Nikon 18-300mm: a new standard for superzooms?

Nikon 18-300mm superzoom lens unveiled

Nikon has officially launched its brand new DX-format superzoom, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. It’s not just the longest-range Nikon superzoom to date, it’s the longest for any DSLR.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

It follows on from Nikon’s highly successful 18-200mm superzoom, which has won an army of fans thanks to its compact size, build quality and optical performance.

The new 18-300mm has a 16.7x zoom range, offering an effective focal range in 35mm camera terms of 27-450mm. The extra zoom range has increased the weight and length compared to the existing 18-200mm. The weight has gone up from 560g to 830g, and the length increases from 96.5mm to 120mm.

The 18-300mm remains quite compact despite this, and shares the 18-200mm’s slim profile, which is a big help when you’re sliding cameras in and out of bags.

Like the 18-200mm superzoom before it, this is a DX format lens, which means it is designed for Nikon’s DX-format SLRs, not its full-frame FX models (though you can use DX lenses on FX cameras in ‘crop’ mode).

The new Nikon 18-300mm price tag will be £850 / $1,000.

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