Nikon has released details of the AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G and AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lenses, which will go on sale on 28 January.


The new AF-P DX Nikkor lenses. (Source: Nikon.)

The new lenses are the first AF-P lenses for Nikon’s DSLR cameras and are designed to offer enhanced autofocusing performance. Compatible with all DX format DSLRs, including the entry-level D5500, D5300 and D3300 models, they are the first lenses for the DXC format with built-in stepping motors for driving autofocusing. Nikon claims  phase-detection autofocusing with the new lenses is approximately 10 times faster than normal 18-55mm lenses, while contrast-detection AF speeds are increased by approximately 3.5 times. The AF drive motor also provides a 25% reduction in noise, making the new lenses ideal for video recording.

Both lenses include two aspherical lens elements, which minimise common aberrations and distortions. The AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens includes built-in Vibration Reduction (VR), which compensates hand-held camera shake to provide the equivalent of shooting with a shutter speed 4.0 stops faster. Electronic contacts enable Auto Focus/Manual Focus and VR controls to be set from the camera’s menu, eliminating unintentional setting changes.

Both lenses feature a retractable lens mechanism, which helps to make them lightweight and portable.  The AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens  measures only 64.5 mm (diameter) by 62.5 mm (length) when retracted and weighs approximately 205 grams.  The AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G  lens has the same dimensions but is marginally lighter at 195 grams. Details of both lenses can be found at Pricing is at dealers’ discretion.