It's light and it's all plastic. It's cheap and it is also surprisingly
sharped if stopped down. The AF is not particularly fast, and barely
qualifies as AF-S since there is no instant AF over ride; you have to
flip a switch on the body or lens. There is not a whole lot to write
about here, this lens comes in most as part of a kit with most consumer
It's more important to be
there then have the best equipment. A few years ago Kokatat used this
as the first ever whitewater cover shot on their catalog. Shot with
this humble lens.
Charlie Center in the Crucible.
Nikon D200, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G @ 32mm 1/800 F8 ISO 200
It's sharp if you can keep it around
f/8. 100% unsharpened crop.
plastic, it wont last more than a few years of class V.
Terrible focusing ring but the
zoom ring is smoother than expected.
Sharp stopped down.
It's cheap at
Performance better then
for kayaking: 8/10
Nikon may rule the roost for the best mid range kit lens. In many
ways this lens makes sense for kayaking. Provided you shoot under
bright sunlight and a DX format camera. If you get it near free in a
bundle it's certainly worth it. If paying full price, the Tamron or
Sigma 17-50 f/2.8 lenses would be a better investment, but are
obviously much more expensive (offering better optics and similar AF