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

19 February 2010
Szymon Starczewski

8. Vignetting

Huge vignetting is a problem for Nikkon’s „kits”. At the shortest focal length the older “kit” lens had as much as 40% of light fall-off in the frame corners. In the stabilized “kit” practically nothing changed because the brightness loss, measured by us, reached 39% (-1.45 EV). By using f/4.0 aperture it decreased to 32% and by f/5.6 it reached the level of 20% and, finally, by f/8.0 it amounted to 13%.

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


In the middle of the focal lengths’ range and at the maximum relative aperture the vignetting is 29% (-0.98 EV). On stopping down to f/5.6 that aberration decreases to 20% and by f/8.0 it disappears completely (6%).

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An unpleasant change happens at the longest focal length. The predecessor had here a result of 19% and the new “kit” reaches as much as 33% (-1.15 EV). Fortunately on using f/8.0 the vignetting decreases to an imperceptible level of 10%.


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


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


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