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

Last updated (21 May’12):
- Review by SLRGear

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX features 18-55mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 7 elements in 5 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.28m and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX lens weighs 7.4 Ounces and it measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 3 inches long.

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


Expert Reviews

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

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX and writes;
“The good news is that its images are quite sharp in the center across the board. When you close down the aperture a stop or two, things improve dramatically, and at f/8 – f/11, this lens can compete with the best available.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Nikkor DX kit lens group test video tour by CameraLabs;

Photozone reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX and writes;
“The resolution figures are actually very good and not much worse compared to much higher priced models. The contrast level at large apertures leaves something to be desired though (dull colors). The distortion characteristic is about average whereas the vignetting is surprisingly well controlled for a DX-type lens (APS-C image circle). “
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED 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. “
rating: N/A

User Opinions

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

Nikon 18-55mm Zoom Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I am very satisfied with this lens. It takes great pictures in daylight & at night! Amazon was very easy to deal with, the order came to my house within 4 days. “ – by David N. Cali

So far so good | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Works very well with my Nikon d80. My only complaint is that it looks and feels somewhat cheap; when zooming, the lens reaches out unlike other models of lenses where the lens stays contained in the lense container.” – by A. Franklin

Nikon does produce very very good products | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is excellent and works EXCELLENt with the D50. HOWEVER, note that the D40 requires a different type of lens as the autofocus is located on the lens and not on the body. “ – by Eric J. Green

Very good for a “kit” lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“The only odd thing about the lens is it extends and then retracts through the zoom cycle. The silent wave motor is quick and fast, and results have consistently been sharp. “ – by Scott Peterson

Very pleased | Rating: ★★★★★
“We were very pleased with the price and quality of the new camera lens. Good, fast service. I will return to these folks for more equipment in the future. “ – by Orville Milburn

Great starter lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I can really tell the difference in sharpness and contrast between this and my old 35mm lens. Most people get this kit lens with their camera, but if you are like me and bought the body only and are thinking about upgrading I say it is worth it (especially at under $200) “ – by H. Mccoy

Nikon kit lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“Not only does this lens capture great images, I can’t say enough about the speed with which it was delivered to me. This was especially important since I ordered mere days before the start of my trip! All in all this is a fantastic lens for those of us on a budget.” – by Kevin M. Johnson

Great starter lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Photos are as sharp as I expected and the zoom range is what most people will use. Although, now I am looking for a wide angle or the VR version. I say it’s a great lens to start with because now I can really compare what to look for with my next purchases of lens. “ – by www.rrphotography.us “Randy”

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Features & Specifications

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

Nikon UK is pleased to announce the ideal companion for their newest, smallest and most affordably-priced digital SLR, the D40. The 18-55mm Zoom-Nikkor lens will be included with D40 digital SLR kits. Incorporating cutting-edge Nikon optical technologies such as ED glass and aspherical lens elements, the lens will help customers enjoy superior image quality, when combined with the D40.

The lens offers users the popular 3x 18-55mm focal length range, enabling users to take everything from tight portraits to wide-angle landscapes. Due to the compact SWM, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II lens offers fast, quiet and smooth autofocus performance.

To ensure image quality, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II features an ED glass element which minimizes chromatic aberration, and a hybrid aspherical lens element which reduces astigmatism and other forms of distortion while ensuring high resolution and contrast. External lens design has also been improved for smoother zoom operability.

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Major Features

- Offers the popular focal range of 18-55mm (picture angle equivalent to a 27-82.5mm lens in the 35mm format) for use in a variety of situations.
- Compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet and smooth autofocusing.
- An ED glass element minimizes chromatic aberration, and a hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes astigmatism and other forms of distortion while ensuring high resolution and contrast.
- Compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry.
- Optical performance highly complements Nikon digital SLR cameras.
- Ideally complements the D40 kit.
- The seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.

Note: This lens is designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras and is not compatible with 35mm or IX240 format film cameras.
Specifications, design, product name, standard accessories, and release schedule may differ by country or area.

Price and availibility
Nikon Corporation will launch the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II worldwide from December 2006.


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