Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70–300mm f/4.5–5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens: Leave the tripod at home and create stunning still images and HD videos from any distance with this Nikon telephoto zoom lens. The versatile focal length allows you to capture intricately detailed photos of sports events, wildlife and distant scenery. Vibration reduction technology reduces blur caused by camera shake for crystal clear handheld photos and action shots.
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Posted by: scoad from: Raleigh on
I've had this lens almost a year now and love it. I performs well enough that it has replaced the 70-200 f2.8 as my long zoom of choice. If you use this in nearly any condition short of low light it performs well, focuses fast and gives outstanding images. Lenses like this are why I went to Nikon. If you shoot in low light a lot consider a pro lens with large aprature but if you are a normal user this lens delivers tack sharp images with or without the VR turned on. Those who have written the lens is "soft" need to work on their technique or grab a point and shoot because 300mm lenses don't get any sharper than this at any price. I know because I've shot many others. The photo of the robin nestlings was shot through a tiny opening in a hedge in deep shadow on autofocus with tricky backlighting and high ISO. That is great focus performance. It is easy to take pictures of long distance objects, blow it up and look at it but to get close and fill the frame with color and detail is the true test of a lens and this one just flat out works. Stop reading and buy it!
23 out of 23 found this review helpful.
Pricey... but worth the price
Posted by: IveFallenAndCantGetUp from: Minnesota on
I've had this lens now for 6 months (use it with my Nikon D5000) and am extremely satisfied with it. In particular I've used it at my kid's sporting events in addition to college and pro sporting events where everyone comments that they can't believe how good the pictures are.
It captures sharp images from a distance under good lighting conditions (daylight or good stadium lighting). I have many 16" x 20" photo prints framed on my wall in which I zoomed and cropped to get the desired image -- the image quality is great.
As far as use of the lens, the autofocus is quick, sharp, and accurate. The vibration reduction is also a major plus. The lens is relatively large but I've never felt that it was too heavy or unwieldy (I do not use a monopole or tripod when shooting).
If you want serious photos give consideration to investing in this lens. It is pricey but you will be very pleased with the results.
BTW, also be sure to check the camera policy with college and pro stadiums before bringing this with yo. Some have a policy against telephoto lenses.
40 out of 43 found this review helpful.
Very fast focusing
Posted by: D5100User from: Recife, Brazil on
Nice lens with very fast and sharp focus system. It's a little bit heavy, even with its exterior almost plastic. The mouting area is the only metallic part visible.
For a DX body (D5100) it was specially interesting because instead of 70-300, I got a 105-450 "superzoom" lens.
Unfortunatelly it has no macro option and, because of that, can't focus closer objects (minimum distance around 1 meter).
There is no "lock" button (at least I couldn't find one until now), but the focal length ring is a little bit "tight", which for me is enough.
If you ever need filters (I suggest at least a polarizer) be aware of the unusual 67mm diameter. You probably won't have suitable filters from other lenses.
As Nikon does with every lens, this product comes with a decent package: bag, hood and covers.
Just remember: This is an FX lens. It's originally designed for full frame bodies. If you have a DX now (like me with a D5100), you'll keep it when you upgrade to any full frame model (losing the 1.5x crop factor).
20 out of 20 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Alligam from: Virginia on
I have had a Nikon D50 for 4 years and have taken some great shots with the 18-55mm kit lens and the 55-200mm (non-VR) lens that I bought to shoot my kids' soccer, lacrosse, football, etc. games. I spent a lot of time researching the options available for an upgrade, and ended up choosing the 70-300mm VR over the the 55-300mm VRII based on a number of factors including lack of distortion, better build quality, and tack sharpness throughout the range of the zoom. In short, I have not been disappointed. This lens is much heavier than most of the DX-specific lenses I have tried. And for those of you who have not stepped up to a VR lens -- the difference is incredible. I had become accustomed to not being able to take sharp pictures at an indoor swim meet without a flash -- VR makes it so easy to take sharp pictures at 300mm on longer exposures that I don't think twice about taking the shot any more.
