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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 Image Stabilization; Tripod Detection Mode, Focal Length Range : 55 -300 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 4.6 ft.( 1.4 m)
- HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element
- 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements.Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
- Lens Cap:Snap-on
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A View from Afar Super-Telephoto Capability in a Compact Lens
The compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, with its High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element and 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, lets you easily capture far off images, bringing all the action up close. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture.
Advanced Performance Nikon Technology for Stunning Photos
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR continues Nikon’s tradition of advancing imaging technology. In addition to VR II image stabilization, it features some of Nikon’s latest lens technologies: Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for precise, fast, ultra-quiet autofocus operation, Super Integrated Coating (SIC) for enhanced performance in low-light and minimizing ghosting and flare, Tripod Detection Mode for reducing vibrations during tripod shooting and more.
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor, which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
HRI stands for High Refractive Index Lens. With a refractive index of more than 2.0, one HRI lens can offer effects equivalent to those obtained with several normal glass elements and can compensate for both field curvature and spherical aberrations. Therefore, HRI lenses achieve great optical performance in an even more compact body.
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F||Nikon F (FX)||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micromotor||Micro-type ultrasonic||auto-focus||Screw drive from camera||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||4.84 x 3.03 x 3.03 in||4.61 x 3.03 x 3.03 in||3.27 x 2.8 x 2.8 in||3 x 5 x 3 in||4.61 x 2.91 x 2.91 in||3.94 x 2.87 x 2.87 in|
|Item Weight||1.28 lbs||0.96 lb||0.66 lb||0.99 lb||0.94 lb||0.74 lb|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Telephoto||Zoom lens||zoom||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||200 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters||200 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||70 millimeters||55 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters||55 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||62 millimeters||55 millimeters||—||62 millimeters||52 millimeters|
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens from Nikon is a compact 5.5x zoom F-mount lens for DX-format DSLR cameras. It's equivalent to 82.5-450mm in the 35mm format. This lens is a versatile choice for travel, landscapes, portraits, and distant subjects. The lens focuses to 4.6' at every focal length and features the Silent Wave Motor for smooth and virtually silent AF action.
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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-Useable Focal Length
-Mid Range Light Speed
-Loss in Sharpness
But now on to the real review...
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. The lens is compact for a 300mm and it's lighter than my AF-S DX 18-200mm which I use as my regular walk-around. I'm sure the new 55-300 will be used as my walk around pretty frequently also.
All in all for an APS-C lens, Nikon did a great job with this one - especially for the price. It's a welcome addition to the DX line and I'm really glad I have one in my gear bag.
The manual focus is inelegant but still useful for some landscape and astrophotography applications. Autofocus is nearly always spot on, especially if you understand what your viewfinder is showing you about the points it's looking at. I use all the Program, Shutter/Aperture priority and Manual modes as I usually like to set my own preferences based on the shot. One nifty feature I wasn't expecting: When in P mode, you can set the body to "read" the current focal length and it automatically adjusts the shutter speed (and consequently aperture) to minimize camera shake. Great if you're in a rapidly changing situation.
With this and the sweet little 18-55 VRII, I'm done. My bag is full, and I am happy.
Update 08/09: I've added a sample from perhaps 200 feet. Edited in ViewNX2 and compressed for upload.