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 D7000 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 32.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 26.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/2000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 50.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1600s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 26.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/640s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 40.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 55.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 52.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 30.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/800s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 22.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 125
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 36.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/400s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 42.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/1000s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 36.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s

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 not really much to complain about its performance regarding center sharpness, CAs and also vignetting. On the current high resolution sensors however the border and corners resolution falls a bit behind.

The lens shows pronounced distortion towards the short end of the focal range, but that's a 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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