|AF-S||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|DX||The lens is designed only for Nikon APS-C digital SLR cameras.|
|G||The lens has no aperture control ring and only supports electronic aperture control from the camera. G lenses provide distance information to the camera as D-type lenses.|
|ED||The lens incorporates low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|VR||The lens is equipped with optical image stabilizer. The stabilizer allows to increase the shutter speed by several stops and shoot handheld in such lighting conditions and at such focal lengths where without stabilizer you will have to use tripod, decrease the shutter speed and/or increase the ISO setting which can lead to blurry and noisy images.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F/3.5-6.3G ED VR||Apr 2014||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR||Jun 2012||⊗|
|Diagonal angle of view:||76.3°-5.4° (Nikon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||19 elements in 14 groups, including:|
|Number of blades:||9|
|Closest focusing distance:||45 cm|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Silent Wave Motor|
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||Yes|
|Stabilizer features:||VR ACTIVE|
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 4 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø83 x 120 mm|
|Materials:||High-quality plastic barrel|
|Filter size:||77 mm|
Design and Features
The lens barrel is heavy, made of high-quality plastic. The lens mount is metallic.
The lens has a very wide focal range. Formally it is the advantage, however in practice it causes certain problems with compensation of optical aberrations and equally high image quality at the entire focal range.
The lens features a zoom lock lever to keep the zoom ring fixed at the shortest focal length of 18 mm. This function is convenient for carrying a camera with the lens on a strap because it prevents the lens from extending.
The lens features M/A - M focus mode switch.
|M/A||Autofocus mode that allows switching to manual focus with virtually no time lag - even during autofocus servo operation and regardless of autofocus mode in use.|
|M||Manual focus mode.|
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 77 mm which are easy to find. However, filters of such size are more expensive and mainly used with professional lenses.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
The lens features optical image stabilizer, which, according to the manufacturer, compensates up to 4 stops of shutter speed. Theoretically it allows to capture sharp images of static subjects at shutter speeds down to 1/19 second at focal length of 300 mm*).
*) without the need to increase ISO sensitivity and/or use a tripod, at the same lighting conditions and at the same aperture
At the choice of the photographer the image stabilizer can operate in one of the following modes:
|VR NORMAL||Corrects vertical and horizontal camera shake. Automatically detects panning and then corrects camera shake only in one direction.|
|VR ACTIVE||Corrects vertical and horizontal camera shake when shooting from a moving vehicle, or some other unstable position. Panning is not detected.|
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm F/3.5-5.6G ED VR has very extreme range of focal lengths, large dimensions, heavy weight and a high price. The drawbacks are mainly concentrated at 18 and 300 mm focal lengths. All in all the lens has no significant advantages over the similar lenses from third party manufacturers especially given its large dimensions and heavy weight.
|Sensor size:||23.6×15.6 mm|
|Distortion at 18 mm:||-5.32 %|
|Distortion at 300 mm:||+1.94 %|
|Vignetting at 18 mm F/3.5:||-1.52 EV|
|Vignetting at 300 mm F/5.6:||-0.98 EV|
|Efficiency of Image Stabilizer:||up to 3.3 stops|
|Sensor size:||23.6×15.6 mm|
|Distortion at 18 mm:||-3.67 %|
|Distortion at 300 mm:||+1.71 %|
|Vignetting at 18 mm F/3.5:||-1.34 EV|
|Vignetting at 300 mm F/5.6:||-0.84 EV|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 5 MB|