AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
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
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?
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
Buy something else
Thought that I would stick with all things Nikon since is just switched from another manufacturer, but in retrospect it was a bad idea! From 18 to 35 mm the lens is fine but after that point it will not hold position when pointed down and suffers from SEVERE lens creep! Nikon was kind enough to check it out but says that the lens is within specifications! Someone needs to take a serious look at the specifications if this is what is deemed a quality product! Just EXTREMELY DISAPPOINTED!!!!
January 30, 2015