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Nikkor 18-300mm Lens Field Test Results

I purchased the new Nikkor 18-300 mm (f/3.5-5.6) lens today and ran it through a bunch of test in various condition and the results are in… this is a great lens for $1,000 (US)! It maintains excellent sharpness even with shots done fully extended at 300mm, there is practically no darkening around the corner/edges, very low noise, and sharpness on close subjects is spectacular. Drawbacks… slight chromatic aberration on high contrast edges that are near the sides of the photo when shooting with longer focal lengths at 250 to 300mm. But even the chromatic aberration is very slight and easily fixable.

I tested a Tamron 18-270mm today as well, at about half the price of the Nikkor 18-300, the Tamron 18-270 was a big disappointment. I won't make this a Tamron bashing article, because I absolutely love my Tamron 90mm f/2.8 macro lens.

If you can't afford a really good two or three thousand dollar lens, the Nikkor 18-300mm is a great medium costing lens that will not disappoint at it's selling price!

Photo credits: Mike2focus.

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August 17, 2012

Mike2focus

Comostellar, yes the Tamron 90mm is awesome. I don't use it for stock work much, but I should start thinking more about the macro/micro stock possibilities. I think I might have only 3 or 4 shots up for sale that I shot with that lens. Here's one of the shots. This little frog was only about an 1.5 inches (38mm) long. I've also used the lens for jewelery photography for a local jeweler. So it paid for itself already.

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August 17, 2012

Cosmostellar

Thanks for the info......The Tamron 90mm Macro sounds great from what I read...is that true!!!

August 17, 2012

Mike2focus

Thanks everyone for your comments! Mike

August 17, 2012

Laurasinelle

Congratulations for your good purchase

August 12, 2012

M4rio1979

Congratulations...it is always a good feeling to buy some new lens or equipment.

August 12, 2012

Jdanne

Thanks for your answer! Thanks for the review!

August 12, 2012

Miraclemoments

enjoy...wish Canon had something similar at the same price range.

August 12, 2012

FabioConcetta

Great lens on nikon, thanks for this review helpful!

August 12, 2012

Mike2focus

The camera body that I use most is my Nikon D5100, which I have to give good reviews on also! For a camera that's under a thousand dollars (US) it takes beautiful images!

August 12, 2012

Jdanne

Which body did you use?

August 11, 2012

Mcrowfoot

Thanks for sharing. This lens is on my wish list and it's always good to get the opinion of someone who has used it.

August 11, 2012

Egomezta

Enjoy your new lens, congratulations.

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