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Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED Auto Focus Nikkor SLR Camera Lens

by Nikon
35 customer reviews
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  • High-powered 4.3x telephoto zoom lens with a rotating zoom ring and ED glass
  • AI-type manual-focus Nikon SLR
  • Minimum focus distance of 5 feet
  • Attachment/filter size of 62mm
  • Lens includes HB-15 hood, 62mm lens cap, rear cap
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Product Description

Product Description

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED AF Zoom-Nikkor Lens is a superb optical instrument that's compatible with virtually every Nikon camera working today; and, of course, virtually every Nikon camera that wasn't run over by a steamroller is being used by someone, somewhere, today! Dimensions - 2.9 Diameter x 4.6 Length Weight - 18.2 ounces Includes Front and Rear lens caps, Nikon HB-15 Lens Hood Optional Case - Nikon CL-72

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The Nikon Autofocus 70-300mm f4-5.6D is a high-powered 4.3x telephoto zoom lens with a rotating zoom ring and ED glass for high resolution and high contrast even at maximum apertures.

The D-type 70-300mm lens' ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass overcomes chromatic aberration and keeps light of various wavelengths focused at the same point. This results in a sharper, more contrasty image.It will autofocus only with cameras that have an autofocus motor such as D70, D7000. It will not autofocus with cameras like D40, D60, D3000/3001, D5000/D5001.

Nikon D-type lenses transmit subject-to-camera distance information to the camera. The camera uses this distance information to refine its exposure calculations. The D-type lenses are necessary for many newer Nikon cameras to activate 3D Matrix Metering.


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 4.6 x 4.6 inches ; 1.8 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 1.7 pounds
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
  • International Shipping: This item is not eligible for international shipping. Learn More
  • ASIN: B00005LENR
  • Item model number: BP-512
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (35 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: July 7, 2004

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Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

53 of 54 people found the following review helpful By Sidarta Tanu TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on October 10, 2006
First, I'm giving this 70-300mm lens a 5 stars rating partly because the price is quite attractive especially the used ones (the G version of the lens is even more cheaper and picture quality isn't too much different with this ED glass version in my opinion).

If your primary objective is to take pictures in low light situation such as wedding and concert, then get the 80-200mm f/2.8 or the 70-200mm VR f/2.8 instead.

Get this lens (or it's cheaper brother the 70-300mm G) by any means unless you already have those alternative and more expensive zoom lenses that I mentioned above.

Pros:
1. Inexpensive (with the VR version is released, many will sell this one)
2. You can get up close and personal (300mm which is equivalent to 450mm if you attach it to a DSLR)
3. Very sharp and fast in bright light situation (outdoor etc), though it gets a bit softer as you get closer to the 300mm
4. Very light
5. Bokeh is suprisingly good
6. Great for portrait
7. ED glass for better contrast and picture quality
8. Metal mount

Cons:
1. Though more solid build than the 70-300mm G version, the external part of this lens is still made from plastic. (but I don't think you should care on this)
2. Very bad on low light situation especially if the object is moving/sports photography, but still works fine for long exposure with tripod like photographing fireworks or night light building/city/car lights.
3. Focus seems to be slower on low light situation (focus hunting a bit more)

Bottom line: this lens loves a lot of light.

If you give this lens a lot of light, it will take good care of you.

Last but not least, after you get this lens, go and buy the nikon 50mm f/1.
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75 of 80 people found the following review helpful By Pablo Bridges on September 7, 2005
I used this lens for about a year with both film and digital. In general, it's a decent lens for the price. Even though it's ED (extralow dispersion), I do get purple fringing on high-contrast subjects at long (telephoto) zoom. Since I do wild bird photography, this would show up as purplish bird beaks and twigs against a bright sky. Annoying. On the other hand, it has produced some excellent portraits and even wildlife photos where contrast wasn't excessive.

Doing a side-by-side test w/ the help of a camera store and a D70, I compared this lens to both 80-400/5.6 VR (nikon) and Tamron 200-500/6.3. All three were "good", but the Nikon VR was sharpest (Tamron roughly similar to ED), and also lost the least contrast (Tamron somewhere in the middle, ED worst), and the ED and Tamron lenses both appeared to kill color very slightly (not a big deal). Only the ED showed purple fringe w/ high contrast.

But although the 70-300 ED wasn't stellar in these tests, I still prefer it for backpacking due to the low weight and size (and robustness), and I rely on the 80-400 VR for serious wildlife photography where I can tolerate the weight/size in exchange for image stabilization and sharp optics.
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91 of 100 people found the following review helpful By Owen M. Hartnett on December 31, 2004
One thing about the otherwise excellent stock lens that comes with the D70 package is that the telephoto is not really very telephoto. At 70 mm you are just about at life size so you don't get much pull for distance, and if you're taking people pictures, you want something that will enhance faces more, and give you more flexibility when shooting things farther away. This is your lens. The picture quality is excellent and it picks up where the stock lens leaves off, so in combination with the two lenses, you're going from an 18mm to 300mm. Picture quality is excellent, what you'd expect in a Nikon lens in this price range. Cons: it's a large heavier lens, not even including the lens hood, and at f/4-5.6, you really need a good quantity of light for it. But if you're looking for a lens that will give you the magnification you find missing in the stock lens, then this is it. The price is very good for the quality you're getting.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful By Abraham Bensoussan on October 29, 2009
I almost did not buy this lens, influenced by the numerous negative reviews about it on the net. Fortunately for me, I opted not to listen to pixel-pickers, those who believe that a marginally "sharper" lens may make them better at photography, only to discover (to their dismay) that their images are not improving in correlation to their monetary outlay. Pixel-pickers waste their time pixel-picking, while photography artists spend their time creating images, making the best of their imagination and fascination with art, busy learning and discovering something new every day in the playful game of light with shadow. This is my first zoom lens, as I come from a background of excellent prime lenses, some numbered among the very best in the Nikkor range. Among them, legendary 24mm, 35mm, 50mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm - all fine, sharp lenses. I am accustomed and expect top quality images from my lenses. Even so, I am definitely not a pixel-picker - pixel-picking is relevant to lens designers, to improve lens design, not to photographic artists. I decided to try a broad-range zoom purely for convenience, expecting reduced quality from a zoom by definition, and therefore prepared to make only a rather modest investment for it. 70-300mm seemed perfect for convenience, and I bought the lens. To make a long story short, this lens was a revelation and a very pleasant surprise. Image quality for this lens, including bokeh, is much beyond expectations. Use it properly, and for what a 70-300mm zoom is designed for, and you will get excellent results. Want lovely sharp images at 300mm? use it on a tripod with a remote (for camera vibration) and at high shutter speed (for subject movement), focus manually, and tell everybody you used an expensive prime for your images - nobody will argue with you!Read more ›
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