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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
The One Lens to Rule them All!!!
from Green Bay, WI, USA
Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 24-85mm f3.5-4.5G ED VR Camera Lens:
Instead of going on some Get Away 25th wedding anniversary trip, my amazing husband bought this lens for me. I LOVE IT. I'm able to do everything without switching out lens. I haven't missed a single shot opportunity. It's a keeper! My husband too!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
I really like this lens. I have a D5100 and had been using a Nikon 18-70 and a Nikon 55-300 as my lenses, which I was constantly changing, and in the process losing shots. I bought this about six months ago, and have used it in a variety of situations, including photographing receptions, photographing art show entries, taking pictures in nature, and some really close-up shots where I used it like a macro. It does an excellent job on all of these. It is heavy, but it is a wonderful all-purpose lens that gives the user many options of focal length to capture a wide range of photos.
(29 of 45 customers found this review helpful)
You'll love it!
By Liberty 4 me
from Dallas, TX, USA
I recently purchased the 18-300 to put on my D5200. I have been amazed. I really love pet portriat & pet action, nature and sunrise/sunset photography. This all-in-one has not let me down. I would switch lenses frequently, and worried about dust getting in the camera. Now, I never have to remove the lens from the camera and I'm always ready for any shot, whether it be a close-up of an flower or a wide angle sunset. It does have a little weight to it, so it won't spend much time just hanging on the strap, you'll want to hold it. It's well worth it... Another thing that I love is the ability to override the autofocus. When the shutter release is pressed half-way and the camera focuses, you can override it and focus manually simply by rotating the focus ring. No switching back & forth from auto to manual. If you can find one in stock, BUY IT! :-) I love the versatility and image quality. THANKS NIKON!
(24 of 38 customers found this review helpful)
18-300 mm lens
By My # 10
from Burnsville Minnesota
I bought this lens for my D-5100 camera feb 25th, mainly used for wildlife and found it to be way byound my expectations, i highly recomend this lens to any nature photographer. Dave A.
(19 of 35 customers found this review helpful)
What a surprise! It replaces everything i have... The 18-300 is big.. but a lot smaller than the collection of lenses shown in my photo... Amazing. I have compared it to the 80-400 and it looks a little better. It really trumps the 18-200. That has been a great lens for me.. in many trips to Alaska and other fine vacations. The 18-300 is sharper .. nicer color.. and 300 mm. A photo of a bunch of lenses it pretty pitiful, but you can see the color and sharpness of the lens at 300 mm. Now i have to get rid of all these old lens... Amazing innovation. All this for $300 off too!!
(12 of 34 customers found this review helpful)
Nikkor Lens 18-300mm
By Vince Photography
To be fair, you do get a top-specified lens for your money. It incorporates Nikon's 'Silent Wave Motor' for focusing, and is one of the few superzooms that allows focus to be tweaked manually when set to autofocus (like its little brother, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II). It also includes Nikon's 'VR II' optical image stabilization, which promises the ability to shoot handheld at shutter speeds four stops slower than usual without your images being ruined by camera shake.
(26 of 37 customers found this review helpful)
One lens does do it all!
By John in Black Hawk
I recently purchased the 18mm-300mm DX lens to mount on my D300s. To put it simply, "I love this lens!" I have been shooting with various Nikon cameras for over 40 years! I have lugged up to 65lbs of camera equipment on frequent trips to Alaska and, quite frankly, I'm getting too old to do that anymore. When I started shooting with the 18mm-300mm zoom, I was awe struck with the ease of use, the moderate weight and the images are what I have grown to expect from my Nikon lenses. This is the only lens I need to take with me - it focuses to about 16" at ALL of the zoom ranges! There is nothing else like it on the market. Yes, it's hefty #just under 3 lbs# and yes, it's expensive #$999.95# but it's the only lens you'll need for a very wide variety of subjects. Ask yourself this, "What are my photos really worth?" If I could have had a lens like this a couple of decades ago I wouldn't have had to haul all those lenses! This is a spectacular lens and it transformed my D300s into a highly desireable camera. Nikon has done it again! They have eclipsed the competition and made this old photographer a very happy camper! Well done!
(19 of 47 customers found this review helpful)
Great range, Good Quality
By Serious About Photos
This lens has a great range with very little distortion or vignetting. Every lens has some compromise and this lens is no exception. The compromise is on speed and sharpness. While both of those qualities are still in the good range they do not meet the performance of Pro lenses like the Nikon 70-200 2.8 lens. For general shooting or for a single lens trip this is probably the best compromise you can get. It is not however the lens you want to use for critical work such as portrait photography or if you are a serious sports photographer but these people already know this. If giving up a bit on sharpness or speed is acceptable to get the fantastic range this lens offers then you won't go wrong. Also if your budget keeps your lens selection to just a few lenses then this is also a good choice. If you already own other high quality 2.8 Nikon zoom lenses then you should prepare for the fact this will not match those but again neither does the price. I did a side by side comparison with my Nikon 70-200 2.8 lens using my D600 camera. I will post one of each here and you can decide for yourself which is which. Both are very good but one certainly better than the other if shown at 100%.
(15 of 46 customers found this review helpful)
OMG! THAT IS WHAT YOU NEED!
FANTASTIC LENS YOU NEEED!!! PLEASE BUY IT AND ENJOY IT!
(8 of 12 customers found this review helpful)
Good all-around lens
I just got this lens few days ago and have been taking many pics to see what I can expect from it. This will be used with my D300s and the only other lens I have is my Nikon AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8D. First, the weight has not been an issue for me and I hardly noticed it my knapsack as well as having it slung over my shoulders. The lens does feel solid and rugged which appear to be well made. Unfortunately I don't find the zoom and focus ring to rotate smoothly but I'm not sure if it will get better with the increase in usage. There is a lock to prevent the lens from extending when it is in the vertical position but so far it hasn't extended out when I was walking around with it and again time will tell when I start using it more. I have used the VR in situations where I hand-held my camera in low light, under 1/80 sec, and it worked as advertised judging from two pictures I took for comparison purpose. I took photos and zoomed at all different range to see if there were any change in sharpness and clarity. It seems the sharpness and clarity level was consistent throughout and I didn't notice any degrading quality of the pictures. This was advertised as IF but when you extend out to 300mm, the barrel doubles in size which I hadn't expect and as far as how it was defined on the website. I could not post any photos as my photos have exceeded the limit of 5mb on this posting. I am quite satisfied with this lens and I plan to use it as a primary lens for my D300s, especially for travel. I find the dimension and weight of the 18-300 and 17-55 are almost similar so there is really no adjustment for me. One of the advantage is I can use the filters from the 17-55 lens as both are 77mm.
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