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Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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  • 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture for Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes effects of camera shake to produce sharper images
  • 2 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements delivers super contrast and resolution performance
  • Internal Focus (IF) system provides fast and quiet autofocusing; 4.9-feet close focus range
  • Measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 5.6 inches long; weighs 26.3 ounces; 5-year warranty

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 144 x 80 x 3.1 inches ; 1.6 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 3 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
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  • ASIN: B000HJPK2C
  • Item model number: 2161
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (406 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

Product Description

L3)NIKON 70-300MM F4-5.6G Vr (2161)

From the Manufacturer

This high-power, high-performance 4.3x telephoto zoom with VR image stabilization lens allows better hand-held telephoto shooting ED glass.

  • High-power 4.3x Telephoto Zoom-Nikkor lens approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on 35mm SLR
  • Two Nikon Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements deliver superior optical performance for both digital and 35mm photography. ED glass minimizes chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance
  • Focus as close as 4.9 ft throughout entire zoom range
  • A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet auto focusing, along with quick switching between auto focus and manual operation (M/A and M)
  • 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
  • Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range
  • Non-rotating front element provides for convenient use of circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System
  • A nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural

Customer Questions & Answers

Customer Reviews

Takes great shots.
H. K.
Compared to the 18-200mm VR the 70-300mm VR is much sharper and more contrasty at the 200mm end.
David Woeltjen
The build quality of this lens is good.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

857 of 888 people found the following review helpful By Jeffrey Bower on February 23, 2007
After exhaustive research on many lens, I finally decided to plunk down the $500+ (at the time this was written) to purchase this lens. It may not be the best on the market but it compliments my Nikon 18-70mm DX lens nicely. I was looking towards Nikon's 18-200mm DX lens, however; the price pushed me to choose this one (as it was nearly half the price and my two lens can nearly cover all the range of the one 18-200mm).


build quality is cheap yet sturdy... the plastic is a little chinky but cuts down on the weight. My Nikon D200 has no problem handling the lens weight, however; I have heard (unconfirmed) reports that this lens is a little heavy for the lighter cameras (D80, D70, D40, ETC). The Ring Connector is metal and has a rubber gasket on the outside so as to provide minor protection (for the lens mount) from the elements.

You also have to keep this in mind, when discussing weight, quality & price; the bulk of the price of this lens is going into the glass elements (all 17 elements of them). It gets expensive when you place that many high-quality optics into a tube. I'm really not that surprised a the price, although $400 price-range would probably be more suitable for this lens


Focusing can be quite fast... at times. You'll find, at the Max 300mm focal range, that the lens has a pretty hard time auto-focusing in on a subject. At times it would focus pretty quick, at the 300mm range, while at others it cannot focus at all. You can get around this quirk by bringing the subject into near focus (manually) then letting the auto-focus take over; it works every time. I find this focus problem disappointing especially given the price of this lens.
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523 of 543 people found the following review helpful By Glenn Carpenter on February 20, 2009
Never has my opinion of a lens changed so dramatically or so quickly as in the case of this 70-300mm VR from Nikon. My first copy, owned about a year ago, was utterly mediocre in nearly every way. It was fuzzy at 300mm, no better than reasonably sharp under 200mm, gave nice colors and decent focus performance but was no fun to use thanks to its sticky zoom ring and "hidden" focus ring.

I reviewed that lens, giving it three stars, warning that it was likely a below-average copy but that buyers should be aware that variations exist and to be sure to test a lens like this before purchase.

With that bit of history, the performance of my second copy of this lens, purchased a few weeks ago now, has stunned me. It has prompted me to sell my 80-400mm VR zoom (also an excellent lens, but less sharp, heavier and much more expensive) and has matched in most ways the performance of various pro Nikon zooms I've owned. Even at 300mm, where it is weakest, it equals at f/5.6 the sharpness of the Nikon 300mm f/4 AF at f/4, while improving on that lens' color rendition and thus exceeding it in terms of overall image quality at all apertures.

How's that for an encore?

I've had no choice but to radically alter my review. (Reader comments below as of today (1/28/10), apply to the first (three star) version of the review, and the caution that one must be aware of sample variability is as important as ever). I've decided to re-write my review based solely on the performance of my second sample, under the assumption that the second sample is representative and the first not.

The lens still has some "handling" issues that stem from its nature as a consumer-oriented lens, and it is still a "slow" lens, with a maximum aperture of f/4.5 - f/5.6 - although f/5.
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78 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Frank H on January 23, 2007
I needed more reach than I have with my 18-200 VR, and was

not able to obtain the 80-400VR, so I got this lens thinking

I could get rid of it if I didn't like it. I am very happy

that I did!

I am extremely impressed with this lens. It appears to me

that the VR is actually better than on my 18-200VR. The lens

has superior balance, size and weight for handheld nature

photography. Lens flare (when I could get it to appear) was

acceptable, the contrast is tremendous, and the bokeh was

quite pleasant. Auto-focus is very accurate and quick. In

addition, the lens was extraordinarily sharp all the way

to 300mm.
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185 of 198 people found the following review helpful By Tom Cat on December 21, 2006
I am very impressed with this lens. It is wonderfully sharp. The auto focus can hunt slightly in dimmer conditions but you would probably expect this with a 4.5 lense. Don't let this stop you at all. I would by it all over again for sure. By the way, I bought mine from ritz camera (.com) on Sunday and delivered on Thurs. (I paid $504 due to the $25 off for using paypal plus free shipping and no tax). Many photos are better than my 18-200mm VR lens. I'm so glad I bought this as the extra reach is going to help me out on the softball field where my 200mm was just short. One other thing I noticed was it is slightly noisier than my 18-200mm VR (but not terribly much more). It is enough to notice, but no show stopper. Your going to love the photos you get from this. I'm thrilled to have it and now be in the 300mm range. What a keeper. I plan to keep both my 18-200 and my 70-300. Mine comes with a 5 year warranty directly from Nikon.
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