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An ultracompact, lightweight standard zoom lens with a 3x focal range that is ideal for everyday photography, offers a remarkable cost-to-performance ratio and features optics optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs. It is ideally suited to the new Nikon D50.
The lens offers users the popular 18-55mm focal length range, which conveniently covers everything from tight indoor portraits to standard snap shots. (The picture angle is equivalent to a 27-82.5mm lens in 35mm format.) The newly developed compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) has given rise to an ultracompact lightweight design that offers excellent handling characteristics. Including thenew SWM, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED measures a compact Ø69 x 74mm (2.7 x 2.9 in.) and weighs approximately 210g (6.8 oz.).
For optics, one ED glass element and one hybrid aspherical lens element guarantee high-resolution, high-contrast images while minimizing chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion. The new SWM built into the lens offers the smooth and quiet autofocus performance that users have come to expect from our existing SWM.
By using this lens and the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lens, photographers have a focal-length range from wide-angle 18mm to telephoto 200mm (equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format) that is well-suited to a wide variety of shooting situations. The useful range and high-quality performance ofthis lens will expand the photographic horizons of Nikon Digital SLR owners. The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lens will be simultaneously released with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens
Note: This lens is not compatible with 35mm  or IX240 format film cameras.
The Nikon 18-55mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 18-55mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 18-55mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 18-55mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
I went ahead and did an unscheduled drop of this lense. Be very careful and try not to drop this lense, but other then that the lense is awesome. I use it mostly for landscapes and casual use. Trust me when I say this, refurbashed doesn't mean a piece of garbage that got fixed. Cause this lense works like a champ.
Most Liked Negative Review
Forget Manual Focus
This lens was apparently designed for auto focus, then they gave you a ring because it was easy. The slightest rotation will mess up your focus enough that you're getting far less than the resolution the camera is good for. Simply letting go of the lens is an art, lest a remaining finger impart a faint rotation and ruin the shot. Friction is very slight. Since the camera doesn't have the old-style optical aids, you need all the help you can get to focus, and that is something you are emphatic...View full Review
This lens was apparently designed for auto focus, then they gave you a ring because it was easy. The slightest rotation will mess up your focus enough that you're getting far less than the resolution the camera is good for. Simply letting go of the lens is an art, lest a remaining finger impart a faint rotation and ruin the shot. Friction is very slight. Since the camera doesn't have the old-style optical aids, you need all the help you can get to focus, and that is something you are emphatically not going to get from this lens (even though Nikon admits that certain subjects will keep autofocus from working). I would have preferred that they hook the autofocus motor up to the joystick button for coarse and the command dial for fine, since that would have had no incremental cost. It would also let you bracket focus! (People who want to talk about focus should blow shots up 800% on a computer.) No regrets about refurb; my whole setup is refurb.
Reviewed by 103 customers
I got what I ordered. Nikon kit lenses. Not the greatest but will work for me.
Bought this lens to go with my new D7100 which I also purchased refurb from Adorama. The service was great andI couldn't be happier about this purchase. The lens is very quck and silent as others have said. The focus appears very good and the quality of the prints is all I could ask for from a non-pro zoom. I wiil not hesitate to purchas other factory refurbished lens from Adorama! The lense came in its own box and was well packaged. It looks like a brand new lens.
I use this lens for portraits, shots of rooms and big outdoor shots. The lens focuses fast and well with color that is pretty spot on. Like any "budget" lens you'd like it a hair sharper, but most people who see my pictures still say, "Wow!"
The lens was sent via flat envelope. Box with proper packing materials should have been used. The box was crumpled and torn and looks very old. The rear lens cap was non-Nikon product. The lens look like a return item and not new.
The product arrived broken, and when I returned it and requested a replacement, was told they did not have another in stock and would not restock it.
Lens is used for general photography. Too bad it doesn't have a longer range, but for mostly close-up and indoor use it's fine. As usual with Nikon products, even the refurbished ones are fine. Excellent sharpness at both ends of the range.
Excellent lens for general purpose photography - especially with the dx cameras
Great lens, esp. for the low cost. My 35mm Nikors, from the film days, all cost much more. My only regret is that it's cost is so low, that there's no value to me to trade it on the Nikon 18-140. I have had no flare issues as one review indicated. It's fast, quiet and works well on my D7000. If I had it to do again, I'd op for the 18-105 as the 55 seems to come up short sometimes.
I love this lens - for the price it does a phenomanal job as an all-around lens. It came as a kit lens with my camera, and when I finally broke the mount by harsh treatment (switching lenses without first turning off the camera), I was determined to replace it. I opted not to get the VR version (this is so light anyway, and I have read there can be a very very slight reduction in quality with the VR). I don't love this as much as some of my other lenses for situation -specific shots, but when I can carry only one, this is my go-to lens and I am happy with the results.
The price was spot on, and the lens works just as well as the first one I bought. I'm thrilled, but maybe that's because we novice photographers are easy to please.