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

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Item ID: 208241
Manufacture: Nikon
Condition: New

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This warranty does not cover equipment which has been misused, tampered with, modified or damaged as a result of accident, water, grit, impact or lack of proper care as indicated in the manual of operations.

-This extended warranty covers all parts and labor.

 

Extended Warranty Program is designed to provide you with additional coverage for manufacturer defects. Electronic malfunctions always seem to happen right after the Manufacturer Warranty expires! When you purchase an extended warranty you purchase that peace of mind for those unexpected malfunctions and costly repairs, you are making a wise investment for your equipment.

Buying an extended warranty service plan not only means you are getting the highest level of customer service, but also means you can rest assure in the event your product needs repair. The technicians we have are factory trained and authorized to repair your product and we are using the most up to date computers and state of the art testing equipment needed to properly diagnose and repair your product. There is no limit to the number of repairs throughout the life of your service plan. If it is determined that your product can no longer be repaired, it will be replaced with a new product of like kind and quality.

No Added Charges You will not pay any out of pocket expenses for your repair. Unlike some protection plans that charge a deductible, your service plan covers all expenses related to repairing or replacing your product. We want to make sure you are happy with your product. If your product fails and needs repair three times for the same reason (outside the manufacturer's warranty), it will be replaced. You can sell or give your product away at any time. The coverage can be transferred to the new owner with one phone call.

Enjoy a true worry free experience for your new product. We'll keep your product working like new and if we can't, we'll buy you a new one. Our service plans are underwritten by an A+ rated insurance carrier ensuring financial protection for the entire length of your plan.

This warranty does not cover equipment which has been misused, tampered with, modified or damaged as a result of accident, water, grit, impact or lack of proper care as indicated in the manual of operations.

-This extended warranty covers all parts and labor.

 

By adding the accidental option to one of our service plans, you are enabling your purchase to be covered for unintentional damages to your product as a result of: impact or dropping, liquid damage or unintentional physical damage. Dropped coffee on your keyboard? You’re Protected, Your cell phone fell out of your hand and your LCD screen cracked? You’re Protected! Your Ipod fell as you were running and now it can no longer play music? You’re Protected! Your digital camera dropped and now cannot zoom in or out? You may be considered quite clumsy, but You’re Protected. You get the idea!


This option goes above and beyond a manufacturer’s warranty which would not provide coverage on such damages as listed above. Although accidental coverage covers most damages it does not cover intentional damages of any kind or losses due to theft. When adding accidental coverage to your contract, your service plan will begin immediately upon the date of purchase and extend up to five full years. Adding accidental coverage guarantees that your product will perform as intended for the life of your coverage.

 
-Manufacturer Defects

-Impact Damage

-Sand/Grit Damage

-Accidental and Unintentional Abuse

-Mechanical Malfunctions

-Normal and Abnormal Wear and Tear

-2 Free CCD Cleaning for the Life of the Contract

-1 Free Video Head Cleaning Per Year for the Life of the Contract

 

By adding the accidental option to one of our service plans, you are enabling your purchase to be covered for unintentional damages to your product as a result of: impact or dropping, liquid damage or unintentional physical damage. Dropped coffee on your keyboard? You’re Protected, Your cell phone fell out of your hand and your LCD screen cracked? You’re Protected! Your Ipod fell as you were running and now it can no longer play music? You’re Protected! Your digital camera dropped and now cannot zoom in or out? You may be considered quite clumsy, but You’re Protected. You get the idea!


This option goes above and beyond a manufacturer’s warranty which would not provide coverage on such damages as listed above. Although accidental coverage covers most damages it does not cover intentional damages of any kind or losses due to theft. When adding accidental coverage to your contract, your service plan will begin immediately upon the date of purchase and extend up to five full years. Adding accidental coverage guarantees that your product will perform as intended for the life of your coverage.

 
-Manufacturer Defects

-Impact Damage

-Sand/Grit Damage

-Accidental and Unintentional Abuse

-Mechanical Malfunctions

-Normal and Abnormal Wear and Tear

-2 Free CCD Cleaning for the Life of the Contract

-1 Free Video Head Cleaning Per Year for the Life of the Contract

 

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

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As with most lenses the optimal results are achieved when stopped down - in the case of the 18-55mm VR, to ƒ/8 or ƒ/11. Best results for sharpness seem to be achieved with the lens set to wide angle (18mm) and ƒ/11, where sharpness is excellent across the entire frame, between 1 and 1.5 blur units. At other focal lengths and apertures, we see some evidence of corner softness, but the central region is still quite sharp.

There are some odd deviations from otherwise stable image sharpness, for example at 18mm and 35mm you get fairly consistent results, but at 24mm there are some large spikes of corner softness. This might not be an issue with a properly centered lens - or at least not really visible - but it's definitely something to look out for, and may speak to sample variation. For example, at 24mm and ƒ/4, we see upwards of 6 blur units on the right corners.

To the lens' credit, diffraction limiting sets in only at ƒ/22 or greater, meaning ƒ/16 is actually quite usable. Images sharpness is above average, even fully stopped down, at 4 blur units pretty consistently across all focal lengths.

 

In summary, for the money, it has more than acceptable results, especially for a plastic kit lens.

Chromatic Aberration 
The lens shows good resistance to chromatic aberration, much improved over the previous version of the 18-55mm. This is noteworthy as Nikon removed the ED glass element, in favor of an improved lens coating. Chromatic aberration is present at the wide angle (18mm), consistently in the corners and overall as the aperture is stopped down, but as the focal length increases chromatic aberration all but disappears by 35mm. Nikon is definitely ahead of the game when it comes to dealing with CA.

Shading (''Vignetting'') 
Where the previous version of the 18-55mm showed significant corner darkening only at 18mm (over a stop darker in the corners), the VR version shows less at 18mm, but vignetting is now seen at all focal lengths where the aperture is set to between ƒ/3.5 and ƒ/5.6. With the previous version, vignetting was a non-factor if you used a focal length other than 18mm. However, we're only talking about 2/3 of a stop in the worst case scenario (18mm and ƒ/3.5); in other focal lengths wide open we see a half-stop darker in the corners than the center. By ƒ/8, corner shading has disappeared (less than 1/4 stop).

Image Circle APS-C
Type Standard Zoom
Focal Length 18 - 55mm
APS Equivalent 27.5 - 84mm
Max Aperture f/3.5 - 5.6
Min Aperture f/22 - 36
Diaphragm Blades 7 (rounded)
Lens Construction 11 elements in 8 groups, including 1 aspherical element
Diagonal Angle of View(Based on image circle) 76 to 28.8 degrees
Focus Details AF-S "Silent Wave" motor
Front Element Rotation Yes
Zoom System Rotary
Closest Focus 0.28m / 0.9 ft.
Magnification Ratio 0.31x / 1:3.2
Filter Size 52mm

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