Be careful to prevent dust from entering the camera when the lens or body cap is removed. The lens generally used in this manual for illustrative purposes is an AF-P DX NIKKOR 18–55mm f/3.5–5.6G VR.

Remove the camera body cap

Remove the rear lens cap

Mounting mark (camera)

Align the mounting marks

Mounting mark (lens)

Rotate the lens as shown until it clicks into place.

Be sure to remove the lens cap before taking pictures.

Lenses with Retractable Lens Barrel Buttons

Before using the camera, unlock and extend the lens. Keeping the retractable lens barrel button pressed (q), rotate the zoom ring as shown (w).

Retractable lens barrel button

Pictures cannot be taken when the lens is retracted; if an error message is displayed as a result of the camera having been turned on with the lens retracted, rotate the zoom ring until the message is no longer displayed.

Detaching the Lens

Be sure the camera is off when removing or exchanging lenses. To remove the lens, press and hold the lens release button (q) while turning the lens clockwise (w). After removing the lens, replace the lens caps and camera body cap.

Vibration Reduction (VR)

Vibration reduction can be enabled by selecting On for Optical VR in the shooting menu (0 Optical VR), if the lens supports this option, or by sliding the lens vibration reduction switch to ON, if the lens is equipped with a vibration reduction switch. A vibration reduction indicator appears in the information display when vibration reduction is on.

Retracting Lenses with Retractable Lens Barrel Buttons

To retract the lens when the camera is not in use, hold the retractable lens barrel button (q) and rotate the zoom ring to the “L” (lock) position as shown (w). Retract the lens before removing it from the camera, and be careful not to press the retractable lens barrel button when attaching or removing the lens.