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Nikon launches AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR superzoom lens

By dpreview staff on Jun 14, 2012 at 04:50 GMT
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Nikon has launched the AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR lens, a 16.7x superzoom for APS-C DSLRs. The 18-300mm offers the highest ever zoom ratio for a Nikon interchangeable lens, giving a 27-450mm equivalent range on one of the company's DX-format cameras. The lens is a much more complex design than the existing 18-200mm - utilizing 19 elements in 14 groups and, at 120mm long, is 23% longer. It features a 77mm filter thread and will be available from June 2012 at a price of around $999.


Press Release:

NIKON EXPANDS ACCLAIMED NIKKOR LENS LINEUP WITH THE ADDITION OF THE NEW 18-300MM VR ALL-IN-ONE HIGH POWER SUPER ZOOM LENS AND THE 24-85MM VR LENS

MELVILLE, N.Y. (June 14, 2012) – 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 (SRP) of $999.95*. 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 (SRP) of $599.95*. For more information on these new NIKKOR lenses and other Nikon products, please visit www.nikonusa.com.

*SRP (Suggested Retail Price) listed only as a suggestion. Actual prices are set by dealers and are subject to change at any time. Specifications, equipment and release dates are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

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Total comments: 167
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nikoneed
By nikoneed (Dec 28, 2012)

will this lens do for nikon d5200?

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RainyDayInterns
By RainyDayInterns (Jul 12, 2012)

We will give it a rating once we have had some experience shooting with it.

However, if you want to see a physical comparison between the 18-200mm and the 18-300mm, then here it is:
http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2012/Home/July/Week2/RDMHomeJul0912.htm#Nikkor18To300mmZoom_FirstLook

Click on any of the images for a larger version.

Sincerely,
RainyDayInterns

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RainyDayInterns
By RainyDayInterns (Jul 13, 2012)

Here are a few FirstUse pics under various conditions:
http://www.rainydaymagazine.com/RDM2012/Home/July/Week2/RDMHomeJul1112.htm#Nikkor18To300mmZoom_FirstUse

1 upvote
Gidenkidenk
By Gidenkidenk (Jul 5, 2012)

Might have been a mistake but the other reviews said it is 28-450 on a crop sensor. But this is a DX lens so they probably made that mistake. Insane focus by the way, perfect one lens for travelling, can't beat the range and capabilities.

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Sim597
By Sim597 (Aug 14, 2012)

MM is MM no mater what, what on lens is the actual number its still cropped

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Paul Di
By Paul Di (Jul 1, 2012)

Now will there be something like a 28-400 FX to replace the 28-300?

Comment edited 3 minutes after posting
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Joe Ogiba
By Joe Ogiba (Jul 9, 2012)

I don't think so but if you get the Sigma 12-24mm , 50-500mm and Nikon 35mm F1.4 you would cover a very wide range and have a fast lens ;)

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COBill
By COBill (Jun 27, 2012)

Whoops… didn't notice the 18-300 is a DX lens, my bad.

1 upvote
skyrfox
By skyrfox (Sep 20, 2012)

focal length of 27mm to 450mm in FX/35mm format ;)

Comment edited 6 minutes after posting
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friedbrains
By friedbrains (Jun 27, 2012)

NR just posted some photos of the 18-300 and the 2nd photo is very interesting since it is showing the lens extended and upright, with no lens creep. boom!

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Paul Di
By Paul Di (Jul 1, 2012)

I traded my 1st gen 18-200 in on the 18-300 2 days ago. The zoom feels a little stiffer to me (but I didn't have them side by side for that). It has a lock but there is no creep up or down with the lock off. (not as new anyway)

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COBill
By COBill (Jun 26, 2012)

Ah, so THAT'S why the 28-300 is out of stock everywhere; who's going to buy the 28-300 with the 18-300 available for less?

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Pik2004
By Pik2004 (Jun 25, 2012)

I would have bought it in a heart beat only if it was 16mm...
Nikon why did you extended the telephoto side... it should have been wider angle.

just my thought.

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Sim597
By Sim597 (Aug 14, 2012)

agreed, way down, 10-100?

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wy2lam
By wy2lam (Jun 23, 2012)

how long before someone compares it with the new sigma zoom?

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wayman5000
By wayman5000 (Jun 21, 2012)

I'm an enthusiast. I had the Tamron 18-270 and returned it in anticipation of Nikon's 18-300mm. My intended use is specific. I'm going on an African safari. I did a similar wildlife-based trip to Antarctica and was constantly changing lenses because wildlife was sometimes popping up far away and other times popping up just a few feet away. There was no way to anticipate it. While on a game drive in Africa's dusty environment, constantly changing lenses won't be a good idea. I'd rather capture an image with some defects rather than miss the shot altogether. I know this lense will be big and heavy and $1000 is not a trivial amount of money, but it works for my intended use. I feel I didn't just buy a Nikon DSLR but bought into their lense system. All things being equal, I'll give Nikon lenses more consideration than Tamron/Sigma lenses whenever possible. I'd like to reserve critical judgment of this 18-300mm until it actually comes out and we can see how it performs.

