This Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is an extreme wide range lens with a 16.7x zoom ratio lens for Nikon DX cameras.
This lens is capable of shooting everything from wide angle shots to super telephoto images, it has Nikons latest vibration reduction (VRII) technology.
There are two focus modes available with this lens, M/A, autofocus with manual override and M, manual focus. A zoom lock is provided to prevent the lens zoom mechanism from sliding during transportation.
Personally I am not all that keen on wide range zoom lenses such as this as I believe all zoom lenses have some compomises in their performance and the longer the range the more performance compromises there generally are.
However, if you want a one lens that does all jobs then this lens may be the lens for you. For a traveller who does not wish to change lenses this may be the one to choose. Generally I find when travelling, that 300mm is the longest lens I need.
Here are some images from this lens on the Flickr site for your evaluation. As you can see from these images the lens can produce quite nice results and may satisfy a travelling photographer.
The range of Nikon DX zoom lenses are as follows from B&H .
- Focal length, 18-300 mm
- Maximum aperture, f/3.5-5.6
- Minimum aperture, f/22-32
- 19 elements in 14 groups, 3 aspherical lens elements and 3 ED lens elements
- Angle of view, 76° – 5° 20′
- Internal focusing (IF) System
- Silent Wave Motor
- Focus ring for manual focus
- Minimum focus distance, 300 mm focal length: 0.45 metres, 1.48 ft
- Maximum reproduction ratio, 1/3.2x
- 9 rounded diaphragm blades
- Filter size, 77 mm
- Dimensions, 83 mm diameter x 120 mm length
- Weight, 830 grams, 29.3 oz.