Nikon’s AF-P 18-55mm Lenses Pack Stepping Motors for Quick and Quiet Autofocus

Nikon today announced two new 18-55mm kit lenses for entry-level photographers. They're the first AF-P lenses from Nikon, with the "P" indicating that the lenses use a stepping motor for fast and quiet autofocusing.

There are two variants of the new AF-P DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6: a VR one with stabilization and a non-VR one that leaves it out.

Cheap Kit Lenses Are Not Weak Kids’ Lenses

Well known photographer and blogger Scott Kelby recently pointed to the 18-55mm kit lens as a reason why beginners find it difficult to take good shots -- it is neither wide nor long enough to create visual impact, he wrote. I'd like to respectfully disagree.

It's precisely because the 18-55mm kit lens is cheap and common that I relish the challenge of capturing great images with it. I just love the “You shot that with a kit lens?” wide-eyed reaction when people realize how learning to read the scene and lighting makes more difference than splurging on an expensive lens upgrade.