the camera setting shows extreme underexposure (pic 19) and reports "Subject is too dark" (Pic 20) although the environment is bright with sunlight.
I tried using another lens of mine (a 18-55mm non VR) and the pictures are fine, please compare pix 11-14 (VR lens) with pix 15-18 (non VR lens) of same objects, same light condition, same camera settings.
Then I used the "bad" lens with my D40 and it's also fine.
Results: The D3000 and the VR lens are OK by themselves if used with other lens or other camera but not if used together.
#2. "RE: Strange issue with D3000 and 18-55mm VR lens" In response to Reply # 1
Yes, I paid attention when mounting the lens and hear the click every time. As said the "bad" lens works fine on the D40 but not on the D3000. I also mounted the lens on a film camera F60, although I can't take pictures due to no film but the objects seen thru the viewfinder are at least clear and bright as with the eyesight, while on the D3000, the objects thru the viewfinder are as dark as come out in the pictures.
the situation: D3000 with other lens OK "bad" lens with other cameras OK D3000 with "bad" lens deliver very dark pictures.