The Nikon AF-S DX Zoom Nikkor 18-55mm ED II Lens. Nikon should come up quickly with a friendlier name than this, if they have to win converts to the ease-of-use philosophy of the Nikon D40. Anyways, this lens is what comes standard with the new entry-level D40 DSLR when you buy it; Nikon does not let you buy the body only.
Itâ€™s quite impressive, really. The 3x 18-55mm focal range is sufficient to cover picture angles from shooting tight portraits to wide-angle landscapes; and, its silent wave motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and quiet operation, according to Nikon.
The ED glass is for minimizing chromatic aberration so you get good picture quality, while the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IIâ€™s hybrid aspherical lens element reduces astigmatism and other forms of distortion to deliver high resolution and contrast.
Whatever. Nikon should know theyâ€™re entering laymanâ€™s territory with the D40 and should christen their lenses with shorter, easier names so my grandpa doesnâ€™t have to recite all of its specifications when he mentions the lens.