|AF-S||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|DX||The lens is designed only for Nikon APS-C digital SLR cameras.|
|G||The lens has no aperture control ring and only supports electronic aperture control from the camera. G lenses provide distance information to the camera as D-type lenses.|
|VR||The lens is equipped with optical image stabilizer. The stabilizer allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without stabilizer you will have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR||Jan 2016||⊗|
|Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G||Jan 2016||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR II||Jan 2014||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR||Nov 2007||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G ED II||Nov 2006||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G ED||Apr 2005||⊗|
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|Diagonal angle of view:||76.3°-28.8° (Nikon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||11 elements in 8 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||7|
|Closest focusing distance:||28 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ultrasonic (Nikon F)|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||No|
|Stabilizer features:||VR NORMAL|
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 3 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø73 x 79.5 mm|
|Filter size:||52 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, made of plastic. The lens mount is plastic.
The lens features A - M focus mode switch.
|A||Autofocus mode without manual override.|
|M||Manual focus mode.|
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 52 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
It should be noted that most lenses of the system have such diameter of the filter thread, that is why if you will purchase additional lens with similar focal length and/or speed, you probably will be able to share filters between them.
The filter thread ROTATES during focusing which does not allow convenient use such types of filters which require a specific orientation (f.e. polarizing and gradient).
The lens features optical image stabilizer, which, according to the manufacturer, compensates up to 3 stops of shutter speed. Theoretically it allows to capture sharp images of static subjects at shutter speeds down to 1/7 second at focal length of 55 mm(*).
* without the need to increase ISO sensitivity and/or use a tripod, at the same lighting conditions and at the same aperture
The image stabilizer does not have any specialized mode of operation, but is capable of automatic detection of panning and then corrects camera shake only in one direction.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR is a typical kit lens in terms of good image quality for the small amount of money. It's not the lens of a dream especially given its mediocre build quality. All in all 18-55 VR is a good kit lens especially if you will get it almost for free with your first Nikon SLR camera.
|Sensor size:||23.6×15.8 mm|
|Distortion at 18 mm:||-3.39 %|
|Distortion at 55 mm:||+0.14 %|
|Vignetting at 18 mm F/3.5:||-1.45 EV|
|Vignetting at 55 mm F/5.6:||-1.15 EV|
|Efficiency of Image Stabilizer:||up to 3 stops|
|Sensor size:||23.6×15.6 mm|
|Distortion at 18 mm:||-2.73 %|
|Distortion at 55 mm:||+0.2 %|
|Vignetting at 18 mm F/3.5:||-1.1 EV|
|Vignetting at 55 mm F/5.6:||-0.7 EV|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 3 MB|