Product Comparison: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II vs Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II

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General Specifications
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II
About the Product
A popular lens for a wide range of subjects, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II from Nikon has just become even more attractive to D-SLR enthusiasts. More compact and portable than its predecessor, this multi-purpose retractable lens is the easy way to capture the best of the moment.
Ultra-compact and lightweight zoom lens with high quality optics designed for use with the Nikon DX Format Digital SLRs. Its 3X zoom provides superb versatility in a wide variety of shooting situations.
Key Specs
Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Nikon F-Bayonet
Maximum Aperture
3.5 /f
3.5 /f
Minimum Focal Length
18 millimeters
18 millimeters
Maximum Focal Length
55 millimeters
55 millimeters
Lens Type
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Camera Lens
  • It is lightweight, sharp and provides a nice range of focal lengths.
  • Images are colourful and free from most common optical problems.
  • Comfortable focal length that covers the most normal needs.
  • At any aperture, it won't sharpen up enough.
  • Pretty small aperture.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Lens Black
  • That simply means understanding how to use aperture, shutter speed, white balance, ISO, and lighting among other things to achieve the best results.
  • The sweet spot is around f/5.6 - f/8 as you get some diffraction at smaller apertures.
  • Considering cost, performance, quality, and the fact that it is light and has the most needed focal range, I have to buy it.
  • This is a very bad lens. It's not really sharp at any aperture, and has bad barrel distortion at all focal lengths.
  • I am upset with the focal length because it does not fit my work because it does not demonstrate focal length that the manufacturers spoke about.
Size & Weight
2.3 in.
2.8 in.
2.3 in.
2.8 in.
2.6 in.
2.9 in.
6.9 oz.
7.4 oz.
What customers say about "Size & Weight"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Camera Lens
  • Compact and lightweight. Excellent image quality.
  • It is very lightweight and weighs no more than an apple.
  • It is very compact, and can compact down when not in use.
  • Perfect lens for everyday use. Amazing size.
  • Amazing weight and size. Great lens for the money.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Lens Black
  • Two main advantages of this over other standard zooms are the small size and it's ability to focus quite closely.
  • It's limited because of the size, but also get lighter because of the size. For normal use it's good enough, but a longer one will be better.
  • Works well and is nice and compact it is also nice and light weight. A quick acting lens with good focus.
  • This lens works great, is well built, and works perfectly with my camera. It is a little lighter (weight wise) than the VR.
  • Very pleased! Lightweight. See no problems with sharpness.
Minimum Focus Distance
11.04 in.
11.02 in.
Field Of View
76° - 28°50'
76° - 28°50'
Zoom Type
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Auto Focus, Manual Focus
Optical Stabilization
What customers say about "Imaging"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Camera Lens
  • Vibration reduction keeps my pictures looking sharp. Autofocuses fast.
  • It is quick for most types of shooting and always get focus accurate.
  • The VR works well to reduce hand vibrations and minor movements made by holding the camera.
  • Very light weight, good VR, pretty snappy focus.
  • Sharp, lightweight, and has adequate zoom for most situations.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Lens Black
  • This is the best small range lens i have to date to and its brillaint, it has a smooth function when focusing and brilliant focus.
  • The focus is fast and crisp. As with any wide angle lens there is some distortion at the sides of the frame the closer you get to full 55 zoom.
  • Lens uses the cameras auto focus abilities for a digital slr camera. Manual mode is also available if you choose to use manual focus options as well.
  • The focus ring is right on the end and difficult to operate to any precision. Almost every image I've ever taken on it is well below the capability of my D3200.
  • The excessive play in the zoom barrel causes the image in the view finder to shift each time the manual focus ring is touched or released.
Brand Compatibility
Sensor Type Compatibility
Lens Groups and Elements
11 Elements in 8 Groups
7 Elements in 5 Groups
Number of Aperture Blades
Filter Diameter
52 millimeters
52 millimeters
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor), Super Integrated Coating, VR (Vibration Reduction)
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor), Super Integrated Coating, 3x standard zoom, AS stands for Aspherical lens elements, ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
What customers say about "Features"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Camera Lens
  • It is fully a plastic construction, but it is tough plastic.
  • It has a nice zoom feel for zooming in and out.
  • Excellent lens producing crystal-clear images.
  • Fantastic lens takes really good sharp images.
  • Super sharp lens for the Nikon DX camera.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II Lens Black
  • This is a light, quiet, fairly fast focus lens that has low distortion for the price with seven diaphragm blades which are rounded at the larger apertures.
  • It is a used lens, they don't make them anymore, but it is tack-sharp and cheap enough that you don't need a uv filter to protect it.
  • It arrived from manufacturer much sooner than expected and with the added bonus of a clear filter to protect the front-end element.
  • Filter mount turns when focusing: forget using polarization filters.
  • Cheap, flimsy construction: the silent wave motor on this lens is a cheap budget edition. The gears are plastic.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacturer Warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
249.95 $
119.95 $

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