Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens Review at the photography Blog

Zoltan Arva-Toth tests the lens on a Nikon D7000 Dslr body:

​"When compared to the superzoom competition, the Nikon 18-300mm lens certainly holds its own. Centre sharpness is generally adequate to good, approaching very good levels at certain zoom settings. The borders and especially the corners tend to be soft but improve upon stopping down (to varying degrees, depending on focal length). Vignetting is fairly well controlled except at 18mm f/3.5, where the corners are approximately 2 stops darker than the centre of the frame, assuming an evenly illuminated scene. Chromatic aberrations and geometric distortions are relatively strong, but both can be . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX ED VR II (wheew!) Lens short review by J.Meyer at Nphoto Mag: Feature packed and effective, without the pro price tag.

"The 16-85mm acquits itself well in the lab and is a joy to use. The VR system is superb and image quality is impressively sharp, even at the largest apertures, making the f/5.6 at 85mm all the more usable. Contrast is excellent and the lens gives superb results in practically any shooting conditions.

What’s good – Class-leading zoom range, ring-type autofocus, dual-mode stabilisation and superb image quality.
What’s bad – The maximum aperture is f/5.6 at the long end of the zoom range, and only f/5 at about 50mm.
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Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G DX ED VR lens review at Photography Life: A lens that excels at being bad, in a non MJ way.

"In summary, as you can clearly see from this review, the Nikon 18-300mm is a very average lens with average performance overall. It is optically worse than the 18-200mm and it is much bigger and heavier in comparison. It has plenty of distortion, chromatic aberration, vignetting and other issues, but worst of all – its optical performance and focus accuracy at long focal lengths is disappointing. Personally, I would rather opt for the 18-105mm kit lens or the 18-200mm, both of which are cheaper and better optically. Add the focus breathing “feature” and it becomes more like a 18-135mm lens, so you are not getting the full 300mm anyway (except if shooting objects at infinity)." . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review at the Photography Blog: Good, silent, but pricey.

"The only fly in the ointment is the price - at around £679 / $899 ($799 when discounted) this isn't exactly a cheap lens, which may hold back many enthusiasts, especially in the current economic climate. Those who plan on using an ultra-wide lens for paid work will of course find it much easier to justify the cost."

Nikon AF-S Nikkor DX 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED Review at PhotographyBlog: Very nice but pricey.

"The lens also benefits from a fast and quiet auto-focus mechanism, generously wide zoom ring and a limited but still welcome distance scale. The lens mount is, thankfully, made of metal and is complemented by a rubber seal that provides a degree of protection against dust and moisture. Thanks to an internal focusing (IF) . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review at DP Review

The specs of this lens say a lot: The biggest focal range Nikon has ever used (and enyone else for the matter), big, heavy, and loaded with goodies such as VR II stabilizing and 'Super Integrated Coating':

"Optically the 18-300mm is fairly typical for its type, which is to say plenty of compromises come with its huge range. Sharpness is something of a mixed bag - as usual for a superzoom it's best towards the wide end, but the corners of the . . . read more

Nikon 18-300mm VR DX AF-S G ED NIKKOR review by Ken Rockwell

"For DX cameras, this lens is an easy recommendation. There is nothing on Earth like this lens. Nothing else covers this huge range with VR and instant manual-focus override. Mud brands like Tamron usually offer cheap copies, sometimes with even broader zoom ranges, but they usually lack full-time manual focus override or good VR, and certainly lack mechanical quality and often lack future compatibility with new Nikon cameras." . . . read more

Nikon announces AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and AF-S Nikkor 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses

Nikon goes where no one has gone before, the land of monstrous 18-300mm lenses, a huge 16.7x zoom ratio. This should be the lazy photogs companion lens of choice, albeit at a pretty hefty price. As for the second lens of this announcement, well, it seems to be the perfect kit lens companion for a yet un-announced affordable full frame camera.  . . . read more

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

Leaked and withdrawn within hours on all European Nikon sites, the official unveiling is probably due today or tomorrow. Here are the details:

High-powered DX-format zoom lens with wide-angle to super-telephoto reach. Built to handle diverse situations, this all-round lens offers an ultra-high 16.7x zoom ratio with an incredibly wide 18-300mm focal range. . . . read more

Tamron AF 18-270mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II LD [IF] Asph. VC macro Nikon DX format review at Photozone

"The predecessor of the 18-270mm VC, the 18-250mm, came up with surprisingly high resolution numbers in our initial lab tests, but these tests were based on 8mp (Canon) and 10mp (Nikon) test bodies. The situation is a little different now on the 16 MP D7000, where the 18-270mm VC struggles somewhat to impress. At 18mm and 35mm the lens is able to deliver a generally decent quality with an extremely sharp center and acceptable borders, at least when stopped down. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX VR Nikkor18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED review @ slrgear

"Note - the blur results for this lens have now been updated using our micro focus bracketing protocol (450 test shots, 1350 total analyses performed), to eliminate the effect of our D2x's slight backfocusing with this lens.

This is Nikon's version of the 18-200mm "vacation lens", so-called because it's a great choice for those

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Nikon 12-24mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G was one of the first "DX" (reduced image circle) lenses Nikon developed, to give shooters using cameras with APS-C size sensors a true wide angle capability.

