AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR
Perfect Prosumer All-in-one lens for the D5500
While I firmly believe a "real" photographer can take a good picture with any camera, including a box with a pinhole in it, I finally broke down and spent some money on a lens that cost more than the camera. The kit lenses, especially the 55-200 ones that come with the D5000 series of DSLRs, are downright frustrating to use. So I studied carefully, budgeted, and bought this lens.
I am very happy I did.
It's not quite as sharp as I'd hoped, but then again, this isn't a professional lens. It is, however, a very good prosumer lens and is a great match for a prosumer DSLR. I paid full price for it and I'm not sorry I did -- no buyer's remorse, which should tell you something right there. So yes, I heartily recommend this lens, especially if you find it on sale.
May 3, 2015
Great replacement for the 18-200
I have shot the 18-200 on my D7000 for the last three years, and even though the reviews have been somewhat neutral due to the size and weight of the 18-300, I purchased one. This lens is a tremendous improvement over the 18-200, especially the resolution at the 300 end of the range. I'm very impressed with the image quality, extremely low distortion, and color rendition. I love having a single lens (replacing my 18-200 and 55-300) with this one. I still am keeping my 10-24 superwide zoom, but I think the new 18-300 will be on my D7000 90% of the time. Great work Nikon!
December 24, 2014
Great All Around Travel Lens
During a recent two week trip to Italy's Tuscany and Umbria, I seldom removed this lens from my Nikon D7000 camera body. This lens is amazingly sharp and offers brilliant color and contrast. Below is a photo of the Florence skyline taken with a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/7.1, a focal length of 28mm, an ISO of 100, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering.
November 16, 2014
The One Lens to Rule them All!!!
Instead of going on some Get Away 25th wedding anniversary trip, my amazing husband bought this lens for me.
I LOVE IT. I'm able to do everything without switching out lens. I haven't missed a single shot opportunity. It's a keeper! My husband too!
July 13, 2014
I really like this lens. I have a D5100 and had been using a Nikon 18-70 and a Nikon 55-300 as my lenses, which I was constantly changing, and in the process losing shots. I bought this about six months ago, and have used it in a variety of situations, including photographing receptions, photographing art show entries, taking pictures in nature, and some really close-up shots where I used it like a macro. It does an excellent job on all of these. It is heavy, but it is a wonderful all-purpose lens that gives the user many options of focal length to capture a wide range of photos.
October 27, 2013