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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le_alain
By le_alain (Jun 18, 2012)

to GradyPhilpott and ScottnLaguna

a 18-300mm is a 18-300mm !
it doesn't depend of FX or DX, it's just mm !!

then the field of vue on DX and FX is different and use also.

you can't use it on FX without too much vigneting because designed as DX, and doesn't cover the full 24x36 sensor

the Field of view of a 18-300mm lens using a 1.5 crop sensor, wil be the same as a 27-450mm used on a FX camera.
you can use it on a FF camera, but needs cropping
that's all folks

Comment edited 2 minutes after posting
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MattBrisVegas
By MattBrisVegas (Jun 17, 2012)

Dear Nikon,

No more superzooms, hyperzooms or uberzooms until you cough up a few of the compact fast DX primes you promised when you introduced APS-C sensors. You can start with a true wide angle prime that mortals can afford. While not fast, a VR DX 400mm f/5.6 would be a nifty addition as well.

Yours sincerely,

Thinking of switching to a mirrorless system

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Dan
By Dan (Jun 22, 2012)

Dear Nikon,

I'm very pleased that you've come out with this lens. I will probably buy it as soon as I can. I love the 18-200, and I can't wait to see how this new one will outperform it!

Yours sincerely,

Can't wait for the D400!

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jmmgarza
By jmmgarza (Jun 17, 2012)

Nikon is going to sell a lot of these lenses.

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GradyPhilpott
By GradyPhilpott (Jun 17, 2012)

"If is is a DX lens, then using it on a DX-format camera will give 18-300mm, ie no magnification."

Not true. The range is given in 35mm terms and the crop factor must be calculated to gain the proper figures.

It seems crazy, but that's the way it is.

I'm sure someone can explain it more clearly, but that's the fact.

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szal
By szal (Jun 18, 2012)

Simple: Focal length × crop factor = field of view equivalent on FX/35mm film. So: 18-300 × 1.5 = 27-450mm you would need to get the same field of view on FX or 35mm film.

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pocketfulladoubles
By pocketfulladoubles (Jun 19, 2012)

Sorry. No. Focal length is focal length is focal length. It does not change from DX to FX to medium format to large format. The only thing that changes is the field of view.

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ScottnLaguna
By ScottnLaguna (Jun 17, 2012)

I agree! WTF? the DX lens is 18-300 in DX! If it were a full frame lens, then this would be true. So in FX the lens would be like 10-210mm or something.

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Massey F Jones
By Massey F Jones (Jun 17, 2012)

You can't use a DX lens on an FX camera because of vignetting (cutting the picture corners)

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GradyPhilpott
By GradyPhilpott (Jun 18, 2012)

You can use DX lenses on Nikon FX cameras:

"On an FX-format camera with a DX lens mounted, the camera will automatically engage its built-in DX crop mode, thus recording an image only from the center section of the sensor."

http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-Explore/Nikon-Camera-Technology/g588ouey/1/The-DX-and-FX-Formats.html

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JacobMichelsen
By JacobMichelsen (Jun 16, 2012)

Don't understand the following:
"The 18-300mm offers the highest ever zoom ratio for a Nikon interchangeable lens, giving a 27-450mm equivalent range on one of the company's DX-format cameras."
If is is a DX lens, then using it on a DX-format camera will give 18-300mm, ie no magnification.

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jimguyphoto
By jimguyphoto (Aug 23, 2012)

Incorrect. It will be equivelent to 27-450mm whether it is a dx or fx on a 1.5 crop sensor camera. The downside of a dx lens is it will not utilize the entire sensor if you put it ona FX sensor camera such as a D700, or D800. It effectively crops the image. You can use a FX lens on a Crop sensor camera with no drawbacks. The smaller sensor will use the center area of the lens. This can be advantageous sometimes since the center of the lens is usually the sharpest area.
I have 3 Nikons, a D80, D300s, and a D800, and half a dozen lens's including a couple DX lens's. The 18-200 is one of them.

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Jackytan92
By Jackytan92 (Sep 23, 2012)

hi, im a noob at cameras, and i dont really understand what u meant by that jimguyphoto. soo if i were to use a d5000 with the lens, would it be equivalent to 18-300 or 27-450?

A noob in cameras hoping to learn more.

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le_alain
By le_alain (Jun 16, 2012)

The excelent plastic consumer line up ...
always no 300mm f4 with VR !! and no 70-200 f4 VR !!!

