Superzooms have just got even more powerful with the Nikkor 18-300mm, but is it a lens for everyday use and what compromises have been made? Find out with the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review

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

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AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review


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Our verdict

The AF-s DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is an ideal lens for those times when you don’t know what you will be photographing and you want to keep your camera bag light. That said, the lens is heavier than its 18-200mm little brother, so if weight is an issue consider whether the extra 100mm focal range of the new lens will be used. I found the extra reach useful, particularly for the occasional wildlife photograph.

Image quality is good considering the huge range of the lens and the convenience it offers, although it will obviously be bettered by fixed-focal-length and shorter zoom lenses.

I would certainly consider taking this lens on a long weekend away, although I would probably also try to sneak a 50mm f/1.8 optic into my bag for low-light use or for a sharper image when necessary.


Construction:19 elements in 14 groups
Filter size:77mm
Focus Markings:Yes
Diaphragm Blades:9
Mount:Nikon F, (DX)
Focal Length:18-300mm
Max diameter x length:83 x 120 mm
Minimum focusing distance:45cm (@300mm)
Max Aperture:f/3.5-5.6
  1. 1. AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review: Introduction
  2. 2. Features
  3. 3. Build and handling
  4. 4. Performance
  5. 5. Our verdict
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