The Nikon Nikkor 18-55 VR is a great DX lens. The field-of-view exposure is 27-82.5mm. As a result, it doesn’t have the greatest of speeds but it surely envelops a very good stretch. Even with the presence of VR, the lens is almost as expensive as its precursor, priced at €100 / $130. This, to a great extent proves that there are very few changes in the built-in quality. The plastic used to make the body, including the lens, is of poor quality. However, this isn’t a real problem and can be found in entry level cameras of most companies.
The zoom function is excellent. It is wide and has a rubbery finish, which makes it very easy to access. Keeping the budget in mind, the manufacturers haven’t invested too much into making the focus ring very elaborate. The user has to use the crimped face of the lens tube found on the inside to adjust the focus. An amateur will not have much problem with this, but a professional photographer may find this to be a little frustrating to use at times. The manual focusing feature is therefore one of the very few drawbacks of this otherwise excellent device. The image trembles to a great extent when the focus ring is disturbed. This happens due to the instability of the lens tube found on the inside.
The lens elongates while you zoom and focus and the camera. It gets to the highest length while at both ends of the range of zoom. The minimum length, however, is about ~35mm. With a revolving feature in the front, the use of a polarizer becomes difficult. As is the case with almost every lens in the G category, this particular device also comes without a specific aperture ring.
The Nikon Nikkor 18-55 VR is fitted with an AF-S motor. It is an ultrasonic device. This makes it sound-free. However, while this feature is quite cool, the speed of the camera is relatively slower. This isn’t too much of a problem though since the lens completely matches the specs of all the Nikon digital SLR cameras available in the market these days. The entry level motor free cameras also fall in the category.
VR, the first generation optical stabilization tool, is found in the Nikon Nikkor 18-55. Note that the lens doesn’t use the VR II. The addition of the VR provides for shutter speeds that are nearly three stops slower. This is a claim that Nikon makes very proudly while promoting the lens. However, the exact quality of the image will depend greatly upon the skills of the photographer.
Another minor drawback of the Nikon Nikkor 18-55 is that it comes without a hood. It is one of the rare products from the house of Nikon that comes without a cover. But this is an easily resolvable problem, as you can purchase the specific HB-45 hood at a very reasonable price.
Ever since its introduction in the markets in November 2007, the lens has been popular. It weighs 265 g and so is quite easy to carry around while traveling. At 73 mm (diameter) x 79.5 mm (length) it fits into most camera pouches. 7 diaphragm blades are found in the lens and that automatically makes for good quality images.
Overall the Nikon Nikkor 18-55 is a good and useful lens in its price range. Fitted with some great features, the lens can be fitted to any modern Nikon DSLR. It is a good lens for amateur and entry level photographers who want to experiment with DSLRs before turning pro with the more sophisticated and high-end lenses.