Nikon Announces New AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lenses

Nikon has just announced the new AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lenses for its APS-c sized sensor DSLR cameras.

These are the first “AF-P” lenses for Nikon DSLR cameras, utilizing stepping motors to drive AF for fast and quiet autofocusing. In addition, they have a compact and lightweight design for which retractable barrels were adopted for excellent portability.

Nikon has not disclosed pricing or availability information as of yet for either lens. More details such as technical specifications, MTF chart and lens construction can be seen below.

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Nikon announces two new AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G lenses

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AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Lens Technical Specifications

Focal length 18-55 mm
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.6
Minimum aperture f/22-38
Lens construction 12 elements in 9 groups (including two asphericallens elements)
Angle of view 76° – 28°50′
Minimum focus distance 0.25 m/0.9 ft from focal plane
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.38x
No. of diaphragm blades 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter-attachment size

55 mm (P = 0.75 mm)

Diameter x length
(distance from camera lens mount flange)
Approximately 64.5mm maximum diameter x 62.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
Weight Approximately 205 g/7.3 oz
Supplied accessories LC-55A 55mm snap-on Front Lens Cap, Rear Lens Cap
Compatible accessories 55 mm screw-on filters, HB-N106 Bayonet Hood, CL-0815 Lens Case, LF-4 Rear Lens Cap

MTF Chart

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Lens Construction

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Press release:

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, two normal zoom lenses compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.

The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G are 3.1x normal zoom lenses covering the 18-55mm range of focal lengths (effective angles of view equivalent to those of a lens with 27-82.5mm focal lengths in FX and 35mm [135] formats). They are the first “AF-P” lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras, utilizing stepping motors to drive AF for fast and quiet autofocusing. In addition, they have a compact and lightweight design for which retractable barrels were adopted for excellent portability, and the use of two aspherical lens elements has resulted in superior optical performance with which various types of aberration, including distortion and spherical aberration, are effectively suppressed. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is also equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop* (with testing in accordance with CIPA standards) increase in shutter speed.

The combination of superior AF performance and excellent agility afforded by these lenses makes them perfect for those ready to try their hand at full-scale photography with a digital SLR camera.

*At the maximum telephoto position when a digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor is used.

AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G primary features:

  • “AF-P” lenses that achieve fast and quiet AF with adoption of a stepping motor for AF drive operation
  • Compact and lightweight 3.1x 18-55mm (effective angles of view equivalent to those of a lens with 27-82.5mm focal lengths in 35mm [135] format) normal zoom lenses utilizing a retractable barrel and compatible with the Nikon DX format
  • Adoption of aspherical lens elements (2) achieves superior optical performance with which various types of aberration are effectively suppressed
  • Equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop* (with testing in accordance with CIPA standards) increase in shutter speed (AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR)

*At the maximum telephoto position when a digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor is used.