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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 Vibration Reduction 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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......
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.
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.
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.