Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - Review / Test Report - Sample Shots & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D300 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne 4.8.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/15s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/30s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/25s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/60s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/40s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/5.0
Exposure 1/200s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/3.5
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/40s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/125s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/40s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D300
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 24.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/40s

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 VR is a typical kit lens in the sense that it delivers a lot of value for rather little money. It's probably not the lens of anyone's dreams, especially regarding its rather poor build quality. However, there's nothing to complain about its performance regarding sharpness, CAs and also vignetting. The only real issue is probably the rather high amount of distortion at the short end of the focal range, but that's quite typical behaviour in this class.

The lens features a silent but not overly fast AF-S drive, which makes it compatible with any current Nikon DSLR, as well as VR. Even though it's not the latest generation of Nikon's optical stabilization, it's a valuable addition to the lens' attractive zoom range.

So, in summary, the 18-55 VR is a good choice both for anyone buying his or her first DSLR as well as advanced users looking for an affordable standard zoom. At least unless you plan to focus manually or can't stand the haptics of cheap plastic.

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