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Not bad for a kit lens, but unable to cope with higher resolution sensors
on 2 December 2013
Owned a few of these at various times and you bascially get an ok lens for your money.
However, what was quite decent a few years ago is now struggling with the newer sensors on the market.
The build is about what you expect for a kit lens, fairly cheap plastic, no lens hood, a plastic mount. You get VR which is good for about 3 stops, the lens performs respectably well for a kit lens (one of the better ones v other makers, the Pentax kit lens being by far the weakest)
All the usual points about a kit lens apply here, though CA can be an issue on this lens more so at the wide end than other focal lengths. As usual some distortion at the 18mm mark too.
Problem here is, whilst it was perfectly ok years ago, we are now up to 24mp on APS-C models with Nikon. Having used this lens on a 24mp sensor all the way down to older 6mp bodies, I can say it worked pretty well for 6-12mp, above that it's questionable for a purchase choice. If you can get one for only a bit more than the body only by all means get one, either to keep as a spare or sell later on. If you are using 16-24mp cameras, you will be much better off with a better quality lens. Nikon's 18-105mm is better optically than this, other lenses such as the Sigma/Tamron 17-50mm offerings are significantly better both in build and sharpness.
Maybe Nikon will update the lens to deal with these new more demanding sensors, right now I think you are better off putting your money towards something better.