Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR review

The Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is a neat and travel-friendly superzoom for Nikon DSLR cameras

Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

A joy of any interchangeable lens camera is that you can fit the right kind of optic for the task at hand. It’s great news, most of the time, but nobody wants to lug around a big bag of lenses when they’re trying to travel light. This DX (APS-C) format lens for Nikon DSLRs is pretty compact and lightweight yet gives enormous versatility for wide-ranging shooting scenarios, with a mighty 27-450mm ‘effective’ zoom range in full-frame terms. It’s competitively priced and delivers good image quality for a superzoom.


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    Mighty zoom range

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    Good image quality and performance

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    Fairly compact and lightweight


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    No focus distance scale

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    No ‘Active’ or ‘Sport’ VR mode

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    Hood sold separately

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The Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is the latest in a trio of Nikon DX format superzooms. The first was the AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR, followed up with an almost identical Mark II edition, and then there was the AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR. This one is a third of an f/stop slower than the previous two at the long end of the zoom range but gives greater telephoto power than the former and is more compact than the latter, making it the more appealing travel lens.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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