Popular “walk-around” zoom lens with a remarkably compact and lightweight build that offers superior portability.
Designed for use with Nikon DX-format SLRs, this lens is ideal for shooting everyday photos and HD movies. The 3x zoom covers the commonly used focal length range of 18–55mm, and Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables quiet autofocus, which is an advantage when shooting movies.
Despite its compact size, this lens still boasts Nikon’s Vibration Reduction system for clear, blur-free images, whether you’re taking a wide-angle group portrait in low light, or zooming in to capture distant subjects.
Popular 3x zoom lens: Covers the 18–55mm focal length range (35mm equivalent: 27–82.5mm). Perfect for diverse everyday photos and HD movies.
Vibration Reduction (VR) system: Enables more stable handheld shooting and lets you shoot at up to four stops slower.
Nikon quality images: Designed specifically for use with Nikon DX-format D-SLR sensors, this lens produces sharp photos and videos. An aspherical lens element minimises spherical aberration and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast.
SWM (Silent Wave Motor): For fast, precise, and super-quiet operation.
Retractable lens mechanism: Enables superior portability by allowing you to retract the lens when it’s not in use.
Ultra-compact and lightweight: An ideal walk-around lens, the body weighs just 195 g. The lens is a mere 59.5 mm long when retracted, and just 76 mm when extended and in use.
11 elements in 8 groups (including 1 aspherical lens elements)
Angle of view
76° - 28°50′
Minimum focus distance
AF: 0.28 m (0.92 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions. MF: 0.25 m (0.82 ft) from focal plane at all zoom positions
Maximum reproduction ratio
AF: 0.31x (at 55 mm). MF: 0.36x (at 55 mm)
No. of diaphragm blades
7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
Filter attachment size
52 mm (P = 0.75 mm)
Diameter x length (extension from lens mount)
Approx. 66 mm maximum diameter x 59.5 mm (distance from camera lens mount flange when lens is retracted)
Approx. 195 g (6.9 oz)
52mm snap-on front lens cap LC-52