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

(based on 1005 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (671)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (300)

  • 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.

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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

from Undisclosed

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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

Verified Buyer

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.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • 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.

(9 of 10 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nikon Quality

By JimC

from Pittsburgh, PA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

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

    This lens is the perfect complement to the Nikon d750 24-120mm f4 G ED N bundle lens. Although I have only taken a few shots with it, the typical Nikon quality is apparent, and I look forward to many years of high quality photos.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • Yes

    (26 of 26 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Better Than Expected

    By Friggs

    from Denver, PA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

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

    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 Lens:

      This lens is on my camera 80% of the time. I use it for bird, insect, portraits, sports, airplanes, and even some landscapes when you want to narrow your shot to something specific. I was hesitant whether or not to buy this, but what pushed me was Moose Peterson, who has the best of everything uses it and did a video on it highly recommending it. Normally these pro endorsements don't mean much to me but this one did for whatever reason. I am glad I took a chance on it. It is tack sharp at all ranges, even 300mm and even wide open. Stop it down to f8 and it is crazy sharp. I can not recommend this it enough. If it got stolen I would replace it in a minute. Best lens I own. It is really good for birds in flight. You can't go wrong with it.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (7 of 18 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      It is, OK!

      By John C

      from Flusing, N. Y.

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors/Low Light
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          Well, it's a NIKON product! and I've always have used, NIKON since 1965, and it has always been an excellent product, but since the technology gets increasingly complicated, I use this lens on 2 occasions, in the first, I took 28 shots and at the second, barely reach taking 12 images and the autofocus stopped working, as well as the manual, in the plus side, this lens is clear and sharp and it gives me a great facility to frame the object that I want, without having to move forward or backward to much, the only drawback is that you can get too close to the subject, you have to keep at least 5-6 feet from it, mostly, good lens and hope that after the repair, it does not break again.

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          • No

          (15 of 15 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great Zoom. Great Value. Tack Sharp.

          By Friggs

          from Denver, PA

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Birds in flight
            • Macro Photography
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I use this zoom for just about everything. From macro like butterflies and bugs, to birds, great for birds in flight, and wildlife for portraits on the short end. Great for long range candids at family picnics. This is on my camera 75% of the time. Best money I have spent of camera gear. Some had said it is not sharp beyond 200mm. Well I have not found that. I have gotten tack sharp images at 300mm wide open at F5.6 consistently. The VR works great. I have shot at 1/60th of a second at 300mm and gotten tack sharp images. If this was lost or stolen I would replace it in a heartbeat.

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            • No

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Powerful lens and fantastic service

            By LML

            from Alexandria, VA

            About Me Photography Student

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Architectural details
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Macro Photography
            • Wildlife Photos

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

            The lens is extremely easy to manage, focus and extend the range of my photography. With an upcoming trip to Istanbul and Athens I am so happy to have this lens. The service from B&H has been fast and efficient. Thank you.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Great for Video

            By Richard H

            from Colorado Springs

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Video

            Cons

            • Poor in Low Light

            Best Uses

            • Video

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

            I know this lens gets a ton of rave reviews from photographers, and maybe my problem is comparing it to a 70-200 2.8 VRII. I think this lens is fantastic for video, but I'm not quite as impressed for stills. It's pretty decent and especially considering the discount when purchasing it with the D810, I have no regrets. I already see I will be doing more video with the D810 than expected, so I imagine this lens will come in handy.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Good for the price

            By uc27don

            from Edgemont, SD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Weddings/Events

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

              Shooting at a distance and this will reach out and decent pictures.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Great starter zoom

              By tadashii

              from Woodland, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Output
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Heavy

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

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

              This is a great starter zoom for getting great shots of wildlife and kids running around. It focuses fast and the VR works well. I highly recommend this lens for starting out.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (4 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              The Way Up!

              By A.D.A

              from Thousand Oaks

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

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

                Using this lens with Nikon D750 for fun and the result is amazing.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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