NIKON !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jun 16, 2012)

Hmm... a very interesting lens. The 77mm thread and especially the 9-ared aparture suggest this is being designed as at least a semi-pro lens, far more so than it's predecessor. If I can have superior IQ at longer lengths it may be the best in it's class, but then you have the price and more to the point that huge weight. At 810g, It'll be front heavy on anything smaller than a D7000 and I'm not sure I want to travel with something so weighty. Even the existing 18-200 is left at home by friends because of the weight, so even if this works out as the 'best quality' superzoom, it won't be the ideal one.

Something tells me Nikon has seen customers going for Tamron's 18-270, despite it being worse in some ways, so rather than compete in that price range, they decided to go the quality route, which looking at the design they may well succeed at. I'm looking forward to see how it does, but at the end of the day it's probably just too darned heavy to take around the world with me.

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HarrieD7000
By HarrieD7000 (Jun 15, 2012)

Only one month ago I bought my 18 - 200 VRII. I'm very pleased with that one. But if they had introduced this one only one month earlier, I would have waited for this one. The 18 - 200 makes very good pictures.

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Paul Di
By Paul Di (Jul 2, 2012)

google "nikon Rumors" and check there before you buy stuff. I put my name on a wait list for the 18-300 more than 2 months ago (The saleman said "Why not, we had people on the waitlist for the D800 2 years before it was announced.")

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Terrera
By Terrera (Jun 15, 2012)

Hope they solved the extreme soft image at middle range (135mm to 180mm) and extreme barrel distortion at 50mm... I sold my 18-200 because of that... If so, spectacular lens!

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Keith Aitken
By Keith Aitken (Jun 14, 2012)

If Nikon's 18-300 has the same IQ as the 16-85, it will be excellent ( should be for $1000 ), but the Tamron 18-270 PZD is an absolutely superb value : excellent IQ, very efficient VR, min focus down to about 12 inches at 270mm, delightful bokeh, capable AF ( even at 270mm ).

Yes, it goes beyond f/5.6 to f/6.3 after about 100mm, but the light weight and compactness make the 18-270 an ideal one-lens travel or every-day solution, at a great price.

Nikon may find it tough to break into an already-existing market at this price, although I don't doubt that the quality will be there.

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jimguyphoto
By jimguyphoto (Aug 23, 2012)

The Tamron will focus down to 1.61', or about 19". F6.3 imo is not a good thing. You will likey have to stop down to at least f8 to f10 to get best possible sharpness, since most every lens is not at its best wide open, and f6.3 would be wide open for that lens at telephoto. $1000 is really not a high price for a lens, although it is a lot of money.
Heres specs on the Tamron http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/581247-REG/Tamron_AFB003NII_700_18_270mm_f_3_5_6_3_Di_II_VC.html

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BenZion
By BenZion (Jun 14, 2012)

I really love it! I'm going to buy this thing as soon as it is available!

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Massey F Jones
By Massey F Jones (Jun 17, 2012)

Don't hurry up and size your camera.

If you have a DX camera, you can use lenses fit for DX or FX BUT if you have an FX camera (ie full frame 35mm-type sensor), you CAN'T use a DX lens as it will cut the corners of your picture. (vignetting).

You MUST also figure out that, if you use the lens at its full telephoto setting (300mm@f5.6), you're nowhere in the ball park for most sports shots etc, unless in FULL sunlight or indoors with a very high ISO setting (ie "noise")
You WILL require either a tripod or monopod, even though the lens has vibration reduction.

IF you really want to equip yourself with a gadget, buy a "fast" lens, something in the f2.5 range. You'll quickly find that a prime lens of about 135mm is all that you need, as it will cover most situations.

Photogs figure that a 10mm to 600mm lens is the world reinvented but you'll also find that there are lots of flaws in there, in the mechanisnm, the weight or the optical system.

I have 40 years of pro experience

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GradyPhilpott
By GradyPhilpott (Jun 18, 2012)

You can use DX lenses on Nikon FX cameras:

"On an FX-format camera with a DX lens mounted, the camera will automatically engage its built-in DX crop mode, thus recording an image only from the center section of the sensor."

http://www.nikonusa.com/Learn-And-Explore/Nikon-Camera-Technology/g588ouey/1/The-DX-and-FX-Formats.html

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Dan
By Dan (Jun 22, 2012)

I've been shooing with the 18-200 on a D300 ever since it came out, and I LOVE it. I can only imagine how much better this lens is. I can't wait to get my hands on it!

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jefre
By jefre (Jun 14, 2012)

why didn't they come up with something like a 16-200mm... 2mm more wide-angle. That was always the reason why I preferred taking my 16-85 instead of the 18-200... In the end I sold the 18-200...

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BenZion
By BenZion (Jun 14, 2012)

I agree about 2mm at wide end. But my 18-200 is still with me, and I bought the Sigma 10-20 for wide angle need ;)

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jefre
By jefre (Jun 14, 2012)

I also do have the Sigma, but for me the main purpose of a super zoom would be just to travel with one lens.

