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

Telephoto zoom lens with vibration reduction for compatible Nikon digital SLRs

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Our take on the Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

by Woody Sherman
Nikon

The logical next step

Once you know your way around the controls of your DX-Format Nikon camera, and you've got a few really good videos and photos under your belt, your next task should be obvious — pick up a few new lenses to increase your artistic options. Here's a great place to start: The go-anywhere AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens. With a 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-450mm, it will take you all the way from a panorama shot of the mountain range at your trail head, to a close-up of a swimming newt in the waterfall pool 20 feet away.

And with Nikon's VR II vibration reduction, you'll be able to work in less light than you'd expect, thanks to the slower shutter speeds you'll be able to use while keeping your images sharp. Plus, it's lightweight and compact compared to many other lenses of similar power, so it's perfect for times when you're on the move.

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Highlights:

  • f/3.5-5.6 AF-S DX wide-angle to long-telephoto zoom lens
  • Vibration Reduction II allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four stops slower shutter speed)
  • 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-450mm
  • contains three ED (extra-low dispersion) and three aspherical lens elements for high resolution and contrast
  • Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet focusing
  • compatible with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 18 inches
  • minimum aperture: f/22 (wide), f/32 (tele)
  • constructed of 19 elements in 14 groups
  • filter size: 77mm
  • lens is 5-3/16" long, 3-5/16" in diameter
  • weight: 29.3 ounces
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens pouch

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Features and Specs
General
Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 18-300mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 (W) - 5.6 (T)
Weight 29.3 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w registration
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  • 18-300mm DX AF-S Nikkor lens
  • HB-58 Lens hood
  • LC-77 Front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • CL-1120 Soft lens pouch
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty form
  • Warranty information

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Features
Specifications
Warranty Information

Features

Overview: The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is an all-in-one zoom lens which covers a wide variety of shooting situations from wide-angle to high-power zoom. It is optimized for use with DX-format Nikon digital SLR cameras. Its 35mm equivalent focal length is 27-450mm.

Construction: The three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements and three aspherical lenses control chromatic aberrations while enhancing sharpness and contrast even at the widest aperture settings.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC): SIC offers superior color performance and substantially reduced ghosting and flare.

Built-in CPU: The lens has a built-in CPU which allows it to communicate with the camera body for focus and exposure functions. A set of CPU contacts is located on the lens mount for interfacing with the camera body.

Auto Focus: Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high-speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation. The manual/auto focus mode switch allows quick response to situations requiring manual focus operation.

Zoom Control: The lens features a large, textured manual zoom ring for easy zooming control.

Vibration Reduction (VR II): Vibration reduction minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing you to shoot handheld at as many as 4 shutter speed stops slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. You can turn vibration reduction on or off with the switch on the side of the lens.

Aperture: Because there is no aperture ring on this lens, the aperture must be set on the camera.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a fully-automatic, 9-blade diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture. Out-of-focus images in front of or behind the subject are rendered as pleasing blurs.

Lens Hood: The lens includes the HB-58 lens hood to protect the lens and block stray light that would otherwise cause flare or ghosting. The lens hood can be reversed and mounted on the lens when not in use. When installed, the lens hood adds approximately 2" to the overall length of the lens.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: Type-G AF-S DX lens with built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon bayonet type (F-type)
  • Filter Diameter: 77mm
  • Focal Length: 18mm to 300mm (DX-format) (35mm equivalent: 27-450mm)
  • Closest Focus Distance: 18" (at 300mm focal length)
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5 (at 18mm), f/5.6 (at 300mm)
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22 (at 18mm), f/32 (at 300mm)
  • Lens Construction: 19 elements in 14 groups with 3 ED glass and 3 aspherical lens elements
  • Dimensions:
    • Length: 5.14" (5.662" w/lens caps)
    • Diameter: 3.255"
    • Weight: approximately 16.4 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

