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Most Liked Positive Review
I picked up this lens after agonizing over another 24-70 f2.8 or the 24-120 f4.The lens goes on my D800e and I had my doubts as to how sharp the thing...Read complete review
I picked up this lens after agonizing over another 24-70 f2.8 or the 24-120 f4.The lens goes on my D800e and I had my doubts as to how sharp the thing would be.Now that I have been using it for a while my doubts have faded away and I am really pretty happy with the lens.I do mostly nature of one type of another now and as a retired Commercial Photographer am pretty picky with how lenses (especially zoom lenses) perform. Being a old guy I am by definition "Old School". Used nothing but primes and medium and large format for years. But after having a 24-70 and and several others lately I am putting my faith in the zooms a bit more.Digital, aside from putting me out of work, opens up a whole field of possibilities. And with the advances of Photo Shop and Light Room as well as the Niff or Raw format, you have the freedom and the ability to use the zooms to great advantage.This zoom with its almost ideal range is a great go to lens when you don't want to carry a bunch of equipment around.The VR is useful and even this old codger is leaving the tripod in the SUV and taking the monopod instead. I shoot the D800e as if it were a 4x5 I may not make a print bigger than 16x20 but I like knowing that the ability is there for much bigger. This lens at around 5.6 -f8 is very capable of knocking out such prints.My hat's off to Nikon for making such wonderful equipment and making my retirement such a joy. The portability this lens affords makes getting there all that much easer. Because you have to go where the pictures are then the pictures will come to you.
Most Liked Negative Review
A good lens at shorter focal lengths
Somewhat abashed about panning this lens after all the other sparkling reviews. However, I take a lot of medium to longer range wildlife shots. Wanting a versatile lens, and after reading all of...Read complete review
Somewhat abashed about panning this lens after all the other sparkling reviews. However, I take a lot of medium to longer range wildlife shots. Wanting a versatile lens, and after reading all of the reviews, I opted on this one to compliment my D7200. For the most part, the outcome has been very acceptable. However, with a focal length at or above 200mm at infinity, the lens does not focus. Perhaps this is the lack of sharpness others have mentioned. After using for less than 3 months, I returned it to Nikon thinking it may have been defective. Unfortunately it was received back with no improvement, leaving me wondering if this is the nature of this particular lens or if by chance I purchased a lemon. In retrospect I believe shorter zoom lengths and/or fixed lenses are a less convenient, but a better option from an image quality standpoint. Attached images were taken with the VR "on" and auto-focused. Although compressed (equally) to fit in the allocated space, they do illustrate the issue. Manually focusing did not improve image quality. Focus areas were on the small bird in the foreground.
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Overall Great Performance
Bought this lens a little over a year ago as a one size fits all remedy to my 18-55mm and my 55-200mm lenses. So much easier carrying just my camera with the lens attached rather than my whole camera bag with different lenses to swap when an opportunity came. Zoom ring and manual focus on lens come in handy. Wide angle comes in handy; great for large group shots and/or scenic pictures. Only downsides I would say are the picture quality at maximum zoom, the weight of the lens, and the lens shadow when shooting with a pop-up flash. Maximum zoom seems to be a bit less sharp and the weight of the lens will cause your camera to become top heavy so beware when shooting on a tripod or during long shoots. Overall very pleased with the performance of this lens!
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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from Philadelphia, PA, USA
Ever since I purchased this for my DSLR 3200 my pictures have been more professional. It is great for the world travels.
One of the best lens I own
I have been taking photos for the past 16 years. I had finally got a nice DSLR for Christmas 3 years ago from my wife. From that day to the end of following year I bought 3 more lenses: 35mm 50mm and 55-200mm kit. I was given the 70-300mm from a fellow photographer. Have that many lenses to haul around was kind of a pain. So I consolidated my kit to the 18-300mm. This was the best idea in the world. The auto-focus on this lens is a lot faster then the 70-300mm and the crispness of the photos is noticeable in comparison, because to the glass quality in the lens.
Just one caution...
from Rhode Island, USA
I'm still assessing this lens. I purchased it as a one size fits all solution to replace my 18x55, 55x200 and 55x300 lens. There is one issue I have encountered and that is that the lens barrel throws a shadow when the pop-up flash on the D3200 is used. It's an issue with pop-up flash and any long lens but worth including in your pre-purchase considerations. Not such a big deal when you consider that we all need to upgrade from pop-up flash anyway :-)
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Awsome Kit Lens for Travel, Walkaround, General Purpose Photography
from Germantown, MD, USA
I originally purchased this lens as part of a D600 kit to replace my aging D200 with the old 24-120mm VR lens. I wanted to get the camera with the newer 24-120mm f/4 lens, but unfortunately it was not available at that particular store so I went with the kit. I was never happy with the 24-120 as it tended to be a soft, lower contrast lens which required me to have to boost the sharpness and contrast when working with an image shot with this lens on both the older D200 and later purchased D300. I was hoping that the 24-85mm would give me better results in spite of it being a "kit" lens. The results I have been getting shooting with the original D600 and later D610 (which replaced the D600) exceeded my expectations. The lens is the perfect walk-around, travel and great general purpose lens which provides exceptional sharpness, contrast and color without the need to do extra processing of the image in either Photoshop or Lightroom. I've gotten great results regardless of the exposure range and the vibration reduction has allowed me to shoot as low as an 8th of a second hand-held with little or no reduction in sharpness. I've included a few examples below of shots taken with the lens to show what it is capable of. The lens also provides high quality conventional film images when mounted on my F100 which can fully accommodate all G-type lenses. While I do miss having the extra zoom range which I had with the 24-120, the overall quality provided by this lens has more than made up for that. If you are looking for a great lens at a great price, this one will fit the bill.