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Mike Griffin
By Mike Griffin (Jun 14, 2012)

I also have the 18-200mm and the Sigma 10-20mm. Love them both. 2mm more at the wide end sounds easy but I doubt that it is. In any case 16mm is no match for 10mm

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G Davidson
By G Davidson (Jun 16, 2012)

I've been thinking this, after all compacts have started to go wider and with digital correction it would be a lot easier than doing optically, but as Mike says, it may currently be very hard to do. Still, its a move I've been expecting and surely in time they'll be competing on that spec.

Perhaps also the target market for superzooms aren't so aware of the benefits of 16mm and hearing of 50-100mm more on the long end sounds a lot more impressive than 2mm on the wide side, even if the latter can make the most differerence in real usage?

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Dan
By Dan (Jun 22, 2012)

I've found that I shoot a lot of snapshots on the widest setting of my point & shoot (just because it turns on at that zoom setting), causing faces to look distorted. I wish there was a button to quickly zoom it to a 28mm equivalent or something you can choose. I guess I'll just have to get into the habit of zooming-in a little after I turn it on, but sometimes there's just no time.

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Polyglot92
By Polyglot92 (Jun 24, 2012)

Get a Canon S100. It let's you configure the focal lens when turned on, and besides of course is a great camera.

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ColorBandit
By ColorBandit (Jun 14, 2012)

While I'm not a fan of superzooms in general, this will be a great choice for hot air ballooning.

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gonzalu
By gonzalu (Jun 14, 2012)

..yet it will sell like hot cakes!

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (Jun 14, 2012)

Just checked... 810 grams ! not fun to walk around or go on a holiday in summer days with this lens.

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Don Wiss
By Don Wiss (Jun 15, 2012)

That was the number I was looking for. Switch to m4/3 and for 520g you can get 600mm equivalent. I'm now waiting for the next Panasonic body and then I'll make the switch.

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gonzalu
By gonzalu (Jun 14, 2012)

Ah, so the rumor was right... how about a new 70-400mm AF-S VR?

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JakeB
By JakeB (Jun 14, 2012)

Superzooms -- for those who don't give a hoot about IQ.

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gonzalu
By gonzalu (Jun 14, 2012)

Who needs IQ when you can capture your kids at your feet or across the theater with a simple twist. On a D3200 this will be an ideal family all around combo.

The center of the frame (where most family subjects will be) is likely to be good enough for 99% of the consumers buying it.

For me, if I can only take one lens in a light package (like when on a helicopter surrounded by troops) this could be ideal, compact and lots of range in a single package. One camera, one lens... we are getting closer to 14-400mm :P

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Jun 14, 2012)

Perfect ...then, lets rather go for the cheaper, lighter & smarter Tamron 18-270 .... save money for some ice cream for the kids..

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JakeB
By JakeB (Jun 14, 2012)

I appreciate a lot of consumers don't care about IQ. It's about snapping the kids, that's fine.

For those of us who want to maximize IQ, a lens like this isn't very tempting.

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Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (Jun 14, 2012)

The 18-200mm is a wonderful lens. And I mainly use primes. It has very decent Bokeh if zoomed in, and produces excellent sharp shots from F7. Perfect for daylight shots. Not speaking about Capture NX which will fix all distortion and CA automatically. Actually, I have made some tests to compare it to my 24mm 1.4G, 50mm 1.8G and 85mm 1.4G, and unless you pixel peep, there's no obvious difference at F8

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BitFarmer
By BitFarmer (Jun 14, 2012)

Same for me FTH, i use a 18-200 and also a 80-200 F1.8D, and well, 80-200 sure win in IQ, a lot, and also a little in color rendition, also a little on buque... but not too much really, after some months using 80-200 switched back to 18-200 and hey! most of the bad things about 18-200 where my fault, and if you don't plan to peek too deep on pixles, 18-200 does a perfect work.

Not a pro, btw, just an enthusiast.

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JakeB
By JakeB (Jun 14, 2012)

In bright sunlight at f8 lenses perform at their best.

It's when shooting conditions become more difficult that lens quality really counts.

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Deleted-pending
By Deleted-pending (Jun 14, 2012)

No, all lenses have their own purpose. Prime lenses will allow you to shoot in low light, but will not allow you to zoom-in and out to frame a specific shot. And yes, if you keep shooting at F8, a zoom lens can become most useful.

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Joel Pimenta
By Joel Pimenta (Jun 14, 2012)

Tamron 18-270 3.5-6.3 (6.3!!!)
Nikon 18-300 3.5-5.6 (yes: 5.6!!! one third stop faster and 30 mm longer)

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chadley_chad
By chadley_chad (Jun 14, 2012)

A lot do care about IQ which is why they purchased a DSLR ... But not to the extent that they feel they need to spend thousands on L class lenses like some do. Each to their own, but don't knock em ... And let's not exaggerate how poor the IQ on these lens (in relation to price and say 4/3rds) is ... It's still pretty good quality!

