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

(based on 319 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (135)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (150)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (25)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

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    (4)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily interchangeable (186)
  • Lightweight (184)
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (114)
  • Consistent output (112)
  • Durable (94)

Cons

  • Slow focus (54)
  • Poor in low light (52)
  • Blurry focus (22)
  • Weak casing (18)
  • Heavy (13)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (138)
  • Sports/action (137)
  • Landscape/scenery (128)
  • General purpose (43)
  • Weddings (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (97), Casual photographer (60), Semi-pro photographer (47), Enthusiast (38), Photography student (14)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (168), Yes (20)

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

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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4.0

Good lens

By ddreade

from Greensboro NC

About Me Photography Student

Verified Buyer

Pros

    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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        • No

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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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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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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            Cons

              Best Uses

                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!!

                • Was this a gift?:
                • Yes

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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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                  • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                    • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Great lens for the price

                            By Patrick

                            from Allentown

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

                            Amazing lens for the price works very well.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Great Sports Lens

                            By L&S

                            from Kenutcky

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                            • Poor in Low Light

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Sports/Action
                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            This is a great lens for shooting sports in daylight settings. does not have the wide ap to blur background but if careful when shooting can clean it up while shooting.

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                            • No

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                            3.0

                            Good but doesn't auto focus

                            By fablus

                            from Beaumont, TX

                            About Me Photography Student

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Interchangeable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                This lens does not auto focus when attached to Nikon D3200.But does work. Have only used once.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Great bargain

                                By Just some dude

                                from Northern Virginia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                      Although somewhat slow, this is a lightweight, versatile lens.

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                                      • No

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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      GREAT PRICE GREAT QUALITY!!

                                      By Rusty

                                      from Toms River, NJ

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easily Interchangeable
                                      • Good picture quality
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                                        Didn't have the money to spend on a very high end lens but needed a lens so I could play with my new D610. I read the reviews and gave this a try. As always B&H shipping was fast and the product arrived without issues. I attached it to my camera and went out just in my backyard and started to mess around with it. I shot a few pics of birds and my my dog running around. The auto focus isn't the fastest but still worked very good. The picture quality was very good. The lens itself I thought wasn't to heavy and is easy to handle. Overall I am very pleased with it!

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                                        • No

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Excelent Lens! Worth the buy!

                                        By ErickSouto

                                        from Belo Horizonte - Brasil

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                        • Good cost
                                        • Lightweight

                                        Cons

                                        • Poor in Low Light

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Sports/Action
                                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                                        I´m a amateuer photograph in Brasil, and use the lens to fotograpf action in some sports event, the AF Zoom Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G Lens by Nikon is very usefull and have a great picture with my D600 Nikon. If you will take pictures in a good lighting enviroment, use it with no fear!

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                                        • No

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        4.0

                                        Great Lens for the Price

                                        By Gunny

                                        from USA

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Inexpensive
                                        • Nice Bokeh

                                        Cons

                                        • Slow Focus

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery
                                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                                        I purchased this lens specifically for use on my Nikon N80. Sine I have not yet had the film processed, I cannot comment to that end, however I did slap it on my Nikon D7000 and I was pleasantly surprised. The AF responded better than I would have anticipated but still a bit slow as you would imagine. The images are clear and sharp with nice Bokeh.

                                        Great overall piece of gear for not a lot of money.

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                                        • No

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