For the purpose of this review the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F/3.5-5.6G VR was used with Nikon D40 DSLR.
The images which illustrate this review were developed in Capture One WITHOUT correction of distortion, vignetting and lateral chromatic aberrations, WITHOUT sharpening and increasing of overall contrast, brightness, saturation and WITHOUT changing of any other settings, except for vividness.
The resolution at the center of the frame at 18 mm is excellent already wide open, impoves insignificantly with zooming and can be described as very good even at 55 mm. The edges of the frame just slightly lag behind the center of the frame at the entire focal range. It’s an excellent result for a kit lens!
In some cases the overall contrast of the images is slightly lowered but it is difficult to say actually what is the reason. It can be both camera automatic exposure metering errors or not especially efficient multi-layer optical coatings of the lens
The lens shows strong barrel distortion at 18 mm which can be seen at the photos of architecture. However the distortion decreases rapidly with zooming and won’t be a problem around 35 mm or so.
Lateral chromatic aberrations can be described as moderate at the widest end. They can be observed in some situations at the contrast areas of the image but they only become large in scenes with wide dynamic range. Fortunately it is hard to notice the lateral chromatic aberrations at the focal lenght of 55 mm.
Vignetting is noticeable at focal length of 18 mm and F/3.5. It looks like darkening of the corners of the frame. Vignetting becomes weaker with closing of the aperture by one stop. At focal length of 55 mm and F/5.6 vignetting can be described as weak.
|<< Resistance to Flares||Summary >>|