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The world is full of amazing views—some right in front of us, others far in the distance. Capture all of them beautifully with a single lens, the outstanding all-in-one telephoto zoom AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR. Surprisingly compact and lightweight for a 16.7x zoom lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR draws great performance from Nikon DX-format D-SLRs and is a highly versatile second lens. Shoot wide-angle scenic landscapes and group photos, portraits with softly blurred backgrounds, super-telephoto close-ups and everything in between—if you can see it, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR can capture it. Optimized for shooting both stills and HD videos, it features specialized Vibration Reduction technology for tack-sharp photos and steady videos, even when your hands are a bit shaky. And since it's a NIKKOR, it features some of the best optics available. Whether you're looking for maximum versatility in a lens or you're just the kind of photographer who finds inspiration all around, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR will help you capture more of life's great views.
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ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
IF Lens
Silent Wave Motor
Vibration Reduction
Arial photo of a landscape shot in low light with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens showing the wide end of the zoom rangeArial photo zoomed in closer of a low-light landscape shot with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lensArial photo of trees and the surrounding water showing the telephoto end of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens
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Unparalleled versatility

16.7x wide-angle to super-telephoto zoom

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR can do just about anything—stills, videos, landscapes, interiors, portraits, wildlife...you name it. Its massive zoom range goes from wide-angle (27mm equivalent in 35mm) all the way to super-telephoto (450mm equivalent in 35mm), so you can catch stunning close-ups of concert performers and athletes as easily as wide scenic shots. Its compact, balanced design and Vibration Reduction technology help keep photos sharp and videos steady, and the lens' fast, quiet autofocus system minimizes camera noise during video recording.
Photo of a flower shot with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens

Sharper photos and videos

Vibration Reduction image stabilization

A little camera shake can ruin an otherwise great photos or video, especially when shooting at super-telephoto distances. To combat camera shake, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR features Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology, which provides 4.0 stops* of blur-free handheld shooting. Capture crisp, clear photos and steady videos even if your hands are a bit unsteady. Additionally, VR is a big advantage in low-light situations—slow down your shutter speed without compromising sharpness.
Photo of a mountain and blue sky shot with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens

Reliable, inspiring performance

Superb image quality and consistency

Like all renowned NIKKOR lenses, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR delivers stunning image quality—vibrant color, sharp detail, and minimal distortion. To enhance that superb optical performance and increase its versatility as both a photo and video lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR includes Nikon's advanced lens technologies like Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, near-silent autofocusing, three Aspherical (AS) and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for maximum contrast and minimal lens flare and ghosting, a rounded 7-blade diaphragm for beautiful, natural background blur and Internal Focusing (IF) for a more compact, streamlined lens design.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when DX-format compatible lenses are attached to a DX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
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A-M
A-M stands for Auto-Manual Mode. Thanks to a mechanism incorporated in the lens barrel, smooth focusing operation in Manual focus mode is realized in the same way as users have become accustomed to with conventional manual-focus lenses by adding an appropriate torque to the focus ring.
AS
AS
AS stands for Aspherical lens elements. This type of lens utilizes non-spherical surfaces on either one or both sides of the glass in order to eliminate certain types of lens aberration.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR 4.3 5 13 13
Sharp and light weight. A perfect travel lens. Not as sharp as a prime lens, but good throughout the range. Great for closeups with its 18" minimum focus range. Fast focusing in good light, slower in low light. Small size and light weight are great for all day use. This lens rarely leaves my D7000 (now updated to a D7200). May 22, 2015
Amazingly Sharp Great lens! I was hesitant at first because it seemed slow on the long end, and relatively compact. I coupled this with a D7100 and the results are absolutely fantastic. My concern about the 6.3 aperture proved to be a moot point; the images in low light are virtually noise free up to 3200 and quite usable at 6400. The VR is fantastic and allows me to produce images I would have needed a tripod for a decade ago. The color rendition is excellent and it is sharp at all focal lengths and at all apertures. However, please don't compare it to a prime or 2.8 constant aperture zoom and vent your frustration that an all-in-one did not deliver the exact same quality for half the price. It is not attempting to be the aforementioned lenses, but rather an alternative to bringing several lenses. For travel, this one lens covers 95% of my requirements; small, light, sharp, and I do not need to take a bag full of lenses with me. It is great for what it is, and I am quite pleased with the image quality. March 8, 2015
Great all-in-one lens I wanted a lens to replace my kit lens (18-55) and the zoom lens (55-200) I had purchased with my D5000 . On our trip to Hawaii, the 55-200 didn't have quite enough reach. I wished I would have had this lens. Not only will it replace 2 lenses, but also it takes awesome pictures!!! I would use a tripod when shooting at the longest focal length. I am amazed that this lens is so short and can get so close! Also, it has a 67mm diameter, compared to a 52mm diameter of my other 2 lenses. I decided to keep the kit lens, but I traded in the other zoom lens. September 2, 2014
Looking for an all in one this is it !!! I am a beginner photographer and I must say I am glad I saved up the extra to purchase this lens, If you are looking for an all in one take anywhere lens this is it. Nice and light with lots of zoom and still great quality. I have this one my D7100 and it takes great photo's. If you are like me and currently surfing the web for hours on end looking for information on what lens to buy to get into a higher level of photography I will let you in on my 2 days worth of surfing and save you the effort. Purchase this lens and a 35mm prime f1.8 and you have all you need with a d7100. I know there will be some high end photographer that will disagree with this but if you are like me and this is a hobby not a business these 2 lenses will serve you well. Hope this helps some frustrated and overwhelmed novices to make a decision on which lens they would like to purchase. August 16, 2014
Hard to believe but it's true. I traded in the prior 18-300 for this one. Imagine the creativity that comes from being able hand hold from 18 to 300 and get extremely sharp pictures at any focal length. Picture quality equals the venerable 18-200. Yet it weighs the same and barely extends further. At 300, the picture quality is outstanding (see the pictures). It also does spectacular Macro at up to 1/3 life size. This is the lens to own. August 15, 2014
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When will this lens actually be available?

