Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
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'sadvanced 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 doesall this in a surprisingly compact, lightweight lens.
I needed a lens that would just about anything. This lens is about as close as it comes to being the 'one' lens that will cover most of the situations that I encounter. Granted, both ends of the zoom range show some distortion, but overall the performance is excellent. The lens is also very rugged. I dropped it on a concrete floor and smashed the filter. The lens still functioned even though the filter was crushed. The filter could not be removed so I sent it to Adorama to be repaired. They did a great job of removing the broken filter and checking out the lens. It works as well as new. I highly recommend the Adorama drop and spill coverage plan if you do any technical shooting. The focus is quick and accurate. Photos of race cars coming at me at 100+ mph were no problem. It is also capable of capturing even the most minute details on close up shots. A nice lens overall.
This is a great lens for general photography. I bought this for traveling but find it to be my "go to" lens for just about everything but specialty work like macro photography, etc. Images are sharp and it is especially good for traveling when space is such a premium. This lens is often the only one I take and meets 90% of my needs. The drawbacks are weight and speed. It's not a light lens but compensates by not having to carry other focal lengths with me, and speed of focusing is generally not an issue except for uses like professional wildlife photography. Were it not the speed factor I would rate this lens 5 stars.
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!
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.
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.
Put it on my D7100 and have not taken it off. Had it in a dance hall great head shots of deancers even with on camera flash. Plan to use it to track some Eagles nesting in our area when the weather warms up.
I picked up this lens after agonizing over another 24-70 f2.8 or the 24-120 f4. The lens goes on my D800e and I had my doubts as to how sharp the thing would be. Now that I have been using it for a while my doubts have faded away and I am really pretty happy with the lens. I do mostly nature of one type of another now and as a retired Commercial Photographer am pretty picky with how lenses (especially zoom lenses) perform. Being a old guy I am by definition "Old School". Used nothing but primes and medium and large format for years. But after having a 24-70 and and several others lately I am putting my faith in the zooms a bit more. Digital, aside from putting me out of work, opens up a whole field of possibilities. And with the advances of Photo Shop and Light Room as well as the Niff or Raw format, you have the freedom and the ability to use the zooms to great advantage. This zoom with its almost ideal range is a great go to lens when you don't want to carry a bunch of equipment around. The VR is useful and even this old codger is leaving the tripod in the SUV and taking the monopod instead. I shoot the D800e as if it were a 4x5 I may not make a print bigger than 16x20 but I like knowing that the ability is there for much bigger. This lens at around 5.6 -f8 is very capable of knocking out such prints. My hat's off to Nikon for making such wonderful equipment and making my retirement such a joy. The portability this lens affords makes getting there all that much easer. Because you have to go where the pictures are then the pictures will come to you.
I bought this lens, refurbished, to use with my new D610 as a general walk around lens. I have had it less than a month, but am very impressed with the sharpness and focusing speed. 24-85mm is the perfect range for street photography, candid portraits, and basic landscapes. I would recommend this lens for any photographer looking for a budget friendly walk around lens.
Cropping makes things blurry otherwise nice to have to carry only one lens
Even hand held at 300 I got the sharpest image with the in lens stabilization system. No blurring on the edges. Fit with the D7100 is works great