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

(based on 982 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (655)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (297)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (833)
  • Easily interchangeable (551)
  • Consistent output (523)
  • Strong construction (424)
  • Durable (402)

Cons

  • Heavy (258)
  • Poor in low light (117)
  • Slow focus (51)
  • Blurry focus (21)
  • Lens creep (17)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (542)
  • Wildlife photos (488)
  • Landscape/scenery (395)
  • Wildlife (174)
  • General purpose (140)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (379), Enthusiast (146), Semi-pro photographer (123), Casual photographer (112), Semi-professional (43)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (433), 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

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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      • No

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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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      • No

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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

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          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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                • 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

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                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

                Verified Buyer

                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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                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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                  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

                  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:

                  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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                  • No

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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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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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