Nikon 18-55mm VR Lens Sample Photos

Here are some samples of photos I’ve taken with Nikon’s AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

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The Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens (or the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, to get technical) is a small, light, versatile, and inexpensive zoom lens that works particularly well with cameras like the Nikon D3500 and D3400.

It’s designed for Nikon DSLRs with a DX cropped sensor and zooms from a wide-angle 18mm out to a 3.1x zoom of 55mm.

One of its key features is that it has built-in vibration reduction. That helps reduce motion blur from that slight shake you get when taking hand-held photos, especially in low light. Which translates, in turn, to sharp photos more often.

I’ve posted some practical examples of the zoom range of this lens, and I’ll be posting a detailed hands-on review of this lens shortly. In the meantime, here are some samples of photos I’ve taken with the Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G to give a sense of how it performs in real-world shooting.

You can click on each image to open a full-size version for a closer look. These were shot on a mix of the Nikon D3500, D3400, and D3300. You can see the shooting information under each photo.

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G VR AF-P DX Nikkor Lens - International Version...
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
  • 7 diaphragm blades; Angle of view: 76° to 28° 50'. Maximum aperture-f/3.5, to 5.6. Minimum...

Photos taken with the Nikon AF-P 18-55mm Zoom Lens

Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and ƒ/3.5 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 22mm and ƒ/3.8 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and ƒ/3.5 on a NIKON D3500. The unusual lighting here isn’t Photoshopped or edited–this is completely untouched out of the camera. It’s something that happens on very clear sunrises right around the spring and fall equinoxes, when the sun briefly shines directly into the Lincoln Memorial’s main chamber. You can find more information about it on my Washington DC site.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and ƒ/3.5 on a NIKON D3500. This image has had some Photoshopping done to remove reflections off the glass and cleanup some sections.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 34mm and ƒ/4.5 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and ƒ/3.5 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and ƒ/3.5 on a NIKON D3300.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and ƒ/5.6 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 29mm and ƒ/4.2 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 20mm and ƒ/4 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 48mm and ƒ/5.3 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 40mm and ƒ/5.0 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 23mm and ƒ/3.8 on a NIKON D3300.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 30mm and ƒ/4.2 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 34mm and ƒ/4.5 on a NIKON D3500.
Nikon 18-55mm Lens Sample Image
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and ƒ/4.5 on a NIKON D3300.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/25 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400. This is the ornate skylight ceiling of the Gran Hotel Ciudad de Mexico in Mexico City.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and f/7.1 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 52mm and f/8.0 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 34mm and f/11 on a Nikon D3400. I often take a variation of this shot in lens and camera tests because it can show up both barrel distortion that bends the columns and chromatic berration. There’s minimal evidence of either of those here.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 40mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 26mm and f/8.0 on a Nikon D3400. The branches of the cherry trees lining Washington DC’s Tidal Basin offer a good test of sharpness across the frame.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 48mm and f/5.3 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/7.1 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 40mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 36mm and f/4.8 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 22mm and f/6.3 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400. This was taken across the face of this famous ceiling, so the section at right is much closer than the section at left.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and f/6.3 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/11 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 50mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and f/4.5 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 23mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/11 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and f/7.1 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/7.1 on a Nikon D3400. This viewpoint, which is one I often use, is a good test of any lens distortion. As you can see, though, the lines that are supposed to be straight are indeed straight. If there’s any distortion, it bends these vertical lines.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 29mm and f/4.2 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 48mm and f/9.0 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 25mm and f/20 on a Nikon D3400. This gives a sense of sharpness. As you can see, it’s sharper in the middle of the frame than at the sides, and even the middle of the frame isn’t as sharp as it could be at f/20. I’ve found the sharper apertures to be around the f/8-f/11 range, which is pretty standard.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400. This gives a sense of how the background blurs with the wide aperture.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 34mm and f/4.5 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 34mm and f/4.5 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 42mm and f/8.0 on a Nikon D3400. The high-contrast lines in this should bring out some chromatic aberration, and they do to some extent, but it’s not especially strong and easily corrected in Lightroom.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 40mm and f/6.3 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 38mm and f/4.8 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and f/4.5 on a Nikon D3400. This is another viewpoint I often use to look at sharpness across the frame.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and f/9.0 on a Nikon D3400. You can see both chromatic aberration (left side column) and some slight barrel distortion, but neither issue is especially strong.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 55mm and f/5.6 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 18mm and f/4.5 on a Nikon D3400.
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens at 42mm and f/11 on a Nikon D3400. This is a stitched panorama comprised of multiple images, so it’s not really a good indicator of the lens itself, but it does give an example of how the lens can be used with non-standard shooting. Another thing is shows through the absence of ugly, uneven joins in the clear blue sky is that there’s not much of a problem with vignetting.