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Mike Griffin
By Mike Griffin (Jun 14, 2012)

You have to own the 18-200mm lens to appreciate it. I've captured some terrific images with it, many of which would not have been possible if I'd not had a superzoom on the camera at the time. The 18-200mm has surprisingly good optical quality if you use optimal aperture and focal length when you need maximum resolution.

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jun 15, 2012)

Do you know the image quality of an picture you were unable to shoot because your lens was not versatile enough?

It's really bad.

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Silvarum
By Silvarum (Jun 16, 2012)

>Do you know the image quality of an picture you were unable to shoot because your lens was not versatile enough?

Then why taking pic in the first place if you know it will be bad? Besides you may count fast lens as versatile too in some situations.

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hectorsm
By hectorsm (Jun 17, 2012)

I might sell my 18-105 vr and 70-300to buy this lens. I doubt the quality will be notcible in anything below 16 X 20 prints. I lost many good photos because I did not have enough time to switch from my 70-300 vr to my 18-105 vr. This lens will be perfect for me. Nikon made the right move in making this lens. A lot of people are going to be happy with it.

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Dan
By Dan (Jun 22, 2012)

That's a hoot. If you can't get good IQ using this lens, you're doing something wrong. I've been shooting with the 18-200 ever since it came out, and I absolutely LOVE it!

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jimguyphoto
By jimguyphoto (Aug 23, 2012)

I have a 18-200 used on my D300s. Its a ok general purpose lens, but its really not that sharp. I recently bought a Nikkor 24-70/2.8 for use on my D800..now that one is pretty darn sharp. I have a 70-300vr 4.5-5.6 and a 150-500 f5-6.3 for longer end, and a 12-24 for wide angle mainly on the D300s (=18-36 on the crop camera). If you are going to print large you need sharp. Super zooms such as the 18-200 or 18-300 are generally not that sharp.

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friedbrains
By friedbrains (Jun 14, 2012)

just sold my 18-200 VRII... :D

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 14, 2012)

$1000 bucks for a superzoom? Yikes!

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Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul
By Thanatham Piriyakarnjanakul (Jun 14, 2012)

Please compare it with the Canon EF 28-300L.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 14, 2012)

You think I should compare it to a Pro-Grade full frame Canon L lens?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 14, 2012)

It's not going to fall by a third, though. I don't see how it is "first of its kind" when we have had the 18-270 lenses from Tamron for years. The difference between 270 and 300 is like that of 90 and 100mm or 45 vs. 50mm. It's not a meaningful difference.

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Peiasdf
By Peiasdf (Jun 14, 2012)

Wow, this is the longest DSLR superzoom ever made. Sigma and Tamron only made up to 270mm.

Nikon is a late comer to the superzoom scene (compares to Sigma and Tamron) but I guess with the price Nikon can charge they can afford better design and parts.

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paulski66
By paulski66 (Jun 14, 2012)

A latecomer? Didn't their 18-200 mm lens kick-start the whole super-zoom scene?

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 14, 2012)

Tamron had the first 18-200. Nikon had the first one with stabilization.

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Porsupah
By Porsupah (Jun 14, 2012)

Not strictly - there was also Tamron's 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3. But, having used mine a fair bit (until the AF *and* VR died, a whole 18 months after purchase, and outside warranty), I wouldn't recommend seeking one out - quite soft at the long end, and prone to noticeable CA.

With three ED elements, I'd hope this is a superior performer.. !

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Mike99999
By Mike99999 (Jun 27, 2012)

The 18-200 doesn't effectively zoom past 135mm. It's not because they specify 300mm that it actually is 300mm. Wouldn't surprise me if the effective range (when focused at infinity) is 18-200 or less.

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A Girard
By A Girard (Jun 14, 2012)

A traveling/event shooter's lens as far as I'm concerned and it definitely has a market. Of course it doesn't answer everyone's personal issues, but once that lens becomes a used item on Ebay, I'll be watching.

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peevee1
By peevee1 (Jun 14, 2012)

Why did they omit the weight of this lens in the press release?

Oh.

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dougster1979
By dougster1979 (Jun 14, 2012)

A new DX lens, maybe D400 will be released!!

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Rob Stuart
By Rob Stuart (Jun 14, 2012)

I believe the title of this message is wrong.
It should list 'DX' as is also listed in the NIKON description.

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bearseamen
By bearseamen (Jun 14, 2012)

Oh, I can allready see it:

Ken Rockwell after 2 hours of using it:

"The Nikkor 18-300 is the best Nikon lense ever made."

Wait for it!

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itchhh
By itchhh (Jun 14, 2012)

LOL!! Way too funny!

