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NikonAF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black)
 
4.3

(based on 326 reviews)

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    (155)

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    (25)

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    (5)

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    (4)

96%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (189)
  • Lightweight (185)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (114)
  • Consistent output (113)
  • Durable (94)

Cons

  • Slow focus (55)
  • Poor in low light (52)
  • Blurry focus (22)
  • Weak casing (18)
  • Heavy (15)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (141)
  • Sports/action (139)
  • Landscape/scenery (132)
  • Weddings (44)
  • General purpose (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (101), Casual photographer (60), Semi-pro photographer (47), Enthusiast (38), Photography student (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (171), Yes (22)

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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4.0

Professional lense at a beginners price.

By Blue Man Too

from Redmond, Oregon

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • No aperture ring
  • Slow Focus

Best Uses

  • Indoors/Low Light
  • Portrait
  • Weddings/Events
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

Draw backs:There is no aperture ring. That is what the G stands for (gelded). For old school 35mm photographers this is very disconcerting.There is no internal lense motor for focusing.If you are into sports photography then this may be a problem. If your camera has a motor then it is probably slower than the internal motor of most lenses. Make sure your camera has an internal motor for AF.Why you really should buy it:My camera does not require an aperture ring.I can set the aperture digitally. This does not demand more of my battery, the digital aperture function is working even when I am using the camera in manual mode with a manual lense. The camera circumvents the fact that it has this function by recording 0 as aperture setting while manual aperture is set but it is still on.It is both DX and FX format compatible.That is why you paid so much for your large format camera. For the large format sensor. You are not limited to using large format but you can when you want.70-300 mm zoom is a large focus range. I like the flexability it offers while framing subjects.It still has manual focus.It will work in 35mm Nikon cameras. You cannot set the aperture but it works and if you need more exposure then you can rely on the +2 exposure button or add some lights. Too high of exposure then wait till dawn or dim the lights.It comes with a manual. Even if it does get lost within the first two minutes of opening the box, it is in there. Real men read the manual. That is how you learn what your equipment can do and how to use it.It has autofocus and works with your cameras built in depth of field range finder. No more guessing if your subject is in focus.It is only $. I have seen DX (smaller sensor lenses) with no aperture ring advertised and sold on [@] for $ and up.It is new. You can buy a used lense. Probably pick up a great lense at a low price. If you know what you are looking for. This lense is new and I like that there is close to 100 percent chance that there is no lense mold or preexisting lense scratches.It is Nikon. Doesn't it make sense to use a Nikon lense with your $-$ camera? You could use another brand, there are plenty of great brands that offer great deals on decent lenses. Sigma makes a quality lense.I once had a camera that said K-mart on the front of it. It was a very nice 35mm camera and as much as I knew about photography, nobody took me seriously. I like knowing that the person looking into the camera can feel confident that they are having their picture taken by a professional. If you have a $ lense then this may seem worthless but in that moment when you're working and that $ lense quits working, you may wish you had this in your camera bag.(Preparation is most often the key to great photography)

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5.0

Great Lens

By Gueron

from San Antonio, TX

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

This is a manual focus lens. I found it extremely easy to focus. I recommend a tripod when zooming in at 300. If you don't have one yet rest your arm on something stationary to minimize shaking. Overall a great buy.

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4.0

Love the Nikkor quality

By Little Eagle

from Falling Waters, WV

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Manual No Motor Issues
  • Quality

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

I have a Sigma lens, almost matching this Nikkor one. But there is something that seems to "pop" more in photos taken with a Nikkor lens. I just wish it was a little bit lighter, you would think that with it not have any motor it would not be as heavy as a like lens with one. I take photos as a hobby and this lens, I believe, is a great addition to my gear.

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5.0

Excellent buy!

By CygnusX1Bk2

from Concord, Ca

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable

Cons

  • Heavy

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Sports/Action

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

I have a good deal of experience with the 55-200mm lens and this gives a bit more focal length. Just comparing with the two I can already tell this lens will give me a lot of bang for my buck. I shoot mostly nature but some sports and concerts as well. This lens should allow me to get tighter shots. I don't use auto focus but in lower light I'm it would benefit from VR, TBD. But at this price point it is hard to pass up.

