Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
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AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review
3 April 2014
Summary: 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.
Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR - Review / Test Report
23 December 2012
Conclusion: It is hardly surprising that it is a difficult quest to optimize a lens with a 16.7x zoom ratio. Given this scope, Nikon did a decent job but the outcome is still a collection of compromises. The weak spots are, unsurprisingly, at the extreme ends of the zoom range. The image center is great at 18mm but the outer image region is softer than it should be here. The build quality of the Nikkor AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR is typical for today's consumer grade lenses.