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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

You Pay: $996.95
Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens/DX Format
  • 27-450mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5-32
  • Three Aspherical & ED Lens Elements
  • Silent Wave Motor AF & Internal Focusing
  • VR II Image Stabilization
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • M/A Focus Mode & Zoom Lock Switches
  • Rounded 9-Blade Circular Diaphragm
  • Filter Thread: 77mm

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens from Nikon is an all-purpose zoom lens capable of shooting wide angle to super telephoto focal lengths. This lens has a zoom range of 18-300mm, which provides the 35mm focal length equivalent of 27-450mm in the DX format, making it useful in a wide range of shooting situations.

The lens utilizes a Silent Wave Motor enabling quick, quiet auto focusing for photo and video as well as an internal focusing system that keeps the lens design compact. Also, second-generation Vibration Reduction technology optically stabilizes the image to reduce the effects of camera shake and movement providing the equivalent of up to 3.5 additional shutter speed stops.

Helping with image quality are three aspherical and three extra-low dispersion glass lens elements that will minimize aberrations and lend to overall image clarity and color accuracy. Nikon's Super Integrated Lens Coating reduces flare and ghosting and the lens has 9 rounded diaphragm blades for smooth out-of-focus areas and a 77mm front filter thread. 

The Silent Wave Motor autofocus system uses ultrasonic vibrations-rather than a gear system-to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
The second generation Vibration Reduction II image stabilization improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake for up to 3.5 stops of blur-free handheld shooting.
Maximum magnification of 0.32x and a minimum focusing distance of 1.5'.
Lens construction consists of 19 elements in 14 groups.
Works on FX-format cameras in DX crop mode.
Utilizes 9 rounded diaphragm blades for smooth out-of-focus areas.
The three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements help by minimizing the effects of chromatic aberrations and maintaining optimal sharpness and contrast of the lens.
Three aspherical lens elements reduce coma and other aberrations as well as correct distortion and help keep the lens design smaller and lighter.
Super Integrated Coating nearly eliminates ghosting and reduces flaring, maintaining a crisp image throughout the frame.
A-M switch locks the focus ring during autofocus while still allowing manual focusing when the ring is turned.
The Zoom Lock Switch secures the lens barrel at its minimum focal length, preventing the lens from accidentally extending.
Performance
Focal Length 18 - 300mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 27 - 450 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22 - 32
Camera Mount Type Nikon F 1
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(Bayonet)

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Format Compatibility Nikon DX
Angle of View 76° - 5° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (.45 m)
Magnification 0.32x
Elements/Groups 19/14
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes 2
Please Note:

VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

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Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread Front:77 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.3 x 4.7" (8.38 x 11.94 cm)
Weight 1.83 lb (830 g)

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NikonAF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
 
4.8

(based on 297 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (228)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (66)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (210)
  • Good image quality (115)
  • Easy to use (97)
  • Image stabilization (95)
  • Strong construction (94)

Cons

  • Heavy (95)
  • Poor in low light (13)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Weight (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (201)
  • Sports/action (138)
  • Travel (89)
  • Wildlife photos (89)
  • Weddings (75)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (123), Semi-pro photographer (69), Casual photographer (51), Pro photographer (16), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (271), Yes (13)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Very good lens with managed expectations

This is the best DX format walk-around zoom lens I have used. I have owned it now for 5 months and I have taken over 3000 photos with it. It is a keeper in...Read complete review

This is the best DX format walk-around zoom lens I have used. I have owned it now for 5 months and I have taken over 3000 photos with it. It is a keeper in my book, though at first I was compelled to search for a zoom with range after noticing some images from the D7100 were soft. Some images can be reasonably sharp, too. Better mastery of the camera will produce better results. I will be trying the new Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM soon, but I still need a zoom with reach. So far, this is the best option I am finding in the DX format.

There is noticeable distortion at 18mm, which should be no surprise. Below are some images. Below is the same photo taken at 18mm. The first image shows the distortion and the second image shows lens corrections (and other adjustments) using Lightroom 5.

Lightroom 5 overcomes the limitations of the lens I have discovered so far.

