Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Vibration Reduction Nikkor Lens - U.S.A. Warranty

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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.

The Nikon 70-300mm is commonly used for Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Landscapes, Macro photography, Night photography, Photojournalism, Portraits, Professional work, Shooting outdoors, Special effects, Sports/action, Travel, Upgrade, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 70-300mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Beginner, Casual photographer, Casual user, Enthusiast, Parent, Photo enthusiast, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer, Technically challenged, Tech savvy among others.The Nikon 70-300mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 70-300mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Easy to clean, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Improves picture quality, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Quiet, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (274),Easily interchangeable (219),Lightweight (196),Consistent output (189),Strong construction (160),Durable (156),Rugged (82),Easily mounted (70),Simple controls (45),Nice bokeh (44),Clear glass (32),Easy to clean (20) Easy to use (13),Improves picture quality (11),Cheap (10),Quiet (8),Extremely low price (3),Pricevalue (3),Reasonably sharp (3),Sharo at F8 and up (3),Sharp (3),Great range (3),Compact (3) View All
Cons:
Heavy (68),Slow focus (39),Poor in low light (37),Glass not sharp (11),Weak casing (11),Lens creep (8),Lag / shutter delay (4),Slow (4),A bit plasticky (3),Hard to focus (3),Needs a lot of light (3),Needs to be stopped down (3) Noisy (3),Not a pro-level lens (3),Not sharp at 300 (3),Not the sharpest or most durable nikon lens (3),Plastic mount (3),Plastique (3),Poor lowlight autofocus (3),Slow and soft at 300 mm (3),Blurry focus (3) View All
Best Uses:
Sports/action (191),Wildlife photos (123),Wildlife (119),Landscape/scenery (108),General purpose (94),Travel (77),Fun (64),Weddings (28),Landscape photography (25),Photojournalism (23),Portraits (23),Upgrade (20) Night photography (17),Macro photography (15),Art (14),Special effects (13),Shooting outdoors (13),Professional work (9),Landscapes (7),Action shots (5),Documentary (5),Back-up (4),Video (4),A good disposable lens to have in the field (3),Birds -- from tripod (3),Nice budget tele on trips (3),Waitin on a 18-200 (3),Wildlife photography (3),Close up filming (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (141),Photo enthusiast (99),Semi-pro photographer (44),Casual photographer (32),Semi-professional (24),Casual user (17),Beginner (12),Professional (11),Pro photographer (8),Tech savvy (6),Photography student (5),Parent (4) Technically challenged (4) View All

Nikon 70-300mm Features

  • Nikon's exclusive VRII technology minimizes the effects of camera shake, allowing photographers to shoot hand-held at as many as 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise bepossible, assuring dramatically sharper images in challenging shooting conditions. Normal and Active VR modes are available.
  • Construction features 17 elements in 12 groups with two ED glass elements to minimize chromatic aberration throughout the entire zoom range while ensuring high resolution and contrast.
  • A nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
  • The Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet autofocusing and smoothswitching between autofocus and manual operation. Two focus modes are available ? M/A and M.
  • The added compactness and constant lens length provided by an Internal Focus (IF) design means improved handling characteristics and the elimination of the rotation of the front lens element, facilitating the use of circular polarizing filters.
  • Picture angle is 34°20' - 8°10' with 35mm SLRs and 22°50' - 5°20' with Nikon DX format SLRs. (When used on a Nikon DX-format DSLR, the effective picture angle is similar to that of a 105-450mm lens on a 35mm film SLR.)

Nikon 70-300mm Specifications

Construction
12 Groups/ 17 Elements (1 ED)
Format Compatibility
Nikon FX/35mm Film / Nikon DX
Angle of view
34° 20'-8° 10'
F stop range
4.5-5.6
Closest Focusing Distance
4.9 ft.
Filter Size
67mm
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
3.1 x 5.6 in.
Weight
36.3 oz.

Nikon 70-300mm Reviews

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4.3

(based on 680 reviews)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (345)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (262)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (51)

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    (8)

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    (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great lens for action and nature!

I bought this lens because I could not afford the 70-200 and actually the lens is very good and you get the added 100mm. This lens is not heavy, focus is fast and is easy to use. I use it for architectural detail shots, landscape, nature and sports. The VR works as designed and is priced right!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not up to the Nikkor quality

This was the 2nd Nikkor lens I purchased just after its release. I gave it an average score because at the 300mm end this lens is not sharp enough. The weight is a bit too much. Over all the 70-200mm range is very good.

Reviewed by 680 customers

 
4.0

Great Lens

By

from Pasadena Texas  -  Casual Photographer

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...

By

from Martinsburg  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

By

from Spokane WA, UDS

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

By

from Alexandria, VA, USA

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

By

from Framingham, MA, USA

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

from Seattle, WA, USA

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

By

from San Diego, California

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.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Eagle eye

By

from Kensington, MD  -  Photo Enthusiast

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

from Las Vegas/Henderson NV  -  Photo Enthusiast

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!

 
5.0

Very good lense

By

from Cicero, In.  -  Casual Photographer

Bought this lens as a used item for use on a D-7100. Very good lens. Does just what I want it to.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
HAROLD D  great sports / granddaughter lens. great reach with fast focus.
Randolph J  is this lens compatible with the Nikon D3100?
CHRIS K  No.
Pedrito A  Can I used with The Nikon 810?
JEFFREY C  Short answer: YES. I originally purchased this lens for my D60. Last year I upgraded to a D610 and it works great. This lens is a "full frame" lens, it is NOT a DX lens. DX lenses were designed for APS-C cameras. When purchasing any NIKON lens, if there is no "DX" in the description or on the lens itself, that lens is a full frame lens. This is not to mean a "DX" lens will not work with your camera, it just means that your camera will automatically only use an "APS-C" sized portion of your sensor to capture the image. Which will degrade the great resolution you can capture. You can manually tell your camera to use the full sensor area and then you can crop out the "darkened" areas of the image in post processing. There are other lens manufacturers of lenses with NIKON mounts, but they have different designations for "DX and full frame" lenses. SO be very careful in your research on these type lenses. Another approach if you can find them is any post 1971 (not certain of the date) NIKON lens will work with your camera. The down side to these lenses is most if not all are fully manual lenses (you will have to set the F-stop, and manually focus the lens. The up-side is that if you can find them in good working order, they will be relatively inexpensive. I hope this helped.
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