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Keywords: Nikon Nikkor Wide Mid Tele Zoom APS-C DX AF-S VR II Stabilized


Registered: January 2015
Posts: 8
Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II AF-S DX Nikkor review by gabrielvines
Review Date: 1/20/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $50.00| Rating: 7 

Pros: Weight, size, price, sharpness, color, contrast
Cons: none for that price

My first results with this lens were astonishing!! At f7.1, corner sharpness, distortions, vignetting, contrast and rendition of colours were too good to be true and even upon pixel peeping the results (raw files), found nothing really to complain about. In IQ and IQ alone, this lens seemed way better than Canon EF-S 18-55, EF-S 18-55 IS and EF 17-40L (three lenses I've tried).

Am not going to rave about build quality but it is better than the Canon kit lenses. It is a bit slow to focus and hunts in low contrast situations but I can live with that. Left corners are noticeably soft at 55mm f8 onwards (have noticed this in two copies), however, left corner softness at 55mm is acceptable at f7.1. Doesn't handle flare too well but I am careful. Purple fringing can easily be rectified in PP. Vignetting has never been an issue for me with this lens.

Highly recommended, to say the least.



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