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About Nikon 70-300mm

For anyone seeking a high quality telephoto zoom lens for portraits and action photography at a very affordable price, the Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens is a great solution.

This very compact telephoto zoom lens is fully compatible with the Nikon N65 as well as Nikon's Professional D-series Digital SLR, 35mm Professional F5, F100, N80, N75 and Advanced Photo System Pronea cameras. Compact and lightweight, with a comfortable, well-balanced feel, the 4.3x zoom lens is ideal for candid shots, portraits, travel and sports photography.

A key design element considered that the newest Nikon SLR models have built-in aperture control (via the Command Dial), and therefore do not require that the lens have an aperture control ring. With this point in mind, the G lenses omit the aperture ring, resulting a lighter and more compact lens.

NOTE: G-type Nikkor lenses are fully compatible with the F5, F100, N80, N65, N60, N50, N4004-series, PRONEA 6i, PRONEA S, D100 and D-series (or any newer model, except D40/D40X & D60) cameras. They are not compatible with other Nikon cameras. For the F4, N90-series, N70, N8008-series and N6006 cameras, only programmed auto or shutter-priority auto exposure mode can be used.

Note! AF not supported by D40,D40X, D60, D3000 & D5000 cameras.

The Nikon 70-300mm is commonly used for Art, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Photojournalism, Sports/action, Travel, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 70-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual user, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 70-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 70-300mm: Cheap, Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Nikon 70-300mm Features

  • Lightweight 4.3X telephoto zoom lens for SLR's that set aperture from Command Dial
  • Ideal lens for candids, travel and sports photography
  • D-Type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure process
  • Note! AF does not work with D40, D40X, D60, D3000 & D5000 cameras.

Nikon 70-300mm Specifications

Construction
9 Groups/ 13 Elements
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film / Nikon DX
Note: AF not supported by D40,D40X, D60, D3000 & D5000 cameras
Angle of view
34° 20'-8° 10'
F stop range
4-32
Closest Focusing Distance
4.9 ft.
Maximum Magnification
1:4
Filter Size
62mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
4.6 x 2.9 in.
Weight
16.5 oz.
Mfr #
1928
SKU
NK70300AFGU

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4.4

(based on 593 reviews)

88%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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    (213)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Product Met All Expectations

Used the product to shoot several sports events. Got great results despite being in the stands. Requires more light than "pro" tele lenses, but costs *much* less and works great in daylight. An excellent value.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for

I can't figure this lens out. It's priced very cheaply but because it isn't an AFS lense forces you to have at least a D80 or better (in the currently line). Additionally, I suppose one would buy one to get the additional telephoto range but it is the softest at these very ranges. I personally bought this to experiment with the older "screw" focus, and it has convinced me that to try and avoid them in the future. It is slow, but allow tends to hunt alot. I found it best to focus at the wide

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I can't figure this lens out. It's priced very cheaply but because it isn't an AFS lense forces you to have at least a D80 or better (in the currently line). Additionally, I suppose one would buy one to get the additional telephoto range but it is the softest at these very ranges. I personally bought this to experiment with the older "screw" focus, and it has convinced me that to try and avoid them in the future. It is slow, but allow tends to hunt alot. I found it best to focus at the widest zoom to give the camera a hint of what to focus on, then zoom in. Basically, it doesn't work for me in the longer ranges which is what I wanted it for. It is problimatic even when stopped down. Please see the sample photos, where blue fringing should be apparrent and a sharp one taken by the 70-300 ED VR version, which is what I ended up with and very satisfied with. I thought the price would be a saving grace, but right now I'm either going to use it for parts, or as an experimental lens for who knows what.

Reviewed by 593 customers

 
4.0

A Gift Delivers

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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.

 
4.0

Great Lens

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Great Lens!!! my pictures have increase to 100% They super sharp. clean I'm just so happy I bought this lens.

 
4.0

Good product but...

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Sport photography Light weight Would be better if it were 2.8 f stop but can't complain for the price

 
5.0

Great General Sports Lens

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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.

(29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

At 300mm this lens is tack sharp

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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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Reliable lens

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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.

 
1.0

Has a wide zoom range but picture quality is really poor.

By

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.

 
5.0

Portable and Sharp Telephoto Zoom

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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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Eagle eye

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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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens

By

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!

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Shopper  Will this work with the D90? And is it new?
DON T  it should because it gas auto focus and as long asthe conectors line up and the green light apears on the back side of your camera
Shopper  is this a brand new lens? will it auto focus with the Nikon D3100?
DIANE G  also no, it is not autofocus on the d5100 either.
Carol G  WHAT NIKON CAMERA WILL THIS LENS WORK WITH?
ELIZA C  Nikkor lenses work with all Nikon DSLR cameras.
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