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Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor Lens

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  • Versatile, Ultra-High Power 16.7X Zoom Lens
  • Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
  • 3 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements, 3 Aspherical Elements
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • 77mm Filter Thread

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Lens Zoom lens Zoom lens Zoom Zoom lens
Maximum Sensor Size Compatibility APS-C / DX APS-C / DX APS-C / DX 35mm FF
Maximum Aperture Range F3.5 - F5.6 F3.5 - F5.6 F3.5 - F6.3 F4.5 - F5.6
Min Aperture 32 36 0 f stop 32
Photo Filter Thread Size 77 millimeters 72 millimeters 67 millimeters 67 millimeters
Minimum Operating Distance 0.45 meters 0.5 meters 0.48 meters 1.5 meters
Item Weight 1.83 pounds 1.25 pounds 1.21 pounds 1.64 pounds
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Product Description

Nikon’s most powerful all-in-one zoom lens ever. If you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation, from wide-angle group shots all the way to ultra-high-power zoom shots, look no further than the new AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18–300mm. Boasting the longest reach of any NIKKOR all-in-one zoom lens, it delivers the equivalent of 450mm of super-telephoto power— enough reach to bring the most distant action up close. Nikon’s second generation Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization ensures every photo and HD video is razor-sharp, and Nikon’s advanced lens technologies deliver consistent, exceptional performance in any setting. It’s even great for close-up shooting (as close as 1.48 ft from your subject at 300mm). Even more amazing, the AF-S DX Zoom-NIKKOR 18-300mm does all this in a surprisingly compact, lightweight lens.

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Nikon's most powerful all-in-one zoom lens ever.
If you want a single lens that can cover every imaginable shooting situation, from wide-angle groups to ultra-high-power zoom shots, look no further than the new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. Boasting the longest reach of any NIKKOR all-in-one zoom lens, it delivers the equivalent of 450mm—enough reach to bring the most distant action up close. Nikon's second generation VR II technology ensures every photo and HD video is razor-sharp, and Nikon's advancements in lens design deliver consistent, exceptional performance in any setting. It's also great for close-up shooting. Even more amazing, the AF-S NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR does all this in a surprisingly compact, lightweight lens.


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Features:

Vibration Reduction

Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.

Nikon Silent Wave Motor

Nikon Silent Wave Motor
A significant innovation in AF lens technology, Nikon's Silent Wave Motor uses ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.

Manual Auto Mode

M/A Focus Mode Switch
When fine manual focusing is needed, simply rotate the lens focus ring—M/A mode allows you to seamlessly override the AF system with virtually no time lag.

Aspherical Lens Elements

AS
AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.

Super Integrated Coating

Super Integrated Coating
Nikon's Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduced lens flare.

Extra-Low Dispersion Glass

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion Glass)
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

IF Lens

IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.



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  • Product Dimensions: 4.7 x 3.3 x 3.3 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B008B14VAK
  • Item model number: 2196
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 12, 2012

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Review summary from DPReview

DPReview TestedOctober 2012
This lens offers the longest zoom range currently available for any interchangeable lens camera system, but it comes with all of the usual optical compromises associated with a super-zoom.
Andy WestlakeAndy Westlake
76%

Conclusion

Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens offers the longest zoom range currently available for any interchangeable lens camera system. But this comes with all of the usual optical compromises associated with a superzoom, in a large, heavy package. It's also much more expensive than third party alternatives.

Reasons to buy

  • Huge 16.7x focal length range (while maintaining F5.6 aperture at telephoto)
  • Good image quality in the wide to short telephoto range
  • Fast, quiet autofocus
  • Good build quality, smooth zooming action and no zoom creep
  • Decent close-up capability

Things to consider

  • Very soft results at telephoto
  • Extreme distortion across most of the range (but can be corrected in-camera with recent SLRs)
  • Image stabilization not as effective as on similar lenses, especially at telephoto end
  • Flash shadowing at wideangle on smaller SLRs
  • Large, heavy and expensive compared to other superzooms

Suggested for

Nikon DX SLR owners looking for the longest possible zoom range in a single lens.

