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Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Imported

B&H # NI55300GAF Mfr # 2197
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Product Highlights
  • 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

The AF-S 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.

The VR II image stabilization allows you to handhold the camera at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and stable video capture. One High Refractive Index element and two ED glass elements minimize aberrations for sharp, color-accurate images throughout the zoom range. The lens elements have been treated with Nikon's Super Integrated Coating - an optical lens coating process that maximizes light transmission while enhancing clarity and contrast.

5.5x Telephoto Zoom Lens
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 the FX/35mm format.
Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction II, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, providing dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element
HRI lens element is essential to keeping the lens compact while offering high contrast even at maximum aperture.
Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Effectively minimizes chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
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.
Performance
Focal Length 55 - 300mm
Comparable 35mm Equivalent on APS-C Format Focal Length: 82.5 - 450 mm
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Angle of View 28° 50' - 5° 20'
Minimum Focus Distance 4.6' (1.40 m)
Magnification 0.28x
Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
Elements/Groups 17/11
Diaphragm Blades 9
Features
Image Stabilization Yes
Autofocus Yes
Tripod Collar No
Physical
Filter Thread Front:58 mm
Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 4.8" (7.62 x 12.19 cm)
Weight 18.7 oz (530 g)

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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
 
4.6

(based on 586 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (406)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (160)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (453)
  • Improves picture quality (225)
  • Compact (136)
  • Durable (83)
  • Lightweight (81)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (32)
  • Heavy (12)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Slow autofocus (9)
  • No increase in performance (6)

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (319)
  • Travel (87)
  • Landscape photography (84)
  • Upgrade (83)
  • Shooting indoors (74)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (159), Parent (89), Enthusiast (79), Technically challenged (52), Photo enthusiast (28)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (496), Yes (57)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for wildlife

I bought mine about a year ago and don't have any complaints! I up-graded from my 55-200mm lens and it gave me the extra reach that I needed. I mainly photogragh wildlife(mostly...Read complete review

I bought mine about a year ago and don't have any complaints! I up-graded from my 55-200mm lens and it gave me the extra reach that I needed. I mainly photogragh wildlife(mostly birds) and i've discovered that it has been a great buy. It's very durable as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A solid lense, you get what you paid for

I bought this lens to experiment with HD video features of one of my Nikons. I also own 2.8/70-200mm lens - obviously, there's no comparison. But for the price, I am...Read complete review

I bought this lens to experiment with HD video features of one of my Nikons. I also own 2.8/70-200mm lens - obviously, there's no comparison. But for the price, I am quite impressed with the lens performance. Pictures are relatively sharp to the edges almost throughout the whole range. Pin cushion/barrel distortions are acceptable. VR is definitely a big plus! It doesn't have the manufacturer's precision of the higher-end lenses, the barrel is a little wobbly. Also I wish the lens was at least one f-stop faster. But again, you get what you paid for.

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5.0

Great addition

By Al

from Warrington, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

I bought this prior to a recent vacation in Aruba. So far I've used it for some stunning sunset pictures, and some nature shots. It's been so much fun I'm looking around for new uses.So far it has seemed sharp at all focal lengths, and has been a joy using to throw backgrounds out of focus.It is large, and doesn't fit well into the camera bags I use. Also, the lens rotates as you zoom, so if you use polarizing filters as I do, it can be a bit irritating

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4.0

Bad Performance of Autofocus in Low Ligh

By Debraj

from Foster City, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Strong Construction

Cons

  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery

Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

Overall the item is good. But it's very tough if hand-held beyond 200 mm. Even the Autofocus doesn't work properly in low light. But the SWM really works great!

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5.0

Excelent!

By RioWebMan

from Rio de Janeiro

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

    Excelent.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

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    5.0

    Excellent lens for the money

    By Mike

    from Fayetteville, AR

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Excellent optics
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

    • No Auto-manual Focus
    • Not Durable
    • Slow Autofocus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography
    • Traveling
    • Wildlife

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

    This is a lightweight lens with excellent optical performance for most uses. The VR is excellent. The wide zoom grip is comfortable, and the action of the lens is smooth. Complaints about the narrow manual focus band and restricted range of the focus ring (about a quarter turn) seem a bit over-picky, as I found no problems at all in quickly and acurately manually focusing the lens. The drawbacks are that construction is plastic and therefore not as rugged as a pro lens, autofocus is relatively slow, and the fact that one has to switch a button to move from auto to manual focus. This last feature can mean missing some shots while fumbling with the lens. The end turns during focus, potentially impacting the use of polarizing or graded filters.