The image stabilization works as advertised and has saved some images in low-light.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not this time

I'm reading very good reviews about this lens and am wondering if I got a bad copy, but found it soft from around 18-50 and from mid 200's to 300. It's also...Read complete review

I'm reading very good reviews about this lens and am wondering if I got a bad copy, but found it soft from around 18-50 and from mid 200's to 300. It's also quite heavy and a little slow. Best to use outdoors or in a sunny place if you're not using a speedlight. Consider the weight of this lens vs. the 18-200 VRII if you're planning on carrying it around all day on a trip. I was hoping this would be my "fun lens," but that's not the case. It's the first lens I've ever returned. For now I'll stick with my 18-200, 70-200 and primes.

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5.0

Very Happy with this lens

By Steve's Photo's

from Marysville, MI

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Quick Focus

Cons

  • Slightly heavy

Best Uses

  • landscape

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Just retired and purchased a Nikon D7100 and wanted just one lens when traveling. Before purchasing, I borrowed one from a friend and liked everything about it, speed of focusing and image. I like the quality of build and don't mind the weight. This fits my need for versatility.

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5.0

Love it!

By Kimberly

from New York

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

A great lens, competivelu priced. The service was fantastic and everyone was knowledgable. Would certainly do business with B & H photo again. Thank you.

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5.0

Very Pleased with this lens

By Alan

from Maryland

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        I bought this as a "travel lens" and I am very happy with the few photos I've taken so far with it. Most of the photos were shot at F11 at various speeds and focal lengths while the camera was mounted on a tripod. Every one came out tack sharp. The lens is a bit heavy, but that's a compromise I'm willing to live with rather than missing a shot while I'm changing lenses.

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        5.0

        Great versatile lens

        By TonyH

        from Denver, CO

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Great zoom
        • Stable
        • Wide Angle Close Ups

        Cons

        • Weight

        Best Uses

        • Space saving
        • Traveller

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        One lens for every occassion !

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        • No

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        4.0

        good buy

        By billy

        from Fountain Valley, CA

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Eliminates Need For Other
        • Lens

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            Great for taking pictures while traveling

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            • No

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            4.0

            Great lens

            By Caylee

            from Texas

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            I'm an amateur photographer and I specialize in baseball photography so I needed a lens that could really be an all in one on a college kid budget. This lens really does fit my needs and I do recommend it. It is pretty heavy (which I expected) but I will be using a monopod with it to keep my action shots as sharp as possible. Anyways, I'm satisfied!

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            5.0

            I love this lens

            By susiejazz

            from Kingston, PA

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Focal Length

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • All purpose lens

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              I've been using this lens for HS sports photos for the booster website. I've had no issues with the lens and its taking great shots. Its doing exactly what I need it to do. I've many compliments on the photos so far.

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              5.0

              Go to lens !

              By Johnny

              from Ohio

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              Great lens. Very versatile. This will be the lens I leave on my camera all the time !

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              5.0

              GREAT LENS!

              By Kara Lynn

              from St. Charles, MO

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Convenience In One Lens
              • Great stability
              • My New Walk Around Lens
              • Tack sharp

              Cons

              • Slightly Heavier But Wort

              Best Uses

              • For Everything
              • Great Bokkah

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              I've been using the Nikon 18-200 for years and decided to buy the older version of the 18-300 as I was told the glass was better and also the lens because of the slightly longer barrel and oh what a joy to use since snapping the very first shot with it! Tack sharp at both ends .. only positive things to say about it. You will love using it and it's not all that heavy compared to a 150-500 or 150-600 or f/2 80-200 lens. The convenience of only having to carry one lens instead of the 18-200 and 70-300 makes it worth every shot!

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              5.0

              From Skeptic To Believer

              By Sam The Hobbyist

              from New Jersey

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • animals
              • Cityscape
              • Kids
              • landscape
              • Zoom Range

              Cons

              • Low light
              • Professional Images
              • Weight

              Best Uses

              • General Lens

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              I wanted to upgrade my kit lens (18-55 & 55-200 combo) when I was up at the Griffin Observatory trying to photograph the landscape and the birds flying around it and having to change my lenses back and forth in a crowd was not fun at all.

              I knew I was not going to FX in the future (sold $0 worth of pictures so far) so I stayed with the DX line. Since I already own a 10-24 with the 77mm thread, it made sense to me to stick with that size filter.

              At first I did not believe a lens with this kind of range would give me something satisfactory and I might have to settle with picture quality like a P&S. But it has prove me wrong over and over again.

              If you are looking for professional grade images, then look elsewhere. But if you want a general do-it-all lens that doesn't require you to carry two of three lenses (although it weights about the same) then look no further.