 
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5 out of 5

Nikon lens

Written By Dottie, Brownsville, TX on Thursday, April 10, 2014
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Great lens, great results! The pictures are sharp and clear, yet produce beautiful soft effects when zooming in and using it as a macro lens. I've gotten some clear, sharp subjects (flowers, bees, bugs 'n stuff) when fully zooming in and being only about 6" from the subject. Great for the wee tiny Spring weed flowers. The blended colors of the background serve as a beautiful backdrop for the object. To be able to zoom in on a close-up picture and then immediately zoom out to capture something static or moving at a great distance away and in the next minute get another great picture in the middle makes it a great all around lens to have.
Pros:
Being able to shoot both great close ups as well as great pictures zooming in on subjects far away and in the middle. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a large array of A+, #1 possibilities with just one lens. What a joy it is!
Cons:
Perhaps a bit heavy for some, but the great results and possibilities far outweigh the extra weight. I no longer notice or pay attention to the extra weight, so I really do not consider it a con - just something to quickly get used to.
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5 out of 5

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

Written By Anonymous, Rochester,ny on Sunday, December 29, 2013
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Great lens a bit heavy but no more switching and missing opportunites
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5 out of 5

One must have zoom lens !

Written By Ronaldoverdahlimagemaker, MIDWEST on Sunday, July 07, 2013
 
Its sharp-A great all in one travel lens with vr- best option if you can manage 5.6 aperture at 300mm. I would suggest you pair it with a 180F 2.8.
Pros:
Feels like a lens-One zoom that does it all.
Cons:
none
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice lens

Written By John, Ramstein, Germany on Friday, July 05, 2013
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This is a solid lens. The zoom is magnificent. Picture quality is great. I am heading to Paris in a couple days and I can not wait to begin shooting there. This is my zoom lens.
Pros:
Great picture quality and range of zoom
Cons:
This lens has some weight to it.
2 out of 2 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Versatile Lens

Written By Charles H, Maryville, TN on Monday, May 27, 2013
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I'm mostly interested in nature photography, so this lens is the perfect match for my photography needs. I've only owned the camera (Nikon D7100) and lens for a few weeks, but already, I've been able to capture shots I'd otherwise have missed in the past, because of having to change lenses. The lens size and weight makes the camera a bit heavy, so a tripod, especially on set-up shots and tele-photo shots, is more necessary. That's a very small trade-off for the versatility of this lens.
Pros:
Not having to change lenses means fewer missed opportunities. It also means less equipment to carry.
Cons:
Lens size and weight makes the camera a bit heavy.
3 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Wonderful addition

Written By Mlight, Texas on Tuesday, November 06, 2012
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The best as a walking around lens. Very fast focusing, great for those quick landscape photos, yet you're able to still get those close-ups. You can dump a lot of extra lenses when traveling...you need just this one! By the way, some complain that it's heavy. If you're used to shooting with a telephoto in the 55-300 range, there really is no difference in weight. Crutchfield is the BEST when it comes to service.
Pros:
Terrific focal range, fast, decent color
Cons:
None so far
8 out of 8 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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

Written By Sherri N, Mission Viejo on Saturday, October 20, 2012
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I couldn't believe it. After taking the picture and uploading in my laptop . They are FANTASTIC.
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

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

Written By Elaine, Pennsville, NJ on Monday, August 27, 2012
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Very fast, very sharp and very versatile lens.
9 out of 9 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great lens!

Written By Alex_C, Houston, TX on Saturday, August 25, 2012
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A fantastic lens, and a great alternative to having to lug around a 18-55mm+55-300mm lens. Not only it is sharper and faster to focus than the 55-300, but not having to switch lenses when in a hurry, is a big advantage. It is on the heavy side, but well worth it.
Pros:
Great range, sharp images, fantastic VR II vibration reduction, f/3.5 at 18mm.
Cons:
A little heavier than the 18-200mm, but not too bad.
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