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

Last updated (07 January’13):
- Review by Lenstip

The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR features 18-55mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 11 elements in 8 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.28m/0.9ft and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR lens weighs 265 g/9.4 oz and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 3.1 inches long.

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Overall Rating: ★★★★☆


Expert Reviews

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

Lenstip compares the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR to Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II and writes;
“The new stabilized “kit” is really an interesting device you can get good quality shots with. It did have some faults and minor slip-ups but it is rather unavoidable in this price segment. Every amateur photographer who buys this lens in the set with a reflex camera won’t be forced to look for another one too soon because this device will allow him/her to get satisfying effects.”
rating: N/A

Photoreview compares the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR to Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II and writes;
“Imatest revealed a significant discrepancy between centre and edge resolution at the 18mm focal length but this lessened by 24mm and centre and edge performance remained relatively close at longer focal lengths. Resolution declined sharply at apertures of f/16 and smaller..”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Popphoto compares the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR to Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II and writes;
“Especially at longer focal lengths, distortion performance is better than that of many pro lenses in its zoom range. It’s also superior to Nikon’s earlier non-VR kit zoom by almost every metric. Whether you’re new to Nikon or looking for an optical upgrade, the $80 extra for VR will be money very well spent.”
rating: N/A

SLRGear compares the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR to Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II and writes;
“Optically it’s alright, maybe even better than alright if you get a good copy, but to get the best results you have to stop down to ƒ/8. Fortunately, the addition of VR does make that possible. In the final analysis it’s a good lens, not a great lens, excellent for the beginning photographer.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Cameralabs compares the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR to Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II and writes;
“Ultimately while the older DX 18-55mm II still gives excellent innings, the new DX 18-55mm VR performs very well for the money, offering compelling features and respectable quality that puts many rival kit lenses to shame. It’s certainly a good time right now for Nikon DSLR owners on a budget.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR and writes;
“Just like the miraculous 18-55mm AF-S II, this little plastic lens is a miracle. It’s sharp, sharp, sharp. Doing direct same-camera, same-subject, same time comparisons, it’s the same as the 16-85mm VR, 18-200mm VR and 18-55mm AF-S- II. I compared at at 18mm and 55mm, both wide open and stopped down. It has strong barrel distortion at the wide end, and no distortion in the middle and at the long end. If you have Photoshop CS2, it is trivial to correct the distortion completely.”
rating: N/A

Manual

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR User Manual

- Download Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR User Manual (PDF – 5.0Mb)

Features & Specifications

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

The Nikon Total Digital SLR Imaging System includes world-renowned optical quality from Nikkor lenses. Ongoing research and development of Nikkor lenses allows Nikon to continuously provide Nikon digital SLR photographers with additional choices and even greater optical performance.

Nikon is pleased to add to the lineup the new AF-S DX-Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR, a lens featuring a built-in Silent Wave Motor and Vibration Reduction (VR). The AF-S DX-Nikkor 18- 55mm f3.5-5.6G VR is an affordable, and compact, 3x zoom lens with amazing versatility. This new lens provides enhanced shooting flexibility as the latest addition to the Nikon DX-Nikkor lens lineup.

Feature and Performance Highlights

* 3x zoom lens covering the most frequently used focal range of 18 to 55mm (picture angle is equivalent to focal length from 27 to 82.5mm in Nikon FX or 35mm format)
* Vibration Reduction enables sharper pictures while shooting at shutter speeds up to three stops slower than would otherwise be possible (as determined by Nikon performance tests)
* Optical design, optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs for superior performance
* Hybrid aspherical lens element minimizes various types of lens aberration
* High-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating offers superior color reproduction while substantially reducing ghosting and flare
* Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor ensures fast, quiet autofocus operation
* Rounded seven-blade diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural
* 0.28 meter/0.9 foot closest focusing distance throughout the entire zoom range
* Accepts 52mm filter attachments
* Comfortable lens barrel features rugged construction; separate zoom and focusing rings provide the smooth operation preferred by professionals

What’s in the box:
Nikon 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor Zoom lens, LC-52 front lens cap, rear lens protector

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