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

(based on 1014 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (677)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (303)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (844)
  • Easily interchangeable (560)
  • Consistent output (530)
  • Strong construction (430)
  • Durable (408)

Cons

  • Heavy (262)
  • Poor in low light (121)
  • Slow focus (51)
  • Blurry focus (23)
  • Lens creep (17)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (550)
  • Wildlife photos (499)
  • Landscape/scenery (400)
  • Wildlife (174)
  • General purpose (140)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (383), Enthusiast (146), Semi-pro photographer (127), Casual photographer (115), Semi-professional (43)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (446), Yes (30)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great Lens For The Money!

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...Read complete review

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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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.

Reviewed by 1014 customers

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5.0

Useful

By Joy

from Undisclosed

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

An awesome lens. Very sharp

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Great compact "take anywhere" telephoto

By Robert

from Undisclosed

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

Often times the best lens is the one you WANT to take with you. I love my 200-500mm Nikkor but its 3X bigger, 3X heavier and 4Xmore $$. This is my go-to lens for casual shooting. Given the size and price, picture quality is pretty awesome, even at 300mm

 
5.0

Excellant

By Newbie

from Oregon

Verified Buyer

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

Beginning photographer. I did lots of web research on lens, knowing that I wanted to photograph my son's basketball and lacrosse games. Also plan to use on a Alaska trip for wildlife shooting. Very pleased with first time usage at lacrosse game.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Good lens for the money.

By Stephen

from Undisclosed

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

Easily hand holdable at 300mm. Wish it had a hard stop at infinity focus.

(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Super lens at a reasonable price.

By Wardrellim

from Connecticut

Verified Buyer

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

On my D5300's, this lens snaps into focus with blinding speed. On top of that, if the scene has reasonably good contrast, this lens will auto focus in combination with a 1.4 teleconverter that I've had for years. I know Nikon will say this lens cannot be used with their teleconverters. Perhaps this is so. My teleconverter was made by Kenko, and it functions perfectly well.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Product Great - Shipping Not

By PackitRight

from Columbia MD

Verified Buyer

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

This is my second copy of this lens. It's a good general purpose lens that I missed when I gave my first one up. It has a great range, it has wonderful performance. It might have 5 stars except there is a troubling rattling noise due to the VR. When you tip the lens you can hear a dull noise. I've read that this is common with this lens, especially if the VR is not turned off before the camera is off. Despite having notified the vendor in the past that it could be a problem, the lens was shipped without enough packing material to keep it from moving around during shipment. I will no longer be ordering this type of equipment from this vendor.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Nikkon what else

By Eduardo

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

very good price/performance ratio

 
5.0

Great inexpensive lens!

By Ryan

from Undisclosed

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

Great for DoF Shots and really comes to life with Nature Shots.

 
5.0

Happy with the decision

By Raul

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Excelent performace. Just a little heavy

 
5.0

Great lens

By Stephen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This lens is working perfectly with my Nikon D610.

 
5.0

i would recommend.

By Arif

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

great for safari

 
5.0

Incredible lens

By Carrie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Incredible lens! Great for outdoor nature close-ups, far away scenes. Worthwhile purchase.

 
5.0

Great Lens....Sometimes Overlooked

By Mark

from Pittsburgh Pa.

Verified Buyer

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

Purchased to replace my damaged lens. Always pack this lens in my bag. Absolutely love it. Images shot on a D7000.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I recommend this product

By Luizaugusto

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Very good product!!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Testing it out

By Harriet

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

Bought 2016 from B&H to use with Nikon D750 at advice from a nikon sales rep.  

Very new to using FX lens.  Family and friends are totally amazed.  You actually can get some pretty good bird photos.  I am planning to test with sports and I need for football action in the fall and hope up to it.  Photos below.  Pretty happy with quality.

What so far I haven't been able to do is birds in flight.  It isn't fast enough.  I am hoping to figure out soon the best lens for this for me..not wanting something to heavy to carry.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great lens for a budget price

By rifbass

from Bergen County, NJ

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

I purchased this lens when I upgraded my D5300 with the 18-140mm kit lens. I purchased the D750 with the 24-120mm. I often shot the D5300 at 100-140mm (equivalent to 150-210mm for the D750 FX format). So the 120mm max on the D750 was short of my needs. My solution was to purchase the 70-300mm since it fit both my budget and needs. I have been very happy with the results. The autofocus is a little bit slow, but acceptable given the budget price. The images have been very sharp, even at 300mm. I have several chipmunk's living in my backyard and have gotten great 300mm shots, even in very shady conditions. See attached imageg.

(7 of 19 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Limited use but it excels outdoors.

By Aaron

from Gleneden Beach, OR

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Heavy
  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Wildlife Photos

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

I have used this mostly outdoors. This is an out door lens. It will do a great range of close up; but the cost is light gathered. Hence why it is an outdoor lens. Tip: ISO 400-640 might be needed. I have taken some great deer shots with this lens. Can't wait to get some of Mount Saint Helens.

Horrible iron facing in the lens though. Much of the depth is removed. It li like a pancake. The Angry Photographer has it right with the iron facing review. It really is flat. But to be expected. Look at all the glass in the lens. The 300 Prime would most likely be the one you need, if: 1) you an afford it. 2) you have a need for it.

Look, I'm not saying do not buy this lens. I'm not saying it is a bad lens. You just need to be very aware with it's short comings.

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  • No

(12 of 12 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Great recommendation from B&H

By SoccerDad

from Gettysburg, PA.

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

I emailed B&H for a recommendation, and I am really glad I went with it. This lens has proven adept at soccer field shots and did better than I hoped in a basketball gym. The VR really helps!

(20 of 20 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

SIMPLY AMAZING

By Debi

from Texas

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

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 wanted to be able to take bird photos and needed a better telephoto lens. I got what I wanted. I could not be happier with the results. As a non professional I needed something I could understand and the chat on the website helped me so this. I have added a photo.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

(14 of 14 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Va-Voom Zoom

By CHK

from Evansville, IN

Verified Reviewer

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

Nice zoom range for sports. Fast enough. This lens could easily be used for portraiture but I have other Nikkors for that. Reasonable price, good quality. I'd buy it again and... I'd recommend its purchase to anyone considering a zoom with this range.

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