Nikon’s Other Models of 18-55mm Lenses

Nikon has a few different 18-55mm lenses. They’re similar, but there are still key differences between them. Nevertheless, telling the model numbers apart isn’t as simple as it could be.

The model used to take the sample photos above is the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR. This one is often bundled as a kit lens with the entry-level Nikon DSLRs like the Nikon D3400 and Nikon D3500.

There’s also a version with updated vibration reduction known as VR II. Its name is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II. But it has apparently been discontinued.

There’s also a version of this lens that doesn’t have vibration reduction. It’s the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G (note that it doesn’t have “VR” in the name or printed on the lens barrel).

Confusingly, there’s also a Nikon AF-P DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II.

Where to Buy

The Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is sometimes included as a kit lens in some of the Nikon DSLR bundles, but you can also buy it separately.

You can find them at B&H Photo and Amazon.

You can often find used versions at KEH that are good value.

Nikon 18-55mm f/3.5 - 5.6G VR AF-P DX Nikkor Lens - International Version...
  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
  • 7 diaphragm blades; Angle of view: 76° to 28° 50'. Maximum aperture-f/3.5, to 5.6. Minimum...

Accessories for the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Filters. It takes standard 55mm screw-in filters: Polarizer | UV/Haze | ND.

Lens Hood. It comes with a petal-style lens hood. If you need a replacement, it’s model number HB-N106. You can get aftermarket versions that are cheaper and work just as well, like this one.

Lens Caps. It uses standard Nikon front (LC-55A) and rear (LF-4) lens caps.

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Nikon D3400 Accessories

Here are some of the key accessories and official part numbers for the Nikon D3400.

Battery & Charger for Nikon D3400

If you're looking for a replacement or spare battery for your D3400, the Nikon D3400's battery is model EN-EL14a. It's a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that's also used by many other Nikon DSLRs (7.2V, 1230mAh). You can also find very good aftermarket versions, like this one from Watson or these from PowerExtra that provide more cost-effective alternatives.

Powerextra 2 x EN-EL14 EN-EL14a Battery & Dual LCD Charger Compatible with...
  • ✔ Battery Specs:Capacity: 1500mAh / Battery Type: Lithium-ion / Voltage: 7.4V / Come with CE...
  • ✔ Standard Compatible with Nikon EN-EL14 EN-EL14a:Ideal Replacement Battery for Nikon Coolpix P7000,...

The battery charger is model MH-24. It's an AC quick charger that plugs directly into the wall socket. Unlike many other cameras, you can't charge the Nikon D3400's battery in the camera. Some of the aftermarket batteries come with a dock charger, which can be a cheaper way to solve the problem.

Memory Card

A memory card is right up there with a battery as an essential accessory for your D3400. But, unlike the battery, it doesn't come with the D3400.

There's no official SD card for the D3400, but there are some that make more sense than others. Some older-model cards are too slow. And some newer, faster (and more expensive) SD cards will work in the D3400 but go beyond what the D3400 can make use of, so you'd be paying for SD card performance that the camera can't take advantage of.

