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Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor SLR Camera Lens

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  • Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor SLR Camera Lens
  • Accepts 62mm filters
  • Count on genuine Nikon optics for outstanding picture quality
  • Compact and lightweight, this 4.3x autofocus zoom lens is ideal for candid shots, portraits, travel and sports photography
  • This is a G designated lens, not ED series. It is fully compatible with the F5, F100, N80, N65, N60, N50, N4004-series, PRONEA 6i, PRONEA S, D100 and D-series cameras, but not compatible with other Nikon cameras. For the F4, N90-series, N70, N8008-series and N6006 cameras, only programmed auto or shutter-priority auto exposure mode can be used. AF is not supported by D40,D40X, D60, D3000 & D5000 cameras.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 4.6 x 2.9 x 2.9 inches ; 15 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B00005Y3OM
  • Item model number: 1928
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (229 customer reviews)
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  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: June 11, 2002

Product Description

This high-power 4.3x telephoto zoom is a versatile and lightweight answer to bringing family action closer. Lightweight 4.3X Telephoto zoom lens for SLR cameras that set aperture from command dial on camera body. Ideal lens for candids, travel and sports photography. D-type design provides precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure process. New G-design enables apertures to be selected from select Nikon AF SLR camera bodies.

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Customer Reviews

I am still learning how to se my camera but this lens works wonderful for me! I can't wait for summer to get out and take pictures! Read more ›
This lens is a great deal! I am having so much fun with learning how to take better photos. Read more ›
I live in an area where all I have to do is step out on my front…The photos I'm getting from the factory refurb 55-300 lens are sharp and clean and I really am very happy. Read more ›
Bought it for my Nikon D5100. The lens is clear and sharp The zoom range is ideal for longer range nature photos. I personally have no problem with the manual focus. Read more ›
I decided to get serious and tried to take some real photos. This lens is AWESOME! Everything I took a picture of looked like it came from a magazine. Read more ›
Recommendations? The 70-300 4-5.6 VR lens is quite good. It's somewhere around $600, but it's worth saving for. Read more ›
I've been playing with my new lens 70-300 mm Nikon and pictures are great and clear. I'm happy with my purchase. Read more ›
picture quality was great, I wouldn't expect anything less from Nikon, however I sold it almost as soon as I got it because it did not auto focus with my D5000. Seller was… Read more ›
You will not be disappointed. Picture quality is very good. By the way, I have Nikon D90. Read more ›
this lens is not VR, but for the price, the quality is awesome. I'm an ameture just getting started and this has really made a difference in my pictures. Read more ›
These are my first Telephoto lens, I don't like optical quality of pictures are not sharp, with some cromatical aberration and it's noisy. Good autofocus. Read more ›
I wanted a "long" lens to take…If you use a tripod (or a beanbag over a car window)and keep the settings on f8 or even better at f11, the pictures are remarkably sharp. T… Read more ›
But it fails to specify that only manual focus is possible for all Nikon SLR. Fortunately the price is very reasonable. I don't mind to use manual focus after all. Read more ›
The price is good for the lense, but it is NOT an AF lense like the seller says it is. I've got a Nikon D3100 and I was EXTREMELY upset when I realized that it was not Auto… Read more ›
The product is super good, looks and works awesome, was a birthday present for my son who loves photography, he was very happy with the surprise, and the price was very… Read more ›
Great lense! Great price! For those complaining that the lense doesn't autofocus maybe you should just shelf your camera because obviously you're not a photographer Read more ›
Good lens, good price. Just no auto focus, but worth the cost. Read more ›
LOVE IT>....great for the price. Well packaged and great for the price. IT is a manual lens...so you have to do the work. Read more ›
It is not the best lens for indoor pictures. The zoom works so well. Read more ›
Auto focus can be a little noisy and may tend to hunt before locking in. Manual focus and zoom operation is very smooth and feels right. Read more ›
The actual zoom level is very good - I don't know the exact magnification level, but it is as much as you could want if you don't have the camera mounted on a tripod. The… Read more ›
It took fantastic, clear and…This is a great lens for the value and I would recommend it to anyone who is looking for a good zoom without paying the big prices. Read more ›
First lens I bought for my DSLR, which came with the 18-55 lens. Great for zooming in, and fun to work with the manual focus. Very pleased, reasonably priced, came new in… Read more ›
