I purchased the lens as a gift. i had read the reviews, particularly the low-rated comments. So I checked out the lens before deciding to go ahead with the gift giving. the lens performed very well. The most demanding test was to shoot a graduation from the upper balcony in low light. This required the lens to be wide-open and very near 300 mm. That and other images were slightly soft but with no fringing or uneven lighting. My daughter-in-law likes the lens, particularly the telephoto range. Although its quality does not compete with my top-of-the-line zooms, it's less than 10% of their costs. Plus it is very light weight, yet sturdy.
Great Lens!!! my pictures have increase to 100% They super sharp. clean I'm just so happy I bought this lens.
Sport photography Light weight Would be better if it were 2.8 f stop but can't complain for the price
I spent 35 years as a Medical Photographer now do school candid's including sports.. This is a great lens for that purpose.. wish it was a 3.5f but we can't have everything with this great price.
Before I bought the lens I read the reviews and especially the negative ones. Several of the reviewers complained that the lens was "soft" or "fuzzy" when extended to 300mm. As a result I tested it by photographing my cat's name tag at a distance of 43ft #13.1m#. The smallest letters are an 1/8th of an inch #4cm# and they are tack sharp. For those that got bad pictures with this lens I have several questions. Have you received any training in the proper use of telephoto lens? There are basic rules for a lens of this type. A) Don't use a shutter less than the length of the lens. On a camera with a DX sensor this lens is the equivalent of a 500mm lens on a 35mm film or FX digital camera, which means you shouldn't use a shutter speed slower than 1/500th of a second. B) Try to shoot with an aperture of no less than an f11 to ensure enough depth of field. C) Don't attempt to hand hold it when extended to 300mm. Tripod mount or Monopod mount at a minimum. It would be nice if this lens had a tripod mount, but it doesn't so we make due. One more point. This is not a fast lens. It needs plenty of light. Increase your ISO and don't plan on getting any Sasquatch pictures on a moonless night without one huge flash. Bottom line, this is an excellent lens for the money, if you have some training and/or experience using a telephoto lens.
This is my go to lens for landscape and wildlfie photography. I have used it on a D7000 and now on my D-610 and the results are the same. clear, sharp images all the time.
I have had this lens for a few years now and really it is the lens that sits in my bag and hope I don't have to use it. As I am low on funds it is the only one I got for zoom but dread using it. The picture quality no matter how hard I try is always soft and not sharp. It is like taking pictures with a camera phone. I am using it on a Nikon D700 full frame camera and it seems most other people reviewing this lens are using it on a DX that like it.
This 70-300mm zoom lens is easy to travel with and is optically excellent and affordable. The image of the Parthenon below was taken with a Nikon D700 camera body from the roof top of an open air taverna. The camera settings were the following: a shutter speed of 1/40 of a second (on a small table top tripod), an aperture of 7.1, an ISO of 6400, a focal length of 195mm, Tungsten White Balance, and Matrix Metering.
I bought this telephoto lens for a trip to Alaska. The attached picture is of a wild Alaskan Bald Eagle flying over a small boat. We were in 15-20 mile per hour winds so I was perched on the side of the boat with an arm wrapped around a pole to keep from falling overboard. The picture was taken with my Nikon D7100 at fl 145 mm, 1/6400 sec, f 5.6, ISO 6400 in aperture mode. The only processing was the crop. The full picture captured the entire wingspan and body except the tip of one feather. Being able to see not only the eye but also the nostril, texture in the neck, defects and details in the tail feathers, and wrinkles in the talons impressed me. This was just one of over a hundred sharp pictures of wildlife. The 70-300 VR and a 20 mm f2.8 wide angle made a great combination for me on this trip.
Amateur photographer shooting, wildlife, landscape, nature, etc. Broke my 55-300 DX lense and decided to replace it with this lens. It is heavier, but I love that it does auto focus so fast and will auto focus on manual. Also is supposed to be more durable which I think I need!