AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
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
Excellent lens for travel, nature, kids in motion and wildlife photography
This lens replaced and 18-200 Nikkor lens on a D5100. I am now using it on a D7100 and am very pleased with its performance during the first week of use. Focus is quick and accurate. No lens creep noted compared to the 18-200 zoom I have used in the past. No problems so far. Am looking forward to using it for more travel and nature photography.
Lens is more compact, easier to carry and easy to use. I am glad I bought it and would buy it again if necessary. Will carry a micro lens with it, and maybe a wide angle zoom on occasion.
July 14, 2014