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

(based on 304 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (211)
  • Good image quality (115)
  • Easy to use (97)
  • Image stabilization (95)
  • Strong construction (95)

Cons

  • Heavy (96)
  • Poor in low light (14)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)
  • Weight (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (202)
  • Sports/action (139)
  • Wildlife photos (90)
  • Travel (89)
  • Weddings (76)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (124), Semi-pro photographer (69), Casual photographer (51), Pro photographer (16), Photography student (10)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (275), Yes (16)

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

Great service from B & H

By zee

from Indianapolis, IN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    I love Nikon lenses due to their quality and this
    lens is great for candid, landscape, and parties

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    5.0

    All in one!

    By Dennis

    from Frisco, TX

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

          Although a little heavy this quality lens allows me to point and shout nearly every shot without changing a lens. Glass is pure perfection.

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          5.0

          Magic gear

          By Jack

          from Brighton Maryland

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

                Upgraded from my Tamron lense, that is an understatement. The Nikon gear is light years ahead of what I was using. Hence, I also bought the D7100...money well worth spent. Auto focus is rapid and camera use is mega easy.
                Needless to say I'm very please with this purchase.
                Nikon stands behind their gear. My film Nokon 8008S failed to rewind as a result of a trip to the Solomon Island and my pics in the jungle, yup Nikon fixed it FREE and it was well after the warrantee. I'm a loyal Nikon user.

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                4.0

                Good, not great, lens

                By DCBoomer

                from Washington, DC

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                Pros

                • Fast autofocus
                • Good In Bright Light
                • Handy
                • Well-built

                Cons

                • Not good in low light
                • Soft At Max Focal Length
                • Some distortion

                Best Uses

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

                  This is a good all-around lens for everyday photography - but only if you're not too demanding. It's quite soft at maximum focal length and in low light and noticeably distorted at minimum focal length. Do not see much difference at the upper range using VR or not. Does produce very nice results in the middle and in bright light, though. Also, well-built and autofocus is fast. It beats carrying around a bag of lenses if you're just taking pictures to remember your vacation by. But it might disappoint if you're doing professional work or if you're demanding about the quality of your results. Unfortunately, in this day and age, a better lens is going to cost a LOT more money. So, you compromise. This is a good compromise.

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                  5.0

                  Best range of any lens I own.

                  By Dick Thompson

                  from NM

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Range

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Good walk around lens

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

                  While it is a bit heavy, it is still lighter than carrying 2 to 3 other lenses along that might overlap to accommodate an equivalent range. Plus I prefer not to change lenses in the field due to dust concerns. This lens will help minimize changes. I think it will become my favorite general purpose lens. The weight might inspire me to use my tripod more which is usually a good move for me to gain higher quality images.

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                  5.0

                  AWSOME

                  By tazz

                  from minnesota

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

                        I take landscape photos, out in the field I can carry this lens and have a wide view, and also a long view. very happy with this lens

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                        5.0

                        GREAT GLASS!!

                        By Kathy

                        from Boston, MA

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Bit Heavy Worth The Wgt

                          Best Uses

                          • all types of photos

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

                          I wanted a lens to be all around to keep on my camera for all types of photography and this is it! I can do macros or portraits and even wildlife with ONE lens!

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                          • Yes

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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

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                                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

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                                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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                                4.0

                                good buy

                                By billy

                                from Fountain Valley, CA

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                                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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                                    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

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                                            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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