Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR Vibration Reduction Lens - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A.


About Nikon 55-300mm

Get this Nikon 55-300mm normally $229.95 and on sale for $199.95 total saving of $30.00. Bonus: No sales tax either, unless you live in New York or New Jersey.


When a refurbished lens performs this well, you may just question why you ever brought brand-new lenses in the first place. Specifically, the NIKON 55-300 F/4.5-5.6G VRII –REFURBISH is a zoom lens that offers new-quality photography with enhanced stabilization without costing the exorbitant amount of something that just rolled out of the factory.Bottom line: if you need a rugged, lightweight, consistent and durable lens that enhances your zoom without robbing you of crisp images, then this selection from Nikon-lenses is exactly what the photographer ordered.

Product Highlights

  • Speaking of image stabilization, let’s talk about it: a zoom lens of Refurbished Nikon 55-300mm VR’s quality requires image stabilization with 3.0 stops. That’s exactly what you’ll get here, offering crisp and high-quality photos even when your subject is moving.
  • High-distance photography is the name of the game when it comes to zoom lenses, and the High Refractive Index (HRI) element contained within this particular contraption helps you capture everything you want even if you’re photographing some far-off landscape.
  • The silent wave motor (SWM) offers the precise, ubersilent functioning you need for autofocus, giving your Refurbished Nikon 55-300mm VR a “fresh from the box” feel despite its refurbished status.

Learn about the NIKON 55-300 F/4.5-5.6G VRII -REFURBISH

What can you expect out of a refurbished lens? If you’re expecting anything less than top-of-the-line quality at affordable prices, then you’re only selling them short. Specifically, the NIKON 55-300 F/4.5-5.6G VRII –REFURBISH edition of this top-quality lens is more than just a top-quality lens: it’s a zoom lens capable of offering DX-format D-SLR users reach 300mm telephoto shots with the clarity and sharpness you’d expect out of something brand new and right out of the factory.

It’s a beautiful lens, to be sure, but the real beauty is on the inside: this Refurbished Nikon 55-300mm VR is capable of producing high-quality zoomed shots no matter what your favorite subjects are, from landscapes to live events that require a more improvisational style. But let’s “zoom in” here at Adorama and ask ourselves what makes a lens like this used Nikon 55-300 tick:

  • All-in-one zooming. Serious photographers know that zooming is more than a simple press of the button: it can be a perilous journey fraught with obstacles, blurring, and out-of-focus shots. Luckily, the all-in-one zooming features of the Refurbished Nikon 55-300mm VR provide plenty of image stabilization—you have thee built-in VR II vibration reduction image stabilization system to thank for that. But there’s more here, including a High Refractive Index (HRI) lens, giving you clear and high-contrast images no matter what aperture or focal length you’re currently employing. That gives you the flexibility to handle an entire range of zoom levels, and gives you a level of versatility you won’t find with other zoom lenses.
  • Premium image stabilization. Let’s face it: when you’re talking about a capable zoom lens, you don’t know if the whole package is complete until you hear about the image stabilization. Without image stabilization, every zoomed-in picture will be blurry and you’ll ask yourself why you ever invested in a zoom lens in the first place. Luckily, the Refurbished Nikon 55-300mm VR lens features exactly what you need, including VR II image stabilization. The 3.0 stops will provide drastic blur reduction, giving you the sharp images you need even when you’re well zoomed-in.
  • Silence is golden. Specifically, when it comes to the performance of your lens. The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) offers the precise, consistent, high-speed, and ultimately quiet autofocus that you need to handle a variety of zoom levels on the fly. This will give you the flexibility to switch from long shot to close-up even if you’re at a live event that gives you no downtime between shots. And the silence of the motor adds to the professionalism of both you and your camera.
  • HD video is a must, even on a zoom lens—especially if that zoom lens offers a high degree of zooming power and capability. The stabilization on the Refurbished Nikon 55-300mm VR ensures that you’ll capture HD video that’s as blur-free as possible, producing a wide range of beautiful video shots.
  • “Accessories” here at Adorama includes a rear lens cap, a snap-on front lens cap, a lens hood, and a 90-day warranty that will ensure you get the most out of your lens experience and keep it well-protected, even when you’re feeling adventurous.

