Aug 3, 2008

Nikon 18-55mm VR Lens Review

I just picked up one of these Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens lenses for my Nikon D300 the other day. I am quite pleased with it. It is very sharp and light weight, making it a great carry around lens.

Is VR really necessary in a lens this wide? Perhaps not, but I often shoot in low light and having a few extra stops to play with does help. VR is a huge benefit when shooting hand-held at slow shutter speeds from about 1/4 to 1/30 of a second. I noticed no vignetting at all (darkening in the corners).

It works perfectly. The staff at my local camera store tried to talk me into the 18-70 non-VR lens but I wouldn't have it (the zoom action on that lens is horrible). There isn't much this one can't do well. In some ways its optics outperform the more expensive 16-85mm VR and 18-200mm VR lenses.

Being under $200 makes this lens a no-brainer. Along side my 55-200mm VR I have pretty good coverage in two great and super-inexpensive lenses. The only lens I have that is sharper than this one is this one.

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

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Features of this lens-

  • 18-55mm lens with f3.5-5.6 maximum aperture for Nikon DSLR cameras
  • Focal length equivalent to 27 to 82.5mm in 35mm photography
  • Features a Silent Wave Motor and and Vibration Reduction (VR)
  • 0.28 meter/0.9 foot closest focusing distance throughout the entire zoom range

Sample taken from this lens-

Nikon 18-55mm VR lens sample photo