Oftentimes photographers may prefer a dedicated lens for each subject of interest. For a travelling photographer, having portability and versatility on hand for multiple subjects is essential and the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR provides that one such solution. Read on and see how a travel photographer utilises its potential when combined with the D500. (Photo and report by Mohsin Abrar)
Mounted onto the D500
The optional Bayonet Lens Hood HB-39 (sold separately)
Focal length: 18mm (equivalent to 27mm in FX- and 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/4.5, 1/200 sec) / ISO 12800/ WB: Auto
In the above image I tried depicting the futuristic aspect of Singapore, and integrating the human element among the lights radiating out of the centre is what gives the image its impact. I utilised the wide-angle end of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR in order to create a one-point perspective, drawing in the viewer. Image quality is maintained right to the periphery, resulting in a superbly crisp image.
Focal length: 300mm (equivalent to 450mm in FX- and 35mm format)/ Aperture-priority Auto (f/6.3, 1/800 sec) / ISO 200/ WB: Auto
When shooting cityscapes, at times you do not want to use wider angles, as they alter perspective. I prefer to utilise longer focal lengths as they give me the impact I want of my subject. In this image I isolated the balconies of a distant building and captured the straight lines and angles, as well as the contrast of light and shadow. The resulting image shot at 300mm is very sharp, and the lens perfectly captured the elements I wanted to incorporate.
The highly versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is a DX-format NIKKOR lens that is engineered and optimised for use on a Nikon DX-format DSLR such as the D500. It enables one to enjoy photography from wide-angle up to super-telephoto with its astonishing 16.7x zoom ratio, without the need to interchange lenses. Compared to standard zoom lenses, this lens features an extended telephoto end—300mm multiplied by the 1.5x crop factor, resulting in a super-telephoto focal length equivalent to 450mm—which is particularly useful for capturing distant subjects up-close.
As a travel photographer, one of the most important criteria of lenses for me is that they have excellent portability. This lens scores full marks as it is compact and lightweight at approximately 550g, allowing me to carry it with me all day, every day.
Putting the lens through its paces, I was pleasantly surprised by the optical performance in combination with the D500. I found my images to be sharp and crisp, both at the long and the wide end. High image quality is achieved by the Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, which suppress chromatic aberrations, and the aspherical elements, which reduce spherical aberrations and distortion, that are incorporated in this lens. Additionally, the lens is equipped with the Vibration Reduction (VR) system which provides an effect equivalent to a shutter speed 4 stops faster. This feature is particularly effective for not just low-light scenes but shooting at the telephoto end as well, as you can still shoot hand-held without a significant increase in camera shake.
As I indicated earlier, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR is a nice compact telephoto zoom lens that feels really comfortable in the hands when paired with the D500. The combination is nicely balanced and easy to handle. Due to lens covering angles-of-view equivalent to 27-450mm in FX/35mm format, it enables me to capture all kinds of subjects. Additionally, because of its closest focusing distance of 50cm from the camera’s sensor, it is also useful when I want to capture eye-catching trinkets I come across during my travels up-close. This is really my all-purpose lens, and I would recommend it to any photographer who wants portability and versatility during their travels.
ED lens elements
Aspherical lens elements
For more details, click: AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR
Mohsin is a travel photographer who has a strong penchant for landscapes. His colorful and inspiring landscape photography has got him featured across the globe right from National Geographic, BBC, Yahoo News, The World News, Herald Sun to name a few.
Mohsin has travelled 40 countries shooting landscapes and he trains photography enthusiasts across Asia in “Visual Story Telling” - The art of taking story-telling pictures.