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

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Nikkor 18-55 f/3.5-5.6G ED II

The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens is a midrange zoom lens manufactured by Nikon for use on Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras. Often included as a kit lens on entry-level DSLRs, it also can be purchased separately from the camera body. Nikon first introduced the lens in 2005 and has provided three subsequent updates. Following are the four variants as of 2014:

  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED, released in 2005[1]
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II, released in 2006.[2]
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, released in 2007.[3]
  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, released in 2014.[4][5]

Like all lenses in the DX format, the 18-55mm casts a smaller image circle than lenses for full-frame 35mm cameras and is therefore only compatible with cameras having APS-C-sized sensors (or vignetting will result). However, from 24mm onward until 55mm the image circle will cover the full 35mm frame, and is usable on film.


  • Silent wave motor (AF-S)
  • Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element, to reduce chromatic aberration (not available on either VR version)
  • Easy variant of Vibration Reduction (most recent versions only), to make lens cheaper there is no "Active" and "Normal" VR options switch here


  • Plastic body and mount
  • 52mm filter thread for widely used 52mm filters
  • No protector from dust and moisture near mount
  • Rotating front lens while focusing
  • VR II version has a collapsible lens barrel, a design first used with certain lenses for Nikon's 1 mount for mirrorless interchangeable-lens cameras[4]

(Lens construction details vary between models; see table below for specifications).


Thom Hogan praised its value and optical performance, but criticized its handling, noting a diminutive focus ring that rotates during focusing, with no manual override.[6]


Attribute 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II
Autofocus Yes Yes
Image Stabilization No No Yes Yes
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.6
Minimum aperture f/22-32 f/22-36
Weight 210g 205g 265g 195g
Maximum diameter 69mm 70.5mm 73mm 59.5mm
Length 75mm 74mm 79mm 66mm
Filter diameter 52mm
Picture angle 76° - 28°50'
Groups/elements 5/7 8/11
# of diaphragm blades 7
Closest focusing distance 0.28m
Release date 2005 2006 2007 2014
MSRP $ $200 $250

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/4-5.6G ED". Nikon Corporation. 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  2. ^ "AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED (3.6x)". Nikon Corporation. 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  3. ^ "AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR". Nikon Corporation. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17. 
  4. ^ a b "Step Up to D-SLR Photography with the New Nikon D3300 and Capture Brilliant Images with Ease" (Press release). Nikon Inc. 2014-01-06. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  5. ^ "AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Tech Specs". Nikon Inc. Retrieved 2014-02-27. 
  6. ^ Hogan, Thom. "18-55mm AF-S DX Lens Review". Retrieved 2009-11-17.