This lens is great for the money and I like how easy it zooms in on the birds in the nests Read more ›
Used it with my d80, had no problems. Auto focus is great for action photos at 300mm. Read more ›
While my camera does not have an autofocus motor to interface with the AF mechanism of this lens, manual focusing is smooth and reasonably precise, especially considering… Read more ›
It has been my only clinker lens. The 2197 version is twice the price, but it does auto-focus and the focus is much sharper. I've seen this in larger stores for $200 used. Read more ›
when I order this I said it…I am liking it, and I think I am going to love it and take many good photos.....its light, focus work well and short and long range was descend. Read more ›
I don't think I need to repeat the great reviews on this item but I can tell you that it…The auto focus is pretty fast even at low light unlike some of the comments I saw. Read more ›
I shoot wildlife and nature. Autofocus is fast and solid. Focus ring is smooth, zoom ring has one snug spot. Read more ›
Affordable lens that is easy to use and produces really amazing pictures. Durable product. Read more ›
Light, easy to use, crisp images, what's not to like? Nikon lenses are and always have been top of the line in this industry. Read more ›
I have used it several times on my Nikon D90 camera, and it really reaches out there and gets…Is very easy to use, works seamlessly with my camera, exactly as I'd hoped. Read more ›
This is a light weight lens that is easy to use and gives great results. I also have a Nikor 70-300 D that is supposed to be far superior to the G lens (and costs a lot… Read more ›
It's my fault really. It is a great lens for manual use. Read more ›
When the variator (zoom control) is turned, the front…Color and clarity are frankly amazing and it's quite sharp throughout its range; surprisingly so for it's $150 price. Read more ›
This lens has excellent clarity and optics. I am the director of the Nicholas Copernicus Observatory at the University of Miami and I have extensive expierence in optics. Read more ›
There is a more expensive version…I highly recomend that lens if you are a professional who needs perfect clarity on sunny days for nature photography at the 300mm length. Read more ›
The 300mm is good for getting close up with the surfers…The colors are crisp and this lense seems to be a little sharper than the 28-80mm Nikkor that came with my D50. Read more ›
To be…In the right hands, this lens will produce simply stunning images; sharp and clear with very good color and contrast...but you have to know what you're doing. I… Read more ›
I wasn't expecting a whole lot, but I…The sharpness and colors are significantly better than another Cheap lens at 70-210mm (can't remember the brand, it was an off-brand). Read more ›
It focuses fast and accurate, lightweight and…I don't think that if you're looking for a good, inexpensive model of an all-around lens, you can't go wrong with this choice. Read more ›
Tried this lens, but it was soft to the point of being out of focus, felt flimsy (very light plastic), and even in the brightest outdoor setting agonizingly slow to focus… Read more ›
So while the lens was new and the size specified, my complaint is that the description misleads you into thinking that this is a fully autofocus lens compatible and fully… Read more ›
I sat here at my Powerbook and did a ton of research on a lot of lenses before choosing the Nikon 70-300 lens. I chose it because it gives great performance. Read more ›
Have used it at a dog show to take great photos, movement and across the ring shots, and taken some good ones at performance events, just have to work out the focusing with… Read more ›
the reason I've given it 4 stars, not for quality or performance, which are great, but only because they've failed to mention, anywhere, that this lens does not support AF… Read more ›
I wouldn't call this…It's ideal to get up and close to the action and fairly light to hold; this make it easier to hold and compose longer without your arms getting tired. Read more ›
Bought it to use with my D50 at my son's soccor games and for wildlife, and have…In daylight, it is plenty fast enough to hand hold, and inconspicuously compact at that. Read more ›
Lens feels cheap and plasticy, but has not fallen apart in any…If you're going to carry a telephoto lens all over place like I do, the lightweight build is a good thing! Read more ›
In short, for a little over $100 you are getting a genuine Nikon-designed (but made in China) lens with excellent optics, a long zoom range, fast autofocusing in bright… Read more ›

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

547 of 561 people found the following review helpful By R. Rosener VINE VOICE on September 6, 2004
First off, let me tell you that this lens only works fully with the latest Nikon SLRs because it has no aperture ring to set f/stops. You must do that electronically using a D100, D2H, D70, N80, N75, F5 or F100. However, Nikon does provide a nice compatibility chart telling you how to use this lens on older Nikon cameras. So you can use this lens on S and P modes with the N90s, N8008s, N 6000, and N4004. This backward compatibility of lenses and bodies is one of the strongest points of the Nikon system. Even a 24 year old lens can be used with a new Digital SLR, to some extent.