29 out of 29 found this review helpful.
A great upgrade from the typical kit lens
Posted by: Phillydxxx from: Middle America--The Plains on
I just purchased this gem yesterday. I've mounted it on my D7000. As soon as I looked throughout the viewfinder for the first time, I could see a distinct difference over the 18-105 mm kit lens that came with my D7000. This lens is extremely sharp and fast. It's longer and heavier than the 18-105, but the results are well worth the added weight and length. I also like the sturdiness of the lens. It's a much better built lens and even has metal mounting, instead of the plastic mounting that kit lenses contain. I've had several DSLR's and never upgraded to a better lens, until now. This is a great lens, and will be the perfect supplement to my Nikon 16-85 mm, which will be delivered tomorrow. I just ordered it. I feel that the range of these 2 lenses will cover most of my shooting needs, although I am considering a macro lens.
17 out of 17 found this review helpful.
A great lens to have!
Posted by: ErinG22 from: Portland, OR on
I'm just getting started in photography and don't have a whole lot of experience using a DSLR, but I've used this lens several times, and I've found it to be very easy to use, and the results have been excellent. It seems like it will be a vital piece of equipment to have and I'm very glad I got it. Also, it takes really excellent pictures with out using a tripod, I'm assuming thanks to the vibration reduction, which I'm incredibly glad it has, it makes using this lens that much more versatile and easy.
36 out of 38 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Armtek from: Littleton, CO on
PLS note that BestBuy does not do a good job in differentiating this lens from the DX-only 55-300mm zoom they offer at nearly $200 lower cost. The 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR is a 'full-size' lens, meaning the 70-300mm range is for a digital FX or 35mm film camera format. For a DX (like my D90 that I bought it with) this lens is the equivalent of a 105mm-450mm. Physically it is longer and slightly larger diameter overall, with more glass to fill up the full size frame, so filters are much larger (67mm, the same as the 18-105mm DX-only lens the D90 comes standard with). Optical and mechanical quality is better than the afore-mentioned 55-300 lens, and is more versatile as it'll fit more cameras.
61 out of 64 found this review helpful.
Great value for a high power zoom lens.
Posted by: Eyeflick from: LeClaire, IA on
This is a great lens for the money. It is solid and well built. I purchased it along with a D7000 DSLR that came with a 18-105mm DX kit lens. It has a fast auto focus. Great for action and sports. A feature I like is that the lens can be manually focused when set in the auto focus mode (A / M). It is not necessary to switch between auto focus and manual focus mode. It also has a focus distance indicator, which you won't find on the comparable 55-300mm DX zoom lens.
It is an FX lense, so it is also compatible with the larger FX sensor format. If you think you will ever upgrade to a FX format DSLR format camera this lens will be able to follow you.
If fast auto focus is not important and you don't plan on ever upgrading to an FX format DSLR format camera the 55-300mm DX zoom lens is a good economical alternative choice. The 55-300mm DX is also a good choice if it will be your only lens or only zoom lens because of the wider 55mm focal length at the lower end. I'm glad I chose the 70-300mm lens. It's a great value and with the kit lens that came with the D7000 I have coverage from 18mm to 300mm in just two lenses.
44 out of 49 found this review helpful.
Very nice lens
Posted by: Xave from: Chicago North Burbs on
Overall I really have enjoyed using this lens. The VR feature really makes a huge difference. I have heard the 80-400 mm seeks too much when focusing but I have not seen it with this lens. Beware its a bit heavy and you'll get tired lugging it around so be prepared. Otherwise I really have no complaints. The shot I have submitted was taken using this lens at 300mm ISO 200 at f 7.1. This was taken handheld on an overcast day. The detail of the nearest swan is superb on the original image. Have fun!
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Worth every penny of $589
Posted by: skaarj from: Round Rock, TX on
This lense does what it is suppose to...give decent hand held images at long focal lengths. It does have VR2 technology built in and therefore makes some noise when using it. I use this lense on my D7000 without any problems with field of view or weight. The included picture was taken hand held at 300mm focal length. Cropped down to size for easy transfer.