Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Review

January 6, 2015 | Zoltan Arva-Toth |

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR Sharpness at 50mm

The sharpness tests for this review were carried out using a real-world subject rather than a test chart. The Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G VR lens was attached to a Nikon D7000 body, which in turn was mounted on a sturdy tripod. Slight tonal changes are due to slight changes in natural light during the session. The 100% crops represent about 1/400th of the total frame area.

The full frame at 50mmThe full frame at 50mm

Sharpness in the centre of the frame is very good even wide open, but contrast is a bit low. This improves greatly upon stopping down to f/8.

Corner sharpness is also surprisingly good at f/4.8 – much better than the  AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR – and reaches excellent levels at f/8.

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