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Ken Aisin
By Ken Aisin (Jun 20, 2012)

He'll mount it on his D3200 with the SB-400, and tells everyone that this is the combo that he uses 99% of the time.

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Dan
By Dan (Jun 22, 2012)

And for all you jokers, he'll probably be right!

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For a few clicks more
By For a few clicks more (Jun 14, 2012)

Come on Nikon, is it only $999 ?

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (Jun 14, 2012)

$1000 for a lens aimed at travel photography? How about a Fujifilm X-S1 at $600 for more compact and lighter travel photography with a 24-624 mm equivalent zoom? After all, users of this will be looking for range, not optics.

My point is that all the corners Nikon will have to cut to get to such an extreme focal range means the focal range will be more important than the optical quality to them. And then a $1000 price tag for that aim. Just buy a long range compact camera? Optical quality will be priority in: neither of the cases. So you can just as well focus on travelling light and both your neck and credit card will be happier.

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Caleido
By Caleido (Jun 14, 2012)

A well-made ultra-zoom on a nice APS-C body is no comparison to a ultra-zoom compact in terms of image quality.

If it's an awful lens, Nikon would have never launched it.

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sik_photos
By sik_photos (Jun 14, 2012)

Nikon did their market research and saw a lot of the market passing on the 18-200 in favor of 18-270, but how many of the vacation photos will really be using 200-300 end? Unless optics are better than 18-200, which is unlikely, you can easily find a used 18-200 version 1 for half the price...and then do a little cropping if you need a bit more than 200mm

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jtan163
By jtan163 (Jun 14, 2012)

Big numbers sell.
Every one knows that no one really uses the big numbers.
But people like them.
For whatever reason, it's part of our psyche.
Maybe it's competitive. At both the buyer and manufacturer ends.
My lens is bigger/has more range than yours.
Let's face it most discerning buyers probbably won't buy it.
If they do, they'll probably only use the mid range, where if history is any indicator, the decent performance will be.
Undiscerning buys will buy it, thinking that the extra zoom will come in handy, and will probably never use it.
If they do use the long end, they won't be able to tell the difference.
Just big numbers so that Nikon can attract the 18-270 buyers from Tamron, which I suspect is fairly popular - I saw 3 among about 7 DSLRs at our last big family do.

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GradyPhilpott
By GradyPhilpott (Jun 15, 2012)

I already use an 18-200mm VRII for documenting the activities of my club which restores old aircraft and all the attendant duties to that end. I'm not out to create art, only to document, but I find that I get excellent results in that setting with a super-zoom.

I will definitely be getting the 18-300mm, unless it turns out to be a real lemon, which I doubt.

The 18-200mm works well in our facility when I need to get close up shots without being in the way of the work, but there are times when some extra reach would really come in handy and a lens change is out of the question. I don't have the luxury of lens changes, when I'm capturing work in progress.

Weight is not such a problem, but the length of the lens might be in some situations, but then that's why I have a variety of lenses that I can use when I anticipate that I may be working in cramped quarters or doing some other type of shooting.

For those who think it's a stupid lens, I have a suggestion: Don't buy one!

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Vandyu
By Vandyu (Jun 17, 2012)

I have both the 18-200VR and 70-300VR for a total investment of $1250. But, frankly, since I bought a Panasonic FZ150 24x zoom with very nice IQ, my Nikon lenses haven't been getting much use. The weight of the 18-300VR will be more of a detractor than the price.

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Dan
By Dan (Jun 22, 2012)

The 18-200 is not an option because the 16-85 is sharper. Therefore, if this new lens is sharper than the 18-200, I'm getting it.

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Rayon
By Rayon (Jun 14, 2012)

Nobody here has more talent to take a pictures then this lens will be capable off to shoot, not even superb lenses. So, just thanks Nikon and be more friendly with prices next time :))) We are not a millionaires.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 14, 2012)

I tried really hard to understand this, but failed. Sorry.

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waynemahon
By waynemahon (Jun 14, 2012)

Yep, lost me too. Read over and over and am more confused lol

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Rayon
By Rayon (Jun 14, 2012)

Ok guys, other words:) This lens is more talented, than anyone here :)) hope you understand now :D

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AshMills
By AshMills (Jun 14, 2012)

Speak for yourself.

Oh, you have.

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garyhgaryh
By garyhgaryh (Jun 14, 2012)

ESL - English as Second Language :)

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yverkind
By yverkind (Jun 15, 2012)

@ garyhgaryh
What about ETL ? Do you allow me to write comment ?

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Dan
By Dan (Jun 22, 2012)

I understood the OP the first time I read it. I agree to a certain extent.

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (Jun 14, 2012)

Nikon must have done a research and found that DX shooters just want an even longer superzoom, not matter how big, heavy and expensive it will be.

I, however, hoped Nikon would offer a couple of small primes for the DX shooters such as 18mm, 24mm or 28mm or even wider ones. I don't think they will do that based on their marketing research.

