*MINT* Nikon Nikkor AF-S 18-300mm f3.5-5.6 G ED VR DX Lens – in box

$350.00

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Description

Like new, comes in original packaging. Lens hood and soft case not included.

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Outstanding and Impressive All-In-One Glass

I grabbed this to take the place of having to carry both my Nikon AF-S 18-200mm and Nikon AF-S 55-300mm lenses and needing to switch them in order to capture certain shots, as well as opening up the possibility of contaminants infiltrating my gear during the change-out. What a dream! No it is not classed (nor priced) as a pro lens and will not outperform a prime lens but it certainly is great glass.

The 18-300 focuses faster than either my 18-200 or 55-300. I have not had any issues with hunting in low lighting (unless there is absolutely no contrast in what I am looking at, but that has happened with virtually every lens I have owned).

The sharpness at all focal settings is very good. Color and clarity are both quite good. My 18-300 is at least as good, if not better, at 300 than is my 55-300, and at the lower end, and has performed better than my 18-200. The autofocus works superbly and coupled with Nikon's Vibration Reduction II makes for perfect everyday shooting. However, I can also use this for close-up nature shots with excellent bokeh and clarity.

I have used this on both my Nikon D90 and my Nikon D5100 and it performs great on both. The lens lock comes in handy to avoid the dreaded lens creep.

The glass is definitely heavier than the 18-200, but that is to be expected with the added focal length. The build quality seems very good. The reversible lens hood is nice and, when reversed, does not interfere when focusing, as it did on my 18-200 a bit.

Overall, this is a very impressive lens. Definitely recommended as a one-lens solution, especially for travelling and day shooting when you do not wish to take a few pieces of glass with you.
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Extra weight worth the convenience & cost.

I have not used this lens sufficiently to give a detailed review. That being said, I have taken some photos with this lens & so far I like it quite a bit. In one lens, this lens allows such a wide range of composition with just a slight increase in weight it's a major convenience, simplifying my picture taking. I enjoyed the 18-200 mm lens from Nikon for composition and convenience so much on our vacation to Yellowstone, that I believed I could do even more with this lens if I bought it. Indeed, it allows substantially more reach, without changing lenses. I owned a 18-70 mm & 70-300 mm set of lenses that I have been using for most of my photography. The few 300 mm pictures I've taken with this lens, are as sharp as those I've taken with the 70-300 mm that I used for the long distance shots in the past.

A couple of negatives:
1) It's a bit heavy, but for me, it's worth the extra weight to have the one versatile lens. It is only 10 oz. more than the 18-200mm. It is essentially the same weight as the 70-300mm. 2) For flash photography the in camera flash produces quite a shadow at the higher magnifications. Fortunately I have a flash to use for indoor pictures, the SB400 - small enough yet powerful enough for good flash effect without lens shadow, so far.
3) I unfortunately did not know that I could have bought the same lens directly from Nikon at the same price, because Nikon was having a special sales event.

Still worth the cost, no warranty, but so far no issues with Nikon lens so I hope to have no issues. The limited pictures I have taken are sharp, clear & good color.
We'll be going on vacation to see a graduation in May, I'll see how effective the lens/camera are, & if the extra weigh makes things too difficult.
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My wife loves the single lens vs. 2 lens' to get the range

Nikkor are good lens, I wish the very end of the optical zoom marks were more separated to be able to more easily fine tune the focal point...as it is, the amount of rotation on the lens that is needed to get from 100x to 200x is about 1/2 rotation of the lens. However, from 200x - 300x the rotation drops to merely 1/5 of a rotation...making it impossible to get the exact focal point you desire, close of course especially if you turn it super slow...just poorly thought out. Otherwise, this lens is great, VR is awesome and the F stops are great. Too bad it's not a larger sensor for the darks.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: glendlane

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Stunning General Purpose Lens

I purchased this lens as a replacement for the original 18 to 200mm f3.5-5.6 ED VR II I purchased with my Nikon D7000. I loved that lens and took many memorable pictures with it. I finally decded that I wanted a little more distance and started looking at Nikon's 2 options for a 18-300mm lens. After much deliberation and hand wringing, I finally decided on this slightly faster and beefier f/3.5-5.6G model. It arrived today and I am impressed!. I was initially concerned that it was advertised as an 'import' lens, but when comparing it to my 18-200mm USA lens, they are in exactly the same packaging and come from the same factory in Thailand. For the $130+ savings off the USA version, for me, it's a no brainer. I would purchase again without hesitation. This thing is gorgeous, built like a tank, reaches way out to take the clearest, most beautiful pictures in my portfolio. I'm seeing sharp, individual hairs on the heads of the Gray Squirrels at our feeders at over 100'. I can't wait to actually spend time with the lens to learn it's little tricks to really make it shine. If this lens is on your wish list, do a month of arm curls and pull the trigger. You won't be disappointed.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: new | Sold by: 6ave

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Overall excellent lens to cover all types of photography.

On the first take on this lens... it is heavy & bulky. May be it just me feeling since I was using 50mm so far. Apart from that , it is excellent. Excellent zoom which I feel covers everything from portrait to landscape photo. I am very happy with it. if you are mounting on the tripod , make sure you have that steady once because of the lens weight , it might fall forward.Read full review...

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Exactly as expected.

What can I say? This is a Nikon lens that appears to meet the specs in the first 300 photos taken. The lens has great optics and range, and is a great value even at original retail prices. I am very pleased.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: deanbers

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Best lens on the market. You will not be disappointed,

This lens is absolutely amazing. We have been using dslr cameras for over ten years and have purchased many different lenses. This lens is by far the best overall lens we have ever used. We no longer need to switch between lenses, and we never again miss that perfect shot because we have the wrong lens on the camera. A+Read full review...

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Great value for the money

I love this lens. It is heavy, however; not as heavy as I thought it was going to be. Takes great pictures. I purchased this lens as it will cover the other two lenses I have and I will not have to change them out. The lens does extend out to almost twice it's size, that takes sometime getting used to. Excellent lens for the price. I am a beginner and photography is a hobby for me.Read full review...

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Excellent DX lens that will do everything you need.

I purchased this lens with my New Nikon D-7100. Previously I had two lenses that combined did the same as this one. Now I don't have to change lenses anymore and I can take both close-up and distance shots. The auto features work smoothly and so far I have not had any out of focus shots. I highly recommend this lens if you can afford the price. You will not need any other lens.Read full review...

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I got what I needed at very reasonable costs.

I only had a Nikon 18-105 mm so I bought this because I needed it to take better photos of more distant items. I was able to achieve what I wanted and this lens has the same good quality as my other lens. The only negative qualities it has are greater weight and size.Read full review...

Additional information

Type

Image Stabilization, Telephoto, Wide Angle

Focal Length Type

Zoom

Focal Length

18-300mm

MPN

2196

Camera Technology

Digital

Product Line

Nikon Nikkor

Series

Nikon NIKKOR

Maximum Aperture

f/3.5-5.6

Camera Type

SLR

Focus Type

Auto & Manual

Compatible Brand

For Nikon

Model Number

AF-S DX

Model

AF-S DX

Mount

Nikon F

Nikon Product Number

2196

Brand

Nikon

Lens Aperture

f/3.5-5.6G

Bundle Listing

No

Additional Tech Characteristics

DX