Review of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical (second version)

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Navigation

  1. In short
  2. History
  3. Differences from the previous version
  4. Main Specifications
  5. Assembly
  6. Focusing
  7. Full Frame Opportunities
  8. Image quality
  9. Sample Photos
  10. My personal experience with the lens
  11. All DX Series Lenses for Nikon Cropped SLR Cameras
  12. Results
  13. User Comments
  14. Add your review or question on the lens

In this review, the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical lens I will call in abbreviation Nikon 18-55GII.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

In short

Nikon 18-55GII is a universal standard lens that was considered relevant from 2006 to 2016. Such a lens is also called 'kit' (from the English 'kit' - a set), that is, one that comes with some kind of camera. Nikon 18-55GII was first seen with a camera Nikon D40.

Nikon 18-55GII is light, compact, convenient, with good image quality for its class, but the kit lens is a very controversial and controversial thing.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

History

A line of standard (i.e. 'whale') class 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 lenses for cameras Nikon DX:

  1. Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor SWM Aspherical - first version. It was produced from 2005 to 2006. It exists in two colors - black and gray / silver. Announced with the camera Nikon D50.
  2. Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED AF-S DX Nikkor SWM Aspherical - second version. It was produced from 2006 to 2007. There are no serious differences from the first version, the lenses use the same optical circuit. It exists in two colors - black and gray / silver. Announced with the camera Nikon D40.
  3. Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor SWM Aspherical - third version. It was produced from 2007 to the present day. Has a built-in image stabilizer (Nikon VR, Vibration Reduction). Unlike the first two, it does not have 'ED'-elements in its optical scheme. Announced with the camera Nikon D60.
  4. Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII VR II AF-S DX Nikkor - the fourth version. It has been produced since 2013. Unlike the third version, it has a new optical circuit and can be folded compactly for transportation. Updated stabilization system. For the first time he could be seen with a camera Nikon D3300.
  5. Nikon DX AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G - fifth version. Available since January 2016. It has a new optical circuit and a new stepper focus motor. Went on sale with the camera Nikon D3400.
  6. Nikon DX VR AF-P Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G - the sixth version. The same as the fifth version, but with a built-in image stabilizer. It was presented simultaneously with the fifth version. Went on sale with the camera Nikon D3400.
  7. Nikon Nikkor Z DX 16-50 1: 3.5-6.3 VR - seventh version, for mirrorless cameras such as Nikon z50... Available from Fall 2019. New optical design, foldable body, reduced aperture and built-in image stabilization.

Sigma at one time produced an interesting alternative to similar whale lenses in the face of a faster Sigma Zoom 18-50mm 1: 2.8-4.5 DC OS HSM.


Unlike the previous version

Key differences from the previous model Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor SWM Aspherical:

  • the previous version has been released since April 2005, and the new one since November 2006
  • reduced weight by 5 grams
  • the body design has changed, first of all the lenses are distinguished by a silver ring near the front lens
  • rubber insert for zoom ring has become narrower
  • perhaps there are internal differences in the structure of mechanical parts.

In general terms, the new and old versions are not much different from each other, and the official MTF charts do coincide.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Main technical characteristics of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical:

Review Instance Name Gold letters: Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED

In white letters: Nikon SWM ED Aspherical ∞-0.28m / 0.92ft ø52 MADE IN THAILAND + serial number

Near the front lens: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR ED18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII

Basic properties
  • DX (for Nikon DX) - Lens designed for Nikon DX APS-C cameras
  • AF-S (built in Auto Focus motor) - built-in focusing motor
  • G (Gelded) - no aperture control ring, transfer of focusing distance to the camera
  • II - second version of the lens
  • AS (ASPHERICAL) - the use of special aspherical elements in the optical scheme
  • SWM (Silent wave motor) - silent wave focusing motor
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) - the use of special low dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • AM (Autofocus or manual focus switch) - focus mode switch
  • NIC (Nikon Integrated lens Coating) - special integrated enlightenment of optics
  • most often the lens comes with entry-level Nikon DX cameras
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 18-55 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 27-82.5 mm
Zoom ratio 3.06 X (it’s customary to talk just about 3x zoom)
Designed by for digital SLR cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels focal lengths for 18, 24, 35, 45 and 55 mm, bayonet mount mark
Diaphragm 18 mm from F / 3.5 to F / 22. 55 mm from F / 5.6 to F / 38. The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera menu (G - lens type)
MDF 0.28 m, maximum magnification ratio for macro photography is 1: 3.2
The weight 205 g
Optical design 7 elements in 5 groups. The optical system includes 1 aspherical element (in the optical scheme the aspherical element is shown in blue) and 1 ED glass element (shown in yellow in the diagram). Hybrid asferica - glass base with layered plastic.

