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  Nikkor standard zoom lenses
 
 

Standard zoom lenses offer a general-purpose range from wide angle to short telephoto, thereby giving you great day-to-day flexibility. The vast majority of standard zoom lenses in use are those kit models which are popularly bundled with many DSLRs, such as the Nikkor DX 18-55mm model. Mounted on a Nikon APS-C body like the D40 or D80, this will deliver an effective range of 27-83mm, thereby covering typical landscape shots to basic portrait work.

You may already own a standard zoom, but it can often be worth replacing it for a superior model. After all, as the lens range you use the most, you’ll see the benefit on the most photos. Better quality standard zooms may offer superior optics, an extended focal range, tougher construction, quicker focusing, brighter apertures or image stabilisation to reduce camera-shake.

 

As always, bear in mind any reduction in field due to your DSLRs sensor when choosing a lens. All of Nikon's DSLRs (apart from full-frame FX models like the D3) have a reduction factor of 1.5x, which effectively multiply lens focal lengths by 1.5 times. So if you go for an 18-70mm lens, you’ll actually have an equivalent of 27-105mm.

Also note Nikon DSLRs without built-in focusing motors, like the D40, D40x and D60, will only auto-focus with AF-S Nikkor lenses. If you use an AF Nikkor lens on these bodies, they will be manual focus only.

Note: Nikkor's DX lenses are not compatible with its full-frame (FX) DSLRs like the D3. For a full explanation of lens specifications and examples of coverage at different focal lengths, check out our Camera Labs Lens Buyers Guide.


   
Nikkor AF-S DX 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - full review

     
Focal length: 16-85mm
Aperture: f3.3-5.6
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 24-128mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 38cm
Filter thread: 67mm
Lens hood: HB-39
Construction: 17 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight:485g
Size (diam x length): 72x85mm



 
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II - group test

     
Focal length: 18-55mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 27-83mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 27cm
Filter thread: 52mm
Lens hood: HB-33
Construction: 7 el. / 5 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 205g
Size (diam x length): 71x74mm



   
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - full review

     
Focal length: 18-55mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 27-83mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 28cm
Filter thread: 52mm
Lens hood: HB-45
Construction: 11 el. / 8 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 265g
Size (diam x length): 73x80mm


 
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED - group test

     
Focal length: 18-70mm
Aperture: f3.5-4.5
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 27-105mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 38cm
Filter thread: 67mm
Lens hood: HB-32
Construction: 15 el. / 13 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 390g
Size (diam x length): 73x76mm




 
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - results

     
Focal length: 18-105mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 27-158mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: SWM
 

Closest focus: 45cm
Filter thread: 67mm
Lens hood: HB-32
Construction: 15 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight:420g
Size (diam x length): 76x89mm



 
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED - group test

     
Focal length: 18-135mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 27-203mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
 

Closest focus: 45cm
Filter thread: 67mm
Lens hood: HB-32
Construction: 15 el. / 13 groups
Diaphragm blades:7
Weight:385g
Size (diam x length): 74x87mm




 
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II - review

     
Focal length: 18-200mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 27-300mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 50cm
Filter thread: 72mm
Lens hood: HB-35
Construction: 16 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 565g
Size (diam x length): 77x97mm


Nikkor AF-S DX VR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

     
Focal length:18-200mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: DX
Equiv on DX DSLR: 27-300mm
Full-frame compatible: No
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 50cm
Filter thread: 72mm
Lens hood: HB-35
Construction: 16 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 560g
Size (diam x length): 77x97mm


 
Nikkor AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED

     
Focal length: 24-70mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 36-105mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 38cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-40
Construction: 15 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 900g
Size (diam x length): 83x133mm

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