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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 Gallery

The following images were taken with the Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR lens mounted on a D60 body. VR was enabled for all these handheld images.

The D60 was set to Large Fine JPEG mode and sRGB, with Auto White Balance, 3D Matrix metering and the Optimise Image parameter set to Normal for sharpening, tone, colour, saturation and hue; Noise Reduction and Active D-Lighting were set to their default Off settings.

The individual exposure mode, file sizes, shutter speeds, aperture, ISO and lens focal length are listed for each image.

The crops are taken from the original files, reproduced at 100% and saved in Adobe Photoshop CS2 as JPEGs with the default Very High quality preset, while the resized images were made in Photoshop CS2 and saved with the default High quality preset. The three crops are typically taken from far left, central and far right portions of each image.



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Landscape: 4.14MB, Program, 1/250, f8, ISO 100, 18-55mm at 18mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  This first shot was taken with the D60 and the 18-55mm zoomed-out to an equivalent of 27mm. It was bright and the sensitivity set to 100 ISO, so this represents ideal conditions.

This shot illustrates the D60's default image processing, which is certainly vibrant, although you can tone it down if preferred.

The crops are sharp and detailed with no noise or other artefacts to worry about.
     


Landscape: 4.85MB, Program, 1/200, f7.1, ISO 100, 18-55mm at 18mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  Another shot taken with the DX 18-55mm VR lens zoomed-out under bright conditions.

Again the crops are sharp and detailed, even up to the corners - the new DX 18-55mm VR is a great performer for the money.
     


Landscape: 4.17MB, Program, 1/320, f9, ISO 200, 18-55mm at 55mm (equivalent to 83mm)

    Our third sample was taken with the DX 18-55mm VR lens zoomed-into its maximum 55mm.

The D60, set to the default AF-A mode, correctly identified the ship approaching and switched to continuous focus to keep the result sharp.

It's a good result, but if you want to zoom any closer, you'll need a longer or an additional lens.
     
   
     
   


Portrait: 2.82MB, Program, 1/100, f16, ISO 200, 18-55mm at 55mm (equivalent to 83mm)


 

For this portrait shot we zoomed into the maximum focal length of 55mm, which at an equivalent of 83mm, is ideal for head and shoulder shots.

This particular photo was taken with the D60 in Program mode and the flash popped-up as a fill-in, and the camera's selected a relatively small f16 focal ratio.

As such it's possible to achieve a far more blurred background with a smaller f-number, although for a really big impact you'll need an optically faster lens, such as the 50mm f1.8.

     


Macro: 4.68MB, Program, 1/400, f10, ISO 400, 18-55mm at 55mm (equivalent to 83mm)

  For this macro shot we positioned the camera as close at it would focus with the DX 18-55mm VR lens fully zoomed-in.

We shot this in Program mode with the D60, but a larger depth of field could have been achieved in Aperture Priority.

The crops reveal lots of detail and while it's not a specialised macro lens, you can still get some reasonable close-up results.

     


Indoor: 4.29MB, Program, 1/15, f3.5, ISO 800, 18-55mm at 18mm (equivalent to 27mm)

  This indoor shot was taken under very low lighting conditions and even with the D60 set to 800 ISO, we required a shutter speed of just 1/15.

This poses no problems for the Vibration Reduction facilities on this lens though. When zoomed-out, you can typically handhold as slow as one quarter of a second, or 1/10 when zoomed-in.

Like all anti-shake systems, it won't freeze a subject in motion, but it remains an invaluable facility.
     

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