Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Announced Nov 20, 2007 •
Zoom lens | Nikon F (DX)
dpreview conclusion

This is a small, lightweight and versatile lens, which deserves a place in every DX-shooter's bag. Overall there's little to criticise about this lens given its entry-level price point, and the few faults it does possess are scarcely unique in its class.

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Good for

Everyday photography on Nikon's DX-format DSLRs, where its 28-80mm equivalent zoom range and effective VR are very useful.

Not so good for

Backlit situations, where its susceptibility to flare can cause problems, and critical work that requires manual focus.

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The chances are, if you bought a Nikon D40x or D60 in 2008, you already have this lens. I can't see a compelling reason to buy this lens separately unless you're really strapped for cash; there might be some on the used market as people upgrade to the more capable 18-200mm or 16-85mm VR lenses. Optically it's alright, maybe even better than alright if you get a good copy, but to get the best...

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