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NikonAF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
 
4.6

(based on 590 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (410)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (160)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (16)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (453)
  • Improves picture quality (225)
  • Compact (136)
  • Durable (85)
  • Lightweight (83)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (32)
  • Heavy (12)
  • Poor in low light (9)
  • Slow autofocus (9)
  • No increase in performance (6)

Best Uses

  • Shooting outdoors (319)
  • Travel (87)
  • Landscape photography (84)
  • Upgrade (83)
  • Shooting indoors (74)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Tech savvy (159), Parent (89), Enthusiast (79), Technically challenged (52), Photo enthusiast (31)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (498), Yes (58)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great for wildlife

I bought mine about a year ago and don't have any complaints! I up-graded from my 55-200mm lens and it gave me the extra reach that I needed. I mainly photogragh wildlife(mostly...Read complete review

I bought mine about a year ago and don't have any complaints! I up-graded from my 55-200mm lens and it gave me the extra reach that I needed. I mainly photogragh wildlife(mostly birds) and i've discovered that it has been a great buy. It's very durable as well.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A solid lense, you get what you paid for

I bought this lens to experiment with HD video features of one of my Nikons. I also own 2.8/70-200mm lens - obviously, there's no comparison. But for the price, I am...Read complete review

I bought this lens to experiment with HD video features of one of my Nikons. I also own 2.8/70-200mm lens - obviously, there's no comparison. But for the price, I am quite impressed with the lens performance. Pictures are relatively sharp to the edges almost throughout the whole range. Pin cushion/barrel distortions are acceptable. VR is definitely a big plus! It doesn't have the manufacturer's precision of the higher-end lenses, the barrel is a little wobbly. Also I wish the lens was at least one f-stop faster. But again, you get what you paid for.

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5.0

Great zoom lens for budding photographer

By AZ Photographer Mom

from Phoenix, AZ

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

    My son loves this lens. It allows him to get in real close and the VR keeps his images sharp!

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    • Yes

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    5.0

    The best.

    By yikey

    from portageville ny

    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

    This lens is a great option for any user. Its lighter than many others and has great balance. Clear pictures with proper settings day or night.

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    5.0

    A great lens

    By Photo Bob

    from Kentucky

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

      It's a great lens. It enabled me to get a picture of a Kentucky Elk from 300 yards, handheld on a chilly day in light snow!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Youth Baseball in the action

      By Camera Guy

      from West Palm Bch. Fl

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        This lens puts me in the middle of the action. My son plays 12u baseball and the close up photos are truly unbelievable. It's very easy to use. I bought the D5200 and with this lens you WILL be the most favorite person at the ball park. I just reviewed the photos I took at our local air show and this lens did not let me down. WOW. A must have.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great addition

        By Al

        from Warrington, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        I bought this prior to a recent vacation in Aruba. So far I've used it for some stunning sunset pictures, and some nature shots. It's been so much fun I'm looking around for new uses.So far it has seemed sharp at all focal lengths, and has been a joy using to throw backgrounds out of focus.It is large, and doesn't fit well into the camera bags I use. Also, the lens rotates as you zoom, so if you use polarizing filters as I do, it can be a bit irritating

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        • No

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        4.0

        Bad Performance of Autofocus in Low Ligh

        By Debraj

        from Foster City, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

        Overall the item is good. But it's very tough if hand-held beyond 200 mm. Even the Autofocus doesn't work properly in low light. But the SWM really works great!

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excelent!

        By RioWebMan

        from Rio de Janeiro

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          Excelent.

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          Excellent lens for the money

          By Mike

          from Fayetteville, AR

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Excellent optics
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • No Auto-manual Focus
          • Not Durable
          • Slow Autofocus

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling
          • Wildlife

          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

          This is a lightweight lens with excellent optical performance for most uses. The VR is excellent. The wide zoom grip is comfortable, and the action of the lens is smooth. Complaints about the narrow manual focus band and restricted range of the focus ring (about a quarter turn) seem a bit over-picky, as I found no problems at all in quickly and acurately manually focusing the lens. The drawbacks are that construction is plastic and therefore not as rugged as a pro lens, autofocus is relatively slow, and the fact that one has to switch a button to move from auto to manual focus. This last feature can mean missing some shots while fumbling with the lens. The end turns during focus, potentially impacting the use of polarizing or graded filters.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Nikon lens...and a great price!

          By Antique collector

          from Northern California

          About Me Casual user

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Home
            • Landscape Photography
            • Portraits
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

            Wanted to enhance my ability to shoot quality zoom with my new Nikon D3300. This Nikkor DX lens is perfect for the DSLR novice or beginning enthusiast. And...at a great price from an authorized Nikon dealer! What more your you ask for?

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            5.0

            Works great

            By Aspiring Filmmaker

            from Norcross, GA

            About Me Getting Started

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                Haven't used it much yet but seems to work very well!

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                5.0

                Nice lens for the price

                By Anonymous

                from Michigan

                Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                This lens is an awesome lens for those who don't wish to spend a small fortune. It functions at the same level as the 55-200mm lens by Nikon. I would highly recommend this lens.

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                5.0

                Perfect For Budget Wildlife Photographer

                By kirby2112

                from Mystic, Connecticut

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                  Autofocus is extremely fast and accurate, high degree of magnification with very few aberrations, not too heavy, VR works magnificently.

                  Minimum focus distance is pretty long, but that's to be expected with a lens like this, so it's not really an issue.

                  This lens is perfect for wildlife or sports photography on a smaller budget, the autofocus is fast and accurate enough for birds in flight or players on a field, yielding some impressive results.

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                  5.0

                  Good addition to my new Nikon D3200

                  By Jim

                  from Hammond, IN.

                  About Me Casual user

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                    So far this lens has been a great addition to my camera. Really enjoy nature photography so this lens helps getting up close to the subject.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great additional lens

                    By tjbay

                    from PA

                    About Me Casual user

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Home
                      • Landscape Photography

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                      Bought this to pair with the 18-55mm lense that came with my d5200 bundle. love the ability to zoom in at kids ball games with out having to get a close as possible.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      great lens for walk through park

                      By justrt

                      from Seattle WA

                      About Me Getting Started

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        This lens fits great in-between the first two I purchased. Very happy with quality and size.

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                        5.0

                        nature is beutiful

                        By JBA the nature lover

                        from manizales, COLOMBIA

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                        is a good lens

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                        5.0

                        Great

                        By Paulette

                        from Cumberland, MD

                        About Me Semi-Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Home
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                          those animal shots can be reached now ! Yes! Best price with the combo filters and got to me fast

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Great lens for the price!

                          By JG

                          from Los Angeles, CA

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                            Great zoom lens for hobbyists. Easy to use, forgiving. I love Nikon products, and this affordable zoom is one of the best for the price.

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                            • No

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                            (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            4.0

                            Good Overall

                            By HWSDigital

                            from Branson, MO

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Reviewer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                            • Manual Focus Is Tricky

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Portraits

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                            In my opinion, this is one of Nikon's best DX telephoto lenses. I gave it only 4 stars because manual focusing at the long end is tricky. I used it on a D7000 to capture the Lunar eclipse in April and was very difficult to get sharp focus manually. Other than that, it's a great lens especially in sufficient light.

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                            • No

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                            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Exacting Detail

                            By t4drman

                            from Sarasota, FL

                            About Me Casual user

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Macro Photography

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens:

                              If you're looking for a zoom lens that takes crisp images, this is it. With its image stabilization your distance shots at sporting events are precise and perfect every time. Purchased along with the Nikon D5300 from B&H, this lens became an even greater bargain.

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                              • No

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