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

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

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

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Lens / DX Format
  • 82.5-450mm (35mm Equivalent)
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to 22
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements
  • One High Refractive Index Element
  • Silent Wave Motor Auto Focus
  • VR II Image Stabilization
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 4.6'
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 overview

  • 1Description

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens from Nikon is a compact 5.5x zoom F-mount lens for DX-format DSLR cameras. It's equivalent to 82.5-450mm in the 35mm format. This lens is a versatile choice for travel, landscapes, portraits, and distant subjects. The lens focuses to 4.6' at every focal length and features the Silent Wave Motor for smooth and virtually silent AF action.

The VR II image stabilization allows you to handhold the camera at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and stable video capture. One High Refractive Index element and two ED glass elements minimize aberrations for sharp, color-accurate images throughout the zoom range. The lens elements have been treated with Nikon's Super Integrated Coating - an optical lens coating process that maximizes light transmission while enhancing clarity and contrast.

5.5x Telephoto Zoom Lens
Ideal for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, dramatic sunsets, travel and more. Angle of view equivalent to a focal length of 82.5 to 450mm in the FX/35mm format.
Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction II, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, providing dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element
HRI lens element is essential to keeping the lens compact while offering high contrast even at maximum aperture.
Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Effectively minimizes chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduces flare.
Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.
UPC: 018208021970
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
  • 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-57 Snap-On Lens Hood for 55-300mm Lens
  • CL-1020 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 specs

    Focal Length 55 - 300mm
    Comparable 35mm Equivalent on DX Format Focal Length: 82.5 - 450 mm
    Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
    Minimum: f/22
    Camera Mount Type Nikon F
    Format Compatibility Nikon DX
    FX in DX Crop Mode
    Angle of View 28° 50' - 5° 20'
    Minimum Focus Distance 4.6' (1.40 m)
    Magnification 0.28x
    Maximum Reproduction Ratio 1:4
    Elements/Groups 17 / 11
    Diaphragm Blades 9
    Image Stabilization Yes
    Autofocus Yes
    Tripod Collar No
    Filter Thread Front: 58 mm
    Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 4.8" (7.62 x 12.19 cm)
    Weight 18.7 oz (530 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 2.0 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 9.5 x 5.0 x 5.0"

    Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 reviews

    AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 648.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Best way to get to 300mm If you have a DX camera, this lens is the best way to get to 300mm. It is (relatively) small and light, and has a great 55-300 zoom range. The optical quality of the lens is superb, and VR helps get blur-free shots hand-held. The only place where I'd pick some nits is with regard to focusing. The front element rotates during focusing, making the use of circular polarizers or split filters problematic. It is acceptably fast to focus, but not as fast as some lenses. Focusing is very quiet though. If you are sticking with a DX camera, compared to the Nikon 70-300VR (which is a very nice lens), this lens is smaller, lighter, less expensive, and has a greater zoom range. For all those reasons, this lens looks like the better choice.
    Date published: 2010-10-04
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful Lense I purchased this lense a month ago to add to the stock 55-80 lense my Nikon D3100 came with. This lense is the same manufacture as the stock lense and fits/works perfectly. I am very pleased with my decision to purchase. The zoom is truly amazing and the pictures are crisp and clear. However, zooming in to the highest setting makes for grainier pictures which is normal for lenses costing under several thousand dollars. I am not a professional photographer, but did want a camera/lense combo that I could use at any time. My Nikon D3100 SLR, 55-80 and 55-300 lense certainly do the job. You will not be disappointed if you purchase this lense.
    Date published: 2012-02-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The best general purpose lens I am the webmaster and photographer for Awesome Lasers. I frequently am challenged with unusual photographic tasks. We want photos of our high power light emitting products to look realistic; not like we photoshopped them. Coherent light beams are a challenge to photograph realistically because the light does not lend itself well to being focused. I also have to contend with small F stops under very low light or dead dark conditions. This lens gives me all the control I need to take awesome photos of our unique Laser products. If you had another star I would give it six stars. Money well spent and Nikon is well known for quality, durable equipment.
    Date published: 2011-08-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from 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 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.
    Date published: 2011-08-30
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Vibration Reduction works well. Birds and wildlife around the lake where I live. While recovering from surgery, I took a lot of picture of birds at our feeders, thru the window. I have never taken photos thru glass with such good results. We bought the lens to photograph birds while kayaking, so the VR was very important since one can't use a tripod in a boat. Haven't had a chance to try it on the water (winter), but have some good hand held results. So I am really looking forward to spring. I originally purchased my DX40 in a package with a Nikon case and 2 lenses. My only problem is that this lens is too tall to fit in the case Nikon originally provided with the camera.
    Date published: 2010-12-20
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Finally a 300 mm DX lens I wish that it was 100-500 mm, but Nikon finally gave us a decent telephoto lens that is light weight, compact, and is designed for DX cameras. I plan to never buy an FX camera. So using bulky and heavy lenses designed for FX cameras is a pain. In the 100-300 mm range, this lens is sharper, with better contrast, than my Sigma 50-500. I'll be carrying the big lens around less often now. I was frustrated using my Nikon 18-200 mm lens. When zoomed to greater than 100 mm it was very soft. This new lens is a dramatic improvement. I'm mostly a nature photographer, but this lens is compact enough that I will try using it on people. During a recent trip to the zoo, the Sigma 50-500 was very conspicuous sitting on top of a monopod. Free holding the 55-300 is much less noticeable. Great!
    Date published: 2010-10-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Took a chance. I normally stay a way from re-manufactured products. My experience is that it usually means already broken. but i have a high level of confidence and trust with BH. It has payed off with this lens. It seemed a little bulky and heavy at first. And I was concerned that I would only be able to use with a tri pod. concerns which were un founded. the photos are sharp and clear hand held. I use it for sports, concerts, birds and long distance people shooting. The auto focus works flawlessly. I bought to replace a lens that I regard as the worst I ever purchased. This may go down in history as the best I have ever purchased.
    Date published: 2012-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nearly my favorite lens If I didn't own a Micro-Nikkor 105mm VR lens, this lens would be my favorite. The VR works so well with the D5100 (I have to try it with my D80) that shots I wouldn't have even attempted without a tripod are coming out extremely sharp. Admittedly I'm a shaky photographer but this lens has me free holding my camera at 300mm and I'm getting great shots, even zoomed in at and beyond 100%. I've been trying here and there to produce some color fringing because so far it's been entirely absent. Nikon got it right with this lens and for the price I doubt there's better.
    Date published: 2011-09-19
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