Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR review: Too good to be true?

By Ben Boswell - Tuesday December 18 2012

Lens Review
Introduction | Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens performance | Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR versus competition | Conclusion

There is something very appealing about having a single lens that will cover all your needs, no need to change lenses: risking dust on the sensor. No need to carry a bag full of alternative focal lengths and the ease of just turning the zoom ring to get you from wide to tele. However, all these benefits come at a cost, each feature requiring a compromise on something else. That seems to be the big decision, not only for the lens manufacturer but also for the customer: is it better to have what you really need or to compromise and have what is convenient.