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

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About Nikon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II-S

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 205g (7.2 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 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II-S is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Portraits, Travel, Weddings and more.The Nikon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II-S is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II-S is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II-S: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to clean, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Quiet and Rugged

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (61),Lightweight (55),Easily interchangeable (41),Consistent output (35),Durable (16),Rugged (11),Strong construction (11),Nice bokeh (4),Easy to clean (4),Quiet (4)
Weak casing (9),Poor in low light (8),Slow focus (7)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (30),General purpose (21),Low light (14),Weddings (14),Night photography (10),Portraits (10),Wildlife photos (10),Sports/action (9),Travel (8),Landscape photography (5),Video (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (30),Casual photographer (11),Enthusiast (9),Semi-pro photographer (7),Casual user (4),Photography student (4),Semi-professional (3)

Nikon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II-S 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 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II-S 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
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Nikon 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II-S Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Absolutely a great little lens

This is a great little lens. Zooms easily, no stacking at either end. Sharp the full range. I enjoy the close focus capability...about 6 inches...the full range. Designed as a kit lens but a lot of lens for the money.


Most Liked Negative Review


Watch out for the lens mount!

Watch out for the lens mount on this lens - it's plastic, and can be broken by heavily pumping the lens against an object! For ordinary use, the lens is good, although slow...

Reviewed by 151 customers


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.


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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Limited Use but Excellent Pictures


from Bahia de Caraquez, Ecuador

Slow lens but... I have this lens paired with a Nikon D3200. While the focal length is limiting at times I will not hold that against this lens rating since that problem is easily solved by purchasing other lenses. For an included lens this thing works great. Even if you flip it into auto mode and shoot away the pictures come out clean and crisp. The aperture of 3.5 does leave much to be desired in many situations. However, for what you can use this lens for, it does it very well. Let my sample images speak for themselves. I am new to photography with inexpensive budget equipment and I think the images look amazing. The VR works fairly well although I do not know the specifics or technicalities behind this feature. I do know that all the shots I shoot handheld come out sharp and clear. This lens does NOT blur the background the way that I would like for portraits so if you do a lot of that you will probably want to purchase the 35mm DX 1.8G lens. All in all however, for the price (or included in your kit) this lens allows you to capture most of your photographic ideas nicely. A great place to start. It usually takes a lot to impress me and I must say that I am impressed!

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




from Santa Barbara, CA, USA

My initial impressions of this lens were very favourable. It seemed to be well made (for a plastic lens), and the sharpness of the images I got with it were very pleasing. The zoom ring worked well, with no trace of sloppiness at all. The range of the lens, from, effectively, 27mm wide angle, to 82.5 mm telephoto, was very useful (allowing for the cropping factor), enabling it to be used in a variety of conditions, and it was not too bulky, even when zoomed out to the 55 mm setting. Time, however, was not kind to this lens. Annoying issues became noticeable as the months passed. For example, I could never find a lens hood that didn't intrude at the edges of the image when the lens was used at the 18 mm setting. It meant I had to crop images a bit more than I wanted to. The other issue was the distortion in vertical lines at the wide angle setting. This would render things like trees, and the edges of tall buildings, with curved sides, and the images would not look good. Using the distortion correction option on the camera menu made little difference. The most unpleasant surprise came more or less one month after the year's warranty expired: the lens developed a “wobble,� in that the front element would move noticeably up and down when the zoom ring was used (and the zoom ring itself had become very stiff and jerky to use). This “wobble� could be seen as a distinct up and down movement through the viewfinder, as if somebody had nudged the camera. So, forget about using the zoom when taking video images, as this up and down movement would be too obvious. At first, the wobble didn't affect the operation of the lens, but after a couple of weeks the focus became worse, and in some conditions, such as low light, the lens hardly focussed at all. Some research on the Internet revealed this “wobble� was a common problem with this kit lens, being that it is made down to a price. My research also told me that getting the issue rectified would not be easy. Some owners reported a six to eight week delay whilst the lens was with Nikon USA (and Nikon have now made it impossible to get your equipment repaired locally), and attempts to get any information were usually met with explanations like: “The item is held awaiting parts.� The deal breaker, as shown by Internet forum comments, was that the price of out-of-warranty repair was such that it was far cheaper to look online for a replacement lens. I have to ask, what is the point of making this lens of such cheap quality that it is only going to last you about a year? I should point out that I am neither a professional photographer, nor a “prosumer� snapper (whatever that means!). No, I am not anything other than a weekend photographer, so I hardly think I subject my lenses to overly rough treatment or excessive use. I honestly expected this lens to perform flawlessly for a lot longer than just over twelve months. Then again, I have read forum posts by photographers who have subjected their 18mm-55mm lens to far more use than I have, and it has failed in less than a year. In one case, a user reported about how the whole front element of the lens fell out whilst he was using it. Would I recommend this lens? No! Most definitely not! I would recommend that people purchase the camera body only, and then pay the extra for a different lens to the 18mm-55mm. My recommendation would be to go for the 18mm-105mm lens. The extra cost would be worth it. Also, the extended range of this lens would come in very handy. It would be far more useful to you in a whole range of photographic applications than the 18mm-55mm. Yes, the 18mm-105mm is just another plastic lens, but, hopefully, the build quality is that much better, so you would get more use out of it before it, too, exhibited the dreaded “wobble.�


Great Lens


from Undisclosed

The lens came with the camera and I've really enjoyed the wide angle view the lens provides along with the easy use of the VR feature.


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