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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 ED VR

Zoom lens for DX format Nikon DSLR cameras

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Overview

Our take on the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 ED VR

Add some serious zoom to your compatible Nikon digital SLR camera with this high-quality Nikkor lens. Its versatile 35mm equivalent focal range of 27 to 450mm lets you capture impressive wide-angle panoramas and closeups of nearby subjects, as well as crisp super telephoto shots of animals in the wild or your children at play. And with Nikon's VR 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, its light weight and compact size make this one lens you'll want to leave on your camera to capture whatever comes your way.

One lens, many applications

Add some serious zoom to your compatible Nikon digital SLR camera with this high-quality Nikkor lens. Its versatile 35mm equivalent focal range of 27 to 450mm lets you capture impressive wide-angle panoramas and closeups of nearby subjects, as well as crisp super telephoto shots of animals in the wild or your children at play. And with Nikon's VR 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, its light weight and compact size make this one lens you'll want to leave on your camera to capture whatever comes your way.

Product Highlights:

  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 ED VR wide-angle to long-telephoto zoom lens
  • 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-450mm
  • compatible with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras
  • Vibration Reduction allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four stops slower shutter speed)
  • contains three ED (extra-low dispersion) and three aspherical lens elements for high resolution and contrast
  • Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet focusing
  • seven rounded diaphragm blades for smooth out-of-focus areas
  • minimum focus distance: 18.9 inches
  • minimum aperture: f/22 (wide), f/40 (tele)
  • constructed of 16 elements in 12 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 67mm
  • lens is 3-13/16" long, 3" in diameter
  • weight: 19.4 ounces
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

What's in the Box:

  • AF-S NIKKOR DX 18-300mm 3.5-6.3G ED VR zoom lens
  • LC-67 Front lens cap
  • LF-4 rear lens cap (installed)
  • User's Manual
  • 5 Years of Protection warranty sheet

Very happy with this lens. It is a great option if you don't want to carry around multiple lenses. Its a little heavy, but if you don't mind the weight, this choice is well worth the money.

Greg, Denver, CO

Reviews

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 ED VR Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(4 Reviews)

Good one lens solution

Greg from Denver, CO on 5/1/2017

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Very happy with this lens. It is a great option if you don't want to carry around multiple lenses. Its a little heavy, but if you don't mind the weight, this choice is well worth the money.

Pros: Eliminates need for carrying multiple lenses Solid performance

Cons: A bit heavy

Great Lens

Anonymous from Richmond, VA on 11/28/2016

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Great all around lens

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Get this lens

Tom from nashville, TN on 2/22/2016

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Upgraded to this lens from the Nikkor 18-140mm soon. What an improvement! Nearly doubling the zoom capability is sweet. And the quickness of the auto focus was a bit of a surprise as I read in reviews that it was a tad slow. I'm not sure how they define slow, but the auto focus of this lens is anything but slow.

Pros: Super zoom capability and very quick auto focus.

Cons: At this price I haven't seen a downside yet.

Great Lens

Jhced7 from US on 12/31/2014

This lens is a great all in one lens. It takes high quality pictures from all different zoompoints and is definitely worth the value for its portability. The Vibration Reduction is very helpful for long zooms but doesn't solve everything.

Pros: Large Zoom Range Light High Quality Images All In One Vibration Reduction

Cons: Expensive Camera Shake can affect images at large zoom

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Features and Specs

General
Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 18-300mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5 [W] - 6.3 [T]
Weight 19.4 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

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Warranty Information

Features

Overview: The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens is an all-in-one 16.7x telephoto zoom lens that allows you to leave your other lenses in the bag. You can shoot wide-angle landscapes, group photos and portraits, or zoom in for extreme closeups. The lens is compatible with DX-format Nikon D-SLRs.

Nikon Features: The lens features many Nikon technologies:

  • Aspherical Lens Element (AS): The lens has three aspherical lens elements, which utilizes non-spherical surfaces on one or both sides of the glass. This reduces certain types of aberrations and enables a more compact lens size.
  • Extra-Low Dispersion Glass (ED): ED glass is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to correct chromatic aberrations. The lens has three ED glass elements.
  • Internal Focusing (IF): Only the internal lens group shifts during focusing, therefore the lens does not change in size during focusing. This allows for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances.
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) uses ultrasonic vibrations, rather than a gear system, to enable fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.
  • Auto-Manual Switch (A-M): The Focus Mode switch on the barrel of the lens lets you easily switch between manual focus and auto focus. For auto focusing, the camera must be set to Auto Focus, and the switch on the lens needs to be set to "A". Most Nikon D-SLRs allow for manual focusing by simply rotating the focus ring on the lens, regardless of the position of the A-M switch.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR): An exclusive Nikon technology that automatically compensates for camera shake to improve image stability. Vibration Reduction is enabled by setting the VR switch on the lens barrel to the On position.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 7-blade diaphragm, which can achieve beautiful bokeh with soft, natural edges that smoothly diminishes away from your focal point. The bokeh characteristics can provide smooth focusing transitions to draw attention to your subject when recording HD video.

Flash Note: When using this lens with a camera's built-in flash, you should shoot at ranges of 2 feet or more. This will avoid vignetting, caused by the end of the lens blocking the light from the built-in flash.

Optional Lens Hood: The optional HB-39 bayonet lens hood can be used to protect the lens and block stray light that would cause lens flare and ghosting.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: Type G AF-S DX Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Focal Length: 18-300mm (equivalent to 27-450mm on 35mm cameras)
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 19.2" (1.6')
  • Aperture Range: f/3.5 to f/22 at 18mm; f/6.3 to f/40 at 300mm
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups with 3 ED lens elements and 3 aspherical lens elements
  • Angle of View: 76° - 5°20'
  • Diaphragm Blades: 7 (rounded diaphragm opening)
  • Dimensions: Diameter=3.093", Length=4.22" (4.823" with lens caps)
  • Weight: approximately 19.4 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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I already had a 18-200mm VR that broke. So this was the best choice for my Nikon D7000 considering it had the extra 100mm zoom range too. Makes it a great all purpose lens! [ Ravi  Dec 15, 2016 ]
I was looking for a wide angle as well as a zoom lens.. This fits me the best [ Sandesh Gururaj  Nov 25, 2016 ]
It was between this lens and the 18-200mm lens. I chose this lens because of the extra 100mm focal length for an additional $50. [ Nestor  May 09, 2016 ]

1 question already asked

Yes. This lens and the D3100 both have the Nikon "F-Bayonet" style mount. I hope that helps My Bio: https://www.crutchfield.com/bio/Ryan [ Ryan  Aug 10, 2017 ]  Staff
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