Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G
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
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II, released in 2006.
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, released in 2007.
- AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, released in 2014.
Note: VR means Vibration Reduction as used in Nikon Lenses. IS means Image Stabilization as used in Canon Lenses. VR(Nikon) and IS(Canon), both are the same thing but each maker uses their own acronyms.
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 (not in VR II version)
- 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
(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.
|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|
(Image Stabilization in Canon)
|Picture angle||76° - 28°50'|
|# of diaphragm blades||7|
|Closest focusing distance||0.28m|
- "AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/4-5.6G ED" (PDF). Nikon Corporation. 2005. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
- "AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED (3.6x)". Nikon Corporation. 2007. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
- "AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR". Nikon Corporation. 2009. Retrieved 2009-11-17.
- "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.
- "AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II Tech Specs". Nikon Inc. Retrieved 2014-02-27.
- Ken (2010). "Vibration Reduction, VR (Nikon) and Image Stabilization, IS (Canon)". kenrockwell.com. Retrieved 20 June 2015.
- Hogan, Thom. "18-55mm AF-S DX Lens Review". Retrieved 2009-11-17.