Gear Guide

Nikon DX AF-P 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Kit lens. Cheap but good !

When you buy a Nikon dslr camera usualy they will include some kit lens. Today i want to talk about the cheapest kit lens that Nikon provide with some Entry-level cameras such as D3xxx and D5xxx models. As long you are not addicted to macro or wild life photography where you need more specific lenses, these lens will cover the most cases of general photography. For absolutely starters and those who don’t know yet the main settings of the camera and how they affect your photograph, these lens is definitely the right one to start with.

The best thing about these kit lens is the price. At 48€ (on guterkauf Feb.2018) these lens can be named really cheap. But don’t judge from the price, the quality that it provides is just amazing and that i can guaranty cause i used it for thousand of my photographs (and use it now as well), if you have visited my Instagram account you could see it on many post description where i share the gear settings for the posted photos.

For travelers who looking for a “all in one” lens with wide range focal values like the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR (450€), i would suggest to get the Nikon 18-55mm (48€) and one more Nikon 55-300mm (183€) and so you can save around 220€ (Prices taken from www.guterkauf.com.de) and still you will have the ability to shot on same focal range of 18-300mm ! Isn’t that cool ?

Title decoding
  • Nikon – Obviously the company that build these lens.
  • DX – means that these lens is build for Nikon cameras with crop APS-C sensor
  • AF-P – New generation silent focus stepping motor build in the lens that works really quietly, very useful if you take videos, don’t ruin your videos with the knowing noises that the AF-S motor had.
  • F 3.5 and 5.6 – the largest aperture ratio possible at the smallest and largest focal values (18-55mm) of the lens.
  • G – means that the lens does not have an aperture ring like the old lenses. All modern Nikon lenses are “G”, because the aperture ring is only needed for old manual focus camera bodies.
  • VR – Vibration Reduction or image stabilization name it as you like. These one helps you avoiding blurry/shaky photos when you shoot handheld. Probably not the most necessary spec on these focal length, but on tele-zoom lenses like 200mm and above it is a “must have”, unless your camera is mounted on a  steady tripod for your shooting.

*For more specific information visit the Official website of Nikon

The switch between the Auto and Manual focus mode have to be done in the camera settings, since these lens does not have the switch button builded on it self. However, this problem is partially resolved by the new M/A focus mode which allows you to switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.

Overall these lens is just great. Light, sharp, with quiet focus and cheap, therefore i can only recommend it to everyone ! Surely once you will try everything that you can do with these lens, you will start to looking for some more professional fast lenses with big aperture etc. but trust me you will not regret that you started with these one.

Have fun and share your opinion about these lens in the comments bellow !

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