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

20 January 2015
Arkadiusz Olech

8. Vignetting

The thumbnails showing the vignetting results of the tested lens at different focal lengths and apertures are presented in the chart below.

18 mm, f/3.5 18 mm, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting
50 mm, f/5.3 50 mm, f/5.6
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting
100 mm, f/5.6 100 mm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting
200 mm, f/5.6 200 mm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting
300 mm, f/5.6 300 mm, f/8.0
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR - Vignetting


At the shortest focal length and with the lens wide open you have to take into account the loss of 41% of light in the frame corners (−1.52 EV). That’s a lot. In the case of the Tamron 16-300 mm the value we got at 16 mm and on a bit smaller sensor of the Canon 50D amounted to 35%. On stopping down to f/4.0 the vignetting decreases to 35% (−1.25 EV). The problem becomes moderate by f/5.6, reaching 22% (−0.73 EV). Further stopping down has a very weak influence on the vignetting because by f/8.0 and by f/11 we got respectively 16% (−0.50 EV) and 15% (−0.48 EV).


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The middle of the focal range is characterized by a complete lack of vignetting problems. The best situation you see at 50 mm where even at the maximum relative aperture it would be difficult to spot any significant light fall-off, which value is only 9% (−0.27 EV). It increases a bit after passing to 100 mm where, by f/5.6, it amounts to 16% (−0.52 EV), but then by f/8.0 it decreases to a mere 7% (−0.22 EV).

At 200 and 300 mm focal length you see a very similar performance. In the case of the former, by f/5.6 the brightness loss in the frame corners amounts to 27% (−0.9 EV) and by f/8.0 it decreases to 17% (−0.53 EV). The vignetting becomes imperceptible by f/11, reaching just 10% (−0.29 EV). At the 300 mm focal length and the maximum relative aperture you have to take into account losses of 29% (−0.98 EV) of light; then on stopping down to f/8.0 the vignetting level decreases to 17% (−0.53 EV) and after employing f/11it amounts to 9% (-0.26 EV).

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

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

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

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

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