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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 VR 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.

The Nikon 18-300mm is commonly used for Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Low light, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 18-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 18-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 18-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fast shutter speed, Good image quality, High ISO performance, Image stabilization, Nice bokeh, Quiet and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Image stabilization (29),Fast / accurate auto-focus (28),Good image quality (22),Easy to use (19),Consistent output (10),Quiet (9),Durable (6),Fast shutter speed (6),Strong construction (6),Easily interchangeable (4),High ISO performance (4),Nice bokeh (4) Large clear LCD (3),Rugged (3) View All
Heavy (7),Slow focus (3)
Best Uses:
Landscape/scenery (32),Travel (20),Wildlife (19),Sports/action (16),Family photos (8),Wildlife photos (8),Low light (7),Weddings (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (22),Semi-pro photographer (9),Casual photographer (8)

Nikon 18-300mm Features

  • Versatile, Ultra-High Power 16.7x Zoom Lens: Goes from wide-angle (27mm equivalent) all the way to super-telephoto (450mm equivalent) for maximum versatility and reach.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): Enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM): 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.
  • Internal Focus (IF): All internal optical movement is limited to the interior of the non-extending lens barrel. This allows for a more compact, lightweight construction as well as a closer focusing distance.
  • Zoom Lock Switch: Secures the lens barrel at its minimum focal length, preventing the lens from extending during transport.
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization: Tailored to each lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible for dramatically sharper images and HD videos, even in low light.
  • M/A (Manual/Auto) focus mode switch: Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm: Renders a beautiful, natural background blur (Bokeh) at its wider aperture settings.

Nikon 18-300mm Specifications

Focal Length
18mm - 300mm (equivalent to a 27-450mm lens in 35mm format)
Format Compatibility: Nikon DX
Maximum aperture
f/3.5 - 5.6
Minimum aperture
f/22 - 32
Lens construction
19 elements in 14 groups (three Extra-low Dispersion Glass (ED) elements and three aspherical lens elements)
Picture angle
Angle of view (DX-format): 76°00' - 5°20'
Minimum focus range
1.48 ft /0.45 m
Attachment size
Dimensions (approx.)
3.3 x 4.7 in. / 83 x 120 mm
Weight (approx.)
28.6 oz./810 g)
Optional accessories
77mm screw-in filters

Nikon 18-300mm Reviews

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(based on 65 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Very nice walk around/ general purpose lens

I've had the lens for about 2 weeks and shoot it on my D700. I've taken about 600 shots with it and can say it is an extremely good value in a very light weight package. Image quality is obviously not up to the highest standards Nikon produces, but considering the relatively low price the IQ far surpasses my expectations. Most importantly, its compact size and versatile focal lengths make it a lens you can keep on and have with you. Any distortion is easily corrected in post and the bokeh is ...

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I've had the lens for about 2 weeks and shoot it on my D700. I've taken about 600 shots with it and can say it is an extremely good value in a very light weight package. Image quality is obviously not up to the highest standards Nikon produces, but considering the relatively low price the IQ far surpasses my expectations. Most importantly, its compact size and versatile focal lengths make it a lens you can keep on and have with you. Any distortion is easily corrected in post and the bokeh is surprisingly pleasing due largely to the rounded diaphragm blades. In all an outstanding value, I highly recommend it.


Most Liked Negative Review


Too heavy and bulky

I liked the lens, it was fast and had good focus acquisition. Unfortunately it was too heavy and bulky for my taste. I travel extensively, and it was too much to schlepp around with. Tamron has Nikon beat in this area, and I hope Nikon will re-tool the lens and come out with a smaller, lighter version.

Reviewed by 65 customers

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)


Just don't call it "kit"


from St. Louis, MO, USA

Took me a long time to get used to the idea of a lens being useful at f3.5-4.5 after spending the 70's as a pro with prime lenses. Never a zoom! When I got my FX body it 'came' with the 24-85 and I was not excited. But I must admit this lens has greatly exceeded my expectations. It is sharp throughout the range and the VR gets me the faster shutter speed I need to off-set the missing f-stops. As a "walk around" lens it is perfect, light and quick to focus -- plus it is not huge. Granted it does not make up for fast glass, I still use my 50 f1.8 and my 105 f 2 when I need the super shallow depth-of-field or am in a low light environment. But as an optical tool for an old fool, I was shocked -- I am not going back to the 70s!