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The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens will be available in May 2014. For more information on NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
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The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens will be available in May 2014 for suggested retail price (SRP) of $899.95. For more information on NIKKOR lenses as well as other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.
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Does this lens permit instant manual focus override if the lens is in the autofocus mode?

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the answer is YES! The switch says AM/M so in auto mode, you can still touch the focus ring, re focus and not damage the lens.
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The Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens has an "A" or "M" switch that allows for autofocus or manual focusing.
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What does the "G" stand for?

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No aperture ring, it is not needed on digital cameras as the aperture is set with the camera.
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The lens has no aperture control ring and is designed to be used with cameras that allow setting the aperture from the camera body. G lenses also provide Distance information to the camera.
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Distortion control data

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Hello Nikon Guys... Having in mind that this lens has been on the market for a couple of months, I wonder if you are going to release a new "Distortion control data" firmware for the cameras in order to use the distortion control with this lens. Specifically I would like use this feature in my D7100+18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR combo, but currently the "auto distortion control" is disabled on the shooting menu of the D7100.

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Thank you for your reply NikonCatherine. It was very useful.

Please note that the header links in the main firmware page regarding Distortion Control still pointing to the old 1.09 version. I think you should upgrade them.

I tested the links on 09-Dec-2014. The mentioned link is
https://support.nikonusa.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/13783

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You can find the download for the Distortion Control Data Version 2, which includes data for the 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens, on the following page: http://www.nikonimglib.com/dcdata2/...

Please make sure that your D7100 is running firmware version C 1.02 prior to installing the new Distortion Control Data file. You can download D7100 firmware C 1.02 from here: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an....
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is this lens compatible with a d90? does anyone know?

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Yes it is
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Fully compatible with D90
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Hi. Which is the diference between AF/Manual and Auto/Manual related to the nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 ED VR and nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR?
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Thank you Joe!
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If you are referring to the little slide switch on the side of the lens, nothing is different. Nikon just changed the initial. When in manual the lens will only focus manually and when in auto/ manual you can just grab the focus ring and focus manually overriding auto focus.
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Will it be a replacement for Nikkor 18-105 mm and 70-300 mm VR lenses in image quality, performances ?

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The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is addition to the Nikon NIKKOR Lens line. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR can do just about anything—stills, videos, landscapes, interiors, portraits, wildlife...you name it. Its massive zoom range goes from wide-angle (27mm equivalent in 35mm) all the way to super-telephoto (450mm equivalent in 35mm), so you can catch stunning close-ups of concert performers and athletes as easily as wide scenic shots. To combat camera shake, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR features Nikon's Vibration Reduction technology, which provides 4.0 stops* of blur-free handheld shooting. Capture crisp, clear photos and steady videos even if your hands are a bit unsteady. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR delivers stunning image quality—vibrant color, sharp detail, and minimal distortion.
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Does this lens have a zoom lock to prevent zoom creep?

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The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300MM f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Lens does have a lock.
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will this lens accept any kind of doubler/emhancer

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AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is not compatible with any Nikon teleconverters or similar accessories. Here is a link of compatible lenses and the teleconverters that are compatible: http://www.nikonusa.com/en_INC/IMG/...
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What is the length of the lens when fully extended?

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When fully extended the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR lens is approximately 8.5 inches.
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