Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR User Reviews

Announced Aug 9, 2006 •
Telephoto zoom lens | Nikon F (FX) | 2161
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There are probably -- certainly -- lenses that will more satisfy pixel peepers. I know of no lens, though, that will more satisfy the photographer. The sheer zen of using it is remarkable. It is not too heavy, but it is heavy enough that carrying the camera by the lens feels fine. It is quick in use. It is for all practical purposes, plenty sharp. It is not fast; on the other hand, on a DX body at the long end it is a 450mm f5.6, which isn't bad, especially for those of us who grew up with ...

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meloury

Nikon D7000 , 70-300vr lens , f8 at 1/80th sec at 210mm Just bought the lens. Very happy with the quality! Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-300mm VR lens f7.1 at 1/160 sec , ISO 720 , 300mm Nikon D7000, Nikon 70-300mm VR, f7.1 at 1/160 sec, ISO 250, 300mm

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Jim Forever
 

this lens is a delight for budget users!! i have shot this indoors as well as widlife and it handles both the situation pretty well. the lens is a bit heavy when i use with my D600 bu the extra weight is soon forgotten by the handling. it focuses very quickly and it has very effective VR. a very good budget zoom lens till i can afford 70-200 or any fixed prime zooms from nikon:)

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Given the price, an excellent lens, very sharp even on FX, up to 200 or 240 mm. VR is outstanding: I have tracked birds in flight and obtained superb shots. As you get closer to 300, softness creeps in. I did get some sharp shots at 300, but everything had to be exactly correct, but still not as sharp as 200. A great, cheap way to get VR and 200-250. It loses a star because of performance at 300. Problems: None

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nunocm
 

Just great, combining this lens with my kit lens the 18-105mm. The bokeh is fantastic, a very fast focus, with very little distortion all over the focal range. Perfect to take photos of the kids, sports (i use this one for motorsports photos) and a lot of other events. Don't forget it's a DX lens compatible lens. Problems: The weight, but who cares?...

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4Motioner
 

I think this is a terrific tele zoom for general use! Very good picture quality, well made and quite cheap. The size is manageable even on DX, even with the lens hood attached. You can find my complete review of the lens here: http://juhoaj.blogspot.com/2012/03/nikon-70-300mm-f45-56g-af-s-if-ed-vr.html Problems: Too slow for sports

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thanasaki
 

My workhorse for street photography on APS sensors and even better on FF (Nikon D700). Amazing sharpness on short and longer focal lengths (70 - 230mm), a bit softer on the long end. Easy and accurate focus. Problems: Image stabilisation (VR in Nikon terms) occasionaly produces double images especially in APS sensors. Avoid engaging it at speeds from 1/250 to 1/60s. In slow speeds e.g 1/10s and lower , it works perfectly

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NorCalAl
 

This is the tele-zoom I bought moving from Canon to Nikon. While not a 100-400L by any means, it is a very good lens. I was very surprised, when first buying Nikon in 2008, how few pro lenses were available (at least updated pro lenses). It seemed many users accepted plastic lens barrels and variable apertures as high-quality. Coming from Canon L lenses almost exclusively, I found the change very difficult to understand. Now, three years later, there are quite a few new pro-level Nikkors and ...

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Jrme Verelst
 

I bought this lens as a replacement for my 18 - 200 with felt suddenly out of order (the autofocus was pumping). This lens is much better, since I also have a 12-24. The good point with this lens is the overall quality in the corners is much better at full aperture. It's still a light lens. I use it with the excellent D 7000. I also have the 10.5 fish eye. I would like to go back to the weight of FX lenses. Jérôme.

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pfeitosa
 

On DX, consider the 55-300mm for most uses, but for sports and fast objects: the 70-300 focuses much faster. Pretty good macro (use it to picture butterflies).But it could make good use of a collar tripod ring, which sadly doesn't exist not even as an optional. Pros: relatively compact (for a FX lens), and fast (for it's price). Cons: dark (f/5.6@300mm), and does not have a collar tripod ring, not even as an optional. You can find this lens for up to 30% less if you consider a refurbished one.

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