Nikon 18-55mm VR lens

Nikon has performed a veritable U-turn and announced its newest standard range zoom lens will have VR image stabilisation. The precisely name AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR is the first lens announced after their new AF-S NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, which doesn’t have VR as Nikon believed that VR wasn’t required on short zooms.

However, the success of in-body sensor stabilisation from the likes of Pentax, Sony and Olympus, and the new, cheap kit lens from Canon with IS probably forced Nikon’s hand to compete with a cheap VR zoom. This new lens combined with the 55-200mm VR lens would make a good stabilised zoom kit on a budget.