Optical design Nikon 18-55mm f / 3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor

The image of the circuit is clickable.

The same optical scheme used by the lens of the previous generation Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor SWM Aspherical

Lens hood Nikon HB-33, bayonet type (not supplied, and must be purchased separately)
Manufacturer country MADE IN THAILAND (Made in Thailand)
Period From November 2006 to 2016 (according to the official website), subsequently replaced / supplemented by a lens Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor SWM Aspherical.
Price

The Nikon 18-55GII is the latest in a series of 18-55 class lenses to incorporate a low-dispersion element, which is referred to in its name as 'ED'.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Assembly

Nikon 18-55GII was made only in Thailand.

The retractable frame of the body ('trunk') consists of 1 section, which is strong enough, without any backlash.

The entire lens housing is made of plastic, including plastic reinforcement bayonet. The zoom ring is rubberized, but the focus ring is not. The change in focal length is smooth. The plastic made the lens light enough.

The Nikon 18-55GII itself is small, with a standard filter diameter of 52 mm. All Nikon 18-55 whale lenses use 52 mm standard diameter filters and are very similar in appearance.

There is a bayonet mount mark on the case. The lens uses a plastic hood, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. When you change the focal length, the lens hood moves with the front of the lens.

When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'vacuum cleaner effect', which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.

The number of aperture blades is 7 pieces. Moreover, they are well rounded enough.

There are no special complaints about the assembly.

Important: this lens was also supplied in a silver case, which combined well with the silver camera options Nikon D40.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Focusing

Ultrasonic focus motor integrated in the lens SWM (Silent Wave Motor) lets you focus on All Nikon Digital SLR Cameras, even on the simplest.

Nikon 18-55GII has a focus switch 'AM', to perform manual focusing, be sure to set it to the' M 'position, otherwise the focusing motor may be damaged. Unfortunately, the lens does not have a constant manual focus control mode - Nikon M / A.

When used on a camera Nikon D90 with unpretentious Multi-CAM 1000 focusing system the lens behaves well. With precision and clinging focus, I had no particular problems. The lens clings well to captured subjects, rarely re-focusing. The number of focus misses is minimal.

Auto focus speed average, comfortable for the vast majority of photo tasks. Focus speed is significantly lower than professional Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED IF SWM.

During focusing, the front lens rotates together with the filter and travels forward, which is the most inconvenient solution when using special filters.

During auto focus focus ring rotates and cannot be touched.

In manual focus mode, the focus ring rotates 60 degrees. Manual focus is inconvenient. When extreme positions are reached, the focus ring abuts and cannot be rotated further.

The minimum focusing distance is only 28 cm (the distance from the camera’s matrix to the subject). With such an MDF, the maximum magnification ratio is 1: 3.2. it good indicator for a similar lens. Thus, the lens allows you to shoot a good amateur 'close'.

When shooting at a maximum magnification of 1: 3.2, the distance from the subject to the front lens of the lens is about 15 cm.

Focus Features:

  • There is little noise from autofocus.
  • There is a small effect of 'Focus Breathing' (changing the viewing angle during focusing). During focusing towards MDF, the viewing angle increases.
  • When changing the focal length, focusing is a bit confused.
  • Nikon 18-55GII Macro does not have hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens at infinity under any external conditions.
  • Focus shift (shift-focus) was not noticed.
  • Nikon 18-55GII has no focus problems in Live View (tested on Nikon D90 ), but it focuses slowly (the problem of the Live View mode on many Nikon cameras is more of a problem).
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Image quality

Nikon 18-55GII uses exactly the same optical design as its predecessor Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor SWM Aspherical. Optically, the Nikon 18-55GII is a pretty tolerable lens.