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Highly versitle with superb focus range, reasonable size, and weight.


from Washington, DC area, USA

This is an incredibly useful and versatile lens for travel and general outdoor use. I could say that it is versatile enough that you might even consider having a dedicated camera body just for this lens. Normally I would not have bought this lens because of my dislikes about variable maximum aperture and absence of manual aperture ring (it being a "G" lens). Mine came as a kit lens deal with my D600. I figured, ok, I will try it once and sell it. However, after one trip with it on my D800 I was amazed at how well it performed and how versatile the lens proved to be. It has become a "go-to" lens for general travel and outdoor photography. Image quality is terrific. AF focus speed and accuracy are fine. Lens size and weight are big issues with me because I tend to carry a lot of gear (2 bodies, 6 or 7 lenses). I will tolerate carrying one large/ bulky lens in my kit (such as a favorite old manual 300mm or 400mm lens on a dedicated camera body) but I usually draw the line at that. I dislike carrying 2 bulky lenses at a time. That generally eliminates almost all AF zoom lenses. This one, however, hits the sweet spot in the areas of size, weight, and zoom range almost perfectly: not too large/heavy, easy to carry, extremely useful zoom range, easily fits in the camera bag. Dislikes (the reasons I did not rate this lens 5 stars): Variable maximum aperture. I always use manual or aperture priority. It bothers me to have the maximum aperture vary from 3.5 to 4.5 when I use lenses at or near their maximum aperture. I fully understand why variable max. aperture lenses exist, having designed some lenses myself. It is a "G" lens--no manual aperture ring. I guess that after 50+ years of using all-manual lenses, old habits die hard. But I am just not comfortable with the thumb-wheel aperture adjustment on the body instead of an aperture ring on the lens which lets me know by feel where the aperture is set. No backwards compatibility to my F, F2 or F3 film bodies (yes, I still use film regularly and love it). No depth of field (DOF) scale (as is true of all AF zoom lenses). I routinely use my MF lenses according to DOF or hyperfocal distance and do not depend on focus screen or electronic rangefinder. Makes life a lot easier. AF is not useful for my style of photography. Manual focus ring action is very nice but the ring is too narrow. Perhaps I am being unfair complaining about a "G" lens being a "G" lens, or a variable max. aperture lens being what it is. If that is so, and I admit it may well be, then I would have to say that if its features appeal to you, and my dislikes are of no concern, then the lens deserves a solid 5 star rating. Congratulations to Nikon.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


One lens quiver


from Denver, CO

Covers just about every focal length you could possibly need in 99.9% of any given situation. Problem is pictures are distorted at both ends of the spectrum. Nikon usually updates their firmware to correct this distortion in-camera, but it hasn't happened yet. Also having problems finding correction profiles for lightroom or CS6. On the plus side the images are super sharp for a lens with such a huge focal range. I gave it 4 stars because it will be much more useful when nikon releases a profile for it.


Nikkor 24-85mm


from Undisclosed

I purchased the lens about a month ago and it has been my go to lens for that quick shot. Great focusing and superb clarity.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Everyday Lens


from Michigan

I use this as my everyday go to lens. It covers most focal length needs. Lightweight therefore easy to carry around. This latest generation 18-300 is a replacement for several lenses in my bag. A tad slow at the long focal length, but more than made up for in its versatility.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nikon 18-300 Lens


from Whiting, NJ

The performance of this lens speaks for itself. Truly magnificent......absolutely delighted and glad Adorma pro (Jim) recommended it. There are other lens on the market at a lower cost but I stick with everything Nikon. Quality, quality, quality......

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Addendum to Review done on Nikon Web sit


from Oregon

I recently wrote a very positive review of this lens on the Nikon web site, but I see that as of this AM it is not published yet. I tried to modify the review but was not able to do so hence this addendum. I stand by my earlier review but have one caveat. If you read the label on the box that the lens arrives in it clearly states that this lens is shipped without a storage bag AND, most importantly, without a lens hood. You can get both of these items by ordering a lens hood and storage bag separately at extra cost. It was not clear to me that I would need to do this when I placed my original order, hence this addendum.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Very useful and practical lens for trave


from Oregon

I have had this for about one week, and use it with a D7100. It works great so far and is a significant improvement over the 18-200 mm Nikkor Zoom I have used since 2006 on my D5100. No lens creep. Useful photographing small kids.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


So far, so good.


from Columbia, MD

This lens allowed me to ditch all of my other lenses, except one I keep for darker situations. I travel some and like the fact that this lens is relatively light weight and covers everything from nice wide angles to a great zoom. Seems to be very solid and so far it's working out great.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Excellent new Nikon lens


from VA

For coverage of outdoor events this lens is light and very sharp. No real downside to this lens. You need to be realistic about the f6.3 max but that is how they keep it so small. Not inexpensive but overall a very good value. I back it up with a normal prime in case I need to shoot in low light but otherwise my bag got lighter with this purchase.


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KAY L  Great all around lens. Good range. Very happy with the quality of photos.
Shopper  WHats the difference between 2012 and 2006?
DR DAVID M K  In 2006 we had a President that was Presidential and acted that way. In 2012 we had the opposite and unfortunately continue to.
Shopper  Difference in older and newer model?
BOBBET L  I was not aware that there is a newer model. I don't think there is. If there is, that's because I switched to FX. I had given my DX gear to my son. Overall, this lens is amazing. You can't go wrong with it. If you're a DX user, then that tells me that this lens should be sufficient for what you do.
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