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

(based on 588 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (408)

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    (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 (82)

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 (30)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (498), Yes (57)

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

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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    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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      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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      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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        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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                  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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                        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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                          4.0

                          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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                          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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                            4.0

                            Awesome addition

                            By Rob

                            from Flint Hills of KS

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Everyday use
                              • Landscape Photography

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

                              I bought this lens when I bought my new D5300, as for whatever reason my older Nikkor AF lenses are not compatible with the newer Nikon Cameras. THe only thing keeping it from 5 stars is that it lacks the capability to shoot in macro as my old 70-300 does. Beyond that the lens works as needed. Most of my photography that I do this is my go to lens either because I am shooting my kids sports from the stands or shooting wildlife at a distance. It is a great addition to my D5300.

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                              5.0

                              Very affordable lens

                              By ddaniels99

                              from SW Ohio

                              About Me Casual user

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • 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:

                                The lens is fine...I need something to reach farther out so I will probably purchase something stronger..

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