There is a phrase quoted quite often that when something sounds too good to be true you shouldn’t be too surprised when it isn’t. Nikon’s new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR promises much, but can it deliver? The long list of letters in the name tell us that the lens is Auto Focus, that it is designed for Nikon’s DX sensors, the apertures are not fixed, the optics contain some “Extra-Low Dispersion” glass and that there is vibration reduction built in: Quite a list.
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Sigma’s 18-250mm f3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM zoom won praise for its balance of performance and convenience, but it looked bulky after rival Tamron introduced the diminutive 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. Reducing the size, and weight while updating the optical construction to allow a new minimum focus distance of 35cm, the 18-250mm F3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM is Sigma’s response. But has the redesign compromised the optical performance, or is it a valuable addition to the range? Read on to discover our verdict.
I just got mine. It's the same size as the 28-300mm FX lens. Take this lens along with the 12-24mm f/4 or 10-24mm, and the 35mm f/1.8 and you've got all you need for just about everything. Throw in a flash and you're done. I also require a dedicated macro, but that's my thing. I like this lens on a D7000, and it works just fine on the D3200.