Nikon Announces Two New 18-55mm Lenses


For CES 2016, Nikon is announcing two new lenses designed for APS-C sensor cameras. These two new 18-55mm lenses use stepping motors and use a new moniker being called AF-P instead of AF-S. The new motors are said to make the lenses faster and quieter. There are two versions: one with VR (4 stops) and one without. They also have two aspherical elements and a Super Integrated Coating.

Very few details are available so far, and it’s not even on Nikon USA’s actual website. We don’t know the cost yet or how they’ll be bundled with DSLRs going forward.

Technical specifications pulled from Nikon rumors:

  • 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


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