Nikon AF -S DX 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR II

NPhoto - - Test Team -

The cam­era may look fa­mil­iar, but its re­tractable lens is def­i­nitely all-new

One thing that makes a sig­nif­i­cant dif­fer­ence to the look of the D3300 is the new 18-55mm kit lens on the front, which is now col­lapsi­ble. When col­lapsed, the lens is quite a bit shorter than its pre­de­ces­sor, mak­ing it eas­ier to fit into a bag when not in use. While it still doesn’t make the cam­era small com­pared to the likes of the Nikon 1 cam­eras, it’s an ap­pre­ci­ated small touch which could make a big enough dif­fer­ence to sway you to­wards this model if size is a fac­tor.

When you want to use the cam­era with this kit lens at­tached, you first need to press a but­ton on the lens bar­rel to ex­pand it back into nor­mal pro­por­tions. This does mean that start-up time from packed away is slower than other cam­eras, but you can, of course, leave it ex­tended if you need a quicker start.

Of course, size won’t mat­ter if the lens doesn’t per­form well. Hap­pily, it is a de­cent first op­tic. Its fo­cal length is good for a range of gen­eral sit­u­a­tions, while it is ca­pa­ble of pro­duc­ing sharp im­ages. By shoot­ing at a mid-range aper­ture of around f/8 we can as­sess the sharp­ness of the lens across the frame, and in this re­spect, the lens puts in a good per­for­mance. A good sug­ges­tion for a next lens would be a 50mm f/1.8, which would be handy in lower light con­di­tions, and for shoot­ing por­traits.

Press the chunky black but­ton on the side and the lens ex­pands to its full size, ready for you to use

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