Nikon AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR lens review with samples


A lot of people will be wanting to know how Nikon’s latest zoomable kit lens for their APS-C Digital SLR cameras performs – let’s put it through its paces.

Please note – be careful to make sure that this lens is fully compatible with your Nikon camera!

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All sample pictures taken by me on a Nikon Z7 and D5600 camera.

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44 thoughts on “Nikon AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR lens review with samples”

  1. So i use the afs vr gii version on my full frame d700 and its been quite the dream working from 24-55 which for how much it weighs makes it a great only lens for a light weight travel setup

  2. I've being watching your videos for a while, Chris, but now that you FINALLY are reviewing Nikon lens, you just got my sub! I'm happy to see my Kit lens here hahahaha best regards from Brazil

  3. So basically an f8-lens for good image quality, save for the corners in wide-angle. I actually like the Canon EF-M 15-45mm a lot more for what it is, because it has great image quality for landscape in wide-angle and reasonable center sharpness for portraits at tele.

  4. Can you review two Tokina lens that seems to be awesome and you don't review yet?
    Tokina 100mm 2.8 AT-X PRO Macro – Very very recommended and one of the best macro lenses out there
    Tokina 14-20mm f2 for DX. I heard great thing about it / Fastest super-wide zoom for crop sensors.

  5. I bought one of these some years ago and have been very pleased, stop down and avoid the widest setting (you don't have to go much above 18mm for much better results) it is a great travel lens (as is the 18-140). At well under £100 if you hunt around, great value. Bokeh is so passé 😉

  6. Hi Chris. Love your videos. Great photos and solid information. Fun Nikon fact, they color balance all of their lenses to match. From the lowly 18-55 kit lens here, to the amazing 105mm f1.4G. Leica is the only other company that does this.

  7. Oh, everyone were furious when I tested this lens and compared the sharpness with Fujinon XF 18-55, angry Fuji fanboys could not accept that their "best kit lens" is as sharp or even less sharp at is wide end than this cheap plastic Nikkor.

  8. As a Nikon user, I would like to request you please review more and more Nikon DLSR lens.
    You're reviews are like Benchmark for lens testing.

    And in Youtube there is no such YouTube channel who reviews this much.

    I have been your channels subscriber since 2016.
    You're doing extremely well.
    Thanks for your vidoes.

  9. It's subtle, but I like how you go into slightly more detail on basic things when reviewing a lens aimed at people that may not know very well what they're doing or looking for.

  10. Wonderful review. I use D3300 with AF-S 18-55 VR2, predecessor to this AF-P lens. Then year later bought AF-S DX 35 f/1.8G. Color rendition of this prime lens is superb, but both the lenses are awesome. I tried shooting my motorcycle with 18-55 at f/8 in broad daylight, it was awesome inspired me to use 18-55 more. One thing I observed due 24 MP APS-C Shooting 35 at f/2 or f/2.8 helps me keep ISO below 800 without worrying about depth of field. ISO 400 is best on D3300 with/without flash for wedding photography indoors.

  11. I got this in a kit and I honestly can't stand how ugly it is when opened. It feels so cheap all the way around. That said, it is not bad, and compared to the price range when buying it used it is hard to argue it is not worth the price. Lenses under 100 euros that have autofocus? You can hardly find a prime for that money, let alone zoom of any kind.

    If you correct for distortion, maybe remove the tapes and wear gloves so you don't feel it's icky plastic, it can take sharp images.

  12. I used the predecessor of that lens on my D5100. Lightweight and almost perfect for hiking. It withstood light rain (for hours), heavy and wet snowfall, dust, etc.
    You get that lenses very very cheap used.
    btw: Nikon made a mistake by designing it with 55mm filter size. Most entry level Nikon DX lenses had 52mm filters (55-200mm, 35mm, 50mm, macro).

  13. Hi Cristopher, I have a question: is this kit lens worth swapping for the Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8? Or the jump in quality would not justify spending about € 300? Thanks and best regards, Adalbert

  14. that's about the last lens I expected you to review

    I bought this lens for less than 50€ on ebay a few years ago. The Lens cap was the terrible cheap plastic lens design and broke on me recently, replacements with proper springs are very cheap though.

  15. Props for mentioning the non compatibility for older DSLR-s Chris, on photogear selling forums in my country few years ago i had to always be a smartass and spam this info under AF-P lenses for sale, because these are prime targets for beginners to buy as first lenses, and it wasn't a widely known thing that they won't do anything on older cameras not even manual focus.


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