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4.0

Great lense

By Jcc

from Idaho

Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

This lense is great and does everything we wanted it to except auto focus be sure to look at your camera type before buying this lense and make sure the lense auto focuses with your camera. Just because the lense fits doesn't mean it will auto focus.

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4.0

Great Value for Nikon D3100

By IndianaJon

from Indianapolis, Indiana

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

    This is a great lens for the money and even without the auto focus feature it still performs amazing. Easy to focus on your own at any point. Don't think twice about this lens if you are in the need of a zoom of this size...

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    4.0

    It works well as long as you like manual

    By Shark Shots

    from Pittsburgh PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

      So far I have used the lens on a 225 ft shoot and worked very well. When I purchased the lens I didn't realize it is fully manual but this will make me a better photographer.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great photos

      By mrparov

      from Paris

      Verified Buyer

      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

      I used at the roof of Empire States, great photos.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      Good lens

      By ddreade

      from Greensboro NC

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

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        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

            I love the range i get with this lens. Im being challenged to focus manually but thats apart of being a photographer.

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            1.0

            Non-VR lens performance shaky at best

            By Servant

            from Dallas, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Heavy
              • Lens Creep
              • No Vr Shaky Pictures

              Best Uses

              • Only On Tripod

              Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

              This lens was useless without a tripod. A complete waste of my money.

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              5.0

              Would by from B & H again!

              By KateyA

              from Huntington, NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

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                    Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                    I couldn't be happier with my purchase from B & H! Ordering was easy, price was right and communication great!
                    I ordered the lens on a Monday morning, by the afternoon there was an e mail notifying me of shipment. The next afternoon, the lens was here! Free express shipping!
                    The lens was a birthday gift for my daughter, and she couldn't be happier! Thank you!!

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                    5.0

                    AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (B

                    By kozy1e

                    from Galveston TX

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                      Great lens for the money. I use mainly for landscape but add macro rings and it works great for close up work.

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                      5.0

                      Great lens!!

                      By Hani

                      from Illinois, USA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Heavy
                      • No AF
                      • No VR

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                      Hi,

                      It's an affordable lens. Even thought it doesn't come with the AF and VR capabilities it does shoot very sharp pictures when you use a tripod.

                      I'm glad I've made this purchase.

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                      4.0

                      very good lens

                      By mAineAc

                      from Bangor, ME

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                      • No Auto Focus For My Body

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                      I was a little disappointed at first. I thought AF meant my camera would have auto focus. I have a d3100 and need an af-s lens. I do have a light that lights when focused though and I can use this. It has been good so far and for the price it is an awesome piece of glass.

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                      4.0

                      Hot deal for a Nikon D7000

                      By Moneyshot

                      from Maryland

                      Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                      Wanted to shoot some pics from oc airshow and read some reviews and took a chance. I shoot mostly portraits and use 35,50 and 18-105 lens. Didn't expect much but my results were on target with what others said. Little slow, great in sunlight, nice bokeh and soft from 260-300. Great lens for an extra lens.

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                      5.0

                      Liked product

                      By Bob J

                      from So. Plainfield, NJ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                        This lens was exactly as i expected.
                        Very good buy.
                        I am extremely pleased.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent lens

                        By Zack

                        from Ventura, Ca

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                          Great for surf photography at 300mm. Manual focus is fast and smooth. Changing focal lengths is a little sticky but I have not had any problems with it.

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                          5.0

                          Great lens for very good price

                          By mano

                          from Raleigh NC

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Sports/Action
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                              Great lens with amazing zoom capability. Light weight...very good price .

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                              5.0

                              Economy lens

                              By Ken

                              from Chestertown, MD

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Interchangeable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                              • Slow Focus

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery

                              Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                              good lens to carry in car for general purpose photos

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                              5.0

                              works great

                              By jeff

                              from ohio

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Nice Bokeh

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Night Photography

                                Comments about Nikon AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens (Black):

                                works great only manual focus on d5200.have taken some good shots of the moon with this lens

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