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Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens USA

You Pay: $586.95
Product Highlights
  • 4 Stops of Vibration Reduction (VR II)
  • Internal Focusing
  • Non-Rotating Front Element
  • 67mm Filter Size
  • Silent Wave Motor

The AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens from Nikon is a high-performance telephoto zoom lens that has been designed to meet the demands of both digital and 35mm format SLR users. It offers a 4.3x zoom with a range of 70-300mm (equivalent 105-450mm on a DX Nikon D-SLR) and features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that ensure superior optical performance.

This lens incorporates Nikon's second-generation vibration reduction system (VR II) that allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilizing the image to the equivalent extent of using a shutter speed that is four stops faster when compared with a conventional lens. The SWM (Silent Wave Motor) and IF (Internal Focusing) ensure fast and quiet focusing action, and the nine-blade rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements blend smoothly to produce natural-looking, harmonious backgrounds.

Silent Wave Motor
SWM (Silent Wave Motor) enables quiet automatic focusing with quick and convenient switching between autofocus and manual operation.
Internal Focusing
IF (Internal Focusing) design for fixed lens length and non-rotating front element allows the use of circular polarizing filters and lens-mounted flash accessories.
Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) 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.
ED Glass
Two ED glass elements minimize chromatic aberration across the entire zoom range while ensuring high resolution and contrast.
Rounded Diaphragm
9-blade rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements blend together smoothly for natural-looking backgrounds.
Performance
Focal Length 70 - 300mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32 - 40
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of View 34° - 8°
DX Picture Angle: 22° - 5°
Minimum Focus Distance 4.92' (1.5 m)
Magnification 0.25x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 17/12
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Environmental
Physical
Filter Thread 67 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.1 x 5.6" (7.87 x 14.22 cm)
Weight 1.64 lb (745 g)
Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • HB-36 Lens Hood
  • CL-1022 Flexible Lens Pouch
  • 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension)
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    NikonAF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens
     
    4.6

    (based on 956 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (636)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (290)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (20)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (6)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (813)
    • Easily interchangeable (538)
    • Consistent output (510)
    • Strong construction (412)
    • Durable (392)

    Cons

    • Heavy (252)
    • Poor in low light (113)
    • Slow focus (51)
    • Blurry focus (20)
    • Lens creep (15)

    Best Uses

    • Sports/action (528)
    • Wildlife photos (472)
    • Landscape/scenery (383)
    • Wildlife (174)
    • General purpose (140)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (365), Enthusiast (146), Semi-pro photographer (115), Casual photographer (111), Semi-professional (43)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (410), Yes (28)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    More than I expected

    I bought this lens to use with my Nikon D7000 for taking pictures of my daughter's soccer games while sitting in the bleachers.
    The lens has exceeded my expectations in the fact that...Read complete review

    I bought this lens to use with my Nikon D7000 for taking pictures of my daughter's soccer games while sitting in the bleachers.
    The lens has exceeded my expectations in the fact that I can get good close ups and action shots while sitting at the top of the bleachers at a high school field. When I can get to field level I can get really tight action shots and more journalistic style shots (e.g. the soccer at a players feet).
    The only detractor is the zoom action is not real smooth if I'm trying to quickly open or tighten a shot during the action and the auto focus is a little slow to catch up. Low light action shots can present some issues as well but I'm learning the nuances of dealing with that.
    However, in the end, it's a great lens that I've been very happy and pleased with for the purposes I bought it for and ones I'm discovering.
    I would definitely recommend this lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Very Disapointing

    I bought this lens along with Tamron's new 70-300mm VC for more reach to shoot birds and other wildlife after hearing such good things about it. I shot test charts with a tripod...Read complete review

    I bought this lens along with Tamron's new 70-300mm VC for more reach to shoot birds and other wildlife after hearing such good things about it. I shot test charts with a tripod at various apertures and focal lengths and also took both lenses into the field. I fully expected the Nikon to be better. But I was wrong. It was noticeably softer than the Tamron especially at the longer focal lengths. The difference was so obvious (even at 33%, much less 100%) that I wondered whether I just got a bad lens so I got another new Nikon and repeated the tests. Same result. I had expected some softness, but not this much. All of my other lenses are Nikon so I really hesitated, but in the end I returned both of the Nikons and have been incredibly pleased with the Tamron since.

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    4.0

    decent for price

    By john

    from philadelphia

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        fast but slightly out of soft at 300

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        4.0

        Amazing lens anyway

        By Leonardo Ramos

        from Brazil

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I bought this lens in spite of reading about it being soft. I have to say I did not have this problem at all. On the contrary, it's quite sharp.I'm a wildlife photographer and I do sometimes get a bit disappointed when it takes too long to focus. But that is far from being a major drawback.I have noticed a slight chromatic aberration, but nothing Camera Raw can't take care of. Of course, for many reasons it's not the ideal lens for the top professional wildlife photographer, but as a semi pro I am more then satisfied with it.Finally, I've had quite a serious accident in the bush a couple of years ago, and it was nocked out from my hand down to the bottom of a river. After rescuing it and drying it under the sun for a few hours, it worked just fine and I still use it regularly.

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        4.0

        Great lens for up close and personal

        By Timothy

        from Pittsburgh, PA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I've used this a few times to take photos of band festival performances, and it gets me up close for great action shots. Image stabilization works well, and the range of zoom allows me to vary the shots from whole-band to individuals. Great all-around zoom lens.Looking forward to using it for wildlife photography to get me closer to the subject without spooking them.

