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

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

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

B&H # NI1830035AFS MFR # 2196
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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
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Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

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.
UPC: 018208021963
In the Box
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
  • 77mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • CL-1120 Soft Lens Case
  • HB-58 Bayonet Lens Hood for AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 specs

    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


    Format Compatibility Nikon DX
    Angle of View 76° - 5° 20'
    Minimum Focus Distance 1.48' (.45 m)
    Magnification 0.32x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:3.13


    Optical Design 19 Elements in 14 Groups
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Image Stabilization Yes

    VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization

    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    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)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.9 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.6 x 5.2 x 5.0"

    Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 reviews

    AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 361.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent all-in one lens! I am enthusiast photographer and this is my second all-in one lens. I'm impressed by the results. I bought the 18-300 VR (B&H) to replace my Nikon 18-200 VR (great also) looking for the additional 100mm at zoom. My body is a Nikon D7200 and I have to say that this lens works better than I expected. The construction with second generation of VR, the 9 rounded diaphragm blades, the three extra-low dispersion (ED) glass elements and the three aspherical lens elements, makes of this lens an ideal allied for a great range for shoots between wide angle and super telephoto getting amazing pictures. Don't worry about carry many lens. With this 18-300VR you will take all kind of pictures sitting on a chair!
    Date published: 2015-12-25
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Mixed results, but overall happy I have a Nikon D5000, and a bunch of lenses, incl. 18-200 VRII that I have used the most and LOVED it. I realised that I was mostly using 18-55 and 18-200, but oft had to carry 70-300 lens for greater zoom. After much research, I sold 18-200 & 70-300 lenses and got this one 18-300. It is a tad heavier than 18-200, but great to carry around one less lens now. It is sharp- no surprise there- but it is not as sharp as 18-200 VRII. It's definitely softer at full zoom esp for night photography. But despite those negatives, overall, I am happy with it. Next, I want to get a 16-85mm :) Happy photography everyone!
    Date published: 2014-03-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AF-S Nikkor DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR I have five Nikkor lenses and this one is the most useful. I am a former professional who now photographs as an intense hobby. I use this lens mostly for landscape (mountains, beaches, desert, etc.) and wildlife (stationary and moving under a multitude of lighting and temperature conditions). The bodies I most often choose are my D300 and my D5100. This lens does it all. I never have problems with the weight nor with holding the camera steady whether or not I use a tripod. Nikon seems to have fixed their past problem of lens creep (when focusing downward, the old lenses woul extend via gravity). This lens is extremely easy to use - I can think of no negative comments. Worth every penny.
    Date published: 2013-12-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Better than carrying two lenses! I purchased this lens to replace my 18-200mm and my 70-300mm. I was a little worried it would not be as sharp with such a wide zoom range. So far I am very impressed with the photos, especially towards the 300mm end. It is a little larger and heavier than the 18-200mm but that is only noticable for a few minutes. It feels very balanced with my D7000 and a battery grip. I was a little surprised at how close I could focus, which makes it even more useful. I still use other lenses for macro, low light, etc, but if you want one lens to do just about everything, you will not go wrong with this.
    Date published: 2012-07-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Like It! I really like this lens. It is heavy and on the large side but it feels good in my hands. The build quality is very good - Far superior to my old 18-105mm. The controls are well placed and easy to use. The zoom range makes life very easy. In the past I had two lenses to cover this range. It's a perfect travel lens. In many reviews I have read they talk about lens creep as of yet I have not experienced that. Maybe they have fixed that. The pictures are great. I just took it on vacation to the Caribbean and shot 400 frames. I am very happy with the performance.
    Date published: 2012-08-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent travel lens for the photo enthusiast Bought this lens hoping it would be a solution to the problem of inevitably not having the right lens on the camera at a given time while on vacation and missing some great shots as a result. Is this lens the answer? For me, yes, it is. This lens produces very high-quality photos for just about the whole focal range. I have not experienced any issue with lens creep that can sometimes rear its ugly head with zoom lenses. I have it paired with my D7000 and it's all I really need for any travel that I do. Makes packing for vacations much easier.
    Date published: 2016-06-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great all-around lens I bought this lens to replace my Nikon 18-200 VR that had begun to get quite a few miles on it. My body is a Nikon D5200. I shoot high school football as well as landscapes. I haven't had a chance to use it for the later much yet, but for football, it's been a great lens. Before this, I had been using a Tamron 70-300, but was limited when the action got too close to the sidelines. This lens lets me shoot wider for those times I need to. It auto focuses quicker than the Tamron and is also sharper. It's a bit on the heavy side, but I got used to that pretty quick. I'm going to be shooting high school hockey soon from the bench, so it'll be interesting to see how high up I'll have to increase the ISO. I can see this being my go-to lens for quite a while.
    Date published: 2015-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good All-In-One Travel Lens This lens works well with my D7100. It is a bit heavier than the 18-200 mm that I have been using but the extra reach is worth it. I also have the 80-400 mm for more serious bird photography but that lens requires a much larger bag and I don't like to fly with it. This lens fits my Commando Pro 45 bag along with a super wide angle 10-24 mm and batteries and charger. The bag fits easily under most airline seats. Because of the extra weight one might want to consider a sling strap such as the Peak Design Slide sling/strap. Although this is not a pro lens it does the job for me.
    Date published: 2016-07-22
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