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 DSLR 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. That translates, in turn, to sharp photos more reliably.

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
  • Nikon F-Mount Lens/DX Format
  • Aperture Range: ƒ/3.5 – ƒ/38
  • Pulse Stepping Motor AF System
  • VR Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

I’ve posted some practical examples of the zoom range of this lens. 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.

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

Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 clean up some sections. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel
Photo taken with a Nikon AF-P 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens
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 that is evidenced by the absence of ugly, uneven seams in the clear blue sky is that there’s not much of a problem with lens vignetting. Photo by David Coleman / Have Camera Will Travel

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 lens is often bundled as a kit lens with 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.

Price & Availability of the Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Zoom Lens

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

Buy New

Check the current price and availability at:

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR
  • Nikon F-Mount Lens/DX Format
  • Aperture Range: ƒ/3.5 – ƒ/38
  • Pulse Stepping Motor AF System
  • VR Image Stabilization
  • Rounded 7-Blade Diaphragm

Buy Used

It’s also common to find this used. Here are some good places to check:

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

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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