The Nikon Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S DX VR II is a general purpose zoom lens for Nikon DX format digital SLR (DSLR) camera bodies. It's a very sharp lens designed and optically optimized specifically for high resolution DX format sensors so you can get the most out of your 24 megapixel camera. It also features Vibration Reduction image stabilization to combat the effects of camera shake to help to you get the sharpest, clearest photos and video possible.
The 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S DX VR II benefits from a highly refined mechanical design and glass arrangement that performs at a high level yet is one of the most compact portable Nikon zooms lenses ever. There's a lot of technology housed inside this lens even though it's just 2.6 inches long and weighs less than 7 ounces: eleven high quality anti-reflective coated lens elements (including a distortion fighting Aspherical element), a fast AF-S SWM Silent Wave Motor for focusing, and the VR (Vibration Reduction) system that makes you steadier. The 18-55mm AF-S DX VR II zoom control ring also has a convenient zoom lock button that's large and easy to use (the zoom control ring lets the photographer change the focal length of the lens and thus it's angle of view).
The 18-55mm AF-S DX VR II is called a general purpose lens because it's able to change it's focal length from what's usually considered a moderately wide angle (more subject matter in the image but less magnified) all the way to just slightly telephoto angle of view (less subject matter in the photo but more magnified). The 18mm focal length used on a DX size sensor produces a 76° angle of view (diagonally from corner to corner) which is wide enough to capture relatively broad landscapes outdoors and also works well in small indoor spaces. The 55mm focal length used on a DX size sensor produces a 28°50' angle of view (diagonally from corner to corner) that lends itself to more tightly framed portraits at a flattering distance. You can also set the zoom anywhere between the 18mm and 55mm focal length settings to frame group pictures just the way you want. An equivalent lens for a 35mm film camera or a FX sensor digital Nikon would be a 28-80mm focal length zoom.
Originally released in 2014 the Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S DX VR II (Nikon USA part # 2211) is a sharper and shorter update to the previous Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S DX VR (Nikon USA part # 2176). In 2016 a new Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-P was released with an AF-P stepper motor that is great for video but is compatibility limited to the more recent camera bodies.
The Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S DX VR II is great for most situations it's a super versatile "walk-around" lens. Pair it up with a good telephoto and you're ready for most situations.
- 3x standard zoom lens for DX format digital SLR cameras
- Zoom from wide-angle to portraits focal lengths
- Optimized for high-resolution DX-format sensors
- Super-compact and light
- Aspheric element reduces optical aberrations and distortion
- Super Integrated Coating (SIC) preserves contrast, reduces reflections and glare
- VR (Vibration Reduction) system reduces loss of sharpness due to camera and lens movement
- AF-S SWM (Silent Wave Motor) provides fast and quiet autofocus
- Close focuses down to .92ft
- Uses the popular 52mm size filters
Available accessories include the HB-69 Bayonet Lens Hood which reduces loss of contrast from reflections and glare, CL-0815 Soft Lens Case, and 52mm filters.