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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.
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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
Love this lens!! I debated back and forth about this lens. I actually bought the old 18-300 days before and ended up returning it for this one. In comparison, this one is as good and better in some cases for sharpness and clarity. Yes, low light can be an issue but it is a small one and one that can be compensated for in post processing. It's weight is doable even carrying it around for a whole day I was not fatigued by it. Love the ability to get the whole shot and the close up with the same lens. I traded in the 55-300 as well. No longer need it as this lens is almost the same size as that one yet I get better photos and better range with this one. If you are wondering if it's worth it... YES!! Would do this again in a heartbeat. Nikon got it right with this one!! June 15, 2014
Very pleased! I'm upgrading from a Tamron 18-200 (non VC) so this will be in comparison to that. I'm using it on a D300. The focus is much faster and very much quieter. So far the focus seems more accurate, too. Between that and the VR I'm getting many more keepers. I've never had VR before, so I'm still getting used to that. The only quibble I have is that the zoom is a little stiff and uneven in tension as you turn the ring. I'm hoping the stiffness means that it's sealed better, but the unevenness is not good. Maybe it will get better with more use. To end on a good note, I'm sure I chose the best available super-zoom out there. April 27, 2014
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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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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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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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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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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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Leaving for Africa on May 13th & have this lens in my cart. Not going to purchase it now if it won't get here in time. :(
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The New AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm lens is available for purchase now. To purchase, please go to the product page of the lens: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Pr...
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The current version of this lens has a problem with a shadow from the on camera flash at the 18-30mm range. Will this lens have the same problem?

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The shadow is created when the lens is too long or the coverage is too wide with a close subject a shadow of the lens itself is cast. This could also be created when the lens has a lens hood on the front and the built-in flash is being used.

Please see the follwoing link that explains this shadow: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...

Here is a link to an article on lighting: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...
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What are differences between this lens and existing 18-300 AF-S DX Nikkor lens?

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Newer 18-300 is smaller and lighter, has fewer glass elements and diaphragm blades among other things.
Use the compare feature on Nikon's website:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-18-300mm-f%252F3.5-5.6G-ED-VR.html
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is compatible with the D5200.
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