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

February 25, 2014 | Mark Goldstein | |

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#1 Kim

You say: “The front of the lens rotates on focus, which is not good news for those who use polarisers or ND grads on a regular basis.”
But surely that is not right? The ‘ring’ rotates, yes, but NOT the front or filter ring! This is something Nikon has fixed in regard to the previous model.

11:15 am - Wednesday, February 26, 2014

#2 Kimball Corson

One needs to keep in mind what can be done with a highly portable, cheap lens such as this one when shooting RAW on a 24 MP camera and processing in a program like DxO Optics Pro which can correct for pin cushion and barrel distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberrations, sharpness and the like for this specific lens. A new age is at hand and much non-pro expensive glass is about to become antiquated.

4:24 am - Monday, June 23, 2014

#3 M. Petzold

I’ve bought this lens for my daily walk-by D60 Setup, whereas the D7000 is too heavy, and i don’t want to use it onto every location together with the really good Tamron 17-50/2.8 (w/o AF & VC) lens.

The new VR II really delivers, great because of the collapsile design, and better then the 18-55 VR I
old version, haptics is better, and the front lens doesn’t rotate. Be sure to get a good UV filter 52mm as Front Element protection, and you can buy way cheap also a 3rd Party “Original” Lens Hood for that specific lens.

9:42 pm - Saturday, December 20, 2014

#4 PDM

The front of the lens does not rotate. So a polarizer can be used without any messing about.

10:34 am - Sunday, March 29, 2015

#5 lou

plastic mount??? no gasket on the back? whats going to happen when the mount wears?

12:45 pm - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

#6 stewards

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7:05 am - Tuesday, September 29, 2015

#7 SomuPadma

This lens on my Nikon D5200 has given quite fair compatible results with cheaper x 0.45 add on wide lens and with x 2 Tele add on lens.So this lens can be extended on either side from 8mm to 110mm.With x 0.45 add on at 18mm position it shown the obvious tunnel effect while image is fairly good.At 24mm the tunnel effect vanished.With both Wide & Tele add on the image distortion/loss is found quite acceptable.This 18-55mm lens has given better results than testing these wide & Tele add ons with other lens.While it is observed x 0.45 wide has given result close to its claim of x 0.45 the x 2 Tele is actually found only resulted in x 1.5.So these add ons to be believed only after real test and evaluating the result with each lens.Those interested my see this review at the Photoman site :https://more4u2c.wordpress.com/

12:04 pm - Friday, April 22, 2016

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