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

(based on 949 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (634)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (285)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (809)
  • Easily interchangeable (535)
  • Consistent output (508)
  • Strong construction (409)
  • Durable (391)

Cons

  • Heavy (250)
  • Poor in low light (110)
  • Slow focus (50)
  • Blurry focus (20)
  • Lens creep (15)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (526)
  • Wildlife photos (468)
  • Landscape/scenery (380)
  • Wildlife (174)
  • General purpose (140)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (363), Enthusiast (146), Semi-pro photographer (114), Casual photographer (108), Semi-professional (43)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (406), Yes (27)

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

Great Lens For The Money!

By William Near Chicago

from South of Chicago

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Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Macro Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Ken Rockwell says: "Nikon's 70-300mm VR is the best compromise for size, weight,range and image quality". Most evaluations of this lens, will say it is not that sharp at 300mm. I use mine at 300mm more than any other focal length! The best advice is to make sure you use a tripod at this focal length. The VR can be on when used on a tripod with NO problems. The best F stops (for me) are between F /7.1 and F/11. The enclosed images were taken at Brookfield Zoo near Chicago. Both images were cropped and sharpened with the high-pass filter in Adobe Photoshop. The photograph of the Eagle was taken hand held.

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    5.0

    Excellent lens

    By Phyllis B.

    from Fort Washington MD.

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    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors/Low Light
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED worked as advertised. I had to shot a wedding this week. Having that lens enabled me to stand back and shot as the wedding party made their enterance. It even performed well in low light. My images are crystal clear and sharp.

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      5.0

      Nice Lens

      By DawnL

      from Winter Park

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      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • 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 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

        I bought this lens a couple of weeks ago and have had the opportunity to use it in nature and at a family wedding. I love it! I debated about buying it since I had a 55-200mm lens that came with my camera. I wondered if the extra 100mm would make that much difference for what I like to photograph. It does! I have been able to obtain some nice shots of birds, dragonflies, turtles from some distance and the detail is crystal clear. I am impressed.

        Although I forgot my flash and had to take the wedding photos in ambient light at the church and reception, most turned out well. Some understandably had some noise, but not terrible. Others, when the couple would be in the brighter area came out very well.

        Some reviews I read said that the lens was heavy. I don't find it to be too heavy and I am a woman. It is heavier than my old lens, but not in a way that bothers me when shooting. I'll know more after I take a trip with it. Whatever little bit of extra weight it brings, the benefits to me outweigh any of that.

        I look forward to shooting some more in different environments to continue to learn what this lens can do. I would definitely recommend it.

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        4.0

        great addition to d 5200

        By chris

        from monterey

        About Me Casual Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          good

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          5.0

          Awesome lens

          By JPK

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Casual Photographer

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          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action

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

            I use with a D5200 and LOVE the performance. Great action photos, extremely easy to use - about the same as a Point and Shoot. Would ABSOLUTELY recommend this lens to anyone looking for a step up in their photography equipment.

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            5.0

            A solid, excellent lens

            By Barry

            from North Carolina

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            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Macro Photography
              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              This is an excellent lens for getting really up close to small and colorful insects in the woods. It's great to get really fantastic photos of these small creatures without disturbing them. Thanks Nikon!

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              5.0

              Great Zoom for multiple purposes

              By Doug

              from Chicago, IL

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              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

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

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

              This is a very sharp lens for the money. Its not a low light lens, but when the light is right, it focuses fast and the VR works as or better than advertised.

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              5.0

              Beatiful, Beautiful results

              By navagni

              from New York, NY

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              Pros

              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

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

              Even when compared to my Nikkor 180mm f/2.8D AF ED-IF lens, this 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED gives great results. I was a little sceptical, since this is my first zoom lens in a while (I use primarily prime lenses). But no worries: this lens blew me away with its bokeh, and its performance.

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              3.0

              Good enough for hobby photography

              By Chris

              from New Jersey

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

              I'm shooting with a Nikon D800 and have yet to get a truly sharp image. Though, the lens is useful with its zoom capabilities and it is quick to focus. When cropping images a lot of sharpness is lost especially at the longer focal lengths.