Not suggested for

Photographers looking for the best possible image quality, especially at telephoto
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Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

The build quality seems very good.
Scott D. Welch
In the end, it is about the pictures you can take, and I have been more than happy with all the shots I have taken so far.
Walt Danker
The lens is a little heavy but hey.....better than carrying a bag of lenses.
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359 of 368 people found the following review helpful By Tom H. on June 27, 2012
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** Updated July 1 **

This is hands down the best all-in-one Nikon lens for DX cameras. Well worth the price if an all-in-one lens is what you're looking for.

I bought the 18-300 DX for use on my D7000 as a replacement for my 18-200 DX and my 70-300 FX. With the 18-300, I can carry one lens instead of two, not worry about missing the shot because I have the wrong lens on the camera and minimize the number of times I'm swapping lenses and getting more gunk onto my sensor.

After real life usage of the 18-300 both on and off a tripod, I feel I am not giving up anything in terms of image quality with this lens over my 70-300. That's saying a lot, as the 70-300 in particular is a very high quality lens even though it isn't in Nikon's higher priced "professional" lens category. As compared to the 18-200, you do give up a bit of corner sharpness over the 18-28mm range, but gain center sharpness in that range, gain center and corner sharpness over the 70-200mm range and of course, get the extra 200-300mm range.

**** Overall handling ****

On a D7000, this lens feels well balanced to me. If you've used the 28-300 on an FX camera, it is very much the same feel, weight and size.

The lens handles very nicely. Good manual focus and smooth zoom with just enough stiffness that you really don't get much lens creep. There is a locking switch if you feel you need it (I generally haven't used the lock on my 18-200 VR II or my 28-300).

If you're used to the 18-55 kit lens, it's going to seem big and heavy, but after you get used to it, you'll love the range you're going to get and the image quality!

If you're used to the 18-200mm, it's almost an inch longer and 9 ounces heavier.
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128 of 133 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on June 28, 2012
I just picked up a copy of this lens at San Jose Camera this afternoon (sorry Amazon, I would have bought it from you if I wasn't leaving for a trip this weekend). Given the super-duper zoom category this lens belongs to, I really was expecting sacrifices all over the place - IQ, focus, etc... I figured I needed a lens for those occasions where making a lesser quality shot was more important than losing the shot because I was changing lenses.

So far, I have snapped some random shots of my kids at tennis class and daycare, stills and videos and I have to say I am very pleasantly BLOWN AWAY!

(so far) this lens appears to focus very quickly, doesn't do a whole lot of hunting - at least in good light, although it focused just fine inside the not brightly lit store as well. Image quality appears to be better than my 70-300 VR at the 300mm range - not as sharp as the 70-300VR in the sub-200mm range, but then again, few lenses are. Colors appear nice, contrast appears fine. Nowhere near as sharp as my Tamron 17-50, but nothing to complain about at all.

Continuous focusing in video mode is lacking, but then again, I've never had much luck with anything but a wide-angle lens with video on my D7000. Focus motor seems pretty quiet too, the built-in mic only picked up a faint sound.

I don't know if it's because I had such low expectations that anything would have impressed me, but so far, I am feeling happy about my purchase.

Updates:
1)focus is great in poor lighting conditions even at long end
2)issue discovered. In-camera flash casts a huge shadow at 18-20mm or so range. Truly stinks if using indoors without external flash but lens is still a keeper.
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138 of 145 people found the following review helpful By Shane O. Laake VINE VOICE on June 29, 2012
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Wow, I didn't know this was possible. I loved my Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras, but I wished I could focus closer and go wider. I loved my Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom Nikkor Lens, but often wished it had more reach. After selling both to have an affair with the Sigma 50-500mm f/4.5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM SLD Ultra Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital DSLR Camera, which while fun was doomed to be a short term thing. Anyway, I always wished there could be such a lens, and now it's here. Remarkably the length of time from first seemingly reputable rumor to announcement to being in my hands.

Initial impressions:
It's large, though not exceptionally so (then again once you use a "Bigma", large is relative), and it's heavy. Not having my 18-200VR anymore it's hard to make direct comparisons, but suffice to say it's quite a bit bigger all around, but the proportions are manageable. It's shorter than my 70-300VR, though girthier and heavier. Build quality is excellent (Nikon's high end consumer grade), and everything has a tight smooth operation.

When mounted on my Nikon D90 12.3MP DX-Format CMOS Digital SLR Camera with 3.0-Inch LCD (Body Only) (freshly updated to correct for distortions with this new lens), it is relatively balanced, but having a grip helps.
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