This is the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Nikkor zoom lens:
The Nikon 18-55mm VR lens was introduced on 20-November-2007 — read the press release.
Thom Hogan’s rating of the 18-55mm VR — Thom Hogan assigned an overall rating of three stars for the 18-55 VR, and states the following as reasons to buy the lens:
- Comes with camera at a price you can’t resist.
- Very good all around; no significant optical faults.
- Small, light.
Here’s the link to the short forum message by Thom, who commented on the 18-55mm and the Nikon 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G lenses, and revealed that he will be posting up his Nikon DX lens conclusions later:
I’ll have more to say on this soon, as I just got done testing all the consumer DX lenses side-by-side. But the 18-55mm VR and 18-105mm VR both test out very, very well.
Sample photos and galleries
Here’s a couple of full-resolution 18-55 VR test photos can be viewed at Impress, taken with the Nikon D3200.
Visit DPReview for full-resolution image samples taken with the Nikon D3200. There’s a good mix of photos in gallery — portraits, high-ISO “noise test” pictures, close-ups and landscapes.
Extremely sharp macaw portrait — ScottJ’s “Mila Close-Up” has to be seen to be believed.
Note that his lighting (two Vivitar 285HV Auto professional flash units were used) and photographic skills played a very important part in nailing the shot, and in a reply to my question, he confirmed that the image was indeed taken with the 18-55mm VR plus Nikon D60 combination.
Nikon 18-55mm VR photos on DC Watch — DC Watch has presented a fantastic set of 12 photos taken with this lens mounted on a Nikon D300.
My favorites from the article are:
The bokeh from this lens seem quite pleasing, and the close-up capability is a bonus.
Click on the thumbnails below to open up the full-resolution image your browser, or just right-click to save to your hard drive.
The official websites for the 18-55 VR lens are at:
- Weight: 9.3oz. (265g)
- Dimensions: 2.9x3.1in. / 73x79mm (Diameter x Length)
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