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The AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is a high-performance super telephoto zoom lens that has been designed to meet the demands of both digital and 35mm format SLR users. It offers a 4.3x zoom with a range of 70-300mm (105-450mm on a DX Nikon D-SLR) and features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that ensure superior optical performance. This lens incorporates Nikon’s second-generation vibration reduction system (VR II) that allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilizing the image to the equivalent extent of using a shutter speed that is four stops faster when compared with a conventional lens (as determined by Nikon performance test). The SWM (Silent Wave Motor) and IF (Internal Focusing) ensure fast and quiet focusing action, and the nine-blade rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements blend smoothly to produce natural-looking, harmonious backgrounds. Nikon HB-36 lens hood included. More
Shutter speed: 1/80s | Aperture: f5.6 | Focal length: 300mm
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Shutter speed: 1/160s | Aperture: f5 | Focal length: 155mm | ISO: 100 | Camera: Nikon D200
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(based on 30 reviews)
of respondents would recommend this to a friend.
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"For the bigger picture"
Purchased for my Nikon D3200, mainly for wildlife photography, this lens lives up to expectations. It is not unduly heavy for the spec & represents good value for money. I particularly like...Read complete review
Purchased for my Nikon D3200, mainly for wildlife photography, this lens lives up to expectations. It is not unduly heavy for the spec & represents good value for money. I particularly like the Active/Auto Focus feature. My rating may well increase to 5-star after more comprehensive use on a forthcoming holiday to the Farne Islands.
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I don't (much) like this lens
Being semi-pro and using a Nikon D700, I was quite happy - and would continue to do so - with my old 'D' lens, that was smaller, lighter and performed more uniformly...Read complete review
Being semi-pro and using a Nikon D700, I was quite happy - and would continue to do so - with my old 'D' lens, that was smaller, lighter and performed more uniformly well. That was until it took my weight during a photo-fall (!) two winters ago.So, that snapped at the mount, I bought a cheapish Tamron 70-300 f4 - f5.6, the one that was just over[$], to tide me over until I could afford this latest VR Nikkor. The Tamron was OK, once I'd got used to it. I also have a Nikkor 80-400 VR, which is very good but not one for walking about discreetly or going out for a hike with and a Sigma 70-200 f2.8 apo, again somewhat specialist, that I use mainly for lowlight band photography.Now, after 4 months usage with this latest VR model, I still don't get on with it. Unlike most of my other lenses, which have some 'character' (almost!) this is a faceless lump of dark grey plastic, with which I, almost incidentally, have taken some very good photos.I hate the skinny manual focus ring which I still have to take my eye from the viewfinder - just to find. Confidence is key; I have little when using this lens. The VR works well, but that's almost the norm these days for such a lens. Therefore, so it should.Image quality - yes; excellent, bitingly high contrast images up to about 250mm. Then, a noticeable drop off all over. Most users, especially us full-framers probably use the longest end the most. Edges are OK, but corners, not. I found that sort of quality trait in the Tamron also (which I traded in). So, was there any point in me upgrading? I like to use this kind of focal length for cityscapes, such as in London, where the lens' size is relatively understated, but still having some decent pulling power. The worse aspect, though, and it's one I can do nothing about is the marked pincushion distortion at long lengths. Buildings that splay outwards toward the edges? It really puts me off - I might not use it again for such. It all brings me to question as to what lens Nikon actually feels is good enough for a semi, or pro. Or an enthusiast, for that matter, who expects a good quality, consistent image. A lens doesn't have to f2.8 and cost thousands - but it does need to be consistently good. This one isn't.However, I would just about recommend it to a friend, presuming they had no direct alternatives and that they weren't quite as nit-picking as myself.
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Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G AF-S VR IF-ED Lens:
I use this lens for motorsport and wildlife photography
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Recommended over lesser lenses
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This Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6 G AF-S VR IF-ED Lens in comparison to other lenses of same range and focal length is far superior. The cost of the lens is well justified and is a great all round lens.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
bought for wildlife/bird photography, seems fine.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
very nice lens well worth buying
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have used for bird/landscape photography,handles nicely good very sharp results. GG
(5 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
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(4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Excellent performance and build quality
from West Midlands
I purchased this lens to use with a Nikon 1 V2 camera with the FT-1 adapter. Having previously used only Canon lenses I was surprised at the solid build quality of this lens and how well it performs with the V2. Focussing is fast and accurate and the VR is excellent. One thing I like about this lens is that as it is zoomed the inner barrel doesn't extend too far and it is almost the same diameter as the outer barrel. Also the lens comes with a lens hood and a soft pouch which other manufacturers expect you to pay for.
(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)
Sharp and Fast Lens
About Me Casual user
Having upgraded from a non-stabilised 70-300mm Tamron lens, this has been a great upgrade. The autofocus is quick and accurate and the output is consistently sharp as long as the available light is reasonable. Would recommend.
(7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)
wonderful, brilliant sharpness and color
fast autofocus, great for portraits and outdoor photos. heartily recommend!!!
(8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)
An excellent lens to have in your kit
Bought this lens to supplement the smaller zoom lenses I have. It is ideal for the occasions when that extra focal length is needed, e.g. motor sport, air shows, wildlife
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