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Nikon AF-P DX 18-55 3.5-5.6G VRII

Nikon AF-P DX 18-55 3.5-5.6G VRII

  • $29999 NZD

Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR.

    AF-S: Quiet focusing with a silent wave motor (SWM).

    DX: Only works on digital cameras, usually gives black corners on film.

    G: No aperture ring. Only works on cameras newer than about 1992.

    VR: Vibration reduction, rated for three stops improvement.

Oddly, no mention of magic ED glass, but Nikon still rates the sharpness as the same to slightly better than the 18-55mm II ED.

All this and more explained in greater depth on my Nikon Lens Technology page.


Focal Length


Used on a DX camera it gives the same angle-of-view as a 28-85mm lens gives on a 35mm film or FX digital camera.

See also Crop Factor.


Maximum Aperture

f/3.5 - 5.6.



11 elements in 8 groups, including one hybrid aspherical element. A hybrid aspherical element is a glass element to which a thin aspheric plastic film is glued. This lets this $200 lens perform like a $2,000 lens. Nikon has been doing this for a decade, and their other lenses that use this technology are wonderful.



7 blade rounded.

Stops down to f/22-36.


Close Focus

0.9 feet (0.28m) from the image plane (the back of the camera). This is only inches away from the front of the lens!


Maximum Reproduction Ratio



Filter Threads

52mm, plastic.

Rotates with focus and extends with zooming.



2.9" diameter x 3.1 " extension from flange (73 x 79.5mm).

(The non-VR 18-55mm is rated at 2.7 x 2.9" (70.5 x 74.0mm).)



9.280 oz. (263.1g), measured.

Nikon specifies 9.3oz. (265g).

Measured with two real samples, this VR version actually weighs 2.105 oz. (59.7g) more than my 18-55mm AF-S II