Long story short: the NIKON 55-300 F/4.5-5.6G VRII –REFURBISH is a lens capable of handling the highest level of demands you could place on any zoom lens, whether you’re talking about a new or refurbished Nikon.

From the Manufacturer
This powerful zoom lens lets DX-format D-SLR users reach 300mm super-telephoto with clarity and sharpness, thanks to built-in VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization. In addition, the new High Refractive Index (HRI) lens a first for the NIKKOR lineup achieves clear, high-contrast images at every aperture and focal length yet contributes to making the lens body slim and compact. A practical, versatile lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is ideal for those who want a single lens that can handle just about any shooting opportunity.

All-in-One zoom for superb super-telephoto shooting
This powerful zoom lens lets DX-format D-SLR users reach 300mm super-telephoto with clarity and sharpness, thanks to built-in VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization. In addition, the new High Refractive Index (HRI) lens a first for the NIKKOR lineup achieves clear, high-contrast images at every aperture and focal length yet contributes to making the lens body slim and compact. A practical, versatile lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is ideal for those who want a single lens that can handle just about any shooting opportunitiy.

A view from afar
The compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, with its High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element and 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, lets you easily capture far off images, bringing all the action up close. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture.

Advanced performance
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR continues Nikon's tradition of advancing imaging technology. In addition to VR II image stabilization, it features some of Nikon's latest lens technologies: Nikon's exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for precise, fast, ultra-quiet autofocus operation, Super Integrated Coating (SIC) for enhanced performance in low-light and minimizing ghosting and flare, Tripod Detection Mode for reducing vibrations during tripod shooting and more.

The Nikon 55-300mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 55-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Photography student, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 55-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 55-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easily interchangeable (123),Consistent output (103),Fast / accurate auto-focus (94),Lightweight (74),Durable (67),Strong construction (63),Nice bokeh (43),Rugged (34)
Heavy (32),Slow focus (23),Poor in low light (22)
Best Uses:
Wildlife photos (130),Landscape/scenery (115),Sports/action (91),Weddings (40),Macro photography (23),Low light (14),Night photography (7),Video (7)
Reviewer Profile:
Photo enthusiast (86),Casual photographer (52),Semi-pro photographer (28),Photography student (6),Budget shopper (3),Pro photographer (3)

Nikon 55-300mm Features

  • Compact DX-format zoom lens with High Refractive Index lens element, ED glass and VR II image stabilization Expanded photo and video opportunities that's designed to bring the action closer to the photographer.
  • 5.5X Telephoto Zoom lens Ideal for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, dramatic sunsets, travel and more. Angle of view equivalent to a focal length of 82.5 to 450mm in FX/35mm format D
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
  • Tripod Detection Mode Reduces vibration that may occur due to shutter release when mounted on a tripod.
  • HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element HRI lens element is essential to keeping the lens compact while offering high contrast even at maximum aperture.
  • 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements Effectively minimizes chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency andreduces flare.
  • Minimum focus distance to 4.6 feet at all focal lengths
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.

Nikon 55-300mm Specifications

Mount Type
Nikon F-Bayonet
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX / Nikon FX in DX Crop Mode
F stop range
4.5 - 22
Angle of View (DX-format)
Maximum 28°50' / Minimum 5° 20'
Maximum Reproduction Ratio
17 Groups / 11 Elements
High Refractive Index Elements
VR (Vibration Reduction) Image
Diaphragm Blades
Distance Information
ED Glass (Elements)
Super Integrated Coating
AF-S (Silent Wave Motor)
Closest Focusing Distance
4.6 ft. (1.4m) throughout entire zoom range
Focus Mode
Filter Size
Dimensions Diameter x Length
Approx: 3.0x4.8 in. / 76.5 x 123mm
Approx: 18.7 oz. (580g)
Lens Case
Lens Hood

Nikon 55-300mm Reviews

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Great Deal!

