Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR £880/$995

It’s over­weight in ev­ery way

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A big bruiser of a lens, this 83x120mm su­per­zoom is more than twice the weight of the Tam­ron 18-200mm, and feels a mis­match for light­weight bod­ies like the D3400 and D5600. It’s heav­ily priced too, cost­ing about twice as much as the com­pet­ing Sigma 18-300mm and Tam­ron 16-300mm su­per­zooms.

Pre­dat­ing the other Nikon 18-300mm lens, this has the more usual con­fig­u­ra­tion of VR II sta­bi­liza­tion, with a sec­ondary Ac­tive mode, as well as a fo­cus dis­tance scale. Both lenses fea­ture three ED (Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments in their op­ti­cal paths, but this one has three ad­di­tional el­e­ments in to­tal, and a bet­ter-rounded aper­ture based on nine, rather than seven, di­aphragm blades.

Per­for­mance

Along with faster AF and bet­ter sta­bi­liza­tion when shoot­ing from a vi­brat­ing plat­form, this lens re­tains bet­ter sharp­ness than Nikon’s newer 18-300mm lens at zoom set­tings of 100mm and above. The flip side is that it’s not so sharp for wide-an­gle shoot­ing, although dis­tor­tion at 18mm is slightly less no­tice­able.

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