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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus for Nikon DSLR Cameras
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- 5.5x Telephoto Zoom lens,Filter Thread: 58 mm
- Nikon VR II Image Stabilization; Tripod Detection Mode
- HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element
- 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
- Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Devices||Nikon D3100|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-57|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||4 stops claimed|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 3.03 x 4.84 inches|
|Item Display Weight||530 grams|
|Item Weight||1.28 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.40 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||55 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 mm|
|Shipping Weight||2 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
Compact 5.5x DX-format telephoto zoom lens with High Refractive Index lens element. ED glass and VR II image stabilization is Ideal for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, dramatic sunsets, travel and more.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Highlights
Ideal for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, dramatic sunsets, travel and more. Angle of view equivalent to a focal length of 82.5 to 450mm in FX/35mm format D-SLR.
Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
Tripod Detection Mode
Reduces vibration that may occur due to shutter release when mounted on a tripod.
HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element
HRI lens element is essential to keeping the lens compact while offering high contrast even at maximum aperture.
2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Effectively minimizes chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduces flare.
Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.
What's in the box
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens, 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap, LF-1 Rear Lens Cap, HB-57 Snap-on Lens Hood, CL-1020 Lens Case and 1-Year Worldwide Limited Warranty, Plus 4- Years Complimentary Extended Service Coverage valid in the 50 United States, District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
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Top Customer Reviews
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This lens is fantastic - especially for $399. My first concern was whether it not it had a plastic or metal mount since some DX lenses in this price range have plastic. I even contacted Nikon and they couldn't (or wouldn't) tell me. Well, I was really pleased to see that it does have a metal mount. It has a nice solid feel to it. The zoom movement is smooth and I haven't had any problem with lens creep when I'm aiming it downward. Even when I point the camera downward and shake it, it won't creep.
I'm just beginning to get into testing it but my preliminary pictures are coming out nice - really nice. The sharpness is amazing and the lens produces a very nice bokeh. I posted the image of the dragonfly with the chicken wire background (see the customer uploads) Check out the detail in the wings. That shot says it all. It was HAND HELD and cranked all the way out to 300mm. The original image is great but a lot of the detail was lost with the upload to Amazon. But - none the less - it's still pretty sharp. The auto focus on this lens is fast, smooth, quiet and very accurate. It locked right in on the subject. It was set on aperture priority at f/8 1/500sec for the shot that I posted here (shot with a D-90).
The VR on this lens is great. The detail I get with hand-helds just amazes me. It has Nikon's VRII image stabilization and it even has a tripod detection mode that reduces any vibration from shutter release when it's on a tripod.
Colors are rendered accurately and the contrast is pretty sharp even at the max aperture.Read more ›
+ Excellent Image Quality
+ Solid build with metal mount
+ Significantly better in all ways than the Nikon 55-200mm VR
- Slight long (but that's expected for a telephoto like this)
I've owned (and subsequently got rid of) the Nikon 55-200mm and Sigma 18-250 OS. This lens beats them both significantly. The Sigma 18-250 OS was pretty nice when I needed to take only one lens with me, but that situation is rare.
I hardly shoot telephoto, but when I do, I'm glad I can turn to this new Nikon 55-300mm VRII lens. Low light focus hunts a little bit, but that's expected - and it's significantly better than the Sigma at equivalent low light.
This lens is much better than the older Nikon 55-200mm VR often sold as part of the kit. That lens feels like a toy with a plastic mount and cheap plastic feel. This lens has a much better build quality. Consequently, it's also more expensive.
If you're debating about the Nikon 55-200mm vs. this lens, I highly recommend you get this lens. I've been very happy with it.
Yes, this lens has a lot of plastic. This saves you a lot of weight and money. If you want it to be made of metal spend 3x as much buying a pro Nikon lens. Don't buy this one and then complain it feels cheap. The mount is metal which I believe is an upgrade over the 55-200mm Nikon.
Really can't complain here. Shooting at around f/6-f/8 has produced great images at any zoom. The colors are great, distortion is small and easily correctable, and are sharp.
The focus is pretty much silent and has been fast for me. I don't know if those who complain about slow focus or inability to focus just got a dud or what.
Has been a lifesaver. Trying to shoot this at 300mm handheld without VR isn't fun. I have been very impressed with how well this works and always have it on.
You can really reach out there with this thing (i guess a 450mm equiv will do that). One thing with my lens, when I first got it the zoom mechanism was a little sticky going from 200 to 300mm. One night I just sat with it on the couch and zoomed it in and out fully and now it's very smooth. If you experience this, just play with it for awhile and it'll loosen up.
One last thing I'll say. I hate when people give bad reviews to things based on unrealistic expectations. When they say that this lens is too slow and they can't shoot fast moving objects at night I just shake my head. This is an entry level lens. If you want a f/2.Read more ›
-Largest range of telephoto zooms
-Lightweight and small for a lens that extends to 300mm
-Solid build quality; metal lens mount
-Comes with 6-year warranty (US), hood, and soft case
-VR effectiveness is only 2 stops (insufficient for 300mm; see below)
Other telephoto lenses I've owned before include the Nikon 55-200mm VR, Nikon 70-300mm VR, Tamron 70-300mm VC, and a Canon 55-250mm IS (on a Canon 60D body). I found all to be solid performers in terms of image quality and auto-focus accuracy. The differences are in the trade-offs between size/weight, range, and effectiveness of stabilization (and of course price). Comparing the 5:
Nikon 55-200mm VR: the smallest/lightest of the bunch, it wins the prize for the lens that's least likely to draw attention to your camera. Its VR effectiveness is only 2 stops as well, but at 200mm this is not really a problem (shutter speed around 1/60 is usually sufficient to avoid camera shake).
Nikon 70-300mm VR: the most expensive of the bunch, this was the lens to get for faster AF and better VR until the Tamron stole its thunder. I compared the two side by side and don't find any compelling reason to buy the Nikon over the Tamron, except for slightly better build quality. The Tamron beats it for effectiveness of its VC.
Tamron 70-300mm VC: probably the best bang for the buck if you need 300mm. Like the Nikon 70-300, it's quite a large lens (especially with the hood attached) which makes it less ideal for candid people shots.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Quite a value when you package the purchase with the Nikon D3300. Nikon quality. Unbelievable closeups when coupled with the camera's play-back zoom.Published 1 day ago by D. R. Bittle
This lens works very well. Its not a low light lens, therefore it will struggle in low light conditions. Pictures are clear and lens... Read morePublished 1 day ago by Cedric HIcks
Love this it ....! Works really great! Perfect for what we needed!!Published 9 days ago by Linda M. Paz
Bought this as a used item. Couldn't tell it was used... looks and behaves as brand new.Published 11 days ago by Philip L. Whitehead
We have use this lens much more than I have thought we would. Great lens, able to take truly great, close up shots with it.Published 18 days ago by JGonzalez
I'd like to write a review based on the performance of this lenses but there's a lot of well educated people reviewing this so read there's I won't waste my time. Read morePublished 20 days ago by NB