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.
|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 x|
|Weight||265 g (0.58 lb)|
|Length||80 mm (3.13″)|
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.