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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, 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)
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|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|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|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||1.5 pounds|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micromotor||Screw drive from camera|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 4.84 x 3.03 in||2.8 x 3.27 x 2.8 in||3.03 x 4.61 x 3.03 in||2.91 x 4.61 x 2.91 in|
|Item Weight||1.28 lbs||0.66 lb||—||0.94 lb|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Telephoto||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||300 millimeters||200 millimeters||300 millimeters||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||70 millimeters||70 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||58 millimeters||55 millimeters||62 millimeters||62 millimeters|
F Mount Lens / DX Format 82.5-450mm (35mm Equivalent) Aperture Range: f/4.5 to 22 Two Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements One High Refractive Index Element Silent Wave Motor Auto Focus VR II Image Stabilization Super Integrated Coating (SIC) Minimum Focus Distance: 4.6' Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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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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.
I had thought about buying the Tamron 70-300 mm with VC after borrowing one from a friend, but truth be told.... I'm accustomed to where Nikon's switches are (got em' memorized, and that's helpful for spontaneous shots) vs. Tamron ( kind of awkward for me ) and I didn't want to pay $450 for a travel lens. It's extremely difficult to find the Tamron refurbished or used that isn't grey market. No thanks. I much rather buy from an authorized dealer any day, regardless of the manufacturer. I also prefer the style of hood that Nikon provides over the tulip style from Tamron. These things are the little details, but they add up when you're on the road and don't have time to fuss about your photography. This lens rocks and was so inexpensive, I had no guilt or reservations about buying it. It's hard enough for me to rationalize having a whole second set of camera equipment for traveling, but that has been a great decision, regardless, and this lens has a nice range for many types of photos. As usual, the Nikon VR is indispensable for shooting long range photos and does a spectacular job with this zoom. I have yet to notice any significant chromatic aberration.
For a little over $200 I got a refurbished Nikon lens that seems "better than new" from Cameta Camera. You really can't go wrong for the nice piece of glass you're getting at this price. I'm very happy & can't recommend this lens (or Cameta) highly enough!
-Useable Focal Length
-Mid Range Light Speed
-Loss in Sharpness
+ 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.
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