Nikon announces two new AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G lenses

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Nikon announced two new DX lenses (I reported on that rumor last month). The new AF-P stands for "fast and quiet AF with adoption of a stepping motor for AF drive operation":

"The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR accelerates phase-detection AF speeds by approximately 10 times and contrast-detection AF speeds by approximately 3.5 times. With a 25% reduction in noise within the AF drive, this lens is great for shooting stills and even better for videos." (source: Nikon Asia)

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G VR lens improvements

Few sample pictures can be found here.

Additional information:

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G VR lens

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G VR lens

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G lens

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G lens

Lens design:

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G lens design
MTF chart:

Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f:3.5-5.6G lens MTF chart
Technical specifications:

  • Type: F-mount, Type G AF-P DX lens with built-in CPU and F mount
  • Format: DX
  • Focal length: 18–, 55mm
  • Maximum aperture: f/3.5, to5.6
  • Minimum aperture: f/22, to38
  • Lens construction: 12elements in, 9groups, (2 aspherical lens elements)
  • Angle of view: 76° to 28° 50'
  • Minimum focus distance: 0.25m (0.9ft), from focal plane at all zoom positions
  • VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization: Yes
  • No. of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Diaphragm: Fully automatic
  • Metering: Full aperture
  • Filter-attachment size: 55mm, (P = 0.75 mm)
  • Dimensions: Approx. 64.5 mm maximum diameter x 62.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange)
  • Weight: Approx.205g (7.3 oz.)
  • Autofocus: Yes
  • AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): Yes
  • Internal focusing: Yes
  • Focus mode: Manual/Auto
  • Focus distance indicator: Yes
  • Focal length scale: Graduated in millimeters (18, 24, 35, 45, 55)
  • Zoom: Manual zoom using independent zoom ring
  • Supplied accessories: 55 mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-55A Rear Lens Cap
  • G-type: Yes

Press release:

TOKYO - Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G, two normal zoom lenses compatible with Nikon DX-format digital SLR cameras.

The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G are 3.1x normal zoom lenses covering the 18-55mm range of focal lengths (effective angles of view equivalent to those of a lens with 27-82.5mm focal lengths in FX and 35mm [135] formats). They are the first "AF-P" lenses for Nikon digital SLR cameras, utilizing stepping motors to drive AF for fast and quiet autofocusing. In addition, they have a compact and lightweight design for which retractable barrels were adopted for excellent portability, and the use of two aspherical lens elements has resulted in superior optical performance with which various types of aberration, including distortion and spherical aberration, are effectively suppressed. The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is also equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop* (with testing in accordance with CIPA standards) increase in shutter speed.

The combination of superior AF performance and excellent agility afforded by these lenses makes them perfect for those ready to try their hand at full-scale photography with a digital SLR camera.

*At the maximum telephoto position when a digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor is used.

 

AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR and AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G primary features:

  • "AF-P" lenses that achieve fast and quiet AF with adoption of a stepping motor for AF drive operation
  • Compact and lightweight 3.1x 18-55mm (effective angles of view equivalent to those of a lens with 27-82.5mm focal lengths in 35mm [135] format) normal zoom lenses utilizing a retractable barrel and compatible with the Nikon DX format
  • Adoption of aspherical lens elements (2) achieves superior optical performance with which various types of aberration are effectively suppressed
  • Equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) mechanism offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a 4.0-stop* (with testing in accordance with CIPA standards) increase in shutter speed (AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR)

*At the maximum telephoto position when a digital SLR camera equipped with an APS-C size image sensor is used.

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  • AlphaTed

    QA issue?
    Maybe half of the lenses failed the VR tests. So instead of trashing them, they will permanently turn the VR off, and re-label it without the VR. And sell it for a discounted (break-even) rate.

  • lorenz82

    which the sense of a 18-55 without VR?? is it a joke?

    • MonkeySpanner

      Not if a new mirrorless body has in camera shake reduction.

  • MonkeySpanner

    To me the non vr lens could only mean one thing – there is a mirrorless dx body coming. Anyone else see anything else?

  • Riley Escobar

    Engadget has announced the D500.

  • Ineedmy Bobo

    Nikon D500 announced on dpreview and engaget. For real? Wow, the rumors sites never caught this if this is for real.

  • Jim Huang

    It’s a shame that Nikon doesn’t have on sensor PDAF to support the AF-P lenses. I have used my friends Canon 70D + stm combo for some quick video works, and it was really great!

  • Kim

    What I don’t understand, is why Nikon despite changing AF to electronically controlled step-motor, didn’t give it the new electronically controlled aperture!

  • tomanatura

    Prices:

    The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G (non-VR) weighs 195g and will cost £149.99 (about US$220). The AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR weighs 205g and will cost £199.99 (about US$293)

  • tomanatura

    …availability next month.

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