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NikonAF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens
 
4.3

(based on 357 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (152)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (167)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (27)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (206)
  • Lightweight (199)
  • Consistent output (126)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (122)
  • Durable (101)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (60)
  • Slow focus (60)
  • Blurry focus (24)
  • Weak casing (19)
  • Heavy (17)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (154)
  • Landscape/scenery (149)
  • Sports/action (148)
  • Weddings (48)
  • General purpose (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (109), Casual photographer (70), Semi-pro photographer (53), Enthusiast (38), Photography student (17)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (193), Yes (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Amazing for Price

This lens might only be a f/4-5.6 but still produces great bokeh. I run a D610 so AF works for me and works really well. I have test shot things moving in...Read complete review

This lens might only be a f/4-5.6 but still produces great bokeh. I run a D610 so AF works for me and works really well. I have test shot things moving in the wind at 6fps and when it does make the shot its in focus. I am going to try to get up to the local high school to do some football shots with it.The only thing I have found to be the downside of this lens is it doesn't let a lot of light in. If you want a clean handheld shot at 300mm you are going to have to shoot least at least 100 shutter. So in order to get this, I have to shoot at high ISO unless its outside and sunny. Would highly recommend this lens for its price.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It IS good value for the money...

This is an excellent paperweight and I would definitely recommend it to my enemies...

Jokes aside, this is a good lens for the money. I have used mine for photographing...Read complete review

This is an excellent paperweight and I would definitely recommend it to my enemies...

Jokes aside, this is a good lens for the money. I have used mine for photographing wildlife, birds, including birds in flight, surfers in action, the moon, flowers, street life, and even portraits with quite acceptable, at times good, results. I just don't think many of the shots I have made with this lens are great, and the blame for that does not always lie with the photographer.
I have found both soft focus and chromatic aberration to be fairly constant problems with this lens. Shots just are not as sharp as I want them to be, and at times I can see the magenta/cyan edges of particularly backlit subjects without even enlarging the image.
It performs acceptably in bright light, but as light drops off, so does image quality and it can take it a very long time to focus.
Since sharpness is very important to me and I find I use the 300mm a lot, I will probably get a 300mm prime instead.
However, for those who do not require great sharpness, or are on a very tight budget this is an excellent lens for the money. It is relatively lightweight, the zoom range is convenient, and in bright light the image quality is most often quite good.
I might not recommend this lens to a friend without a warning about its limitations, but it is a good value for the money.

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5.0

Way more than what I expected

By SubAqua Gene

from Wisconsin

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

    What a superb lens, replaced a Sigma that I had for 6 years which I thought was excellent, well this Nikon exceeds my expectations completely. It works great with my D80 and 90 bodies, pulls in a good amount of light and provides more definition and detail than the Sigma. What a great product at a superb value.

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    Get up close

    By Jeff to the left

    from Westchester NY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Weak Casing

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

    I wanted an inexpensive zoom lense to learn how to use my new D750. I figured that I would not spend too much on the lense before I went all out on a high end lense. Well after using this lense for a while I may have purchased a lense that I will stick with. This is an awesome lense. Great product!!!

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great lens !

    By LaurensPix

    from Sahuarita, AZ

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

      I do a lot of work with telephoto and did have a 55-200mm; this brings me in even closer to animals, bird nests, etc. I am using it a lot right now for owl nesting / owl family, etc.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great product

      By GabeSaint

      from Phoenix

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

      Got what I paid for, arrived quickly and safely.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Good zoom lens for the price; great for travel.

      By Bob the Biologist

      from Philadelphia, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

      Four (4) stars for what the cost to purchase this lens gets you:
      1) Good range of focal lengths on one lens
      2) Not meant to provide super high-quality sharpness and detail but IQ is surprisingly good for such an inexpensive lens
      3) light weight! This and point #1 above are what interested me in this lens as one to take on trips.
      4) AF seems reliable, sharp under daylight conditions. Not meant to be a high achiever under low-light conditions.
      I didn't have super high expectations from this lens, but I will say that it performs better than hoped/expected. Given this and the relatively small investment of cash, I would say BUY IT!

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      • No

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      5.0

      My daughter is happy!

