: f/22-38
* Lens construction: 7 elements in 5 groups, with one ED glass element
* Picture angle: 76 to 28 degrees (at 50 feet)
* Minimum focus: 0.9 feet throughout entire zoom range
* Filter attachment size: 52mm
* Included accessories: LC-52 snap-on front and rear lens cap
* Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter and 2.9 inches long
* Weight: 7.2 ounces

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