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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

20 January 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

6. Distortion

The chart below presents a comparison between the performance of the tested lens and the rival Tamron 16–300 mm f/3.5–6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO in the distortion category. While consulting it you should keep in mind two things. The Tamron features a wider range of focal lengths so correcting the distortion in its case, especially at its shortest focal length, is more difficult. On the other hand the Tamron was tested on a bit smaller sensor of the Canon 50D (1.6x crop factor) so its results on a 1.5x sensor could be a bit worse.

16–18 mm
35 mm
50 mm
100 mm
200 mm
300 mm
Nikkor 18–300 f/3.5–5.6 VR
−5.32%
+1.60%
+2.03%
+2.64%
+2.20%
+1.94%
Tamron 16–300 f/3.5–6.3 VC
−4.68%
+2.17%
+2.50%
+1.97%
+1.45%
+1.36%

Even taking into account all the factors mentioned above our assessment cannot be changed. The expensive Nikkor loses noticeably the duel with the cheaper Tamron. Despite the smaller maximum angle of view its distortion is more bothersome both at the wide angle and at the longer end. A slight advantage of the Nikkor can be only noticed at 35-50 mm focal lengths. To sum up another category in which the Nikon didn’t exactly distinguish itself…


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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Distortion
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Distortion
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Distortion
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Distortion