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        4.0

        Good lens

        By RafiB

        from NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        People, architectural details, wildlife. Good and crisp images on a clear day. Focus speed is good. Well made and feels solid.
        It is heavy and not great in low light so a pod is going to be part of your kit

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        5.0

        Nikkor VR 70-300 zoom lens

        By drarp

        from Bellbrook, OH

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Macro Photography
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          Fast focusing zoom telephoto that gives surprisingly sharp photos on my Nikon D7100. Good bang for the buck. Delighted.

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          5.0

          AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G

          By Jeff

          from St. Johns, Florida

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

          Cons

          • Poor in Low Light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          Great lens - works great and as expected.

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          4.0

          Beautiful images

          By Hollylvl

          from ATL

          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

          I got it for ceremony shots at weddings but even taking portraits with it at 70mm even produces beautiful shots. Love it

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          5.0

          Great Lens For The Money!

          By William Near Chicago

          from South of Chicago

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Consistent Output
          • Durable
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Lightweight
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

            Ken Rockwell says: "Nikon's 70-300mm VR is the best compromise for size, weight,range and image quality". Most evaluations of this lens, will say it is not that sharp at 300mm. I use mine at 300mm more than any other focal length! The best advice is to make sure you use a tripod at this focal length. The VR can be on when used on a tripod with NO problems. The best F stops (for me) are between F /7.1 and F/11. The enclosed images were taken at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. Both images were cropped and sharpened with the high-pass filter in Adobe Photoshop. The photograph of the Eagle was taken hand held.

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            5.0

            Excellent lens

            By Phyllis B.

            from Fort Washington MD.

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors/Low Light
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

              AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED worked as advertised. I had to shot a wedding this week. Having that lens enabled me to stand back and shot as the wedding party made their enterance. It even performed well in low light. My images are crystal clear and sharp.

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              5.0

              Nice Lens

              By DawnL

              from Winter Park

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                I bought this lens a couple of weeks ago and have had the opportunity to use it in nature and at a family wedding. I love it! I debated about buying it since I had a 55-200mm lens that came with my camera. I wondered if the extra 100mm would make that much difference for what I like to photograph. It does! I have been able to obtain some nice shots of birds, dragonflies, turtles from some distance and the detail is crystal clear. I am impressed.

                Although I forgot my flash and had to take the wedding photos in ambient light at the church and reception, most turned out well. Some understandably had some noise, but not terrible. Others, when the couple would be in the brighter area came out very well.

                Some reviews I read said that the lens was heavy. I don't find it to be too heavy and I am a woman. It is heavier than my old lens, but not in a way that bothers me when shooting. I'll know more after I take a trip with it. Whatever little bit of extra weight it brings, the benefits to me outweigh any of that.

                I look forward to shooting some more in different environments to continue to learn what this lens can do. I would definitely recommend it.

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                4.0

                great addition to d 5200

                By chris

                from monterey

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                  good

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                  5.0

                  Awesome lens

                  By JPK

                  from Boston, MA

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                    I use with a D5200 and LOVE the performance. Great action photos, extremely easy to use - about the same as a Point and Shoot. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend this lens to anyone looking for a step up in their photography equipment.

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                    5.0

                    A solid, excellent lens

                    By Barry

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      This is an excellent lens for getting really up close to small and colorful insects in the woods. It's great to get really fantastic photos of these small creatures without disturbing them. Thanks Nikon!

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                      5.0

                      Great Zoom for multiple purposes

                      By Doug

                      from Chicago, IL

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      This is a very sharp lens for the money. Its not a low light lens, but when the light is right, it focuses fast and the VR works as or better than advertised.

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                      5.0

                      Beatiful, Beautiful results

                      By navagni

                      from New York, NY

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      Even when compared to my Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D AF ED-IF lens, this 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED gives great results. I was a little sceptical, since this is my first zoom lens in a while (I use primarily prime lenses). But no worries: this lens blew me away with its bokeh, and its performance.

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                      3.0

                      Good enough for hobby photography

                      By Chris

                      from New Jersey

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      I'm shooting with a Nikon D800 and have yet to get a truly sharp image. Though, the lens is useful with its zoom capabilities and it is quick to focus. When cropping images a lot of sharpness is lost especially at the longer focal lengths.

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic on my D7100

                      By T Davis

                      from Bakersfield CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        I have this for my D7100 and the images are fantastic, crisp and beautiful. Focus is fast and accurate and very quiet. I wanted something above the kit lens, but didn't have the money to drop on a 2.8 Pro lens. This was the perfect solution. The bokeh you can get from this lens at pretty much any focal length is fantastic. I am very pleased with it. The construction is plastic but very sturdy. Metal mounts and a good sturdy feel to it.

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                        5.0

                        awesome pictures

                        By marse

                        from alabama

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Distance Pictures
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        I did my research for almost a year and this lens was a great purchase for the price, I bought it with the Nikon 3300 camera. It has taken wonderful pictures at a distance, unfortunately it Is heavier then the camera :). I also need to change it to catch the close up pictures, the bag that was free with the camera will not hold that lense, the small lens and the camera.

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                        4.0

                        Very Happy

                        By Mac

                        from Ontario

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Great Range
                        • Nice Bokeh

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                          I bought this lens to shoot outdoor sports. Primarily football and rugby. It has been fantastic. Pictures are sharp and great color.I have tried various ISO settings up to 1600 with super fast shutter speeds and the shots are very sharp.Can't comment on low light yet but will try some hockey later this year.Hopefully my experience continues!

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                          5.0

                          Good lens. Good price. Good photo.

                          By San Diego Zoo

                          from San Diego, California

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Lightweight
                          • Nice Bokeh

                          Cons

                          • Poor in Low Light
                          • Weak Casing

                          Best Uses

                          • Macro Photography
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                          No other consumer zoom lens which is less than $ can beat this lens performance. It is not producing a perfect photo but to the most consumers' eyes there is not any significant difference when comparing with the other pro lenses.

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