Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX
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7 May 2015
Summary: Nikon's AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6 VR lens offers the longest zoom range currently available for any interchangeable lens camera system. But this comes with all of the usual optical compromises associated with a superzoom, in a large, heavy package.
Pros: Huge 16.7x focal length range (while maintaining F5.6 aperture at telephoto), Good image quality in the wide to short telephoto range, Fast, quiet autofocus, Good build quality, smooth zooming action and no zoom creep, Decent close-up capability
Cons: Very soft results at telephoto, Extreme distortion across most of the range (but can be corrected in-camera with recent SLRs), Image stabilization not as effective as on similar lenses, especially at telephoto end, Flash shadowing at wideangle on smaller SLRs, Large, heavy and expensive compared ...
Summary: Those looking for a convenient all-in-one zoom lens for travel, or simply to cut down on lens changes will love the extreme zoom range this 18-300mm lens offers. However, the large size and weight will mean you're not exactly travelling light.
Pros: Good sharpness in the centre, Extreme 16.7x zoom range, Effective VR system, Good build
Cons: CA levels towards edges of the frame are high, Distortion, especially at 18mm, VR system lags for around a second before stabilising image.