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Nikon AF-S DX 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 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.

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

(based on 594 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (413)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (161)

  • 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 (86)
  • Lightweight (85)

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 (32)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (500), Yes (58)

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

Excellent lens for the money

By Tom

from Orange Park, Fl

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    This lens is great for travel use. Light, easy to carry and it has great auto focus which is very quiet. The VR is excellent for the zoom capabilities. Would recommend this lens to friends.

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    • No

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    4.0

    great lens

    By abs4lif3

    from Arizona

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

    Good lense easy to focus and takes great pics

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    5.0

    My new Nikon 55-300mm lens

    By Dd

    from New York

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

    It is great. I love it

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    5.0

    Nikon makes and sales a great lens

    By Wildlife Photo

    from Clarion, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I use this lens for landscape, wildlife, and portrait shots. I can use this lens for all these types of photography because of its versatility. I have not found anything about this lens that I don't like.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great zoom lens for budding photographer

      By AZ Photographer Mom

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        My son loves this lens. It allows him to get in real close and the VR keeps his images sharp!

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        The best.

        By yikey

        from portageville ny

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

        This lens is a great option for any user. Its lighter than many others and has great balance. Clear pictures with proper settings day or night.

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        5.0

        A great lens

        By Photo Bob

        from Kentucky

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          It's a great lens. It enabled me to get a picture of a Kentucky Elk from 300 yards, handheld on a chilly day in light snow!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Youth Baseball in the action

          By Camera Guy

          from West Palm Bch. Fl

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action

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

            This lens puts me in the middle of the action. My son plays 12u baseball and the close up photos are truly unbelievable. It's very easy to use. I bought the D5200 and with this lens you WILL be the most favorite person at the ball park. I just reviewed the photos I took at our local air show and this lens did not let me down. WOW. A must have.

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            • No

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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 DX 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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            • No

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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 DX 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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            • No

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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 DX 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 DX 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 DX 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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                • No

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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 DX 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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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Nice lens for the price

                    By Anonymous

                    from Michigan

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX 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 DX 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 DX 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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                        • No

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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 DX 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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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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 DX 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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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            nature is beutiful

                            By JBA the nature lover

                            from manizales, COLOMBIA

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

                            is a good lens

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