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

Announced Nov 20, 2007 •
Zoom lens | Nikon F (DX)
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Announced Nov 20, 2007
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An updated version of Nikon's previous 18-55mm 'kit' zoom, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm F3.5-5.6G VR includes vibration reduction, and also features a Silent Wave Motor (aka AF-S), Super Integrated Coating and hybrid aspherical elements in its design. The optical design is 11 elements in 8 groups - slightly more complicated than its predecessors' formulae to allow for the VR system. This lens covers an effective focal range of 27-82.5mm on Nikon's DX (APS-C) DSLRs, and although optically it is not outstanding, it's a decent 'first' lens for customers entering Nikon's DSLR ecosystem towards the bottom.

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Quick specs
Lens type Zoom lens
Focal length 18–55 mm
Image stab. Yes (vibration reduction, 3 stops)
Lens mount Nikon F (DX)
Max aperture F3.5 - F5.6
Min aperture F22.0 - F36.0
Min focus 0.28 m (11.02)
Max magnification 0.31×
Weight 265 g (0.58 lb)
Length 80 mm (3.13)

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Our review

This is a small, lightweight and versatile lens, which deserves a place in every DX-shooter's bag. Overall there's little to criticise about this lens given its entry-level price point, and the few faults it does possess are scarcely unique in its class.

Good for: Everyday photography on Nikon's DX-format DSLRs, where its 28-80mm equivalent zoom range and effective VR are very useful.

Not so good for: Backlit situations, where its susceptibility to flare can cause problems, and critical work that requires manual focus.

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