Sharpness

  • confident sharpness at open apertures in the center of the frame over the entire range of focal lengths
  • low sharpness at the edges of the frame and open apertures
  • at the edges of the frame, sharpness becomes acceptable after f / 8
  • good / excellent resolution in the center of the frame on covered apertures (in the F / 5.6-F / 10 region) over the entire range of focal lengths

Distortion

  • the overall level of distortion is at a level typical for such lenses
  • pretty strong distortion only visible at 18 mm
  • distortion practically absent and imperceptible in the range of 24-55 mm
  • in the wide-angle range, the nature of the distortion barrel-shaped
  • the nature of distortion is unified, easily corrected in the editor

Vignetting

  • general level vignetting is at the level typical for such lenses
  • the strongest vignetting appears at 18mm & f / 3.5
  • vignetting decreases with focus towards MDF
  • vignetting almost completely disappears at F / 8
  • vignetting easily fixable in the editor

Aberration

  • the strongest chromatic aberration visible at 18mm & f / 3.5 at the edges and corners of the image
  • general level HA is at the level typical for such lenses

Rest

  • color rendering neutral
  • pronounced effect of a 14-ray star on strongly covered diaphragms
  • a small amount of glare in the backlight, a slight drop in contrast in the side light. Immunity is at a good level.
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Full Frame Opportunities

Nikon 18-55GII in the range of focal lengths of 24-55 mm easily covers a full-frame sensor without perceptible vignetting. The reserve for frame coverage is simply huge. On the Nikon D700 this lens in the center of the frame is very sharp.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Sample Photos

Camera shots Nikon D90. On-camera JPEG from one of the readers of Radozhiva.


Jpeg source photos download from this link (77 photos, 230 MB).

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

My experience

Underestimated lens. Good for its time. FROM Nikon D40 in 2006 it was just a chic whale kit, which for a modest amount of money allowed to make a lot of good shots. It is very difficult to overestimate the convenience of such a lens.

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An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5 mm/ 2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF-S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical

Results

Nikon 18-55GII is a simple full-time lens included with some cameras. The model is outdated, but still is a good budget solution for simple amateur photo tasks.

10 main advantages
  1. low cost in the secondary market
  2. convenient set of focal lengths
  3. light weight and compact size
  4. bayonet type hood
  5. special optical elements in the optical scheme (1 aspherics and 1 low dispersion element)
  6. good maximum magnification ratio for macro shooting, which is 1: 3.2
  7. ultrasonic built-in focus motor
  8. the presence of a lens profile in most popular RAW converters (certainly there is in ACR, Lightroom)
  9. fairly flat aperture at hidden values
  10. good optical performance (good sharpness on covered apertures in the center of the frame, normal sharpness on open apertures in the center of the frame, other parameters are within the normal range for this kind of lens)

10 main disadvantages

  1. small stroke of the focus ring, insufficiently convenient manual focus
  2. low focusing speed (at the same time convenient enough for a large number of amateur photo tasks)
  3. no image stabilizer (appeared in Nikon AF-S 18-55 / 3.5-5.6G VR)
  4. plastic mount
  5. no hood included
  6. rotation of the focus ring during auto focus and as a result there is no constant manual focus mode M / A or A / M or the like (appeared in Nikon AF-P 18-55 / 3.5-5.6G VR)
  7. lack of dust and moisture protection (for example, such SMC Pentax-DA 1: 3.5-5.6 18-55mm AL WR)
  8. optical design is not updated and is used from the lens Nikon AF-S 18-55 / 3.5-5.6G ED
  9. rear lens movement while changing focal length
  10. palpable barrel-shaped distortion 18 mm focal length, tangible vignetting 18 mm focal length, poor resolution at 18 mm in the corners of the frame on open apertures. Other optical flaws inherent in similar lenses

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Comments: 239, on the topic: Review of the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM Aspherical (second version)

  • Eugene

    I also want to tell you about my experience, I purchased a device called a 50mm version D because of an inexpensive price tag, that is, without autofocus, but the picture is of course after the whale fire, but I use it one pain, my friends invited me to the photo studio, it's tin, I shot 1500 70 percent of them didn’t fall into sharpness, that's why there are so many, so the shutter is a pity))) when you are not in a hurry to work even at home and even with a more closed aperture, you still often miss.
    Who plans to take heed, it is better to dig up on version G.
    And now about the focal length of 50mm (with crop matrix) for the street, large rooms, yes, but damn it is not necessary to take a person to the full height in large rooms, I have to try my best at the photo studio, and in some cases I got a maximum large portrait.
    Better consider 35mm (for crop) it takes wider.