(43 of 43 customers found this review helpful)
Just don't call it "kit"
from St. Louis, MO, USA
Took me a long time to get used to the idea of a lens being useful at f3.5-4.5 after spending the 70's as a pro with prime lenses. Never a zoom! When I got my FX body it 'came' with the 24-85 and I was not excited. But I must admit this lens has greatly exceeded my expectations. It is sharp throughout the range and the VR gets me the faster shutter speed I need to off-set the missing f-stops. As a "walk around" lens it is perfect, light and quick to focus -- plus it is not huge. Granted it does not make up for fast glass, I still use my 50 f1.8 and my 105 f 2 when I need the super shallow depth-of-field or am in a low light environment. But as an optical tool for an old fool, I was shocked -- I am not going back to the 70s!
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Highly versitle with superb focus range, reasonable size, and weight.
from Washington, DC area, USA
This is an incredibly useful and versatile lens for travel and general outdoor use. I could say that it is versatile enough that you might even consider having a dedicated camera body just for this lens. Normally I would not have bought this lens because of my dislikes about variable maximum aperture and absence of manual aperture ring (it being a "G" lens). Mine came as a kit lens deal with my D600. I figured, ok, I will try it once and sell it. However, after one trip with it on my D800 I was amazed at how well it performed and how versatile the lens proved to be. It has become a "go-to" lens for general travel and outdoor photography. Image quality is terrific. AF focus speed and accuracy are fine. Lens size and weight are big issues with me because I tend to carry a lot of gear (2 bodies, 6 or 7 lenses). I will tolerate carrying one large/ bulky lens in my kit (such as a favorite old manual 300mm or 400mm lens on a dedicated camera body) but I usually draw the line at that. I dislike carrying 2 bulky lenses at a time. That generally eliminates almost all AF zoom lenses. This one, however, hits the sweet spot in the areas of size, weight, and zoom range almost perfectly: not too large/heavy, easy to carry, extremely useful zoom range, easily fits in the camera bag. Dislikes (the reasons I did not rate this lens 5 stars): Variable maximum aperture. I always use manual or aperture priority. It bothers me to have the maximum aperture vary from 3.5 to 4.5 when I use lenses at or near their maximum aperture. I fully understand why variable max. aperture lenses exist, having designed some lenses myself. It is a "G" lens--no manual aperture ring. I guess that after 50+ years of using all-manual lenses, old habits die hard. But I am just not comfortable with the thumb-wheel aperture adjustment on the body instead of an aperture ring on the lens which lets me know by feel where the aperture is set. No backwards compatibility to my F, F2 or F3 film bodies (yes, I still use film regularly and love it). No depth of field (DOF) scale (as is true of all AF zoom lenses). I routinely use my MF lenses according to DOF or hyperfocal distance and do not depend on focus screen or electronic rangefinder. Makes life a lot easier. AF is not useful for my style of photography. Manual focus ring action is very nice but the ring is too narrow. Perhaps I am being unfair complaining about a "G" lens being a "G" lens, or a variable max. aperture lens being what it is. If that is so, and I admit it may well be, then I would have to say that if its features appeal to you, and my dislikes are of no concern, then the lens deserves a solid 5 star rating. Congratulations to Nikon.
(76 of 84 customers found this review helpful)
Great replacement for the 18-200
from Denver, CO
I have shot the 18-200 on my D7000 for the last three years, and even though the reviews have been somewhat neutral due to the size and weight of the 18-300, I purchased one. This lens is a tremendous improvement over the 18-200, especially the resolution at the 300 end of the range. I'm very impressed with the image quality, extremely low distortion, and color rendition. I love having a single lens (replacing my 18-200 and 55-300) with this one. I still am keeping my 10-24 superwide zoom, but I think the new 18-300 will be on my D7000 90% of the time. Great work Nikon!
Great All Around Travel Lens
from San Diego, California
During a recent two week trip to Italy's Tuscany and Umbria, I seldom removed this lens from my Nikon D7000 camera body. This lens is amazingly sharp and offers brilliant color and contrast. Below is a photo of the Florence skyline taken with a shutter speed of 1/200 of a second, an aperture of f/7.1, a focal length of 28mm, an ISO of 100, Auto White Balance, and Matrix Metering.
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