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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 152 customers
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.
Love this new lens, great lens for a beginner like me
I bought the 18-55 for shooting close-ups of flowers and such. I know it's not a 1:1 macro, but the approximately 1:3 ratio works great for me. I shoot with a tripod and use a shutter release on the camera to ensure I don't have any movement on my part, and having a zoom lets me adjust my framing without having to physically move the camera and tripod. Since I use a tripod I turn the Vibration Reduction (VR) off. I use both the autofocus and manual focus, and don't find flipping the A-M switch that big of a chore. Granted it's not as slick as being able to simply override the autofocus as I can with my 80-400 that I use for wildlife, but at the price point it's hard to complain. One aspect of the lens I'm not too taken with is the focus ring itself. In order for the lens to retract to its compact closed or locked position, the focus ring is about the same diameter as the barrel, hence it's a little harder to use. It's right behind the hood thread, which is a larger diameter so my fingers automatically grip that. It does rotate freely and the zoom works freely also. Though I use the lens mostly for close-ups I have shot other things hand holding the camera. Both the autofocus and VR work well. My lens is so quiet I thought it was broken. I had to really listen to hear it do it's thing. Overall I'm satisfied with my purchase.
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!"
Auto-focus suddenly stopped working. I have had this lens less than 90 days. I know the AF-S DX 18-55mm lens is faulty because there are no problems using my Nikkor DX AFS 55-200 with my D3200. Now I have the hassle of filing a warranty claim and shipping the lens.
The lens was being used on a Nikon D80. I bought this to serve as an all around events tool...family gatherings, outdoor adventures, auction photos. The motor is a little noisy when focusing, and sometimes the VR jitters, but ultimately catches the focal point. I liked using a reverse mount macro lens ring with this lens. The lens was light-weight, fast, and the results were pretty clear. I sold it when I upgraded to the Nikon D800E, since I didn't want DX format photos anymore. My next purchase will be a Nikon VR II...probably the 70-200. I'm trying not to be a lens hoarder, so I'll only purchase one or two premium multi-task lenses from this point on.
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.
Ease of use and installing or removing was a click. Wanted DSLR that wife could learn on and I could enjoy using also. This has done every thing we wanted.
I have been looking for a small DX wide-angle prime of decent quality for ages and had come close to buying the voigtlander 20mm several times. What kept dissuading me was its fiddly nature when mounting it, its cost and lack of AF. As an experiment I decided to try the new kit lens and keep it at its 18mm length for most uses. So far I have been very satisfied. Its resolving power may not be at the level of the 35mm and 50mm primes but as a lightweight general purpose and landscape lens producing prints up to 20'' by 30" it seems to be working well on my D7000.
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.