I've put together more detailed SD card recommendations for the Nikon D3400. But here's the Cliff notes version. Any of these make for a good choice and are reasonably priced:

USB Cable for Nikon D3400

If you're looking to connect a Nikon D3400 to a computer to download your photos and videos, you'll need a USB cable. If you've misplaced the one that came with the camera, replacements are easy to find and not expensive. If you'd prefer to get the Nikon original, the model number you're after is [UC-E20](https://www.nikonimgsupport.com/eu/BV_article?articleNo=000005024&configured=1&lang=en_GB), and you can find them at camera specialists like B&H Photo.

But there's no particular reason you have to stick with the Nikon-branded one. There are also many aftermarket micro-USB cables that will work just fine. But there is a bit of a catch: not all micro-USB cables will work with the data transfer that the D3400 needs.

By all means try any others you have lying around to see if the camera mounts to your computer--it won't hurt it. If it doesn't mount, you can pick up replacement data transfer cables like this aftermarket version or this one.

And a reminder that this is only for data transfer. You can't charge the battery while it's in the D3400. For charging, you'll need the MH-24 charger or equivalent (see above).

MaxLLTo 3FT Replacement USB 2.0 Transfer Cable Cord for Nikon D3400 D3500...
  • Length: 3FT, light and easy to carry.
  • Brand new, high quality usb 2.0 Data cable/lead.( Non-OEM )

Camera Strap for the Nikon D3400

There's no particular reason you have to use the original Nikon strap with the D3400--any camera strap will work. But if you want to replace the original (the black one with the gold/yellow Nikon branding), its model number is AN-DC3.

There's also a huge variety of other good alternatives. My personal favorites are the ones by Peak Design, which come in especially handy if you're going back and forth between multiple cameras because they come with a quick-release system. And they're very strong.

Remote Shutter Release for Nikon D3400

There's a number of different options for remotely triggering your D3400 (unlike the D3500, where this functionality was removed).

The first step is Nikon's ML-L3 wireless remote. It's very simple--just a single button, without any intervalometer or other features--and with an infrared signal, its range is limited to about 16 feet or less. But it's inexpensive and designed by Nikon for use with their cameras.

And there's a variety of other wireless receiver/transmitter kits that can be set up to work, some of which get up there in terms of complexity and price.

Lenses for Nikon D3400

One of the great things about DSLRs--and especially ones that use a long-standing mounting system like Nikon's F-mount--is that there's a huge variety of lenses that you can use. So there's no "right" lens to use.

But for the D3400, in general, you want to look for lenses that have Nikon's F-mount system and that are designed for DX camera bodies (that's the cropped sensor size of the D3400). And you'll probably want one that has autofocus. None of these things are requirements, though--there are any number of ways to use adapters or manual older manual-focus lenses--but sticking to those basics will make things easier if you're looking to expand your lens collection.

If you're after some recommendations on lenses to get for the D3400 to step beyond the kit lens that comes with the camera (usually a basic 18-55mm zoom lens), here are some ideas that are sensibly priced and greatly expand your options:

Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3G ED VR zoom lens. If you had to choose just one lens to take with your traveling, this is a great choice. It has a very wide zoom range. At 18mm (equivalent to 27mm on a full-frame body), it's great for interiors or landscapes. At 300mm (equivalent to 450mm on a full-frame body), there's plenty of reach for wildlife, sports, or dramatic sunsets. It has vibration reduction, is surprisingly compact and light, and is competitively priced. Sigma also makes a good version that's a bit cheaper but great quality.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens...
  • Maximum magnification of 032x
  • Angle of view from 76 degree to 5 degree 20'. Focal length range: 18 300 millimeter, minimum focus...

