Nikon - AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens - Black

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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Overall Customer Rating:
98% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (313 out of 320)

Features


Compatible with a variety of Nikon DSLR cameras

Works with any Nikon FX or DX-format DSLR camera with an F-bayonet mount. Also compatible with most Nikon 35mm SLR cameras.

Telephoto zoom lens provides detailed photos from a distance

Throw backgrounds out of focus, grab detail and capture vivid close-up shots of distant subjects.

70–300mm focal length

This versatile, long-range zoom lens covers a broad range, enabling you to capture the perfect image from various distances.

f/4.5–5.6 aperture

Provides clear landscape images and beautiful distance shots even in the shade and on cloudy days.

Vibration Reduction II image stabilization

Allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to 2.5 stops slower without image blur. Ensures dramatically sharp still images and HD video capture, even for handheld shooting.

SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensures smooth, precise focusing

Utilizes ultrasound vibrations to focus the lens, resulting in smooth, silent and precise autofocusing.

ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass for superior image quality

Effectively corrects chromatic aberration for optimum lens performance.

M/A focusing mode

Allows you to switch from manual to automatic with virtually no lag time, by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.

Internal Focus for fast, smooth autofocusing

Allows for a more compact, lightweight construction and a closer focusing distance without changes in the lens barrel length.

Advanced lens coating for improved optics

Nikon Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare and ensures consistent color balance for true-to-life images.

4.9' minimum focusing distance

Accommodates 67mm filters

Compatible with screw-on filter types.

Accessories included

Comes with a hood, lens cap (front and rear) and case.


Overall customer rating

Rating: 4.8 out of 5 stars with 320 reviews

98%of customers would recommend this to a friend

Pros

Cons

  • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

    Lens is Okay, but there's a Better Way

    Posted
    Nikon4MN
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

    This was my first medium super-telephoto lens and I've learned a lot since buying it. My goal at the time I purchased this lens was to use it in tandem with my 18-200mm. What I should have done was either kept the 18-200mm and purchased the 55-300mm instead (and saved at least $100) or spent an extra $100-$150 and purchased the 18-300mm instead, thereby also replacing two lenses with one in my bag. Hindsight is 20/20, though, so here's what I can tell you about the 70-300mm. It is sharp at low to medium lengths. At about 230mm it begins to lose focus. This is in part due to my tendency to tremble a bit. It is a surprisingly heavy lens for its size. I don't use this lens as much as I should-- familiarity with lenses can often create comfort and promote skill, and I should take my own advice. Since the lens is a 4.5-5.6G pictures are often darker than if shooting with a 3.5-5.6G. This is something to be aware of when lighting conditions are changing. Post-production can help: don't be afraid to use it. My goal with this lens was to get closer to whales and birds. Birds are a bit blurry, though this is partly due to the natural tendency of birds-- especially the little ones-- to always keep moving. I'm saving my pennies for the new 80-400mm, but at more than $2,300 it is a huge jump in price from this model. A difference in quality is expected. Bottom line: skip the 70-300mm... if you need the range and can't go to an 80-400mm or 150-600mm, choose the 55-300mm for less money, or the 18-300mm for more money and eliminate the need for the 18-200mm in the process.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Pricey... but worth the price

    Posted
    IveFallenAndCantGetUp

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great Lens

    Posted
    scoad

    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!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Super Lens! Amazing pictures for the price!

    Posted
    Bluesfool

    I bought this lens from Best Buy based on all of the other reviews, and I am not disapointed with it at all. I took it in the backyard, and shot some pictures of birds in my neighbors yard, and some squirels running down the fence. it was mid-day and there was good lighting. The pictures came out awesome. BTW using the lens on a D-60. Later that night I took the lens to a High School Football game and in the first half, the sun was still up and the pictures were once again awesome. I was very pleased. After the sun went down the lens slowed down considerably and even with the SB-600 flash there was still blurriness. But, i knew this going into the deal. I took it to a skateboard park over the weekend and shot 150 pictures with it, and 130 of them were keepers. The images are very clear, sharp, and the colors are amazing. I review the images on an HP w2408h monitor. when the lighting is good, you can't beat the lens. The price is amazingly low for the quality. i have no issues with lens creep either. focuses fast, and quietly. i don't find it too heavy or anything else. I'm taking it to a kids soccer game on Saturday and expect to be thrilled once again. I don't know if i'm being fair only giving it 4 stars for image quality. But the light has to be right otherwise it suffers.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 1 out of 5 stars

    THIS LENS IS A MISTAKE

    Posted
    GIZMO69

    People who buy lens like this especially for an APS-C camera which includes all of the DSLR cameras short of the really expensive ones like the Nikon D700 or Nikon D3 with full size detectors the size of 35 mm film (24x36 mm) or comparable cameras from the Canon line, starting at $3,000 body only street price, considerably less on the street, are IMO sadly misinformed and really missing the boat. IMO one should buy for cameras in this class Nikon D90 (APS-C) should buy something like the Nikon 18-200 with VR or something like the Tamron 18-200, Tamron 18-250 or the Tamron 18-270, the 18-270 being the only one with VR. First of all a 70-300 lens like this suffers from a narrow field of view even on camera with a full size detector like the D700 and much much worse on something like the Nikon D90. Just look at the 35 mm equivalent focal lengths of 105-450 mm and the near focal distance of 4.9 feet, on an APS-C camera. Wide angle is worth much more than long telephoto any day of the week. With something like the lens I have mentioned above starting at 18 mm focal length, one has a near focus distance of about 18 inches and still has the ability to reach out in zoom. An 18 mm focus lens on the D90 gives a nice 75 degree field of view which is invaluable for shooting things including people in close. Sure one can buy an 18-55 lens to complement this lens but the real truth that one winds up using only the lens that is on the camera at the time and typically only one all day long. I have lots of lens sitting on the shelf and the only one I ever use on my Nikon D700 is the Tamron 28-300 and occasionally a 20-35 lens when I want something like a 90% field of view. I have a 75-300 which I have not used for a very long time. For my Nikon D200 which is my backup I used a Tamron 28-300 without VR which I happened to have around but bought the Tamron 18-200 when it became available for the wider field of view and the near focus of 18 inches in comparison to the 32 inches on the older Tamron 28-300. I want to make clear that the newer Tamron 28-300 lenses focus at 18 inches. For a camera with a full size detector like the D700 I would recommend the Tamron 28-300 with VR, about $600 street. Using a lens like this 70-300 and then bragging on it marks one as somebody sadly misinformed.

    No, I would not recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great value for a high power zoom lens.

    Posted
    Eyeflick

    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.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice All Around Zoom Lens

    Posted
    WesternSky
    • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member
    • Top 25 ContributorTop 25 Contributor

    Lens is currently being used on a Nikon D7000. I have extensively used this lens over a 2 year period. I have taken and used this lens in Montana such as Glacier National Park, the Everglades in South Florida, etc. The lens performs perfectly. The lens is very easy to use and the auto focus is very quick. Note: The auto focus almost always finds the target, but when trying to photograph birds in flight at great distances, the lens needs a bit more focusing time. This is to be expected and when you finally download that particular picture, you will probably get rid of it as the distance of the bird is really far away. I would say that this is no fault of the lens. The quality of the lens in general is quite good. The lens has a nice solid feeling and does not weight your camera down. Some shots are softer than others but as a general rule this is a great lens to purchase. This lens is definitely a winner. Purchase it.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very fast focusing

    Posted
    D5100User

    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).

    I would recommend this to a friend



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