Spanning wide-angle to super telephoto, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR from Nikon is an ideal single-lens solution for photographing in a wide variety of situations. Designed for DX-format cameras, this 27-450mm equivalent zoom features an advanced optical design comprising both aspherical and extra-low dispersion glasses, which help to reduce aberrations and distortions throughout the zoom range for notable clarity and sharpness. A Super Integrated Coating has also been applied to suppress flare and ghosting when working in backlit or harsh lighting conditions. Benefitting the optics is a four stop-effective VR image stabilization system, which minimizes the appearance of camera shake in order to produce sharper handheld imagery. Additionally, a Silent Wave Motor affords quick, quiet autofocus performance along with full-time manual focus override.
- F-Mount Lens/DX Format
- 27-450mm (35mm Equivalent)
- Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22
- Three Aspherical and Three ED Elements
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED V... Overview
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED V... Specs
18 to 300mm (35mm Equivalent: 27 to 450mm)
f/3.5 to 6.3
|Lens Format Coverage|
|Angle of View|
76° to 5° 20'
|Minimum Focus Distance|
1.57' / 48 cm
16 Elements in 12 Groups
67 mm (Front)
|Dimensions (ø x L)|
3.09 x 3.9" / 78.5 x 99 mm
|Length at Maximum Extension|
7.02" / 178.2 mm
1.21 lb / 550 g
|Box Dimensions (LxWxH)|
6.3 x 4.8 x 4.7"
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED V... Reviews
Nikon 18mm - 300mm
I haven't really used it that much. But I am very impressed about the lens.
excellent all purpose spur of the moment lens
I love this lens. It's my go to all the time while im traveling in my car. Im often a spur of the moment photo taker of birds or whatever I see and this lens is awesome. I love when I crop the pictures how b beautiful they turn out even the birds from a great distance.
Best of the bunch
I've owned three all-in-one zoom lenses over the last four years and this one is the best of the bunch. The first lens I purchased was the Tamron 16-300mm f3.5/6.3 Di II VC PZD. I really wanted to keep this lens because of the incredible zoom range, especially at the wide end. After about 6 months of use, I sold it. It just wasn't very sharp. Maybe it was the copy I had but I wasn't willing to risk purchasing it again. In its place, I purchased the Nikon 18-140 f3.5-5.6 ED VR lens thinking that giving up some zoom range for a sharper lens would be worth it. However, in the end I sold this lens as well. It was sharp enough but the focus accuracy through the view finder on my Nikon D5500 cameras was poor, especially in low light. Several pictures were ruined because of this so I sold it. I may have had a bad copy of this lens as well. I read the reviews for the redesigned 18-300mm f3.5-6.3G ED VR lens and decided to try one more time on a super-zoom. This time, I wasn't disappointed. The focus accuracy is decent, much better than the 18-140 I previously owned, and the lens is reasonably sharp, especially at f8 - f11. I like the light weight and zoom range. The only significant downside is that the zoom only reaches 300mm at infinity focus. At close range, it's only about 200mm, maybe less. Overall, I still like it and am going to keep it. I feel confident that I can get good pictures with this lens that are keepers, even with large prints. The two best practices using this lens are to stop down to f8-f11 when possible, and to use live view contrast-detect focus rather than phase-detect through the view finder in low light conditions. I've found that live view focus, although slow on the D5500, is more accurate and dependable in low-light conditions. Modern mirrorless cameras probably don't have this issue, so this is just something I do on the D5500 DSLR to get better focus in low light with this lens. I've included three pictures to show the versatility of this lens. The picture of my cat was taken from 10 feet away at 300mm and f6.3, handheld. It's very sharp. The sunset picture was taken in low light at 18mm and f8, handheld, through the view finder. The focus is pretty good. This lens can also capture sunstars as shown in the sunstar picture taken at f20, handheld. Some reviewers said that this lens doesn't capture sunstars but that's not true as you can see.
A lot of zoom in a small package
I have an 18-200 Nikon lens that is excellent. However, I wanted more reach for birding. The lenses that went to 400mm were just too big and heavy. This lens is sharp and easier for me to hold and carry for a day out in the field. It's not even larger than my 18-200 lens. I'm pretty happy with it.
I bought this to replace the 18-135 mm that I was using for years. This lens is much brighter and more light sensitive. The VR helps with any shake and the pictures are tack sharp. I was shooting wildlife from an airboat in the Everglades and when I wanted to freeze the action it did it perfectly. Great piece of glass.
Good lens for traveling
Just enough extra zoom without needing a tripod. Easy to travel with.
Good lens for people like me
Not any kind of hard-core photographer but this lens fits me perfectly because of the range and the relatively low f-stop. When the good stuff costs thousands of dollars, this lens does the job for ordinary shooting.
Light and Fast
After looking at a variety of other lenses, this seemed the perfect travel lens. It's lightweight, and faster than other lenses I had tried. Focus is spot on and the flexibility of 18-300mm means I can cover everything I want. The 300mm isn't the same as a prime lens can deliver, but it's still very good.
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