Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX EDII
Posted 14 February 2009 - 11:51
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Posted 15 May 2009 - 19:33
Mine came with the D40 as a kit, and was used once on the D90 because I had nothing wider than 20mm. I say once because I slipped on ice, landed on my camera bag, and this lens was busted. The other 9 or so lenses in the bag were all fine, but then they were made of metal; this is plastic, even the mount.
(I notice that the newer VR version of this lens drops the ED glass).
Posted 09 August 2009 - 20:38
I have 2 - one for my "normal" back up camera = D40 and one for my IR converted D40, and this lens is also very fine for IR - hot spots very, very rare.
Posted 22 November 2011 - 04:46
plastic construction, but, so what...
Posted 23 January 2012 - 22:29
D3100 + AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.
Sharp and lovely lens at the 18mm end. 5.6 at the 55mm end what else can you say.
Posted 24 January 2012 - 14:32
D700, D300; D200; F2, Lumix FZ30; and a bunch of Nikon MF & AF glass (& a Rokinon 85mm f1.4)
Posted 24 January 2012 - 21:14
All in all, I could say 18-55GII (non VR) was a venerable lens. It was the most resistant to flare among the three I named above, too, and I thought the dedicated hood can be ignored.
According to the test by photozone.de, the VR version seems to perform better.
Posted 26 January 2012 - 07:23
I use this lens for my Infrared on my IR converted Nikon D40 - and it is very good - use it normally at the wide - 18 mm - side, but stopped a lot down, because of the AF-problems with IR (my D40 is not corrected for IR, but stopped down to f. 9 or smaller solve the problem very much)
Posted 05 May 2012 - 18:21
The AF-S 18-55mm II delivers very good and crisp pictures with minimal distortion at its extreme settings. Lateral color is also well contended. Combined with the Nikon D40, the lens performs well in every aspect of picture taking. Photographers on travel should appreciated the discretion of the model and the possibility of using small 52mm filter accessories as it was for most traditional manual focus Nikon lenses. The AF-S 18-55mm II do a good work within close focusing subjects (at pre-macro distances).
At the end, it is surely the best price-quality ratio available in DX format lens line-up.
Posted 06 May 2012 - 07:26
Together with a light DSLR like the D40, I have found the lens a good choice when going on hard hikes in the mountains (or whenever one wants to travel light). Useable even with a D7000.
Some sample snaps:
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Posted 12 July 2012 - 21:11
My first one came with a broken bayonet mount. I guess it can break easily. But i paid $90 for the VR version so it feels OK if it gets broken by hard use (as long as it doesn't spoil an important day).
Uploaded pic is a crop from a shot taken with the camera held mid thigh as i walk so the subjects are not aware i am shooting. I rely on the auto focus and VR to do their job.
This was in India and we were walking all day in the heat so my D90 and two Plastic Lens (other is the 50-200VR DX) are great because they are so light to carry. Not as wonderful as my 20mmD2.8AF might have been (i would normally use it for this kind of thing) but I still really enjoy looking at the scene this cheapie delivered
Its about to embark on a motorcycle trip across Europe with a new D7K - I look forward to it but will put one of my bullet proof AiS lenses in the bag just in case........
Posted 21 December 2013 - 14:59
I have the VR version.
VERY sharp and contrasty from 18 to 24mm! Just 'good' beyond.
I prefer the 18-70mm which is a tad sharper and faster, and goes to 70mm.
But the VR is very nice to have on slow-sync flash shots in the city at night :-)
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