Nikon launches its longest ever interchangeable superzoom lens – AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR.
The lens is a 16.7x superzoom for APS-C DSLRs. It offers the equivalent of 27-450mm when translated to 35mm. The lens uses 19 elements in 14 groups and is 120mm long.
Here’s the official bit from Nikon (Nikon USA, nothing about this lens on Nikon UK website at the time of writing):
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR joins the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II and the AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR to enhance the high-power zoom lens lineup. In addition to achieving a maximum reproduction ratio of 1:3.2x and the f/5.6 maximum aperture at the maximum telephoto position, it also has built-in vibration reduction (VR II), offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps to effectively reduce camera shake for easy telephoto shooting. By incorporating ED and aspherical lens elements, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR offers superior optical performance through an optical system optimized for D-SLR cameras.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Primary Features:
- A high-power zoom lens with a focal length of 18-300 mm (angle of view equivalent to that of 27-450mm lens in 35-mm  format) and the world’s highest 16.7x zoom ratio
- Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:3.2x
- Vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps
- Achieves the f/5.6 maximum aperture at the maximum telephoto position
- Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing
- Equipped with two focus modes, M/A and M
- The optical system with ED and aspherical lens elements optimal for D-SLR cameras enables sharp rendering and superior optical performance