Nikon 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor

Last Updated (06 July’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ Ephotozine

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor is a new DX-format lens with an ultra-high 16.7x zoom ratio and Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization for sharp images. The lens construction consist of 19 elements in 14 groups, including 3 aspherical and 3 ED lens elements. It offers a 45cm close-focus point at the 300mm setting, and delivers a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.2, including an iris diaphragm with 9 rounded blades allows for a smooth rendering of the out-of-focus areas. The lens measures (Diameter x Length) 83 x 120 mm/3.3 x 4.7 in. and weight 830 g/29.3 oz.

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Overall Rating: ★★★½☆

Expert Reviews

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

Ephotozine reviews the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor and writes;
“Performance is good for such an extreme zoom lens, especially in the centre of the frame. As far as sharpness is concerned, this lens delivers sharp enough images for general photography and casual users should be smitten with it.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

SLRGear reviews the Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor and writes;
“The results for chromatic aberration are a bit misleading in this case, as our testing software evaluates RAW images and the sample images show JPEG in-camera conversions. In this case, the D7000 offers automatic chromatic aberration removal, and in this case (when viewing the sample images) we can see the D7000 has done an excellent job in removing CA.”
Rating: ★★★½☆

Kenrockwell reviews the Nikon 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor and writes;
“Bokeh, the character of out of focus backgrounds, not simply how far out of focus they are, is good to neutral. Out-of-focus backgrounds never distract. The rounded 9-bladed diaphragm ensures that blur circles are always round and not polygons.”
rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Nikon 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor and writes;
“On the other hand you may be able to live with some softness in the outer image region at 300mm but the image center is not really bitingly sharp anymore here. In between the results are actually pretty good if you just stop down a little.”
Rating: ★★★☆☆

Photographyblog reviews the Nikon 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor and writes;
“When compared to the superzoom competition, the Nikon 18-300mm lens certainly holds its own. Centre sharpness is generally adequate to good, approaching very good levels at certain zoom settings.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview reviews the Nikon 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor and writes;
“The autofocusing system in the review lens was a good match for the upgraded AF system in the D5200 camera we used for our tests so focusing was fast and accurate under most shooting conditions. Even in relatively low light levels, the camera/lens combination was able to lock onto subjects at all focal length settings.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Video Reviews

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Features

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

The Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX Nikkor is able to cover every imaginable shooting situation, from wide-angle groups to ultra-high-power zoom shots. It offers zoom range which equivalent to 450mm which make it enough to capture the most distant action up closer. The lens also comes with Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization which guarantee the photo and HD video is razor-sharp. With advanced design, the lens provides superb performance in any setting. It makes the lens is perfect for landscape, action photography, even excellent for close-up shooting.

MTF CHART
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Lens Construction
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The Lens Features:

Vibration Reduction

It is the Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction technology which automatically reduce the blur effects caused by camera shake. It ensures the lens is able to capture sharp photos and videos.

Nikon Silent Wave Motor

It is a significant innovation in AF lens technology which use an ultrasonic (inaudible) vibrations to focus the lens, making incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.

M/A Focus Mode Switch

This feature allows users to use M/A focus mode by simply rotate the lens focus ring, thus the lens will be switches without time lag.

AS

It is an Aspherical lens elements which 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

This feature allows the lens to enhance light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduce lens flare.

ED (Extra-Low Dispersion Glass)

This feature enables the lens provides ability to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.

IF Lens

It is a NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing.

Rival

Listed below are some of the rivals of the Nikon 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor that competitive to sell photos online.

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