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goosel
By goosel (Jun 14, 2012)

28 35 50 85 primes are already available wouldn't be surprised if more are on their way.

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Nikonparrothead
By Nikonparrothead (Jun 14, 2012)

Nikon probably looked at sales of the FX 28-300 and comments of people who wished for a little more wide.

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Thoughts
By Thoughts (Jun 14, 2012)

the new 28mm is a FX lens, not a compact lens I am afraid. Does Nikon ever make pancake lenses btw?

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Jose Rocha
By Jose Rocha (Jun 14, 2012)

Stupid decision... how come $1000 is affordable for DX users? And the IQ will be average just like the 18-200 or worse.

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Dan
By Dan (Jun 22, 2012)

Show me where you saw that the IQ will be average...oh, you made that up I see.

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George Veltchev
By George Veltchev (Jun 14, 2012)

Right a $1000 for a versatile glass which can complement the 24MP Nikon D3200 DSLR.... the perfect mediocre combination! Nikon ....you can!

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shaocaholica
By shaocaholica (Jun 14, 2012)

IMO these super zoom are ideal for travel when you don't want and/or can't take 3-5 lenses with you. I usually take a super zoom and a fast zoom when I fly and the superzoom stays on the camera 90% of the time.

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Northgrove
By Northgrove (Jun 14, 2012)

Their size / weight make me dislike these lenses for travel. I once shared your opinion and bought Nikon's 18-200 mm superzoom lens. Never again. It's not that I'm weak or anything, haha, but once you fit a high quality m4/3 or a similar prosumer compact in your jacket without caring for it even being there, I don't think you'll easily go back.

Instead of this lens, I'd recommend a Fujifilm X-10 or X-S1 for almost half the price for travel.

I personally leave the areas compacts can't touch for DSLR's. Ultra-wide angle photography, wide-aperture fixed focal length photography, ... Superzooming is an area that I think compacts both can do, and excel at. The main problem besides the weight is to me that a superzoom reduces the optical benefits you'd otherwise get with a DSLR... So there's not as much point.

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JakeB
By JakeB (Jun 14, 2012)

I appreciate the convenience but I don't quite understand the willingness to sacrifice IQ (and let's be clear, ALL super zooms do this) especially during once-in-a-lifetime trips.

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tkbslc
By tkbslc (Jun 14, 2012)

Why would you need 3-5 lenses? It's only replacing a 18-55 and 55-300 or 70-300 combo. And usually, these lenses end up weighing the same as the two separate zooms combined and almost as large as the telephoto alone. So all it saves you is the space of the 18-55 kit lens, which is not much at all.

And the 18-55 and 55-300 combo costs less than half what this does, too.

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The A-Team
By The A-Team (Jun 14, 2012)

Massive! There will be a market for this, although I almost never use my 18-200 anymore, except in the studio when I want to zoom without changing lenses. This kinda makes the 55/70-300mm obsolete for the casual consumer.

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Shunda77
By Shunda77 (Jun 14, 2012)

Not me, getting the 16-85 and the 70-300 still makes a lot of sense, I doubt this thing will perform better than the 70-300 and it isn't wide enough for anyone into landscapes.
A 2 or more lens solution is a pain, but it still delivers the best image quality and I seriously doubt that will ever change.

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MichaelEchos
By MichaelEchos (Jun 14, 2012)

2mm is quite a lot.

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iudex
By iudex (Jun 14, 2012)

Nobody has made a superzoom lens with high quality output by now and I doubt Nikon is the first alchymist to turn lead into gold.
The only reason for producing such a lens is adressing the ultrazoom users: Look, we have what you want: all-in-one zoom, so you can now buy a DSLR! The real quality of pictures is not important (and for UZ users it will still be a great quality in comparison to what they are used to).

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Esa Tuunanen
By Esa Tuunanen (Jun 14, 2012)

You forgot to add: for APS-C or FF
4/3 sensor actually has good superzoom.
http://www.photozone.de/olympus--four-thirds-lens-tests/455-leica_14150_3856?start=1
Lots of even shorter zoom APS-C/FF lenses which struggle to have equal performance.

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jun 14, 2012)

next year they'll probably make something even more stupid like 28-500mm

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Bjorn_L
By Bjorn_L (Jun 14, 2012)

This lens is not stupid. It addresses a significant market need. Although I am not intersted personally, it will sell really well, which is the reasonable goal of any new product. As for the 28-500.... well Sigma already makes a surprisingly good 50-500os.

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JakeB
By JakeB (Jun 14, 2012)

In the same way, Bjorn, MacDonalds addresses a significant market need.

The quality of their food? Another matter entirely.

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jun 14, 2012)

Lol Bjorn always there to defend Nikon to the wall. I could care less how much profit Nikon or any other brand makes, bottom line is if they make products that are ripoffs, are useless, or are targeted at ignorant people, I'm going to call them out. This is a stupid lens because there's already 18-200 and 28-300 and if you insist on only one lens then just get a bridge camera it's much more portable.