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              5.0

              Love it

              By Prabir

              from Brooklyn, New York

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                    Just used the first time, and see the results. The pictures are sharp and crisp...love it...

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                    5.0

                    Love it

                    By JanD

                    from Blue Ridge, GA

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                    We live in the mountains. I can shoot someone sitting across from me on the porch then take a shot out to the far mountains. The range is perfect.

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                    5.0

                    Still Testing But This One Is A Keeper

                    By dustoff99

                    from Columbia, SC

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                      Bought this lens to give me reasonably solid performance for close-up, wide-angle, and medium telephoto shots--wildlife, scenery and flowers primarily during daylight. Trying to cut my travel bag weight way down and leave three lenses at home. Autofocus is silent and very fast. Heavier than my old close-up and wide angle but 2 pounds lighter than my telephoto, so weight not a problem when hand-held shooting moving objects/birds. Excellent close-up clarity. Wide angles look good. End range telephoto a little soft. Tested throughout day from early sunrise to near sunset--worked well. Not tested in very low-light yet.Will be taking on a month-long trip to CO/NM and really run it through the wringer. But for now, this lens is a keeper and worth the price.

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                      5.0

                      This is the one!

                      By JD

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Fast accurate auto-foc
                      • Fastaccurate Auto Focus
                      • Fast accurate focus
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction
                      • Wonderful Range

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Candid Portraits
                        • Landscapescenery
                        • Sportsaction
                        • Travel
                        • Wildfife

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        I'm a travel photographer and the owner exotic travel company. Years ago I purchased a Nikon D200 kit with the 18-200mm f/5.6 lens. I have purchased numerous Nikon bodies since then, and even a 80-400mm lens (for Africa big game and bird photos )––the 18-200mm though, has always been favorite go to lens. For my needs Nikon super zooms really fill the bill for my work. I recently purchased the Nikon 18-300mm f/5.6. Perfection is a word I don't use much. In the case of the 18-300mm f/5.6, perfection really describes this lens––razor sharp images, solid––for a 77mm lens the weight is very reasonable––excellent optics and construction, amazing focal range. With the growing weight constrictions on all airlines, you couldn't ask for a better all around lens.

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                        5.0

                        Nikon Quality Shines

                        By WEFergie

                        from Overgaard, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Hood Is Lose

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        This lens was purchased to replace two lenses and it worked as advertised and then some. Used it to shoot drag racing jet cars and it performed flawlessly, enabling great shots and a variety of perspectives especially due to the limited safe shooting locations (despite being the team photographer) and the high speed of the cars. The focus speed was critical as was the ability to capture extreme lighting conditions. The bright jet flames caused no ghosting or flare problems.
                        Some might criticize the weight but I found that it helped for betting handling and smoother pans.

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                        5.0

                        BEST all around DX lens

                        By SAK632

                        from Randolph, NJ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        This lens is a must have, it is great for landscape and portrait shooting. It is a little larger then the NEW 18-300 but it is a better lens.

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                        5.0

                        Worth every penny.

                        By more2learn

                        from Slingerlands, NY

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Rugged
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Night Photography
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        I've used this lens for informal portraits, events, nature ie animal/landscapes and taking pictures of the moon. In all of these I've been able to obtain clear and light/color balanced images (with a bit of softening at extreme focal lengths). I'll be taking this lens to Europe and no others because of it's versatility. Now if I can only find a lens that can teach me composition.

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                        5.0

                        great all purpose lens

                        By Mark the diver

                        from odessa, fl

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Sports/Action

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                          eliminates need to switch lens while shooting

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                          5.0

                          Great Lens

                          By JohnnyRotten

                          from Phoenix Az

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Durable
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Rugged
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • A Little Heavier Than Kit

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Macro Photography
                          • Night Photography
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                          Purchased This Lens for my D60. Went to Monument Valley Az, used lens for the first time and got some Awesome Pictures. I was amazed at the quality of both the lens and pictures I took with the lens. Would recommend this to all my friends. Recently I purchased a D7100 to compliment the lens. Now I just received the D7100 today so I need to go shoot for a while then review how they both interact!!

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                          5.0

                          The Boss

                          By LA

                          from south carolina

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                            Boating ,wildlife on the water
                            One lens in two, close & far shooting
                            n\a

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