Feature trickle—the movement of bells and whistles from high-end to low-end gear—is great. As Crave points out, image stabilization is one that's been falling down the line pretty steadily, now landing in Nikon's standard kit 18-55mm lens. The new, tricked out AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G VR lens— VR standing for vibration reduction—is only $200, and launches next month, just in time for stocking stuffing. [Crave]
"If you are in a situation where you need to take shots at less than 1/70sec then you should get a better lense like the 50mm f/1.8d"
But then you wouldn't have the option of an 18-55 zoom, would you?
This is a great idea on Nikon's part.
The naysayers should actually get out and take some photos in the dark... and realize that this lens is for people just starting out, or for those that can't afford a bunch of fast primes that cover all their focal length needs.