Nikon has a new high-powered zoom lens available for DX-format (APS-C) Nikon DSLRs, the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR. While Nikon already has an existing lens with the same focal length, the new glass is 30-percent smaller and 10-ounces lighter, has a slightly wider aperture range, and costs $100 less.
The new 18-300mm is a 16.7x all-in-one telephoto lens that’s more flexible for photographers using cropped DX-format cameras, which have smaller sensors than FX-format (full-frame) cameras in addition to lesser light-gathering capabilities. The 18-300mm incorporates a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for quiet, built-in accurate fast autofocusing. Three aspherical and three extra-low dispersion glass elements help eliminate aberrations like lens flare and ghosting, while also contributing to the lens’ lighter, more streamlined design. There’s built-in Vibration Reduction image stabilization. Whether shooting extreme close-ups, high-speed action, or scenic landscapes, the new 18-300mm is an ideal lens for several types of subjects and compositions.
The lens will be available in May 2014 for the suggested retail price of $900.