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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

24 February 2015
Szymon Starczewski

10. Autofocus


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Although the tested lens is equipped with an ultrasonic SWM motor you still can hear a slight buzz during the focusing – nothing really bothersome but still audible. The speed of the focusing mechanism is average; running through the whole scale and confirmation of the focus takes about one second (mind you it is still a better result than that of its predecessor). In more demanding lighting conditions and in the 200-300 mm focal range the lens sometimes wavers and gets lost so the focusing time can be extended by fractions of a second.

We don’t have any reservations concerning the accuracy of the mechanism for a turn. Like in the case of its predecessor the number of misses didn’t exceed 2% which is a very good result. There were also no front or back focus tendencies which is clearly seen when you look at the photo below.

Nikon D7000, 300 mm, f/6.3
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300 mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR - Autofocus