Nikkor 18-300 to replace 18-55 and 70-300?

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Kelemvor4
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Nikkor 18-300 to replace 18-55 and 70-300?
9 months ago

Greetings,

I've decided to upgrade my camera this year. I'm going to replace my d90 body with a d7100. At the same time am looking at a lens change. I currently use these three lenses:

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Nikon AF-S Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

I am considering replacing the 18-55 and 70-300 with this:

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

Of course, I read the detailed review, and have used the two lenses for many years. I'm hoping to close that 55-70mm gap and eliminate my fairly frequent lens changes. I'm going to keep the prime.

What I can't make out of the review is how it compares to my existing lenses. There's some fairly negative remarks in the review in a few areas:

  • Very soft results at telephoto
  • Extreme distortion across most of the range (but can be corrected in-camera with recent SLRs)
  • Image stabilization not as effective as on similar lenses, especially at telephoto end

What I'm trying to understand is that if these negatives are worse than what I'm currently using.  Is the 18-300 softer at 300mm than the 70-300?  Is it sharper, about the same?  If things are the same, the convenience and lack of a gap would justify the expense enough for me.  If it's a downgrade in any way.. maybe not.

If I do buy the new lens, I do not intend to keep the two old lenses.

Thanks in advance for any input you can provide.

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-Kelemvor

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Nikon D90 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR Nikon D7100 Nikon D90
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