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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
- Internal Focus (IF) system provides fast and quiet autofocusing; 4.9-feet Minimum focus range, Focal Length Range : 70 -300 mm
- 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
- Measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 5.6 inches long; weighs 26.3 ounces; 5-year warranty
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-36|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (FX)|
|Focus Type||Ring-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||VR II, 4 stops claimed|
|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 3.15 x 5.67 inches|
|Item Display Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Item Weight||1.64 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.50 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||35mm full frame|
|Minimum Focal Length||70 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||58.8 inches|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||9|
|Number of Elements||17|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||34 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||2.35 pounds|
|Style Name||Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens with Auto Focus|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
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|Item Dimensions||3.15 x 5.67 x 3.15 in||3.03 x 4.84 x 3.03 in||2.76 x 2.09 x 2.76 in||2.8 x 3.27 x 2.8 in|
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|Photo Filter Thread Size||67 millimeters||58 millimeters||52 millimeters||55 millimeters|
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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
Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
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.
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.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Great close-ups for soccer, track swimming etc. Well worth the money spent!Published 5 hours ago by letitgo11
My daughter was well pleased with the quality of her photos.Published 7 days ago by Terry J Fontenot
Great lens! Can't believe the amount of people who gave this lens bad reviews because they claimed the auto focus didn't work! Read morePublished 8 days ago by David Giri
I bought it for my daughter for her birthday and she loves it.Published 10 days ago by Donna Parker
Great lens and focuses sharply, BUT being a G Nikkor lens, it is NOT auto-focus. At the time I didn't know about G-lenses. Read morePublished 10 days ago by Sheila Kathleen Lee
Great lens for the price. Buy it for yourself or a loved one.Published 13 days ago by Jared DeLoach
I didn't realize it didn't have the automatic focus feature that my other lenses has.Published 19 days ago by Kimberly Mages