      By Jack

      from Wichita Kansas

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

        I bought this lens for my daughter, she is very happy with it and has got several good pictures with it. I was surprised with the quality for the price. It is simple design, but does a good job.

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        • Yes

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        5.0

        Great, affordable zoom lens

        By DigiP

        from EHT,NJ

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

          Very nice lens and affordable. Manual focus is fairly easy with this lens as compared to some of my others which seem to have endless turning to get inline. This is easy to fine tune with not much rotating to get shots in focus quickly. Images are as sharp at 70 as they are at 300, within good range of your subject, but as with any zoom, there are limits on focal distance.

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          4.0

          Perfect

          By Mark

          from New York

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Lightweight
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus

          Best Uses

          • Macro Photography

          Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

          This lens is exactly what I was looking for. I am able to create the subject focus I want in crowded backgrounds. My only regret is that it doesn't auto focus, so it is hard to take pictures of myself, but I love it otherwise.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Finally!!! its was worth while waiting for.

          By dstow

          from Bayside

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Landscapescenery
            • Weddings/Events
            • Weddingsevents
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

            This amazing new lens is being used on a Nikon D 600 camera full frame.
            Its the greatest.
            Pictures are just plain phenomenal.!!
            Thank you.

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            4.0

            Good for the Cost

            By The Rev

            from Akron, OH

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

            I use the lens as a portable telephoto when not going for superior optical performance or wide aperture.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Delivers on Expectations

            By Dayyan

            from San Diego, CA

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Video
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

            I've been using this lens for a few weeks now, mostly for film and it definitely holds up to standards. You get what you see in the description; satisfying, with no surprises. Lighter than expected which is a great bonus, because it definitely allows for more steady shooting for photography and video capture.

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good price for a nikon lense

            By LewyT

            from Longmont Co

            About Me Photography Student

            Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

            This is my general point and shoot lens on my d750. images are fairly sharp if mounted but only getting about 1 out of 5 shots (burst mode) sharp when hand held. I would not recommend this for any professional work

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            (0 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

             
            1.0

            Nikkor 70-300

            By Ina

            from Paris, Ontario

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery

            Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

            I was very disappointed that this lens does not support auto focus on my Nikon D3200.

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            • No

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            (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Excelente para paisagens

            By FlaLuiPer

            from Curitiba, Brasil

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Nice Bokeh

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

              Para pessoas com pouco conhecimento, compra-la pode ser um erro, pois não faz fotografias proximas, tem que ter uma certa distancia!

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Really disappointed

              By Cmurillo

              from Orlando, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Poor in Low Light
              • Slow Focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

                I bought this lens for my D750 as my lens for wildlife shots. I was extremely disappointed in the performance. The autofocus was the most frustrating part. I am not sure if I got a faulty lens but it was constantly "searching" and would not set focus on my intended subjects. This resulted in many out of focus shots. I actually was not able to use any pictures for prints that I took using this lens. I understand that it is an inexpensive budget lens but I would still expect it to be possible to take a decent picture every now and then. You really do get what you pay for in this case so save yourself hassle, money, and missed photo opportunities and invest in something better.

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Nice glass for the price

                By Jimmy Armbruster

                from IL

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Nice Bokeh
                • Price

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

                  For the price this is a great lens. My 55-200 kit lens broke several months ago, and left me using my 18-55 lens. Decided it was time to purchase something with a little more reach. Decided on the 70-300, honestly because of the price.

                  For the price this a great addition to the bag. Only problem I have had so far is low light conditions, but I have just been turn the ISO up a bit and works great!

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                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Getting use to it

                  By Will

                  from Costa Rica

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Nice Bokeh

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

                      It's a bit difficult to get used to not having the Auto focus...but I'll get there with practice.

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                      (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      I Like the product and buy again

                      By shivaram

                      from Manchester, CT

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Rugged

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action

                        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

                        I am an passionate photographer

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                        • Yes

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                        (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Dreams come true

                        By Abhi

                        from Irving, Texas

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

                        Its a gr. lens I like this lens.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great Lens Perfect Price

                        By tandlken

                        from New York

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about Nikon AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens:

                          This low cost lens works great in my opinion i sure there are better out there but if you can't afford them this one works super.

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