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Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G VR Gordon Laing, January 2009

Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR results : Outdoor / Resolution / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting

Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR purple fringing comparison

  To measure and compare purple fringing caused by lens chromatic aberrations and sensor blooming, we photographed a high contrast test chart using each lens set to its shortest and longest focal lengths with the aperture wide open. The crops are taken from the upper left corner of the chart and presented here at 100%.

All four lenses exhibit some coloured fringing when zoomed-out, but impressively the new DX 18-55mm VR is virtually bereft of it when zoomed-in. A good result for the new Nikkor here.

Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR f/3.5-5.6
Nikkor DX 18-55mm II f/3.5-5.6
Nikkor DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Nikkor DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 18-55mm at 18mm f3.5
Nikon 18-70mm at 18mm f3.5
Nikon 18-135mm at 18mm f3.5
DX 18-55mm VR at 18mm f3.5
DX 18-55mm II at 18mm f3.5
DX 18-70mm at 18mm f3.5
DX 18-135mm at 18mm f3.5
Nikon 18-55mm at 18mm f5.6
Nikon 18-70mm at 70mm f4.5
Nikon 18-135mm at 135mm f5.6
DX 18-55mm VR at 55mm f5.6
DX 18-55mm II at 55mm f5.6
DX 18-70mm at 70mm f4.5
DX 18-135mm at 135mm f5.6

Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR macro comparison

To measure and compare macro performance we photographed a chart using each lens at a focal length and distance which delivered the maximum possible reproduction. The dark lines are 10mm apart and the result is not cropped. Smaller areas are preferred in this test.

Zoomed-into 55mm, the DX 18-55mm VR captured an area measuring 68x46mm, which is a little better than the result we measured for its predecessor, although within experimental and manufacturing error. Both lenses are however much better than the DX 18-70mm and DX 18-135mm in this respect, although none could be described as macro lenses.

Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR f/3.5-5.6
Nikkor DX 18-55mm II f/3.5-5.6
Nikkor DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5
Nikkor DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikon 18-55mm macro test
Nikon 18-70mm macro test
Nikon 18-135mm macro test
DX 18-55mm VR at 55mm f8
Max area of 68x46mm
DX 18-55mm II at 55mm f8
Max area of 74x48mm
DX 18-70mm at 70mm f8
Max area of 128x86mm
DX 18-135mm at 135mm f8
Max area of 94x62mm

Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting

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