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Keywords: Nikon Nikkor Wide Mid Tele Zoom APS-C DX AF-S VRII Stabilized tested


Registered: November 2008
Posts: 8
Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S Nikkor review by ppk
Review Date: 2/23/2013 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $699.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: Amazing all in one.
Cons: Heavy. but not as heavy as the 80-400....

Wow! I reviewed the 80-400 VR on this site and in comparison with that.. the 18-300 is better. In fact it replaces nearly all my current half a dozen nikkors. It is a lot better than the 18-200 VRII. Don't know why I bought that one, now...

I do go to alaska each year and have drug the slow focusing 80-400 each year... along with the 18-200. The 18-300 is the new single lens.

I cannot tell any difference between the 80-400 and the 18-300 in sharpness or color at f8 at full telephoto. At f5.6 the 18-300 is a little better, with better contrast, too. My example is posted on the Nikon site...

I got mine at B&H for $699 and it came with 77mm filters, UV and polarizer. YOU CAN NOT BEAT THAT!!!

I have a 12-24 dx that is sharper in the overlap by a bit at 24, but 18 both are the same. and that lens was $599. ..

Good color, better than the 80-400 at full telephoto. Get it while it is on sale - you have only one week left!!!

Registered: July 2007
Posts: 36
Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S Nikkor review by touristguy87
Review Date: 7/26/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 7 

Pros: combines an 18-250 and a 70-300 for DX cameras
Cons: still not wide enough, is outrageously expensive and weighs > 800g

...since we're here rating lenses that we don't actually own, speaking in generalities...this lens would be great if it weighed say 400g instead of 800. At 800g it requires true really have to need it to want to carry-around that much weight. To me it's just a good argument for a 4/3rds camera and a matching 14-150 IS lens. Carry this around for a week and a CX camera with a 10-120mm IS lens will make you drool. If not a good p&s with a matching effective range like the Coolpix S9100.

but in any case, in my opinion 28-450mm effective is only 2/3rds of the battle. What about 17-50mm effective?

What about a real DOF at long focal-lengths?
This lens won't gie you either, even at F13 the DOF will be measured in yards at the long end.

Registered: May 2012
Posts: 7
Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX AF-S Nikkor review by iffo
Review Date: 7/19/2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: None indicated| Rating: 8 

Pros: Large zoom range Compact and light weight in relation to zoom range At all focal lengths high resolution in the centre and at most focal length sufficiently high resolution in the corners (using the Nikon D3200) Vignetting and distortion l
Cons: Only f/3.5-5.6 At 18 mm considerable distortion and vignetting Ghost and flare at the wider focal lengrths Less attractive bokeh AF hunts sometimes with low contrast subjects Expensive compared with the Nikon 18-200 mm VR II

Tested the 18-300 mm in combination with a Nikon D3200
Corner resolution lags behind, but is compensated by high resolution of the D3200. Better as a telephoto lens than the Nikon 18-200 VR2


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