Nikon AF-S 50mm ƒ/1.8G lens. It's hard to go past a 50mm prime lens for versatility, fun, and learning photography. They're fast, which means they're good in low-light as well as give you that nice blurry background while keeping the subject sharp. They're inexpensive. They're often very sharp. And they're small and highly portable. This is the ƒ/1.8 version. Nikon also makes a B&H Photofaster ƒ/1.4 version, but it's about double the price. because the D3400 has a cropped DX sensor, the 50mm lens will become a slight telephoto perspective, equivalent to a 75mm lens on a full-frame camera (i.e., 35mm equivalent). Which makes it all the more useful as a portrait lens, whether you're taking formal portraits or candids of the family. And if you want a more traditional "true" 50mm perspective, you can put the 35mm ƒ/1.8G on the D3400 instead.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
  • Fast, upgraded f/1.8, compact FX format prime lens. The picture angle with 35 millimeter (135) format is...
  • Focal length 50 millimeter, minimum focus distance 1.48 feet (0.45 meter)

Nikon D3400 Body Cap

If you're transporting or storing your D3400 camera body without a lens attached, you'll want to put on a body cap over the opening where the lens goes. That prevents dust and moisture from getting inside and causing havoc (and pesky dust bunnies on your photos).

The camera comes with one, but they're easy to misplace. The model number for the replacement part is BF-1B. It's the same cap used for all Nikon F-mount camera bodies. And this is a great opportunity to save a few dollars with an aftermarket version. They're often sold paired with a rear lens cap, since you often need both of those things when removing a lens.

Nikon D3400 Rubber Eyecup

If the rubber eyecup has been knocked off when you take out of your camera bag, the replacement part model number is DK-25. There are also slightly cheaper aftermarket versions, such as the ones by Vello or JJC.

2 Pack JJC Eyecup Eyepiece Eye Cup Viewfinder for Nikon D3400 D3500 D3200...
  • Made from soft and durable silicone + high quality ABS
  • Provide cushioning around the camera's eyepiece, and are especially useful to eyeglass wearers

Battery Dummy for Nikon D3400

A battery dummy is used for longer-term power supply to the camera. They're especially useful for things like time lapse photography, astrophotography, or using your D3400 as a webcam.

It's an accessory that fits into your camera's battery compartment. By itself, it doesn't provide any power, but it's attached to a cable that you can then attach to different power sources such as AC power or a larger battery pack.

Nikon's official model is EP-5A. You can also pick up aftermarket versions. Some include only the dummy battery part; others come bundled with AC adapters.

TKDY EH-5 AC Adapter EP-5A DC Coupler Power Supply EN-EL14A Dummy Battery...
  • [COMPATIBLE WITH MODEL:] EP-5A DC coupler (Connector) replace EN-EL14/EN-EL14a Battery, work for Nikon...
  • [STEPS FOR USAGE:] Remove the original battery, Replace with virtual battery, and cover the battery...

FAQs

Where Can I Find the Nikon D3400 Manual?

You can find the Nikon D3400 manuals here. There are a few different versions. The Reference Manual is the most detailed and most complete. The User Manual is basically a quick start guide. There are also versions designed for different parts of the world.

The Reference Manual is available as both a downloadable PDF and as on online HTML version.

Where Can I Find the Nikon D3400 Latest Firmware?

Nikon releases firmware updates on their website.

There are a few different types of firmware used by the D3400. The main camera firmware is the "C" version. (The others are for the lens and lens distortion control.)

I have a detailed guide on how to check and update Nikon D3400 firmware versions here.

Nikon D3500 Accessories

Looking for replacements or spares? These are some of the core Nikon D3500 accessories.

Battery & Charger for Nikon D3500

Spare batteries are very handy in your camera bag. Unlike the old mechanical SLRs that didn't need a battery to keep shooting, with the D3500 and other digital cameras, you're high and dry if your battery runs out of juice.

If you're looking for a replacement or spare battery for your D3500, the model number is EN-EL14a. It's a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that's also used by many other Nikon DSLRs (7.2V, 1230mAh). You can also find very good aftermarket versions, like this one from Watson or these from PowerExtra that provide more cost-effective alternatives.

Powerextra 2 x EN-EL14 EN-EL14a Battery & Dual LCD Charger Compatible with...
  • ✔ Battery Specs:Capacity: 1500mAh / Battery Type: Lithium-ion / Voltage: 7.4V / Come with CE...
  • ✔ Standard Compatible with Nikon EN-EL14 EN-EL14a:Ideal Replacement Battery for Nikon Coolpix P7000,...

