Help needed with 18-55 on D5100

Started Aug 26, 2013 | Discussions thread
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In reply to msstella, Aug 27, 2013

msstella wrote:

vzlnc wrote:

msstella wrote:

BlueJakester wrote:

msstella wrote:

BlueJakester wrote:

The 18-55 kit lens is not worth using, IMO. It's just not sharp enough. You would be much better off with the Nikon 35mm f/1.8 prime for $200, and let your feet do the zooming.

Thanks BlueJakester. I have that lens and it is a great lens. Sometimes it is just not wide enough and no funds for high priced wide angle that I will not use often.

I can relate to the expense of lenses. Thus far I've been successful in having a 3 lens kit with my D5200. I have the Nikon 70-300 VR, 35 f/1.8 and a Sigma 10-20 wide angle. Surprisingly I use the Sigma much more than I had anticipated I would. The following two photos were taken with the Sigma and I'm very satisfied with the IQ for a $430 lens. Click on the images to enlarge for a better view.

Nice images.

I will wait to see what, if anything, Nikon does. I am doubtful that much will be done, but still hoping they can fix or replace, even if it is a refurbished one.

Your 18-55mm needs repair. It is quite a capable lens for its size, price and weight. There is not much of a difference between the 18-XX lenses as far as sharpness is concerned.

Here is a sample at f/9 on Nikon D5000 body.

Thanks vzlnc for validating that there is indeed something wrong. I will have it in the mail to Nikon tomorrow and see what they will do. I am hoping the warranty will cover.

Before you send it in, you really shout take some pics of a flat target (50x focal length away) at 1/200s and wide open aperture in good light. Use both Viewfinder and LiveView so you have comparison. Otherwise you will have no real ideal of what Nikon did or a good way to check their work and contest it if needed.

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