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Nikon1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens
 
4.8

(based on 31 reviews)

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (26)
  • Easily interchangeable (15)
  • Lightweight (14)
  • Strong construction (14)
  • Consistent output (13)

Cons

  • Heavy (5)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (23)
  • Sports/action (19)
  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Macro photography (6)
  • Video (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (17), Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (4)
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4.0

just purchased

By A

from DE

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Video

Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

Just purchased, have not used it much, however the shots seem fine so far

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4.0

Bird photographer's weapon

By Jimster

from Texas

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Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

Bought this to pair with a Nikon 1 V2 specifically for shooting birds in flight. The maximum reach is 810mm at F5.6 on a V2. This combo is much lighter and smaller than a DSLR and 500 or 600mm lens but with comparable results. Very sharp lens. Hard to justify the price until you look at some of the photos taken by Thomas Stirr with it. Smaller and lighter means you can handhold it instead of hauling a tripod or monopod around with a big telephoto lens. This is a very specific tool for the job, but a great performer.

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5.0

Well done Nikon

By pictureted

from Redwood City, CA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Range
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

    My wife uses this on her new J5 and it's a real beauty.

    Compared to my 200-500VR, this has the same level of VR (it seems), Nano coating (+) at a fraction of the size and weight. IQ is terrific.

    Expensive for a "1" lens, but it's pretty remarkable in use.

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    5.0

    It lives up to all the hype.

    By nikonuser

    from Virginia

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Video
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

      I resisted buying this lens as long as I could, but in the end I knew I had to have it. If you're looking at the 4.5 70mm end of it, then it might not be right for you - but if the 5.6 300mm (810) handholdable end strikes a chord, then you need to consider it. I think the VR is better in this lens than it was in my 70-200 2.8 II, it's that good. Sharpness wide open at all focal lengths is superb, and that's where I shoot it. I consider it to be a daylight lens, but under the right circumstances it will work in lower light, just not for anything moving. The construction is on a very high level, not as good as a pro FX super tele, but approaching a pro FX zoom. It's an excellent value.

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      5.0

      Vivia & Sharp !!!

      By Yorckay

      from Richmond, VA

      About Me Casual Photographer

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      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video

        Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

        Last year I acquired Nikon 1V3 through B&H to replace old Nikon 1J1. Later on bought 10-100mm f/4.0-5.6 & 6.7-13 mm F/3.5-5.6. Fallowed a few trips, felt like in need of good telephoto lens. After an unpleasant trial of less costly one I turned into this 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6. First noticed it isn't heavy and easy to operate. More surprisingly, the pictures were not only sharp and color to be so vivid with Carl Zeiss UV filter. Also enjoyable is the converting factor of 2.7 from 35 mm affect, gives you 189-810 mm equivalent pictures. I cannot ask for any better now. This lens is made in Japan with precision dexterity.

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        5.0

        It's as good as the reviews say it is!

        By BobsBlips

        from Wales UK

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        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

          I have a few camera systems but the only other long lens I use is with the Olympus EM1 and 75-300 lens (mk2) which optically gives 600mm (ffE)

          The Nikon CX75-300 is easily sharper than this lens which and I've never been disappointed with photo's from the CX lens - infact often amazed at the qualit and sharpness. Yes, it's expensive but I've never regretted spending the money although I only use it occasionally - its VERY VERY good!

          I get amazing sunrise and sunset photoos with it using back button focus and spot metering.

          Highly recommended.

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          5.0

          Small and Sharp

          By rrieger

          from Waynesville, OH

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

            Terrific long telephoto (810mm equiv)! If you're getting older like I am and want to travel lighter but still have great reach, this is your lens. I have a D800/D700 outfit and the images are great, but the price is a heavy backpack. With this lens,V1 and V2 bodies, 6.7-13, 10-30, and 30-110 lenses, I have a complete outfit that fits in a small bag. The 70-300 seems to be exceptionally sharp in the images I've taken so far. The lens tripod mount is the only negative...too close to the bayonet mount and requiring a shoe that B&H and other dealers don't have. Go to @ for this.

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            5.0

            Great carry around super tele

            By Hark

            from Atlanta, GA

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            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

              Although the best results from this lens are achieved with good light, with the VR I have found that even in low light I can get very good shots. Even at 3-4 stops below the recommended shutter speed, I get very good results. But what I really like about this lens and my Nikon V2 is that the combination is so light. When I go for a walk, I can toss it on my shoulder and I hardly know it's there. This allows me to capture photos that I normally wouldn't get. My DSLR and full sized tele-zoom usually only come out when I know there is a good shot. But I don't hesitate to grab the Nikon 1 70-300 mm and go.