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    5.0

    Great Nikon lens...and a great price!

    By Antique collector

    from Northern California

    About Me Casual user

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Home
      • Landscape Photography
      • Portraits
      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

      Wanted to enhance my ability to shoot quality zoom with my new Nikon D3300. This Nikkor DX lens is perfect for the DSLR novice or beginning enthusiast. And...at a great price from an authorized Nikon dealer! What more your you ask for?

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      5.0

      Works great

      By Aspiring Filmmaker

      from Norcross, GA

      About Me Getting Started

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          Haven't used it much yet but seems to work very well!

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          5.0

          Nice lens for the price

          By Anonymous

          from Michigan

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          This lens is an awesome lens for those who don't wish to spend a small fortune. It functions at the same level as the 55-200mm lens by Nikon. I would highly recommend this lens.

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          5.0

          Perfect For Budget Wildlife Photographer

          By kirby2112

          from Mystic, Connecticut

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Studio
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            Autofocus is extremely fast and accurate, high degree of magnification with very few aberrations, not too heavy, VR works magnificently.

            Minimum focus distance is pretty long, but that's to be expected with a lens like this, so it's not really an issue.

            This lens is perfect for wildlife or sports photography on a smaller budget, the autofocus is fast and accurate enough for birds in flight or players on a field, yielding some impressive results.

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            5.0

            Good addition to my new Nikon D3200

            By Jim

            from Hammond, IN.

            About Me Casual user

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Home
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

              So far this lens has been a great addition to my camera. Really enjoy nature photography so this lens helps getting up close to the subject.

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              5.0

              Great additional lens

              By tjbay

              from PA

              About Me Casual user

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Landscape Photography

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                Bought this to pair with the 18-55mm lense that came with my d5200 bundle. love the ability to zoom in at kids ball games with out having to get a close as possible.

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                5.0

                great lens for walk through park

                By justrt

                from Seattle WA

                About Me Getting Started

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                  This lens fits great in-between the first two I purchased. Very happy with quality and size.

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                  5.0

                  nature is beutiful

                  By JBA the nature lover

                  from manizales, COLOMBIA

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                  is a good lens

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                  5.0

                  Great

                  By Paulette

                  from Cumberland, MD

                  About Me Semi-Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                    those animal shots can be reached now ! Yes! Best price with the combo filters and got to me fast

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Great lens for the price!

                    By JG

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Traveling

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                      Great zoom lens for hobbyists. Easy to use, forgiving. I love Nikon products, and this affordable zoom is one of the best for the price.

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                      4.0

                      Good Overall

                      By HWSDigital

                      from Branson, MO

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Manual Focus Is Tricky

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                      In my opinion, this is one of Nikon's best DX telephoto lenses. I gave it only 4 stars because manual focusing at the long end is tricky. I used it on a D7000 to capture the Lunar eclipse in April and was very difficult to get sharp focus manually. Other than that, it's a great lens especially in sufficient light.

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                      5.0

                      Exacting Detail

                      By t4drman

                      from Sarasota, FL

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        If you're looking for a zoom lens that takes crisp images, this is it. With its image stabilization your distance shots at sporting events are precise and perfect every time. Purchased along with the Nikon D5300 from B&H, this lens became an even greater bargain.

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                        4.0

                        Awesome addition

                        By Rob

                        from Flint Hills of KS

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                          I bought this lens when I bought my new D5300, as for whatever reason my older Nikkor AF lenses are not compatible with the newer Nikon Cameras. THe only thing keeping it from 5 stars is that it lacks the capability to shoot in macro as my old 70-300 does. Beyond that the lens works as needed. Most of my photography that I do this is my go to lens either because I am shooting my kids sports from the stands or shooting wildlife at a distance. It is a great addition to my D5300.

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                          5.0

                          Very affordable lens

                          By ddaniels99

                          from SW Ohio

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                            The lens is fine...I need something to reach farther out so I will probably purchase something stronger..

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                            5.0

                            Great product

                            By Ciurma

                            from Reno, NV

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                            Great item, no problems found so far

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                            5.0

                            Great lens at very fair price

                            By Delaware Bill

                            from Wilmington Delaware

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                              attached out of box to my D5100 and I am shooting away, what a great product for the price and my use@

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