Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55–300mm f/4.5–5.6G ED VR Telephoto Zoom Lens: Be ready for almost any shot with this Nikon telephoto zoom lens. Lightweight and versatile, this lens captures crisp images even from a distance, allowing you to take sports photos from the bleachers and extend your reach for landscape and wildlife photography. Vibration reduction technology smooths out images for blur-free panning and still photography.
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Just what I needed
Posted by: DaringJedi from: Pennsylvania on
I attended my brother's college graduation with just a 55mm lense that came with my Digital SLR camera and was extremely disappointed with the pictures I was able to take because I couldn't get close enough to the stage to take good shots. But with THIS 300mm puppy, I can zoom in to my heart's delight. It was easy to attach to my Nikon D5000 camera and the Vibration Reduction feature really helps as I zoom in (as any sniper can tell you, even the slightest "camera shake" is exaggerated the closer you zoom in to your target#, enabling me to take quick, clear shots of my subject from far away.
I have included a picture of a heron I was able to take while zoomed in with this lense, and as you might suspect with any wildlife, I was nowhere close to this animal when I took the picture. #Hopefully, all the detail of the picture is transferred as I upload it to this review website. It should be crystal clear)
39 out of 39 found this review helpful.
Posted by: kurtthephotographer from: massachusetts on
this lens i bought 3 weeks ago and it is amazing. the zoom is great and the autofocus and VR is unbelievable. i would recommend getting a 18-55 as well as this because it is hard to take close up "macro" pictures with a 55-300 from short distances. however, for sports pictures and such, this lens is a must buy.
193 out of 233 found this review helpful.
Great Zoom Lens
Posted by: SportsShooter1 from: on
I wanted to get a good zoom lens for my nikon D3000. I rented a 55-200mm lens and a 55-300mm lens. The 55-200mm lens worked great, but did not get me the distance that I wanted. The 55-300mm lens did the job for me. I love the fact that I can zoom in on wildlife and sports scenes with great clearity. I got the lens on sale which made a plus on the offerdability side and made the price difference between the 55-200 and the 55-300 closer. I would recommend spending the little extra money for the longer zoom. The 300mm took a little while to get the manual focus down when zoomed out all of the way. The auto focus is a little slow for sports action shots. I wish that it had a lower F stop, but who doesn't. When zooming out the lens sticks a little, but should get better the more it is used. The lens takes clear, quality pictures. The shots I got from a sports outing are great, especially considering that I was about 25 yards from the action. I am pleased with performance of the lens and would recommend this this to anyone who is looking into getting a zoom lens for the camera.
27 out of 28 found this review helpful.
Awesome everyday zoom lens
Posted by: r311beck from: PA on
I bought this lens a few months ago to use with my Nikon D5000 because I really love outdoor photography (wildlife) and the 18-55mm that came with the camera wasn't getting me close enough. At the same time, I didn't want to spend thousands of dollars on a professional lens. Being able to zoom to 300mm gets me plenty close enough in almost all situations and the autofocus is faster than I expected. The picture quality is crystal clear as you would expect with any Nikkor lens. This isn't an indoor lens - the aperture isn't tremendously fast - but is fantastic outdoors. I've used it for wildlife, sports, kids, long exposure, etc and have had great results; perfect add on to most kit lenses!
30 out of 32 found this review helpful.
Cheap with Excellent Pictures
Posted by: RommelS from: Houston on
Using the lens with my D7000, and it is a supurb cheap lens that comes with vibration reduction mode (VR) and provides excellent images.
However, its manual focus is not the best and autofocus is somewhat slow, nor it is the best use for sports photography. Those issues can be rectify by owning the 70-300mm; if it is within your budget, but it just boils down to what you are using your camera/lens for.
In addition, the focal point ring (barrel) will be stiff at first, but once you start using it more often, it will loosen up.
For people who are just getting into DSLR, this is telephoto zoom lens is a good start.
22 out of 24 found this review helpful.
Very good Zoom lens for the money
Posted by: zunl from: Northwest Indiana on
Did my reseach on this lens and read all the pros and cons on it. For the money this lens performs excellently! Its not a fast zoom lens and the price reflects that. I read the reviews stating to save your money and get a zoom that is faster. Well for me, the hobbyis,t I rather save my money buy this lens and a few others that I can have in my bag! I guess it really comes down to what you need.
20 out of 21 found this review helpful.
Posted by: cpwfoto from: Southeast Missouri on
I used this lens for a week and exchanged it for the 70-300mm VR. The focusing on the 55-300mm was just too slow for my use. The image quality is excellent but if you need a long lens for sports or moving subjects then spend the extra money for the 70-300mm.
13 out of 13 found this review helpful.
Good Value when on Sale!
Posted by: USAFCOMBATPHOTO from: BETHELHEM, PA on
This is a nice lens. Lots of plastic of course. I'm using on an old D70. Test it on a tripod and see which f stop is sharpest for you. Focusing is a bit slow and it hunts just a little. But what you are getting for the price is a pretty good value. You can spend a LOT more money and not really get much more in a lens of this type.
If you sell your work ... go for a higher end lens. If you just take nice pictures on a budget, you'll be very happy with this lens. Only real pros can see the difference.
Key is, find where it's sharpest and shoot "aperture priority".
15 out of 16 found this review helpful.
Great lens, steady pictures while zoomed in.
Posted by: Georgen71 from: Alaska on
I bought my wife a D3100 for Christmas, while boating she realized the 18-55 was not powerful enough. We went out during the Herring spawn and got some great whale pictures with the 55-300 lens. With a powerful flash you can take indoor pics but have to change the flash settings for each distance you shoot. I uploaded some whale and bald eagle pics we were able to get with this lens.
11 out of 11 found this review helpful.
LOVE this Lens!!
Posted by: LoveMyTech from: Annapolis MD on
I've had this lens for about 4 months now. I love it. I really have no complaints. I wanted to get that extra oomph for taking pictures of my daughter playing soccer. I felt the 18-55mm lens just was not getting me on the field like what i wanted. The 55-300mm lens gave me what i wanted. It's gets me 'on the field' with my daughter and i can actually see her face. It works the way i expect it to. The shutter is not obnoxiously loud. It's a little heavy and bulky but that's is something I've gotten used to. I almost got the 55-200mm but the sales woman showed me this and I fell in love. It gives me tat oopmh. She also helped me get a great price! I saved about $150!!