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

19 February 2010
Szymon Starczewski

11. Summary

Pros:
  • very good or excellent resolution in the frame centre,
  • good image resolution at the frame edge on stopping down by one stop,
  • chromatic aberration well controlled,
  • low astigmatism,
  • low weight and compact dimensions,
  • silent and accurate autofocus,
  • present stabilization efficient on 2-3 EV,
  • affordable price.

Cons:

  • weak image quality at the frame edge when wide open,
  • significant vignetting at extreme ends of the focal range,
  • significant geometric deformations at 18 mm,
  • visible coma,
  • a lot of plastic elements including the mount and the shoddy manual focus ring,
  • slow autofocus.

You don’t need great deductive skills to find that Nikon offered us a really well-made lens. The new stabilized “kit” is really an interesting device you can get good quality shots with. It did have some faults and minor slip-ups but it is rather unavoidable in this price segment. Every amateur photographer who buys this lens in the set with a reflex camera won’t be forced to look for another one too soon because this device will allow him/her to get satisfying effects.

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Sample shots:

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.0 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 35 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.3 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 45 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.6 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 250
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.1 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/125 sec., ISO 320
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.1 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 5.3 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/5.6, exp. 1/200 sec., ISO 125
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 18 mm, f/8.0, exp. 1/250 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.3 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.5 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 35 mm, f/5.0, exp. 1/640 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 6.8 MB
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Summary
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 24 mm, f/6.3, exp. 1/320 sec., ISO 100
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 4.2 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 55 mm, f/9.0, exp. 1/160 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 3.7 MB
Camera: Nikon D200
Parameters: 18 mm, f/3.5, exp. 1/1600 sec., ISO 200
File: JPG, 3872x2592 pix, 7.0 MB



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