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Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX (VR) Vibration Reduction Lens F/DSLR Cameras - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G-S VR

The AF-S DX-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, a lens featuring a built-in Silent Wave Motor and Vibration Reduction (VR). The AF-S DX-NIKKOR 18- 55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is an affordable, and compact, 3x zoom lens with amazing versatility. This new lens will provide enhanced shooting flexibility as the latest addition to the Nikon DX-NIKKOR lens lineup.

The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G-S VR is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography and more.The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G-S VR is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G-S VR is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G-S VR: Consistent output, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus and Lightweight

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G-S VR Features

  • 3x zoom lens covering the most frequently used focal range of 18 to 55mm (picture angle is equivalent to focal length from 27 to 82.5mm in Nikon FX or 35mm format)
  • Vibration Reduction enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds upto three stops slower than would otherwise be possible
  • Optical design, optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs for superior performance
  • Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration
  • High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction, while substantially reducing ghosting and flare
  • Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, quiet, autofocus operation
  • Rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
  • 0.28m/0.9 ft. closest focusing distance throughout the entire zoom range
  • Comfortable lens barrel features rugged construction; separate zoom and focusingrings provide the smooth operation preferred by professionals

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G-S VR Specifications

11 elements in 8 groups (with 1 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/22-36
Closest Focusing Distance
0.28m (11.4 inches) throughout the entire zoom range
Maximum Magnification
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx. 73mm x 79.5mm long (2.9 in. x 3.1 in.)
Approx. 265g (9.3 oz.)
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Most Liked Positive Review


This product is a good starter

I got it with my D3100 an its an average good looking lens, obviously zooming in all the way an trying to focus on a flower is impossible with this lens. And at times it makes you wish it had Manual focus, but other then that It takes crispy shots, i work for the Disney company and have been a professional photographer there for about one year, an we have never used this lens so obviously to me its a little below my standards. But Hey! its a good lens to start out with trust me (:


Most Liked Negative Review


Lousy Len

Just purchased this lens with the D5100. Lens was stiff when trying to zoom in and out. Returned to store to exchange and they went through 3 more lens with same problem. So I returned lens and camera. Just received camera and the 55 - 200 and the 18 - 55 lens through on line purchase. The 55-200 works fine but the 18-55 is so stiff and noisy, I'm returning everything and going to canon.

Reviewed by 109 customers


great works for me


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


Lens failed within 90 days of purchase


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.


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.


Wife loves it = I love it!


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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Limited Use but Excellent Pictures


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)




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


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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)




It's obvious reading some of these reviews that a lot of you aren't experienced or semi-pro photographers. This lens is an "everyday shooter," meaning I wouldn't use this lens to shoot a wedding. Then I read the one review where the person was complaining because he couldn't zoom in on a bush from a riverboat - well, duh, it's a 55mm lens. If you wanted to focus in on a bush, you should've had a 200, 300 or 400mm lens!!! In short, this is a great, out-of-box, turnkey everyday shooting lens.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


OK In a Bundled Kit


This lens was bundled with the 55-300 mm version in a D5200 kit that joins my Canon 60D gear. The included 18-55 mm lens will not get the most out of your Nikon body. Its results are meaningfully 'soft', but you are also not going to get the latest-greatest in a price point bundle. It simply gets you started with a lens that will be suitable for snapshot sized prints. However, you may find that it can make for a suitable portrait lens where soft results are desired. When you want razor detail in a close up macro type shot, it won't be there. The lens is okay in a start-up bundle, but a serious shooter looking for sharpness would not purchase a stand-alone copy. The sample shot included would not well tolerate a blow up even though the D5200 body used with it is highly capable.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Good Lens


I have had this lens for about 3 years now and I take pictures for fun. This is easy to use and takes nice pictures. For an entry level lens I think you will be very happy with it.


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Shopper  Will this lens fit a Nikon D70?
Paula T  Is this the lens that is popularly known as the "Nifty Fifty"? I am looking for a lens to fit a Nikon D3000 camera.
DAN P  I'm afraid I can't be much help. Although, you may be thinking of the 50mm lens that is a basic and useful lens, especially if you are shooting picture inside a lot. I always have it available in my bag. Although I have found I use the 18 - 55mm far more for quick inside shots. I love the lens. If I could only afford one lens I would buy the 18mm - 55mm.
Shopper  Is this lens good for portraits?
DAVID S  It's a great all-around lens. However, the best portrait lenses are prime lenses - with fixed focal lengths, like 50mm - since they can have very wide apertures.
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