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  • Writer's pictureIan Miller

Nikon 18-55 DX VR

The Nikon 18-55 DX VR is a versatile and affordable zoom lens that covers a wide range of focal lengths from wide-angle to standard. It is designed for Nikon's DX-format cameras, which have a smaller sensor than full-frame models.

The lens features a vibration reduction (VR) system that helps to reduce camera shake and blur, especially at longer focal lengths or in low-light situations. The lens also has a silent wave motor (SWM) that provides fast and quiet autofocus performance. The optical quality of the lens is decent, but not exceptional. It suffers from some distortion, chromatic aberration, and softness at the edges of the frame, especially at the wide end of the zoom range. The lens is also prone to flare and ghosting when shooting against bright light sources. The lens is best suited for casual photography, such as landscapes, portraits, and travel. It is not ideal for professional or demanding applications, such as sports, wildlife, or architecture.

The lens is compact and lightweight, making it easy to carry around and use. It has a plastic mount and barrel, which may not be very durable in the long run. The lens has a variable aperture of f/3.5-5.6, which means that it loses light as you zoom in. This can limit your creative options and force you to use higher ISO settings or slower shutter speeds. The lens has a minimum focusing distance of 0.28 m (0.92 ft), which is not very close for macro photography.

The lens does not have a focus distance scale or a depth of field scale, which can make manual focusing more difficult. The lens has a filter size of 52 mm, which is relatively small and easy to find filters for.

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