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

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

  • $29999 NZD


Nikon calls this the Nikon AF-S 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

18-55mm.

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.

 

Optics

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.

 

Diaphragm

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

1:3.2.

 

Filter Threads

52mm, plastic.

Rotates with focus and extends with zooming.

 

Size

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).)

 

Weight

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.

 

Hood

HB-45, included in Japan, but not in the USA.

 

Case

CL-0815 pouch, included in Japan, but not in the USA.