You can’t charge the battery while it’s in the camera, so you’ll need a separate charger. The camera comes with one. If you’re after a spare or replacement, the model number is MH-24. It's an AC quick charger that plugs directly into the wall socket. Unlike many other cameras, you can't charge the Nikon D3500's battery in the camera. Some of the aftermarket batteries come with a dock charger, which can be a cheaper way to solve the problem.

Memory Cards

There's no official SD card for the D3500, but some cards will work better than others in this camera. And there's no point splurging on a super-fast SD card when the camera can't take advantage of it.

I've put together more detailed SD card recommendations for the Nikon D3500. But if you're just after some quick recommendations, any of these make for a good choice and are reasonably priced:

Camera Strap for the Nikon D3500

You don't have to stock with the original Nikon strap with the D3500--any camera strap will work. But if you want to replace the original (the black one with the gold/yellow Nikon branding), its model number is AN-DC3.

There's also a huge variety of other good alternatives. My personal favorites are the ones by Peak Design, which come in especially handy if you're going back and forth between multiple cameras because they come with a quick-release system. And they're very strong.

Lenses for Nikon D3500

One of the great things about DSLRs--and especially ones that use a long-standing mounting system like Nikon's F-mount--is that there's a huge variety of lenses that you can use with it. So there's no "right" lens to use--it depends on what you're aiming for and how much you want to spend.

But for the D3500, in general, you want to look for lenses that have Nikon's F-mount system and that are designed for DX camera bodies (that's the cropped sensor size of the D3500). And you'll probably want one that has autofocus. These are not hard-and-fast rules, but sticking to those basics will make things easier if you're looking to expand your lens collection.

The D3500 typically comes with a basic 18-55mm zoom lens. There's nothing wrong with it as an entry-level lens. It works just fine, it's inexpensive, and, most importantly, you can still take great photos with it. But it's very much a starter lens. If you're after some recommendations on lenses to get for the D3500 to step beyond the kit lens, here are some ideas. These are sensibly priced, are logical additions to a D3500, and go beyond what the kit lens can do.

Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm ƒ/3.5-6.3G ED VR zoom lens. If you had to choose just one lens to take with your traveling, this is a great choice. It has a very wide zoom range. At 18mm (equivalent to 27mm on a full-frame body), it's great for interiors or landscapes. At 300mm (equivalent to 450mm on a full-frame body), there's plenty of reach for wildlife, sports, or dramatic sunsets. It has vibration reduction, is compact and portable, and is competitively priced. Sigma also makes a good version that's a bit cheaper but great quality. They're both high-quality, extremely versatile, and surprisingly affordable.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens...
  • Maximum magnification of 032x
  • Angle of view from 76 degree to 5 degree 20'. Focal length range: 18 300 millimeter, minimum focus...

Nikon AF-S 50mm ƒ/1.8G lens. It's hard to go past a 50mm prime lens for versatility, fun, and learning the fundamentals of photography. They're fast, which means they're good in low-light as well as give you that nice blurry background while keeping the subject sharp. They're inexpensive. They're often very sharp. And they're small and highly portable. This is the ƒ/1.8 version. Nikon also makes a B&H Photofaster ƒ/1.4 version, but it's about double the price. because the D3500 has a cropped DX sensor, the 50mm lens will become a slight telephoto perspective, equivalent to a 75mm lens on a full-frame camera (i.e., 35mm equivalent). Which makes it all the more useful as a portrait lens, whether you're taking formal portraits or candids of the family. And if you want a more traditional "true" 50mm perspective, you can put the 35mm ƒ/1.8G on the D3500 instead.

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 50mm f/1.8G Lens
  • Fast, upgraded f/1.8, compact FX format prime lens. The picture angle with 35 millimeter (135) format is...
  • Focal length 50 millimeter, minimum focus distance 1.48 feet (0.45 meter)

Nikon D3500 Body Cap

If you're storing or transporting your D3500 camera body without a lens attached, you'll want to put on a body cap. It goes over the opening where the lens goes and prevents dust and moisture from getting inside and wreaking havoc (and pesky dust bunnies on your photos).

