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

| June 15, 2012

Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR zoom lens

Building on the success of the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR, Nikon has introduced the AF-S DX Nikkor 18–300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR for those who want even more reach in an all-in-one lens. Its impressive 16.7x zoom range goes from a wide 27mm equivalent, great for group shots and vast landscapes, all the way to a super-telephoto 450mm equivalent, enough reach for wildlife photography and more. The lens can focus as close as 1.48-ft. from your subject at 300mm.

The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available at the end of June 2012 for the suggested retail price of $1049.99.

Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm F/3.5-5.6G IF ED VR: Major Features

• Versatile all in one lens

Provides equivalent coverage to a 27mm to 450mm field of view in 35mm terms when mounted on a Nikon DX format digital SLR camera.

• VR II image stabilization

At longer-telephoto focal lengths, even the slightest camera movement can cause image blur. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR features Nikon’s second-generation Vibration Reduction technology (VR II) to provide sharper video and still photography results. Shoot at shutter speeds 4-times slower than otherwise possible, a major advantage in low-light situations where a slower shutter speed means brighter, richer images.

• Nikon innovations for stunning images

Nikon’s innovations in optical design and lens technology have given way to a remarkable new class of NIKKOR lenses. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is among them. From its Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for fast and quiet autofocusing to its Aspherical (AS) lens elements and Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements for optimum contrast and minimum lens flare and ghosting, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is designed to deliver.

Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 ED VR Press Release

Today, Nikon Inc. announced the addition of two new lenses to the legendary NIKKOR lineup, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR and the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lenses. The new 18-300mm VR lens is a versatile and compact 16.7X all-in-one super zoom DX-format lens, while the new 24-85mm VR lens is an ideal standard zoom for any FX-format photographer. These optics were designed to meet the needs of all types of photographers, from those looking to capture everything from family outings to elusive wildlife and stunning landscapes. The new 18-300mm and 24-85mm lenses deliver the performance and superior image quality that photographers of all levels have come to expect from NIKKOR lenses whether capturing still images or HD videos.

To capture stunningly sharp images with excellent clarity and color reproduction or HD video that exhibits sharp critical focus with a dramatic depth of field, the new 18-300mm VR and 24-85mm VR lenses will empower photographers with a variety of exclusive core NIKKOR technologies. Both lenses are equipped with Nikon’s Vibration Reduction (VR) II image stabilization system which provides the equivalent of a shutter speed approximately four stops faster. The built-in Vibration Reduction will help photographers create blur-free images and video while shooting handheld and in challenging lighting conditions.

Two focus modes, manual-priority autofocus (M/A) and manual focus (M), are easily selected in both lenses as well. When either lens is in manual-priority autofocus (M/A) mode, users will be able to instantly switch from autofocus to manual focus operation by simply rotating the focus ring, even during AF servo operation. Additionally, both lenses feature an internal focusing system, providing fast focus without changing the length of the lens while retaining working distance through the focus range, and Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology designed to deliver fast, accurate and quiet AF performance. The lenses also boast Nikon’s Super Integrated Coating (SIC) which provides superb color reproduction, color consistency and reduced flaring.

“Whether a pro on assignment, a photo enthusiast or an indie cinematographer, all Nikon users appreciate and rely on the vast selection and reliability of NIKKOR lenses for all of their imaging needs,” said Bo Kajiwara, director of marketing, Nikon Inc. “The new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm VR and AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm VR lenses are fully optimized to capture stunning images and videos while meeting the growing needs of photographers of all levels around the world.”

The NIKKOR 18-300mm VR Lens: Nikon’s Longest Focal Range
Building on the popularity and versatility of Nikon’s telephoto zoom lens lineup which includes both the NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 and 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lenses, the new 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens is Nikon’s longest focal range ever, with an astounding 16.7X ultrahigh-ratio zoom range. The DX-format 18-300mm VR lens is surprisingly compact, lightweight and covers a focal range from wide-angle 18mm to super-telephoto 300mm, equivalent to a focal length of 27mm to 450mm in FX/35mm format. At the 300mm focal length setting, the lens’ large f/5.6 aperture enables photographers to shoot at faster shutter speeds with shallow depth-of-field.

This new super telephoto zoom lens is ideal for taking stills when travelling and for all around general photography including landscapes, portraits and distant subjects. The 18-300mm lens is also excellent for recording HD video as it can be used for wide establishing shots, medium close-up shots and extreme telephoto sequences when the users want to separate the subject from the background.

The construction of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens consists of 19 optical elements in 14 groups with three Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements that effectively minimize chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings, and three aspherical lens elements that virtually eliminate aberrations at wide aperture settings. The new lens also incorporates a nine rounded blade diaphragm to help achieve a natural looking dramatic separation between subject and background.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR also has a dedicated zoom lock switch which secures the lens barrel at its minimum length and will prevent the lens from sliding during transportation. Additionally, the 18-300mm VR lens is ideal for capturing close-ups with great detail, as it offers a 1.48 ft. minimum focusing distance at 300mm, as well as a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.2X.

The NIKKOR 24-85mm VR Lens: The Standard Zoom for FX Shooters
Ideal for photographers seeking an FX-format compatible standard zoom lens, the new AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens delivers sharp, crisp and high-quality images and can be assigned as an everyday walkabout lens. Covering the frequently used focal-length range of 24mm to 85mm, this lens is a great companion for any FX-format shooter and is ideal for shooting stills of landscapes, architecture, head and shoulder portraits, candid shots or group shots. For HD video shooters, the 24-85mm VR lens is a natural choice when filming landscapes, large groups of people or when wide field establishing shots or medium close-ups are needed. The 24-85mm lens is a great everyday lens that is compact, lightweight and easy to carry on any photo assignment or family adventure.

In addition to the lens’ built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) technology, the AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens features Auto Tripod detection which recognizes when the camera is mounted on a tripod, even during HD video recording, to help deliver specialized VR correction. The lens construction of the 24-85mm VR lens consists of 16 optical elements in 11 groups with one Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass element, three aspherical lens elements and a seven rounded blade diaphragm.

Price and Availability
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be available at the end of June 2012 for the suggested retail price of $1049.99. The AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f/3.5-4.5G ED VR lens will also be available at the end of June 2012 and will have a suggested retail price of $579.95.

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

Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm VR II Specifications

Focal Length18-300mm
Zoom Ratio16.7x
ApertureMax Aperture f/3.5-f/5.6
FormatDX format SLR’s
Maximum reproduction ratio0.32x
35mm conversion factor equivalent1.5x
VR II Vibration Reduction SystemUp to 4 stops compensation
Diaphragm9 blades
ED Glass3 elements
Aspherical Elements3
Super Integrated CoatingYes
Auto FocusAF-S Motor for quiet focus
Minimum focus distance1.48 feet (0.45 meters)
Focus ModeAF or Manual
Filter Size77mm
Dimensions83 x 120mm
Weight830 grams
Supplied AccessoriesLC-77 Snap-on Front Lens Cap
HB-58 Bayonet Lens Hood
LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
CL-1120 Soft Lens Case

Category: Removable Lens Cameras, Uncategorized

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