When we first tested this lens, we were dismayed to see severe asymmetry in the blur results at the longer

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR review at SLR Gear

"Whether you call it Vibration Reduction (as does Nikon) or Image Stabilization (as do Canon and several others), it's a feature with real utility for most shooters. It obviously wont' do anything about blur caused by subject motion, but the ability to reduce the effects of camera shake can make a big difference when

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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED review at photodo

"Nikon's 12-24mm is a very lightweight lens, especially when compared to other lenses Nikon designate 'professional' by placing a gold stripe around the front filter ring. Much of the lens barrel is constructed from high-quality plastics and the lens doesn't extend during zooming or focusing. The lens accepts 77mm filters and the filter ring is made of plastic, so care may need to be taken when attaching filters in . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 85mm f/3.5G ED VR review at photodo

"Although not mind-blowing, this lens puts in a decent performance as far as sharpness is concerned. At maximum aperture sharpness is good in the centre of the frame, and approaching good towards the edges.

As the lens is stopped down, the clarity improves until f/8, where sharpness in the centre of the frame is excellent, and very good towards the edges. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8 Lens review at photodo

"Manual focusing is performed via the narrow rubberised ring, which has just the right amount of resistance and travel to make fine adjustments straightforward. A minimum focus distance of 16.3cm provides life size magnification, but with little working distance. Care will need to be taken not to shade your subject when working this close, and the supplied lens hood may need to be removed. The hood is a

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Nikon 17-55mm f/2.8G ED-IF AF-S DX Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"The Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 DX constant-aperture lens shows just what you get when spending money on premium optics: Top-notch performance across the board, with very good sharpness even when shooting wide open. (And at f/2.8, "wide open" on the 17-55 is wide indeed.) . . . read more

Nikon 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Lens review at photodo

"The minimum focus distance of 38cm is useful for the occasional close-up image and also means that you're unlikely to be hitting the close focus stop when shooting in tight spaces.

The Vibration Reduction II system fitted to this lens promises to allow hand held sharp shots to be taken at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than would normally be recommended by the usual rule of thumb. . . . read more

Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX Nikkor review at SLR Gear

"For a $200 lens, the 35mm ƒ/1.8DX provides surprisingly good results. With the lens set to its widest aperture of ƒ/1.8 overall image sharpness is quite respectable, with a sharp central region of 1.5 blur units, and slightly soft corners approaching 3 blur units. Image sharpness improves slightly at ƒ/2. At ƒ/2.8 . . . read more

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Nikkor review at photodo

"Weighing only 335g, this is a very lightweight and compact lens, especially suitable for those looking for a telephoto optic that they won't need to leave at home when travelling light. All of the lens barrel is constructed from black textured plastics which feel sturdy enough for casual use, but which certainly won't survive the rigours of professional use. A large rubberised grip helps to improve the handling of . . . read more

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G DX review at photodo

"Weighing only 200g, and being only 52.5mm long, this lens is exceedingly lightweight, compact and should be easy enough to stow away in a kit bag for when you need it without it being a burden. The lens balances well on the Nikon D300 used for testing.

Build quality is good, with the lens barrel being constructed from high quality plastics and the lens mount is . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review at photodo

"The design and build of this 18-105mm lens is typical of Nikon's mid range zoom lenses. The lens barrel is constructed from high quality plastics that have a textured finish to them that won't show marks or scratched too easily. The lens feels lightweight, but without feeling flimsy. The lens mount is also made of plastic, so care may need to be taken not to damage this while changing lenses. A large . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR review at photodo

"This new optic from Nikon costs around £370 and sports a Vibration Reduction system that promises to allow shots to be taken at shutter speeds up to four stops slower than without, a silent focusing motor and ED glass elements to help reduce the effects of colour fringing, which is often associated with telephoto lenses.

Alternatives include Nikon's 70-300mm, which also includes Vibration Reduction and a silent focusing

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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED review at SLR Gear

"This is the kit lens that Nikon introduced with the D80 in mid-2006. It represented a new level of optical capability and quality for a kit lens, and as such greatly boosted the value of the D80's kit packages.

Lens designers always face difficult choices in deciding how to optimize a given lens design. There's no

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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G ED-IF review at SLR Gear

"Back when we first tested the Nikon D70 at Imaging Resource, we were impressed by the quality of the 18-70mm lens that came bundled with it in retail packages. It wasn't until we looked at the results from DxO Analyzer though, that we realized just how good it actually is.

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Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED review at momentcorp

"The Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye can in most respects be compared to it's older brother the Nikon 16mm f/2.8 Fisheye. When comparing the two lenses side by side the performance is almost identical. I feel that the 16mm has an edge wide open in regards to sharpness, but other than that they are very similar. . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED review at SLR Gear

"The Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 DX illustrates both the reason why people pay big prices for premium optics, as well as just how good you can do with a "bargain" lens if you're willing to stop down and shoot at smaller apertures.

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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm 3.5-5.6G ED-IF VR review at momentcorp

"Definitely worth the money, the Nikon 18-105 gives you a ton of bang for your $. It's nice to see that you can get a great performing lens for less then $310 USD. The downside to the lens is the plastic mount, which in itself is not a problem. I really doubt that a metal lens mount cost more then a few $, so I don't . . . read more

Nikon AF-S 12-24mm f/4 DX G ED review at photodo

"This lens is smaller than you would expect, especially if you have used fastish wide-angle lenses on a 35mm film body. In fact, it is not a lot bigger than the 18-70mm kit lens that Nikon make in the same DX format. The filter size of 77mm is a popular one and the lens cap is Nikon’s later version with inner grips to enable use of the cap with the supplied lens hood in place. Immediately in front of the mount is a distance . . . read more

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED review at photodo

"The lens is a conventional, two ring zoom with internal focussing operating manually or through a SWM AF system that is both quick and silent. The AF can be over-ridden manually without the need to turn off the Auto-function. Zooming does change the lens’ physical length with the front element extending by some 18mm at the wide end. The shortest overall length is achieved at around the 35mm

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