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NikonAF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens
 
4.6

(based on 974 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (648)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (296)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (828)
  • Easily interchangeable (549)
  • Consistent output (518)
  • Strong construction (422)
  • Durable (402)

Cons

  • Heavy (257)
  • Poor in low light (116)
  • Slow focus (51)
  • Blurry focus (20)
  • Lens creep (17)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (538)
  • Wildlife photos (484)
  • Landscape/scenery (394)
  • Wildlife (174)
  • General purpose (140)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (375), Enthusiast (146), Semi-pro photographer (120), Casual photographer (112), Semi-professional (43)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (427), Yes (29)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

More than I expected

I bought this lens to use with my Nikon D7000 for taking pictures of my daughter's soccer games while sitting in the bleachers.
The lens has exceeded my expectations in the fact that...Read complete review

I bought this lens to use with my Nikon D7000 for taking pictures of my daughter's soccer games while sitting in the bleachers.
The lens has exceeded my expectations in the fact that I can get good close ups and action shots while sitting at the top of the bleachers at a high school field. When I can get to field level I can get really tight action shots and more journalistic style shots (e.g. the soccer at a players feet).
The only detractor is the zoom action is not real smooth if I'm trying to quickly open or tighten a shot during the action and the auto focus is a little slow to catch up. Low light action shots can present some issues as well but I'm learning the nuances of dealing with that.
However, in the end, it's a great lens that I've been very happy and pleased with for the purposes I bought it for and ones I'm discovering.
I would definitely recommend this lens.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Very Disapointing

I bought this lens along with Tamron's new 70-300mm VC for more reach to shoot birds and other wildlife after hearing such good things about it. I shot test charts with a tripod...Read complete review

I bought this lens along with Tamron's new 70-300mm VC for more reach to shoot birds and other wildlife after hearing such good things about it. I shot test charts with a tripod at various apertures and focal lengths and also took both lenses into the field. I fully expected the Nikon to be better. But I was wrong. It was noticeably softer than the Tamron especially at the longer focal lengths. The difference was so obvious (even at 33%, much less 100%) that I wondered whether I just got a bad lens so I got another new Nikon and repeated the tests. Same result. I had expected some softness, but not this much. All of my other lenses are Nikon so I really hesitated, but in the end I returned both of the Nikons and have been incredibly pleased with the Tamron since.

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5.0

Very good lens!

By Tom

from Morgantown, PA

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

    We bought this lens to photograph our kids in sports and it has been awesome! Highly recommend!

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    • No

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    5.0

    AF-S VR Nikkor 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 lens

    By rkaufmann87

    from Folsom, CA

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

    Great images and easy to use.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great wildlife and scenery lens!

    By Glade and Hills Jim

    from Missouri Ozarks

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Good close-up focus
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Heavy

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

    I purchased this lens for nature photography and I'm glad I did! Images are sharp, focus is fast and it focuses close enough for limited macro work. It's a little heavier than I'm used to, but the performance is worth it! It has a very solid secure feel.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Love this lens...

    By MAJ'C Images by Anthony

    from Palmyra, New York

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

    It's a variable aperture zoom lens. Knowing that, I have zero complaints. Reviewers can't fault it for what it isn't.

    In decent light this is just as fast as any f/2.8 zoom I've used, and there are plenty of professional reviews that can attest to this fact. Missed is more often a user issue, than the lens'.

    The VR works flawlessly. The 67mm filter threads are common place in DX land (same as Tamron 17-50 or the Nikon 16-85), so only having to worry about 1 size is always a bonus.

    I typically use this on my 2nd body alongside my Sigma 50-150 OS.

    I've had this lens since 2010, and it'll stay in my kit until it dies or I abandon Nikon's sinking ship.

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    4.0

    Good value

    By Brad G

    from Elizabethtown, KY

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight

    Cons

    • Lens Creep
    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action

    Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

    A sharp VR lens. A good value if you want a long lens but aren't prepared to get the f2.8 70-200

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    • No

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    5.0

    R.R.Randy

    By R.R. RANDY

    from N.W. INDIANA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Night Photography
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

      It IS an excellent lens. I like the VR feature , and it's QUICK focusing..

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      • No

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      5.0

      Outstanding for the money.

      By Bill

      from South West

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

      With Nikon 30% off got to have in my bag. Thanks B&H.

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      4.0

      A superior lens

      By Bob

      from Florida

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

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

      Cons

      • Heavy

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

      Used to photo birds in flight , animals , landscape & general walk around ops. Lens is sharp thru out the range & the VR is superior to previous lens. The value of this lens is underestimated.

