Nikon 18-55mm AF-S Specification Review

Nikon was one of the first digital camera producers to style digital-specific contacts printed to the DX indicator dimension, but then seemed somewhat not wanting to produce a true price variety conventional ‘kit’ zoom capability, finally succumbing with its original 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 to go along with the launch of the D50 in Apr 2005. This lens was modified to a mark II edition with the launch of the D40 in Nov 2006, with a new exterior style and better zoom capability operation. Then hardly a year later, the company declared a completely new edition, this time equipped with a vibrations decrease (VR) unit to fight digital camera shake; a lens which has now been verified as the conventional partner to the D60 SLR. This lens is clearly Nikon’s reaction to the extensive adopting of in-body stabilizing systems by most other producers (with the significant exemption of Cannon, whose own stable 18-55mm beat Nikon’s by just a few months), and allows them to offer stable dSLR packages at price variety prices.

Nikon 18-55mm
Nikon 18-55mm

The development of VR technology allows photography lovers to take considerably clearer images at more slowly shutter rates of speed than formerly possible, and according to Nikon’s own requirements, accelerates to three prevents more slowly can be used before the image-degrading cloud of trembling digital camera becomes obvious. This should allow capturing in a variety of low-light situations which would formerly be impossible.

Key Features

  • 27-82.5mm comparative central duration range
  • Optical vibrations decrease – 3 stops
  • F install for Nikon DX dSLRS only

Nikon 18-55mm AF-S Design

The 18-55mm VR holds a unique family similarity to Nikon’s past edition of their kit lens, but seems somewhat better created (a understanding which may be due in no small part to the improved weight). The entire exterior development, such as the lens install, is constructed from plastic, but with a excellent quality feel than some other kit contacts. The large zoom capability band seems very sleek across the range; the only real let-downs are the tiny guide focus band with its extremely short travel, and the spinning front factor which will irritate narrow users.

Nikon 18-55mm Body
Nikon 18-55mm Body

Nikon 18-55mm AF-S Images Quality


An amazing efficiency at Negatives, where sharpness is great across much of the structure at F8, differences with a rather less suitable set of outcomes at 55mm. Here the lens is smooth across the most of the structure set up, although it enhances considerably at F8-F11. As regular, avoiding down beyond F11 causes the picture to break down due to diffraction, and anything below F16 begins to look remarkably smooth.

Chromatic Aberration

As regular, chromatic aberrations are maximum at the wideangle configurations (18mm and 24mm), and become basically minimal at telephoto. Blue/yellow CA is particularly well-controlled; overall this is about nearly as excellent a efficiency as you’ll get from a kit lens.


We consider falloff to begin becoming a prospective issue when the area lighting drops more than 1 quit below the center. The 18-55 VR works quite well here, with falloff only likely to matter set up at 18mm and 24mm, and vanishing on ending the aperture one quit.


As regular distortions is most noticeable at wideangle, with a rather noticeable 2.2% gun barrel at 18mm. The noticed distortions design is not hard, with little recorrection towards the sides, so it should be reasonably simple to appropriate in application if preferred. The lens is almost completely rectilinear at Negatives, and changes to light pincushion at more time central measures.


It’s a kit lens, and the 18-55mm VR is therefore rather vulnerable to surface in shiny mild, with the superficial bonnet unlikely to help much especially at more time central measures. The lens works quite well when the sun is actually within the structure, displaying an overall lack of comparison plus a few colored surface areas even ceased right down to F16. Here the 7-bladed aperture gives 14-point ‘starburst’ styles, which some individuals obviously value quite extremely.

Nikon 18-55mm Images Quality
Nikon 18-55mm Images Quality Photo by Azis Photography

The biggest issue, however, comes from powerful back or sidelit circumstances, with the sun glowing straight onto the top side factor but outside the structure itself. Unfortunately the 18-55mm VR manages these circumstances particularly poorly, especially at the telephoto end where nearly 50 percent the structure can become enclosed in multi-coloured lines of surface. And these are not the type of fairly styles which Adobe’s developers have tried so difficult to simulate with the ‘Lens Flare’ narrow, but instead absolutely unpleasant and dangerous of anything which was expected to be in image.

Qualifications cloud (‘bokeh’)

One truly suitable, but difficult to evaluate part of a lens’s efficiency is an ability to provide efficiently blurry out-of-focus areas when trying to separate a topic from the, generally when using a long central duration and large aperture. This lens’s 55mm F5.6 establishing hardly matters as either, so truly blurry background scenes are not really easy to obtain.

Nikon 18-55mm Bokeh
Nikon 18-55mm Bokeh Photo By Azis Photography

When defocused background scenes do appear, they are not all that sleek either, displaying severe distinct sides to specular features. To be reasonable though, this is pretty common of this type of lens, and one of the reasons true macro contacts are not cheap.

Vibrations Reduction

Nikon report that the 18-55mm’s Vibrations Decrease program allows handholding at shutter rates of speed three prevents more slowly than usual when capturing at 55mm central duration, and real-world capturing indicates that this is a pretty affordable calculate. The VR device is near-silent operating, with just-audible mouse clicks as the VR device opens and hair at the start and end of function.

We examined the VR program at both the long and short finishes of the zoom capability variety in our conventional studio room test. We take 10 photos at each shutter speed and creatively rate them for sharpness. Shots considered ‘sharp’ have no noticeable cloud at the pixel level, and are therefore made for watching or publishing at the biggest dimensions, whereas information with ‘mild blur’ are only a little bit smooth, and completely useful for all but the most crucial programs. With the 18-55mm’s comparative central duration variety of 28-82.5mm, we’d normally anticipate to be able to get great results portable without picture stabilisation at 1/50 sec at wideangle, and 1/100 sec at telephoto. The topic range for these assessments was roughly 2.5m.

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Nikon 18-55mm AF-S Specification

Street price • US: $200
• UK: £180
Date introduced November 2007
Maximum format size DX
Focal length 18-55mm
35mm equivalent focal length (APS-C) 27-82.5mm
Diagonal angle of view (APS-C) 76° – 29°
Maximum aperture F3.5-5.6
Minimum aperture F22-36
Lens Construction • 11 elements / 8 groups
• 1 compound aspherical element
Number of diaphragm blades 7, rounded
Minimum focus 0.28m
Maximum magnification 0.31x
AF motor type Compact Silent Wave motor
Focus method Extending front element
Image stabilisation • 3 stops
• Single mode (with automatic panning detection)
Filter thread • 52mm
• Rotates on focus
Supplied accessories* • Front and rear caps
Optional accessories • LC-45 Hood (clip-on type)
• CL-0815 Case
Weight 265 g (9.3 oz)
Dimensions 73 mm diameter x 79.5 mm length
(2.9 x 3.1 in)
Lens Mount Nikon F only
Other Distance information output to camera body