The lens is very light for it's zoom range. It has a reasonably substantial feel, unlike some of the Sigma lenses I've used. It's made of polycarbonate, which is the same stuff the F117 Stealth fighter is made from.

If you shoot lots of portraits, this is the lens to get. The telephoto allows you to throw the background out of focus with relative ease. The lens has a 9 bladed iris, so out of focus elements are rendered in very subtle and beautiful forms. The Japanese call this "Bokeh" and much has been written about it. It's very nice that the Nikon engineers took this aesthetic principal into account when designing this economy lens. Once again, Nikon proves to be a design driven company.

The zoom ring has a nice feel with good manual dampening. Zooming is precise with no "slop" or wobble. Manual focus is about average for a lens of this caliber. It's possible, but no great joy. Since I'm used to the silky feel of Nikon's old AIS lenses, I doubt anything could rate higher. Autofocus for this lens is much better, and seems to be quick and precise. About the only time it balked was when shooting delicate cloudscapes.
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616 of 637 people found the following review helpful By TONY HB on June 17, 2010
Please note this lens AutoFocus system is not compatible with NIKON D40, NIKON D60, NIKON D3000, and Nikon D5000.
This lens will fit above models, the focus system will only work manually.

This lens is Compatible with NIKON D50, NIKON D70, NIKON D80, NIKON D90, NIKON D200, NIKON D300. The Autofocus system will work on those models.
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295 of 305 people found the following review helpful By Gadgester HALL OF FAME on January 5, 2005
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Weighing in at about 15 oz., this Nikkor AF zoom lens is a lot of bang for the buck. The zoom range is 70-300mm; if you use a Nikon digital SLR like my D70, the effective range is 106-456mm due to the 1.5x crop factor. 300mm or 450mm, this is a very powerful zoom lens for relatively little money.

The maximum aperture of the lens is f4 at 70mm and one stop slower at f5.6 at 300mm. These are of course slower than more expensive Nikkor's which can go to f2.8, but for that you'd be shelling out many times more money. For most outdoor daylight photos as well as well-lit portraits, this lens does the job. At f5.6 and 300mm, you'll get a nice shallow depth of field that will give you that "professional" portrait you've been looking for. Just make sure you use a tripod.

This Nikkor sports excellent optics (despite not being an ED -- see below), and is a full auto-focus lens when mounted on Nikon SLRs that can do AF on G-type lenses. To switch into manual focus on one of these cameras, be sure to set the focus switch on the camera body to M (manual) first, before engaging the focus ring. Because this is *not* an AF-S (S for silence) lens, it does not have the "ultrasonic" built-in motor and is completely driven by the camera, that's why you want to set the focus mode switch on the camera to M before turning the focus ring.

Because this is not an AF-S lens, it's noisy when hunting for focus. Being an economics lens, it focuses pretty fast when there's plenty of light, but in low light situations, it can "hunt" for focus for a long time. In fact, where there's little light, you'll need to half-press the shutter button several times before the lens autofocuses properly; and don't be surprised if you have to switch to manual focus.
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119 of 122 people found the following review helpful By Sidarta Tanu TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on January 9, 2009
First, I'm giving this 70-300mm lens a 5 stars rating partly because the price is inexpensive (which is good in my opinion). Usually you get what you paid for, however in this case you get much more than what you paid for.

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 by any means unless you already have those alternative and more expensive zoom lenses that I mentioned above.

1. Inexpensive
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

1. Plasticy build and looks cheap (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/1.8 AF-D prime lens for $100 or less (equivalent of 75mm if used with DSLR which is very good for portrait and semi-zoom). This is a very fast lens and works extremly well in low light situation even without using flash. This lens will complement your 70-300mm lens very very well.

Happy photographing!

Sidarta Tanu
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