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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.
A-M
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 4.5 5 10 10
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
Great lens, very versatlie My wife and I just came back from a months vacation in the UK and took a newly acquired D7100 body a 35mm 1.8G and the new version 18-300mm 3.5~6.3 telephoto. In the whole month and in all situations both outside & inside this lens NEVER left the camera body! I never ran across a shooting situation that required me to change out to the 35mm. It works very well with the built in flash and should be fantastic with a speedlight. Very fast and accurate A.F., clarity, shapness etc. I can honestly say this is the travel lens I have ever owned! Very highly recommended! August 10, 2014
Lente para ninguém por defeito Sou amador, amadoríssimo. Excelente zoom, permite uma enorme maneabilidade de fotografia, penso que está é a melhor lente que já tive na vida. Excelente compra que fiz!!!!! October 12, 2014
Doubt for 300mm focal length I just bought this lens (18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR) from Singapore and bring back to my home (Jakarta-Indonesia). At the beginning I was really excited and shot my pictures. Previously I have one AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED. I try to compare the result on 300mm focal length and I doubt the result of the 18-300, the image is not so close as the result of the 70-300mm. Why the image is not the same? regards, agustan Jakarta-Indonesia September 27, 2014
Not a sports lens. I bought this lens primarily for my daughters soccer games. I need the 300 to get across the field and 18 for when the girls run up to me at the sidelines. In theory, it sounds like a great idea; however the quality isn't good for sports. When zoomed even to a 200, the photos are distorted and shaky. I have also noticed the Continuous Shooting Speed has slowed down, which has prevented some of those OMG did you see that moments. I will return it and go back to my 55-200 for now. :-( As for an all in one (still shots), it is good as long as you don't mind spending the money. September 10, 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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is this lens compatible with a d90? does anyone know?

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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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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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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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