The best Nikon standard zoom lenses in 2024: for Nikon FX, DX and Z cameras

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We're here to help you find the best Nikon standard zoom lens, and get it at the best price. If you've bought a Nikon interchangeable lens camera – whether it's an F-mount DSLR or a Z-mount mirrorless – then you may have already picked up a kit lens that covers the standard zoom range. But could you be using something better?

The kind of lens you get with a new camera, like the AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II, has a lot going for it. These lenses tend to be light, compact, well-built and optically solid, delivering decent image quality and covering all your basic needs when you start taking photos. However, you may soon find yourself brushing up against a narrow maximum aperture, or wishing you had extra features like weatherproofing or optical image stabilisation. And that's when it's time to start shopping around. 

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.