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Nikon 18-55mm VR II DX

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This Nikon 18-55mm VR II DX is fantastic little lens. It's super-sharp and has Vibration Reduction (VR) so you don't need a tripod.

It focuses so close that it replaces most people's need for a macro lens.

It's among the lightest lenses ever made by Nikon.

It now retracts for even easier carrying, just as LEICA's better lenses have done since the 1930s. Personally I wouldn't retract this lens because it has to be extracted again to shoot, putting one more step between me and my picture, but for wrapping the camera in a jacket and packing it away in luggage, this is swell. My photos show it extended and ready to shoot, while Nikon's publicity photos always show it retracted.

This 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR II lens is a complete winner. It works perfectly, and it focuses closer and is lighter than any of its predecessors.

This 18-55mm VR II has superb optics in a plastic mount for light weight and low cost.

Guess what? If you destroy this 18-55 VR II after its five-year USA warranty expires, buy a another new one and you're out less than the price of just one larger lens like the 16-85 or 18-200 or 18-300mm.

The 18-55mm VR II feels perfectly matched to the weightless D3300 or D5300. It's light but solid. The zoom ring is damped perfectly.

Nikon 18-55 VR II

Nikon 18-55mm VR II.


This is a DX lens, which means it works perfectly on every DX digital camera.

It will work great on FX cameras, but it's a foolish idea since it wastes most of an FX sensor and you'll be having to squint at only a small section of your viewfinder. FX cameras usually set themselves to use just the center DX section of their larger sensors and finders.

On full-frame FX or 35mm, it works great from 24-55mm. It gives black corners at focal lengths shorter than 24mm. If you're a hacker like me and want to use this on older film cameras, see more at Nikon Lens Compatibility. This is an AF-S, a G and a VR lens.

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

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.

II: newer retractable model.

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.


Nikon 18-55mm VR II diagram

Nikon 18-55mm VR II internal diagram, collapsed. Aspherical.

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 inexpensive lens perform like a $2,000 lens. Nikon has been doing this for over 20 years, and their other lenses that use this technology are wonderful.


Nikon 18-55 VR II

Nikon 18-55mm VR II at 18mm and f/22.

7 blade rounded.

Stops down to f/22-36.

Close Focus

It focuses to within inches of the lens.


0.9 feet (0.28m) from the image plane (the back of the camera).

Manual Focus

0.8 feet (0.25m) from the image plane (the back of the camera).

Maximum Reproduction Ratio

1:2.8 (0.36x) in manual focus.

1:3.3 (0.3x) in autofocus.

Filter Threads

52mm, plastic.

Does not rotate.

Moves in and out with zooming.

Focus Scale


Depth of Field Scale


Infrared Focus Index


Aperture Ring



2.6" diameter x 2.3" extension from flange (66 x 59.5mm), collapsed.

When actually shooting with the lens extended, it extends from 3.00-3.46" (75-88mm) depending of focal length and focus distance. It's shortest set to 32mm and focussed at infinity, and longest set to either end of the zoom range and focussed closely.

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


6.870 oz. (194.75g) actual measured weight.

Nikon specifies 6.9 oz. (195g).



Earlier 18-55 models used the HB-45.


CL-0815 pouch.



f/5.6 is too slow. see Teleconverters.

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