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

(based on 992 reviews)

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    (660)

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    (299)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (22)

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    (5)

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    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (840)
  • Easily interchangeable (556)
  • Consistent output (528)
  • Strong construction (428)
  • Durable (406)

Cons

  • Heavy (260)
  • Poor in low light (120)
  • Slow focus (51)
  • Blurry focus (23)
  • Lens creep (17)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (548)
  • Wildlife photos (495)
  • Landscape/scenery (397)
  • Wildlife (174)
  • General purpose (140)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (382), Enthusiast (146), Semi-pro photographer (125), Casual photographer (114), Semi-professional (43)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (443), 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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3.0

It is, OK!

By John C

from Flusing, N. Y.

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      Well, it's a NIKON product! and I've always have used, NIKON since 1965, and it has always been an excellent product, but since the technology gets increasingly complicated, I use this lens on 2 occasions, in the first, I took 28 shots and at the second, barely reach taking 12 images and the autofocus stopped working, as well as the manual, in the plus side, this lens is clear and sharp and it gives me a great facility to frame the object that I want, without having to move forward or backward to much, the only drawback is that you can get too close to the subject, you have to keep at least 5-6 feet from it, mostly, good lens and hope that after the repair, it does not break again.

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      5.0

      Great Zoom. Great Value. Tack Sharp.

      By Friggs

      from Denver, PA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Birds in flight
        • Macro Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I use this zoom for just about everything. From macro like butterflies and bugs, to birds, great for birds in flight, and wildlife for portraits on the short end. Great for long range candids at family picnics. This is on my camera 75% of the time. Best money I have spent of camera gear. Some had said it is not sharp beyond 200mm. Well I have not found that. I have gotten tack sharp images at 300mm wide open at F5.6 consistently. The VR works great. I have shot at 1/60th of a second at 300mm and gotten tack sharp images. If this was lost or stolen I would replace it in a heartbeat.

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        5.0

        Powerful lens and fantastic service

        By LML

        from Alexandria, VA

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Architectural details
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        The lens is extremely easy to manage, focus and extend the range of my photography. With an upcoming trip to Istanbul and Athens I am so happy to have this lens. The service from B&H has been fast and efficient. Thank you.

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        4.0

        Great for Video

        By Richard H

        from Colorado Springs

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Video

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Video

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

        I know this lens gets a ton of rave reviews from photographers, and maybe my problem is comparing it to a 70-200 2.8 VRII. I think this lens is fantastic for video, but I'm not quite as impressed for stills. It's pretty decent and especially considering the discount when purchasing it with the D810, I have no regrets. I already see I will be doing more video with the D810 than expected, so I imagine this lens will come in handy.

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        4.0

        Good for the price

        By uc27don

        from Edgemont, SD

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Weddings/Events

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

          Shooting at a distance and this will reach out and decent pictures.

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          5.0

          Great starter zoom

          By tadashii

          from Woodland, CA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          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:

          This is a great starter zoom for getting great shots of wildlife and kids running around. It focuses fast and the VR works well. I highly recommend this lens for starting out.

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          5.0

          The Way Up!

          By A.D.A

          from Thousand Oaks

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            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:

            Using this lens with Nikon D750 for fun and the result is amazing.

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            5.0

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

            By gary

            from baltimore, md

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            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:

              an excellent versatile lens for portrait to wildlife; lightweight yet seems well made wi excellent image quality, generally responsive autofocus and makes a great addition to the Nikon d810.considering its zoom range with its newer lighter weight construction yet well made wi excellent image quality production.

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              3.0

              Good at 70mm, not so good at 300

              By Scorehound

              from Alberta, Canada

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Focus Issues At 300mm
              • 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:

              Bought this lens with the Nikon D750 to fulfil a need for telephoto shooting. The lens is fairly long but not too wide, although the lens hood is long. One thing to note: The barrel extends, so it is possible to get stuff like dust stuck inside of the barrel, especially if the rear cap is not on it when it isn't attached to the camera.

              The physical characteristics are typical for this type of lens, but my comments will center mainly on the performance.