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              4.0

              Utilitarian & Competent Tool: NIKKOR VR 70-300mm

              By Gilalips

              from Yakima Valley, WA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Ok In Low Light
              • Rugged
              • Size
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Small tripod mount

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

              Primary telephoto lens in conjunction with Nikkor 6.7 -13mmCompact size; great range of zoom; very sharpTripod mount could use larger plateAs a documentary/industrial photographer (1975-2005) with an M.F.A. in Photography, Ohio University, and now a research scientist (Ph.D. & M.S. in plant sciences) I am extremely impressed by the versatility of this lens in conjunction with the compact Nikon J5 when augmented by the Nikkor 6.7 -13mm lens.If given the option I would have rated this lens as a 4.5

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              5.0

              1 Nikkor VR 70 - 300mm

              By Iron Horse

              from Harwood MD

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                I find the lens to well balanced when hand holding and it fits well on my tripod. The lens is very sharp at all of the zoom ranges and I especially like the 62mm filter size and the threads on the lend of the lens. Also very happy with the bayonet mount for the lens hood. I now have two 1 Nikkor Zoom Lens that I am very happy with!

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                5.0

                Totally Amazing!

                By GramsOf5

                from Rockville, MD

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                  I bought the lens for my daughter. Main purpose was for taking pictures at all the kids' soccer games. She wanted great zoon and fast shutter speed. So, the Nikon 1 V3 and this lens were my solution. She took it to a DC United game, and the shots she took were so incredibly detailed she was beside herself! My husband has the lens, and it has certainly enabled him to take some really hard to catch images with great clarity.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Good Light - Great Lens!

                  By JackRack

                  from Annapolis, MD.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                  I got this lens to use with my 1 Nikon V1 in an attempt to get some decent telephoto length without breaking the bank breaking up my marriage! The lens was so good and the V1 so bad that I also purchased a V3. I use this combo to take photo's of the grand kids playing soccer and Lax. Breathtakingly sharp and long, I now get multiple, sharp keepers of extreme action at high shutter speeds and long distances. IF THERE IS SUFFICIENT LIGHT!!!!!! It's a great lens even if a bit slow for the money. Very sharp wide open with the best VR I've encountered. When coupled with the speed of the V3, it's easy to feel like a real outdoor sports photographer! Not for use indoors as you'll need the D750 and the 70-200 f/2.8 for that!

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                  5.0

                  Portable Wildlife Lens

                  By FJRron

                  from Hemet, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                    This lens on my V2 is great for bird photography, a trip to the zoo, or any kind of imaging that would benefit from having a lens with a very long reach. And, unlike my d800 w/150-600 combo, you can easily take it any where you go.

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                    5.0

                    love this lens

                    By MaryS

                    from Texas

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                      So far I love this lens, for me as a constant traveler.... it lets me get a lot of shots I could not get before. Of course it's big but fun to carry anyway.

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                      5.0

                      Sharp. Compact

                      By stbdtack

                      from Annapolis

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                          Great for Nikon 1, V3. Small and sharp -- nice to have the reach. No need for the accessory tripod mount if using the V3 grip. Small camera plate suffices.

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                          5.0

                          Top quality telephoto solution

                          By Texphoto

                          from Round Rock, Texas

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                            Great telephoto solution in a compact and lightweight package.

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                            5.0

                            Great range

                            By Gerry

                            from Elma NY

                            Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                            Great lens for bird and wildlife photography. Relatively small and easy to handle. Need the tripod adaptor.

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                            5.0

                            Nicest of My 12 Nikkors

                            By Shutterhappy

                            from Hayden , Idaho

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Poor in Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                            This is the fifth one of my CX lenses for my Nikon V1 and V2 cameras . The similar appearing 10-100 lens has a quality feel to it , but somehow this 70-300 CX lens feels even better to heft and when operating the silky smooth focal length adjustment .

                            The images captured at all focal lengths look very sharp and clear to me . Performance is excellent .

                            The only minor complaint is that it lacks a tripod leg which should have been included with the lens . It is a separate fitting which is still unavailable and at extra cost . On the other hand , the lens is not so heavy as to preclude simply screwing the camera itself onto the tripod head . Admittedly though , overall balance would be better with the lens itself being affixed to the tripod .

                            All-in-all I am completely satisfied with this lens which yields up to 810 mm of focal length for all my birding photography .

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                            4.0

                            Couldn't be a better lens for the camer

                            By Tim

                            from international sailing expedition

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Heavy

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                            This will be perfect with my recently purchased AW1 waterproof camera to be used on a round the world sailing expedition where I will undoubtedly meet myriad birds, fish, and other wild life. It's relatively light, easy to focus although I can see the need for a tripod. Wish it were waterproof but not sure that zoom lens under water would be of much beneift.

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                            5.0

                            Great Lens

                            By Doc

                            from Scottsdale, AZ

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • None at this time

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Wildlife Photos

                            Comments about Nikon 1 NIKKOR VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Lens:

                            I use this on a N1 V2 and like the versatility it provides along with the 10-100mm 1 Nikkor lens I have. With these two lenses I rarely need anything else. I am waiting on the tripod attachment which I am sure will help me steady this lens.

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