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      4.0

      Nimble Lense

      By Pat the Hat

      from Mine Hill, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

        Wildlife photography and action shots

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        • No

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        4.0

        great versatile lens

        By Lance

        from Houston

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

          lightweight and crystal clear

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          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          The perfect aviation photog telephoto

          By AvgeekJoe Kunzler

          from Sedro-Woolley, WA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

          • NONE

          Best Uses

          • Aviation Photography
          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action

          Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

          I sure love taking this in my camera bag for those long range aviation photography missions... like high up in the sky or at the opposite end of the runway. Very, very nice.

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          • Yes

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          4.0

          None

          By Rhoady

          from Warren, Vt.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Night Photography
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

            Sharp

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great versatile lens

            By Wild Chid

            from TX

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

              I mostly use this lens for outdoor photography and getting a little distance between myself and my subject for more natural shots. This lens focuses fast and is very quiet. Very clear images as well. It seems to have a little difficulty focusing on very cluttered or very plain scenes (bushes and trees or clear sky) but I think changing my focus points on the camera will help with this issue and any other lens would have issues with this as well. Overall this is a very fast and clear lens and most likely the lens I will use the most for everyday photography. Very lightweight combo with the D5500 camera that I could carry for hours.

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              5.0

              a wonderful lens for wildlife or sports

              By Red Sox Fan in OC

              from Newport Beach, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Lens Creep

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

              This is a marvelous lens. While it is not light, it is quite a reasonable size and weight for such a long telephoto lens. Its major strengths are the speed of focus and the excellent VR, allowing quick and sharp capture of wildlife or sporting events. I put this lens on and never once removed for the 2 weeks of a photo safari in Tanzania. It works well while shooting from a moving platform, such as on the deck of a boat and can be used hand held almost all the time. It is versatile and easy to use. I am in the process of upgrading my DSLR gear, and this lens is the starting point for my next system.

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              (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              A Superior, Practical Zoom

              By Jamie

              from Kill Devil Hills, NC

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery

              Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

              The AF-S 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 IF-ED was purchased as a mate for a Tamron 17-50 SP lens, both intended for use on hiking and camping trips as well as still life work. The 70 and 300 focal lengths were tested with a tripod and wired release, with the mirror up; the zoom and manual focus action is smooth and effective, though with live view and critical focusing patience is very necessary. I've been astonished by the clarity and precision of images shot at 300 mm, from 5.6 through 22; to get this performance I've used live view. Manual focus has been more reliable than auto in low light; in normal light they are equally reliable. I would rate the 70-300 as 33% sharper than the 55-300, which I also own; the 70-300 was added because of its superior performance from 200-300, though the 55-300 is also reliable and accurate. My tests indicate f9 as the best aperture for resolution, 5.6 for contrast, with f8 and f7.1 a good compromise, depending on the needed depth of field. Testing was done on a Nikon D7100 and D800. The sensor size affects the working focal length in practice, but this is to be expected. A fine lens; I've also tested the Nikon 300 f4 ED-If, which has superior contrast; but the 70-300 can produce equally sharp images, which can be improved with software applications. The versatility of the zoom is amazing; I've also used prime lenses before, but the three lenses mentioned here have changed this.

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              (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Amazing handheld telephoto zoom lens!

              By The Photographer

              from Washington State

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy
              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

              This is one of my favorite lenses. Autofocus is fast, picture quality is superb, beautiful bokeh. 70-300mm is very useful for nature and wildlife photography and the VR allows sharp photos without a tripod.
              The limitation of this lens is the performance is not as good in low lighting. But if lighting is good, this is one of the best telephoto zoom lenses out there.

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              5.0

              great quality

              By CameraSarah

              from New York City

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

              This lens maintains a high quality image while offering a great zoom. It's a little heavy to get used to. I can't wait to use it on my safari

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              5.0

              Smart buy zoom lens

              By Stella

              from Aliso Viejo, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors/Low Light
                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                First use zoomed all the way in with a tripod resulted a sharp image. Very pleased.

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                5.0

                Best bargain sports/wildlife lens

                By nashvillenobody

                from Nashville, TN

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                  If you are looking for a lens to shoot your kids in sports or get some wildlife shots but really can't afford to spend the 2 grand for the 70-200 f2.8 lens then this is your best options. Getting some really nice shots with this lens.

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                  4.0

                  decent for price

                  By john

                  from philadelphia

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                      fast but slightly out of soft at 300

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