new high-performance 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor lens, featuring a new optical formula and Nikon Vibration Reduction (VRII) this new Zoom Nikkor is capable of producing images with clarity and contrast typically found in lenses costing much more. Comprising many of Nikon's most advanced features such as Nikon ExtraLow Dispersion (ED) glass, Silent Wave Motor (SWM) and enhanced Vibration Reduction (VRII), internal focus (IF), as well as optics perfected for use with both Nikon DX format digital and 35mm filmSLR cameras, the 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor is sure to appeal to a broad spectrum of Nikon photographers.
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The Nikon 70-300mm is commonly used for General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Macro photography, Sports/action, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 70-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 70-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 70-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
Although i've sold this in favour of more zoom (80-400 VR), i was very pleased with the results. Its light enough to shoot all day, and while the focus is fast for a consumer grade lens, its not going to blow you away if you use pro gear. Still, at the long end of the zoom (which is why you buy this lens), even fast moving objects are not changing a large % difference in distance (does that make sense?), so focus is more than fast enough. For example, photographing a jet, or race car. They ma...View full Review
Although i've sold this in favour of more zoom (80-400 VR), i was very pleased with the results. Its light enough to shoot all day, and while the focus is fast for a consumer grade lens, its not going to blow you away if you use pro gear. Still, at the long end of the zoom (which is why you buy this lens), even fast moving objects are not changing a large % difference in distance (does that make sense?), so focus is more than fast enough. For example, photographing a jet, or race car. They may be moving fast, but at 300mm, they are also far away. VR is also a must unless you will shoot ONLY in full sunlight. Bottom line: Unless you NEED 400mm (i do), this lens is an ideal tele zoom. Who is it for: Consumers/prosumers. What about pros? If you shoot for a living you won't make your decisions based on my review :)
Most Liked Negative Review
I wouldn't buy this product again.
Very disappointed with this product. I bought it used and found the auto focus was ineffective and most often didn't work as expected. Resorted to manual focus only after many wasted shots and time. Even distance shots at near infinity, the lens couldn't figure it out. Was only good at distances of less than 100 ft.
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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.
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
My wife and I both are nature and wildlife photographers, and I got this lens for my wife, and she told me that she tried it out and loved it. I got home and seen the results of her flowers she shot, and I tried her lens out to see how well it performed. Needless to say, I am going to get one for myself as soon as one comes available. Awesome lens.
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.