              At 70mm, the lens is fairly sharp. As you zoom in, it gets less sharp. At 200mm it is acceptable, but as soon as you hit the 300mm range, the sharpness falls quite a bit.

              If you desire sharpness at maximum zoom ranges, I would think twice about this lens. If you just need something that hits the 300mm range without breaking the bank, then this lens will do fine. It really depends on your budget and what you expect out of it. You get what you pay for.

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              2.0

              Soft at the edges and at the long edge

              By Paris

              from Tucson Arizona

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus
              • Poor in Low Light
              • Soft image

              Best Uses

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

                The 70-300mm is cheap and offers a good zoom range, and is still small and lightweight.

                The lens is pretty good at 70mm, especially in the center. As you go longer things go bad, but the image is still ok at 200mm. After that things go bad fast, with 300mm images being very soft. I checked if it was a focusing issue using live view and it was not.

                I decided to cash out the extra money an go for something better: the Nikon 70-200mm f/4.

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                5.0

                Better than I expected

                By Melinda

                from Olathe Kansas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    Bought this lens to accomplish a greater reach when photographing wildlife. I use it on a DX camera and am impressed with the clear detail at full zoom. I made a great choice.

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                    5.0

                    A lens to replace many in the kit

                    By HSK

                    from New Jersey

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • 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:

                    An ultralight lens, this stays on my camera when I am out for some sports or getting some birds into the frame, although this lens does exceedingly well in any situation. Its VR works very well, helping stop down the lens and play with a little low light (although don't stretch that too far).

                    Great buy and inclusion to my kit.

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                    4.0

                    Good buy!

                    By Jacee

                    from Irvine, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Nice Bokeh

                    Cons

                    • Blurry Focus

                    Best Uses

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

                      I use this to take pictures of local wildlife here in my area. It's decent enough for the price I paid. At maximum zoom there is some blurry angles. Slightly heavier than my Nikkor 18-200 but it does not matter for me since I love using it!

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                      5.0

                      Zoom zoom!

                      By AJP

                      from Inland Empire, CA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Heavy

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action

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

                      Great lens! I use it to photograph my sons sports events.

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                      5.0

                      As good as the recomendations

                      By Local Observations

                      from Raleigh, NC

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        I rarely shoot beyond the 200m frame, but needed something reliable, sharp and steady. This lens did not disappoint. I asked for recommendations from peers and they all pointed this way for the money. Reasonably priced, quick focus and very sharp. Put it through some tight conditions on the first trial, and it preformed well up to my expectations and more.

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                        5.0

                        If you need a tele zoom for FX that dosn't break the bank.

                        By Chopper

                        from VA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

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

                          Nikon doesn't currently offer many FX tele zooms (or primes for that matter) that are somewhat affordable. If you're a serious hobby photographer like me, and you tend to shoot a whole lot more below 85mm, but need a longer zoom for those occasions, this is probably the one. The price is better when Nikon bundles a discount with a DSLR body. Sure, it's f5.6 @ 300mm....but the VR will help out with that. Sure, it won't freeze action...but if you have a full frame camera like the D600, 610, 700, 750, etc, you can cheat a little since the high iso is so clean. Performance overall is good for what it is, don't expect it to compete with a $[$]zoom because it's not. However, it also doens't have the size or weight. I like the idea of the new Nikon 70-200mm f4 VR, but since I don't shoot a lot of tele it's hard to justify, and side from the price that lens is 11 inches long!Complements a 24-70mm or 24-120mm nicely.

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                          5.0

                          Good value, good lens

                          By Imagetracker

                          from Falls Church, VA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                          • Nice Bokeh
                          • Price
                          • Range
                          • Sharpness
                          • Size

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Weddings/Events
                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                            I was looking for a 300mm to I can be more selective about my backgrounds and this lens fits the bill. Like the sharpness and weight and the price. Can't think of anything I don't like about it, it's smaller than I expected for the zoom range and VR works very well also.

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                            5.0

                            Great lens

                            By E.

                            from Florida

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

                            Love the reach this lens has, and how sharp the images are. I use it with a Nikon d750. It's exactly what I was looking for.

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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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                              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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