Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Wide Angle Zoom Lens F/DSLR Cameras - Refurbished by U.S.A.

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About Nikon 18-55mm

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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 [135] 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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Lightweight (94),Fast / accurate auto-focus (90),Easily interchangeable (65),Consistent output (62),Durable (25),Strong construction (16),Rugged (14),Nice bokeh (8),Easy to clean (6),Quiet (5),Sharp (3)
Weak casing (15),Poor in low light (13),Slow focus (8)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (58),General purpose (25),Weddings (24),Low light (23),Wildlife photos (19),Sports/action (15),Night photography (14),Portraits (12),Macro photography (11),Travel (9),Video (7),Landscape photography (5)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (51),Casual photographer (17),Semi-pro photographer (16),Enthusiast (11),Pro photographer (6),Photography student (5),Casual user (4),Semi-professional (4)

Nikon 18-55mm 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
  • ED glass and aspherical lens elements
  • Compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry
  • Optical performance highly complements Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • The seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening

Nikon 18-55mm Specifications

7 elements in 5 groups (with 1 ED glass element and 1 hybrid aspherical lens element)
Camera Mount Type
Nikon F
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Note: DX lenses are not recommended for use with "full-frame" digital or 35mm film SLR cameras
Angle of view
76 degrees (@18mm) to 28 degrees, 50 minutes (@55mm)
F stop range
Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture: f/22-32
Closest Focusing Distance
0.28m (11.4 inches)
Maximum Magnification
Max Reproduction Ratio 1/3.2
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx. 74mm x 70.5mm long (2.9 in. x 2.7 in.)
Approx. 205g (6.8 oz.)
AF Nikkor G-Type lenses feature more compact lens designs and include D-Type technology that provides the camera with precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes

Nikon 18-55mm Reviews

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(based on 152 reviews)


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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...

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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


Great lens for a great price


from Seattle

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.


great works for me


from Undisclosed

Love this new lens, great lens for a beginner like me

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Good for close-ups


from Memphis

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.


A nice portrait lens


from El Paso, TX  -  Photo Enthusiast

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!"


Lens failed within 90 days of purchase


from Undisclosed

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.


Decent beginner's lens.


from Lansdale, PA, USA

The lens was being used on a Nikon D80. I bought this to serve as an all around events 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.


Poor packaging


from WA  -  Photo Enthusiast

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.


Wife loves it = I love it!


from Undisclosed

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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Useful lens


from Rochester, MN

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.




from Monroeville, AL  -  Pro Photographer

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.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
VERNON N  Price, and good reviews.
Jo G  Is this lens compatible with the D40 Nikon Digital SLR? Also, is this an autofocus lens? Thank you.
JACOB A  Jo, This lens is what comes with just about every Nikon package. My very first Nikon DSLR was in fact the D40. All DSLR lenses are auto focus. But all are NOT necessarily VR (vibration reduction). That is information you will see in the listing. The good news is, you do not need the VR feature with a lens as short as this one. But don't pass on the VR feature on the telephoto lenses. Got it? Good. :-)
Kent K  Does this lens work with the Nikon D7100?
WILLIAM M  It should work on all of Nikon D series camera's mine works on my d40 and d5100
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