|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.|
|ED||The lens incorporates one or several 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||⊗|
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|Diagonal angle of view:||76.3°-5.4° (Nikon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||16 elements in 12 groups, including 3 ASPH, 3 ED|
|Closest focusing distance:||48 cm|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||7|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ultrasonic (Nikon F)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||No|
|Stabilizer features:||VR NORMAL
|Stabilizer efficiency:||up to 4 stops|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø78.5 x 99 mm|
|Materials:||High-quality plastic barrel, metallic mount|
|Filter size:||67 mm|
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, 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 A - M focus mode switch.
|A||Autofocus mode without manual override.|
|M||Manual focus mode.|
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 67 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
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).
Aspherical elements (ASPH, XA) minimize spherical aberration, astigmatism, coma and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
Low dispersion elements (AD, ED, LD, HLD, SD, UD etc) and fluorite elements minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
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
The image stabilizer does not have any specialized mode of operation, but is capable of automatic detection of panning and then corrects camera shake only in one direction.
|Sensor size||23.6×15.6 mm|
|Distortion at 18 mm||-4.81 %|
|Distortion at 300 mm||+1.46 %|
|Vignetting at 18 mm F/3.5||-1.26 EV|
|Vignetting at 300 mm F/6.3||-1.04 EV|
|Efficiency of Image Stabilizer||up to 4.3 stops|
|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 1 MB|