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LENS PORN: Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR2

Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR2
Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR2




The Nikkor 18-55mm is a very humble yet capable lens that came along with my Nikon D5200. Since I was new to digital SLR cameras, there were many things that I have learned by using this lens for 3 months.



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Specifications

Manufacturer: Nikon
Model: Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 VR2
Made in Thailand

Focal Range: 18-55 mm
Aperture: 3.5 - 38
Aperture Blades: 7
Minimum Focusing Distance: 0.28 m / 0.92 ft
Build: Plastic, with rubber grip
Markings: Gold lettering

Filter thread size: 52 mm

Format: DX (for APS-C cameras)
G (Gelded, without aperture ring)

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Summary


Pros
Very compact and lightweight for general use and travel
Excellent in terms of sharpness, contrast and color reproduction
Handles glare effectively
No zoom creep

Cons
Variable maximum aperture
Gets very dark for indoor use when at 55mm (f/5.6)
The zoom ring doesn't rotate smoothly and causes jitter when shooting video
Does not have an aperture ring (sought after in shooting videos)

Conclusion
Images are beautifully sharp and crisp. Using this lens for 3 months helped me discover what focal length I love to work with (it's 28mm and 55mm).

Sometimes I miss the 18mm when I sold the lens, and it does come in handy sometimes. (Most of my lenses now have 28mm as the widest.) There's no Macro Mode here, but it has a close focusing distance of 0.28 meters or 0.92 feet, which is already pretty close!

One reason I decided to let this go was the variable aperture. It gets real dark at 55mm. I often had to edit photos to make them brighter (Levels).

It doesn't have an aperture ring, which might be irritating when shooting videos or using macro extension tubes. You might be well aware that for a simple task as changing the aperture will drive you nuts -- you need to stop shooting the video, switch out of Live View, change the aperture through the dial, switch back to Live View, and start shooting again.

If you're still with your kit lens and deciding to find your next lens, what better timing for me to recommend those vintage manual lenses! If not a prime, look for those zoom lenses with fixed aperture. 

Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR2

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Samples

The humble Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR2 is a very reliable lens despite its shortcomings. While editing this post and looking back at the photos... I realized that it's been with me to some events and I've shot alot with this lens!





My video samples can be found at:





Complete product shots + more:





Milan and Baby Rats





Snoe Robinson's Galleria





City Color Cosmetics





Four Seasong (By Vikings) Opening at Cubao





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Dezato Mochi





Hungry Panda






Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DX G VR2


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