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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 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF
     
Focal length: 24-85mm
Aperture: f2.8-4
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 36-128mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
  Closest focus: 50cm
Filter thread: 72mm
Lens hood: HB-25
Construction: 15 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 545g
Size (diam x length): 79x83mm

   
Nikkor AF-S VR 24-120mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

     
Focal length: 24-120mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 36-180mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: Yes
AF motor: SWM
  Closest focus: 50cm
Filter thread: 72mm
Lens hood: HB-25
Construction: 15 el. / 13 groups
Diaphragm blades:7
Weight: 575g
Size (diam x length): 77x94mm


Nikkor AF-S 28-70mm f/2.8D IF-ED

   
Focal length: 28-70mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 42-105mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: SWM
Closest focus: 70cm
Filter thread: 77mm
Lens hood: HB-19
  Construction: 15 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 935g
Size (diam x length): 89x122mm



Nikkor AF 28-80mm f/3.3-5.6G

   
Focal length: 28-80mm
Aperture: f3.3-5.6
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 42-120mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
Closest focus: 35cm
Filter thread: 58mm
Lens hood: HB-20
  Construction: 6 el. / 6 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight:195g
Size (diam x length): 67x64mm
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Nikkor AF 28-105mm f/3.5-4.5D

   
Focal length: 28-105mm
Aperture: f3.5-4.5
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 42-158mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
Closest focus: 50cm
Filter thread: 62mm
Lens hood: HB-18
  Construction: 16 el. / 13 groups
Diaphragm blades: 9
Weight: 455g
Size (diam x length): 73x82mm



   
Nikkor AF 28-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED


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Focal length: 28-200mm
Aperture: f3.5-5.6
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 42-300mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
Anti-shake: No
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
  Closest focus: 44cm
Filter thread: 62mm
Lens hood: HB-30
Construction: 12 el. / 11 groups
Diaphragm blades:7
Weight:360g
Size (diam x length): 70x71mm


Nikkor AF 35-70mm f/2.8D

   
Focal length: 35-70mm
Aperture: f2.8
Lens mount: F-mount
Equiv on DX DSLR: 53-105mm
Full-frame compatible: Yes
  Anti-shake: No
AF motor: requires AF motor in DSLR
Closest focus: 60cm
Filter thread: 62mm
Lens hood: HB-1
  Construction: 15 el. / 12 groups
Diaphragm blades: 7
Weight: 665g
Size (diam x length): 72x95mm
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