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Reviewed by 276 customers


Wonderful lens for the price


from Pottsville  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love the vibration reduction feature. It is a fun lens and takes great pictures.


great price works great for the price


from Champlin, MN, USA

just got it learning how to shoot i am new . it takes great shoots

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Awesome Lens


from Undisclosed

Have really gotten into photography recently, this lens is definitely good pickup. It is very versatile and can be used for a huge variety of shots. I use it for sports and wildlife photos as well as landscapes and sunsets.

(3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


Not worth the $70.00 savings...


from Connecticut, USA

Ordered this lens for my D5200, and immediately was disappointed with the focusing and the sharpness of the pictures at higher zooms. I had read that the 70-300vr was a higher quality lens and I thought "I'm not a professional so I can settle for the 55-300vr." Had the lens for a day and returned it because I felt that I allowed my self to settle for something that did not serve me in order to save 70 bucks. I ordered the 70-300vr instead for many reasons including Internal focus, VR2, and the shear speed of the auto focus. Also for the manual focus over ride when in auto focus. Next time I'll do my research more thoroughly.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


One of my favorites!


from Undisclosed

I've used this lens for a variety of situations and it works beautifully for the most part! It works the best in well lit areas when your subject isn't doing a whole lot of moving. The poorer the light and the more movement happening, the longer it takes to focus, even compared to other lenses. I've noticed that, even in good lighting, it has a tendency to actually focus slightly behind the subject, despite the indicator lighting up in the right spots. That being said, I use it for a lot of sports and other action photography, and I still manage to get some great close-ups after making my own adjustments.


Great lens for the price


from New Jersey  -  Photo Enthusiast

Took some great pictures of super moon and birds in flight. Detail is superb. No manual aperture ring and manual focus ring is a bit small for my fat fingers, but I knew it would cost a lot more to get these features in a pro lens.


I love it


from Pottsville  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have wanted a VR lens for some time now and the price of this Refurb was irrestible. Works great and I love it.


Good Choice


from Grand Junction, CO  -  Casual Photographer

I have tried on my camera however, not had an opportunity to use it. Will send a more satisfactory review at a later date. So far, so good.


Exactly what I wanted.


from Zelienople, PA  -  Photo Enthusiast

I purchased my new lens about a month ago, but I'm already in love with it. It was refurbished by Nikon, but you'd never know it. It looks, and performs like a brand new lens. So far I am very happy with it. It is a perfect addition to my growing lens collection.


Nikon Reburbished Telephoto 55-300mm VR


from Phoenix, AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

Depending on my Nikon photo product needs, I usually start out looking at Nikon's Refurbished lists because I feel that these products are as good or better than brand new, and that I get true value for my money. I buy from Adorama because they are a Nikon USA dealer, ship for free and deliver what they advertise. No smoke and mirrors ever! My Reburbed lens is a replacement upgrade for a legacy Nikon 55-200 Telephoto to compliment my new N1 V3 used with the FT1 lens mount. A sweet combination for most of my outdoor photography needs. It is typical Nikon quality. Well constructed, reasonably accurate and rapid focusing without suffering from serious design defects. I highly recommend to it any one using legacy Nikon lenses on the N1 system. Remember to load the latest firmware updates for you system and enjoy the great outdoors where ever you go.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
STEVE H  Wild life photography. Good lenses for distance shots.
A M  I have a coolpix L830 and was wondering if this lense would fit my camera?
CHARLES L  Your camera has a fixed lens on it and cannot come off, so these interchangeable lenses will not work on your camera. You will have to move up to something like the Nikon D-3300 (which is an excellent all around digital camera) to use this 55-300mm lens
greg s  will this lens work on a d3000 body ?
ROBERT M  Who knows? I don't own one.
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