    • Valery A.

      Did you use the camera's automation to focus (prompts under-flight of the rangefinder scale and confirmation of focusing accuracy by the indicator in the OVI) or "by eye"? I had a small percentage of focus missing by 3100.

      • Eugene

        through a video finder and using automation, but mostly automatic

      • Eugene

        on the lens itself when checking the flight there is no shortage

  • Stas

    About 18-55. Used with a Nikon D300 camera.
    Provided there is sufficient lighting and shooting at a distance of up to 2,5 m, it will do.
    If the distance is greater, you have to adjust.
    At 3 meters with an aperture of 4.5, it is already undershot. True, almost imperceptible, but there is.
    More distance means more offset. Moreover, it can be both a plus and a minus.
    In order to shoot at 18 mm you need to be a magician at all. Either a flight, then a shortage.
    This is about focus.
    As for the color rendering, it is generally dark. Yes, in the light it is acceptable .. But on condition that the sun does not go down xza cloud and so on. The BB on the machine, with insufficient light, gives faces of the color of beetroot or ripe carrots.
    As Arkady wrote, "... to take a wonderful photo with the simplest cheap and plastic zoom Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII lens - you have to try." Yes, and a thousand times yes. I'm not saying it's impossible. I say that it will take a thousand and one features of this lens to hold.
    As for 50 / 1,8 AF - SUPER, such a cool combination as nikon d300s and nikkor 50 / 1,8 is something to look for. !! EXACT COLORING !! No sarcasm! Precise autofocus! This is a song, or even a Kallashnikov assault rifle, not otherwise.
    Nikkor 24-70 / 2,8 is generally the coolest song - on the D300 crop it turns out something like 31-90.

  • Vladimir

    I did not notice distortions either near or near landscape photos.

  • Sergei

    I bought this lens before a trip to Venice (2010) for the simple Nikon D50. I took a few more lenses with me.
    Upon my return, having examined the results of the session, I was amazed at the fantastic, ringing sharpness of the image, including its depth - at seemingly very modest indicators and a rather sparing price.

    • Denis

      I thought for a long time that this version is better than VR
      but when I saw a glow around bright objects (what VR does not suffer from), I realized that I was wrong

  • Sergei

    Tell me who has such a lens. I bought it for an old D50, but it constantly rattles something, and when it is turned on and off, otherwise everything is fine both in sharpness and in autofocus and in the stabilizer. I don’t pay attention to rattling, but all the same, what is it, a bug or a feature?

    • Specialist

      There is no VR in the lens viewed here. “Rattling” - you mean something rattles when shaken? This is probably a bug. I have this lens, when rocking something knocks inside, when looking at it you can see a deformed cuff on the front glass, etc. traces of disassembly, but the image is very decent, better than its next brother.

    • B. R. P.

      Stab and rumbles)

  • Sergei

    I apologize for my carelessness, I meant the Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII VR II AF-S DX lens ... ..

  • Sergei

    These photos were taken with this lens.

    • Sergei

      D50 camera

  • Sergei

    Breadwinners

  • Sergei

    Waste

  • Sergei

    and this, but the D5600

    • Sergei

      ...

  • Sergei

    ...

  • DTL

    it seems like they don't have a bayonet-style hood. on the pictures only the thread 52 is inside. and the advantages and disadvantages are useful to divide by weight. newer VR multi-lenses have fewer technical drawbacks but fewer photographic advantages. the version has a lot of technical flaws - but they are subtle or fixable in the post or by Nikon-gen2 itself in jypeg (chromabre and we can distort in newer ones). in the presence of photographic merits - purity of color and contrast and low clearance and much more photo-side. to correct dignity already unnecessarily and they can be immediately written to jypeg. but the newer VRs have some of their shortcomings fixed by hardware, but their shortcomings in more spoiled colors and terrible technical bokeh and flares already have no special opportunity to fix it in a post or a robot in fotik-gen2. photo difference however. the development of nikon's whales after these shydevrov went to a photo-degenerate with a higher technical quality for megapuxels.

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