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Peter v.d Werf
By Peter v.d Werf (Jun 14, 2012)

"stupid, ripoff, for ignorant people"..Looks like somebody got up on the wrong side of the bed.
I'm always surprised at how people can react to such announcements.
While I have the Nikon 2.8 trinity and love them to death, I've allready pre-ordered the this new lens to replace my 18-200.
For daytrips and travel where the bit extra sharpness or the 2.8 aren't that relevant of no paying customer, then such lenses are simply great for convenience and saves you about 3,5KG of extra weight not having to carry the 3 2.8 lenses around to cover the same range..
Over the last 6 years I've shot numerous amazing and very sharp images with the 18-200.And yes, the 3-5/ 5.6 has it's limitations, but screwing up with such lenses simply means an imcompetent user..

Comparing a D7K with a 18-200 or 18-300 to a superzoom compact is of course complete nonsense. Sure you save about 500grams, but the list of what you'd miss is too long to mention.
Such statements are much closer to ignorance I'd say..;)

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IcyVeins
By IcyVeins (Jun 14, 2012)

you also save about $1700. Using a single lens with low optical quality on an interchangeable lens camera is defeating the purpose. If you don't care about image quality then use a chaper more portable camera with the lens already attached and even more range.

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Vandyu
By Vandyu (Jun 17, 2012)

I'm holding out for the 15-500 VR due out in 2015.

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Peter v.d Werf
By Peter v.d Werf (Jun 17, 2012)

"you also save about $1700. Using a single lens with low optical quality on an interchangeable lens camera is defeating the purpose."

Low optical quality is nonsense of course, trolling remarks. But then what exactly is "the" purpose? Let me guess, could "the purpose" be always getting the most optimal IQ for that one specific image? haha, yep... And I assume you allways travel to each assigment and non-payed trip with multiple camera's (like a D4 for the high fps shots and a D800 for the high res shots and all the best primes...)... yeah, I didn't think so...

I don't know if you have used a DSLR before, but if you are used to the handling of a DSLR, then going back to a compact superzoom is no option.
And if you allready have a dslr and need a convenient and good iq solution for traveling then it's a 18-2xx zoom or a compact superzoom... Even apart from the better iq of a dslr, the handling alone saves me enough irritation that I am happy to pay that extra money..

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fatdeeman
By fatdeeman (Jun 14, 2012)

I always thought Tamron would be the first to do this, I wonder if this is made by Tamron under contract?

If they could ever make one of these with decent IQ it would be amazing but I don't see that ever happening, it would be nice to be proven wrong though!

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Bjorn_L
By Bjorn_L (Jun 14, 2012)

Compare the size and weight of this lens to the Tamron 18-270 pzd. This one is hugely larger in every dimension and close to twice the weight. I am mildly curious about IQ, but not expecting more than typical super-zoom level.

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abi170845
By abi170845 (Jun 14, 2012)

Canon, where is EFS new lenses? Only one pathetic fixed EFS lens? Nikon has been churning out nice lenses and all Canon came up with is a pancake with whatever not even ultrasonic ring motor? sad.

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JadedGamer
By JadedGamer (Jun 15, 2012)

Did you forget about the Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS STM released at the same time as the "pathetic" fixed lens? I am doubting you are a Canon shooter, just a Canon hater... especially since STM apparently is even quieter than USM...

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Thsoft
By Thsoft (Jun 14, 2012)

Wow... Silent Wave Motor (SWM) is what I looking for DSLR Video Shooting.

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olyflyer
By olyflyer (Jun 14, 2012)

The 18-300 DX is exactly the lens which is not needed. They should have made a 16-70/2.8VR DX instead. It would have been a much better travel lens, as well as a very useful all purpose "normal" zoom. What's the point of making yet another consumer superzoom?

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russbarnes
By russbarnes (Jun 14, 2012)

Consumer superzooms for consumer DX cameras so there is a massive market for this. DX cameras are rarely a professional's choice.....

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robjons
By robjons (Jun 14, 2012)

Agree with oly 100%. I'd snap up a 16-70/2.8 (even 2.8-4) in a second. Want a fast travel zoom.

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JWest
By JWest (Jun 14, 2012)

Because consumers often think "oh I have a spare $1000, what shall I buy today - ah, how about a lens?"

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Caleido
By Caleido (Jun 14, 2012)

That 16-70 VR f2.8 would be huge and cost near $2000.
Look at the size & price of the current 17-55 f2.8.

That would have made more sense?

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robjons
By robjons (Jun 14, 2012)

On the other hand, the Sigma 17-70/2.8-4 is reasonably priced and sized. I'm just asking for a bit more reach (and quality): fast 16-85?

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