"AF-P" Lenses that Achieve Quick and Quiet AF
Freshly-designated AF-P lens that makes AF drive available using a stepping motor — a very first for NIKKOR DX lenses*
The the very first Nikon AF-P lenses using the “P” indicating that these new lenses use of a stepping motor for nimble and quiet AF.
There are a pair of variants of the freshly minted Nikkor AF-P DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6: a VR which is stabilized and a non-VR one that leaves stabilization off.
Nikon’s AF-P lenses are the fresh rivals to the Canon Smooth Transitions for Motion (STM) lenses, which also make use of stepping motors for smooth and practically-silent focusing — ideal for those who desire to acquire high-quality movies.
The Nikon AF-P DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR lens is a 3.1x normal zoom covering the 18 thru 55mm range of focal lengths (effective angles of view are similar to those of a lens with 27 thru 82.5mm focal lengths using FX and 35mm formats). This is the first 'AF-P' lens for Nikon digital SLR cameras, employing a stepping motor to drive autofocus for fast and quiet AF.
In addition, it offers a compact and lightweight design which retractable lens barrels were created for their portability, while the use of two aspherical lens elements has culminated in superior optical performance with which many types of aberration, including both distortion and spherical aberration, are effectively contained.
The lens is equipped with a vibration reduction (VR) device providing camera shake compensation similar to a 4.0-stop (with testing in accord with CIPA standards) shutter speed increase.