The camera comes with one, but they're easy to misplace. The model number for the replacement part is BF-1B. It's the same cap used for all Nikon F-mount camera bodies. And this is a great opportunity to save a few dollars with an aftermarket version--it's just a piece of plastic, after all. They're often sold paired with a rear lens cap, since you often need both of those things when removing a lens.

Nikon D3500 Rubber Eyecup

If the rubber eyecup has been knocked off the viewfinder when you take out of your camera bag, the replacement part model number is DK-25. There are also slightly cheaper aftermarket versions, such as the ones by Vello or JJC.

2 Pack JJC Eyecup Eyepiece Eye Cup Viewfinder for Nikon D3400 D3500 D3200...
  • Made from soft and durable silicone + high quality ABS
  • Provide cushioning around the camera's eyepiece, and are especially useful to eyeglass wearers

Battery Dummy for Nikon D3500

A battery dummy is used for longer-term power supply to the camera. They're especially useful for things like time lapse photography, astrophotography, or using your D3500 as a webcam.

It's an accessory that fits into your camera's battery compartment. By itself, it doesn't provide any power, but it's attached to a cable that you can then attach to different power sources such as AC power or a larger battery pack.

Nikon's official model is EP-5A. You can also pick up aftermarket versions. Some include only the dummy battery part; others come bundled with AC adapters.

TKDY EH-5 AC Adapter EP-5A DC Coupler Power Supply EN-EL14A Dummy Battery...
  • [COMPATIBLE WITH MODEL:] EP-5A DC coupler (Connector) replace EN-EL14/EN-EL14a Battery, work for Nikon...
  • [STEPS FOR USAGE:] Remove the original battery, Replace with virtual battery, and cover the battery...

FAQs & Tips

I've put together a number of resources related to the Nikon D3500.

Good places to start are with the Nikon D3500 Q&As and recommended SD cards for the Nikon D3500.

Where Can I Find the Nikon D3500 Manual?

You can find the Nikon D3500 manuals here. There are several different versions. The Reference Manual is the most detailed and most complete. The User Manual is basically a quick start guide. There are also versions designed for different parts of the world.

The Reference Manual is available as both a downloadable PDF and as on online HTML version.

Where Can I Find the Nikon D3500 Latest Firmware?

Nikon releases firmware updates on their website.

So far, there haven't been any firmware updates issued for the D3500.

Where to Buy a Nikon D3500 DSLR

The D3500 is an excellent entry-point camera for getting started with DSLR photography.

You can find them at Amazon and B&H Photo.

You can also find them used at major used camera gear sellers such as KEH (which is where I often buy when I'm looking for used gear).

Nikon D3500 FAQs

Is Nikon D3500 full frame?

The Nikon D3500 is in Nikon's DX format series of DSLRs, which means it has an APS-C sensor. These sensors are sized smaller than a full-frame sensor but larger than most smartphone and compact camera sensors.

The Nikon D3500's sensor measures 23.5 mm x 15.6 mm and produces images that are up to 24 megapixels (6000 x 4000 pixels). The sensor has a native ISO sensitivity of ISO 100 to ISO 25,600.

What year was the Nikon D3500 released?

The Nikon D3500 was released in 2018. It replaced the Nikon D3400.

What is the weight of the Nikon D3500?

The camera body itself (i.e., without a lens attached) weighs approximately 12.9 oz. (365 g).

Does the Nikon D3500 have a built-in flash?

Yes, the Nikon D3500 has a built-in flash that uses i-TTL.

Does the Nikon D3500 have wireless connectivity?

Yes, the D3500 has Bluetooth connectivity, although that connectivity is limited to use with Nikon's SnapBridge app.

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    • There’s definitely some, although gigantic is probably overstating it. It’s about in line with what I’d expect from an entry-level kit lens.

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