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
Most Liked Positive Review
Great, can't beat it for the price!
It's funny how some people claim that this lens doesn't feel like old Nikons, etc. I bought this as a disposable, for everyday use spare lens and let me tell you; even if it feels plastic or not like an old lens, it can take a beating. I've taken it traveling, use it where I wouldn't take an expensive lens (like poor neighborhoods, beach, etc.) and still it does give really good quality without the worries of losing an expensive lens or been mugged for carrying a super expensive piece of hard...View full Review
It's funny how some people claim that this lens doesn't feel like old Nikons, etc. I bought this as a disposable, for everyday use spare lens and let me tell you; even if it feels plastic or not like an old lens, it can take a beating. I've taken it traveling, use it where I wouldn't take an expensive lens (like poor neighborhoods, beach, etc.) and still it does give really good quality without the worries of losing an expensive lens or been mugged for carrying a super expensive piece of hardware on you.I hear others complaining about losing sharpness at 300mm and slow speeds. Hello, it's a tele, it should be used with higher speeds. Don't blame it for not having proper support. If youâ€™re shooting with low light pay $1600 for an f2.8 with VR. Remember, with this 70-300G youâ€™re just barely paying around a $[...]. Thatâ€™s cheap for a brand name lens.Bottom line, this is a great product for the price. I just donâ€™t get any better than this. Best of all, you get really good quality and if it gets banged, stolen, etc. No big deal, it's inexpensive. If you're super concerned about vibration or slow speeds, then expend 4 times more for the VR version or 10 times more for a bright f2.8 with VR.
Most Liked Negative Review
Not too shabby
I've had this lens for a handfull of months now. I bought it to supplement the 18-55 kit lens that came with the D50. The primary consideration for me was the mm/price ratio. As far as zooms go, it has a slow f-stop and requires a good chunk of light. It works fantastically outdoors on lightly overcast or brighter days. Focus is slow and hit-or-miss in imperfect lighting. I get some noticable purple fringing on occasional shots. It's not commonplace, and can be repaired in software if the sho...View full Review
I've had this lens for a handfull of months now. I bought it to supplement the 18-55 kit lens that came with the D50. The primary consideration for me was the mm/price ratio. As far as zooms go, it has a slow f-stop and requires a good chunk of light. It works fantastically outdoors on lightly overcast or brighter days. Focus is slow and hit-or-miss in imperfect lighting. I get some noticable purple fringing on occasional shots. It's not commonplace, and can be repaired in software if the shot HAS to be salvaged. The image begins to go soft once you get close to 300mm. I haven't seen any distortion worth mentioning. Camera shake is an issue. The slow f-stop can results in some low shutter speeds. At 300mm, you're at 5.6 wide open. Any movement is apparent in the photo. Nikon just released the VR version of this lens. Maybe this holiday season I'll have a gift for myself :) I've found this to be a great lens for me, a beginner. It's an excellent companion to the wide-angle zoom that came with my camera.
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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.
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!
Bought this lens as a used item for use on a D-7100. Very good lens. Does just what I want it to.
I've had this for a number of years now; got it originally to go with the Film Nikon I had - and then kept it to go with the D5000; the drawbacks are, of course, that's it's not autofocus, nor does it have VR; however, it has saved me having to buy another lens. In the sunlight the results seem fine to me - though note that I"m not a professional photographer, nor probably a very good amatuer.
Good lens if you have very good quality lighting (i.e., bright sunlight). Also, images not very sharp at about 225mm thru 300mm. But it is a f4.5 - f5.6, so it is expected. I wish I would have waited a bit and got the 70-200mm f2.8. Very good point and shoot zoom lens, but I expected much better performance and sharpness. I would definitely recommend this lens as point and shoot zoom lens, but not for serious enthusiasts or pros.