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              5.0

              Fantastic on my D7100

              By T Davis

              from Bakersfield CA

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              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Durable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Nice Bokeh
              • Rugged
              • 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 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                I have this for my D7100 and the images are fantastic, crisp and beautiful. Focus is fast and accurate and very quiet. I wanted something above the kit lens, but didn't have the money to drop on a 2.8 Pro lens. This was the perfect solution. The bokeh you can get from this lens at pretty much any focal length is fantastic. I am very pleased with it. The construction is plastic but very sturdy. Metal mounts and a good sturdy feel to it.

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                5.0

                awesome pictures

                By marse

                from alabama

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                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Heavy

                Best Uses

                • Distance Pictures
                • Sports/Action
                • Video

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

                I did my research for almost a year and this lens was a great purchase for the price, I bought it with the Nikon 3300 camera. It has taken wonderful pictures at a distance, unfortunately it Is heavier then the camera :). I also need to change it to catch the close up pictures, the bag that was free with the camera will not hold that lense, the small lens and the camera.

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                4.0

                Very Happy

                By Mac

                from Ontario

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                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                • Great Range
                • Nice Bokeh

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  I bought this lens to shoot outdoor sports. Primarily football and rugby. It has been fantastic. Pictures are sharp and great color.I have tried various ISO settings up to 1600 with super fast shutter speeds and the shots are very sharp.Can't comment on low light yet but will try some hockey later this year.Hopefully my experience continues!

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                  5.0

                  Good lens. Good price. Good photo.

                  By San Diego Zoo

                  from San Diego, California

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                  • Poor in Low Light
                  • Weak Casing

                  Best Uses

                  • Macro Photography
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  No other consumer zoom lens which is less than $ can beat this lens performance. It is not producing a perfect photo but to the most consumers' eyes there is not any significant difference when comparing with the other pro lenses.

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                  5.0

                  Excellent lens on DX and FX

                  By JZaring.com

                  from Central Pennsylvania

                  About Me Pro Photographer

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                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Weddings/Events

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

                    Tried it first on my d5100 and then on my d610. Seriously amazing lens.Fantastic bokeh esp for not going down to 2.8. Hunts a bit in low light but not enough to complain.

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                    5.0

                    Love this lens !

                    By tim

                    from dayton, ohio

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Pros

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

                    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 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                      this lens stays on my camera most of the time.It's great for sports ,nature and stage performances. Very sharp images with good bokeh.

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                      4.0

                      Good Lens

                      By otto

                      from Idaho

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                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • 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 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        This is a quality zoom lens. Was able to pick it up on sale and it was a great purchase. Seems really durable and has good picture quality. Havent used the AF at all.

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                        4.0

                        Quality zoom lens

                        By greatwhite13

                        from new york

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

                        Very good lens. Provides a great zoom range. Vr makes it muche easier to get a shot without a tripod.

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                        4.0

                        very good glass

                        By darci

                        from fort wayne, IN

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                        Pros

                        • Consistent Output
                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Strong Construction
                        • Very good Image Quality

                        Cons

                        • Heavy
                        • Poor in Low Light
                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Children
                        • Landscape/Scenery

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

                        This lens is a very good complement to my other lens, which is a 24-85 MM. With this two lenses, o cover all my needs.
                        Both lenses are great with my Nikon D600, but auto focus could be faster.

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                        5.0

                        Competent lens for price point

                        By Jarko

                        from Charlotte NC

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Heavy

                        Best Uses

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

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

                        This lens is well placed between Nikon's slow but budget friendly 50-200 offering and the semi-pro fast lenses. Great for portrait, nature, and urban scene; competent for occasional sports or fast moving action. The lens is well constructed, moderately fast, consistently accurate, and satisfying to use with highly effective image stability.

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                        5.0

                        fun lens in bright light/high contrast

                        By PhotoBunny

                        from Boulder, CO

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                        Pros

                        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • 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 Telephoto Zoom Lens:

                        I got this lens to put (with mount adapter) to use on my 1 AW1 for an upcoming river trip through the Grand Canyon. This is for land-based shots of the boats coming though the rapids. I've been trying it out pre-trip and have found the following: a number of settings aren't available with the mount adapter, but I probably wouldn't be using them, anyway. It's very light (compared to a 70-200mm f/2.8), AF is fast as long as it's in bright light or high contrast. At 300mm, if the contrast is low or light is dim, it hunts & hunts but can't focus. It is an f/4.5-5.6 lens, after all. Fortunately, there's the option of MF. Images are as sharp as I could expect with the AW1. Very happy with this lens.

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