I’ve been using the 18-55mm near to 4 months now. I bought it with the aim of using the wider end of its focal length to practice my landscape shots. It’s actually a good performer and the pricing makes it a great value buy. I can see why many manufacturers choose to offer their DSLRs with the 18-55mm as a kit lens. It’s just very useful and applicable to most of your everyday shooting needs especially if you’re interested in those travel and vacation shots. I actually spent 5 nights in London taking shots with this lens (I simply do not understand how you people deal with that cold weather) and even without a tripod I was surprised at the quality of the shots.
Where do I even begin with this lens? I bought it new with my Nikon D90 and have been using it for almost 7 months now. I bought is specifically to help develop my composition skills. Since it’s a fixed focal length (prime lens) you’re more or less forced to walk your way around your subject to get that frame just the way you want it. Of course it’s a 50mm lens but if you’re mounting this on a DX format camera (like the D90 for instance) it becomes a 75mm with the crop factor considered.
Nikon produce two 70-300mm telephoto lenses. The cheaper standard version – which this review covers – and a more expensive version which has VR image stabilisation.
This lens weighs 480g which is pretty light compared some of the competing lenses at the same focal range.
The cheap and cheerful non VR Nikkor 70-300mm lens, find out how good it is by watching this video review.