The Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II is a hot seller already but the competition has been pushing the zoom ratio further than that already. However, Nikon wouldn't be Nikon to leave the situation as is so they came up with the Nikkor AF-S 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR (16.7x zoom ratio) - a new record as of the time of this review. Nikon also managed to keep the max. aperture at 300mm to f/5.6 which is a little faster compared to the third-party alternatives.
The 18-300 VR obviously is an APS-C format (DX) lens and in full format terms it behaves similar to a "27-450mm" lens ... which is a little nuts if you think about it actually :-) However, the privilege doesn't come for free. At 850EUR/1000US$ it is far from being a cheap lens and it'll be interesting to see whether the pricing of the lens results in some degree of decency on the optical side as well.
Via Philippe Gassmann