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

(based on 630 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (436)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (171)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 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 (94)
  • Lightweight (93)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (32)
  • Heavy (18)
  • Poor in low light (14)
  • Slow autofocus (9)
  • Slow focus (7)

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 (42)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (522), Yes (59)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Responsible for most of my favorite shots!

My favorite lens.

I've read reviews complaining about how this lens is not fast enough for sports, which has not been a problem for me shooting football and soccer in daylight. ...Read complete review

My favorite lens.

I've read reviews complaining about how this lens is not fast enough for sports, which has not been a problem for me shooting football and soccer in daylight. Under the lights might be an issue but have not tried that. Focusing seems fast enough. I suppose some might depend on your camera and technique (I'm shooting a D5500 if that matters...)

Compared to the 'pro grade' lenses, it is much lighter, and that's much appreciated by me. I'm sure it would not survive daily punishing field use in the mountains of Tibet, but it's plenty good enough for pics of the birds on vacation trips. Images attached were both taken a few months ago. Played with the moon image in Photoshop, but the image was certainly captured with this lens. The VR feature works just fine but if you can stabilize your camera and shoot without it, you'll get the best image possible really. It manually focuses, but it was designed to primarily auto-focus and the margin for error in manual mode is extremely slim. Not surprising, really.

Sharpness is excellent to my simple eyes, and colors are nice, as is bokeh. I like to shoot in RAW so I can play with the white balancing, but 'as shot' is perfectly wonderful the majority of the time. Focuses to just under 5' which can get some nice close-up images.

Why only 4 stars? Well, because it is what it is- a lightweight inexpensive long lens. If you want a lens that opens up to wide apertures, look elsewhere. If you want a lightning fast focus in low light- maybe not so much here. Durable probably not, but again, I've had no issues with the light duty use I've employed.

Bottom line: highly recommended for what it is. I love it.

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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

Good value vs cost lens

By Tim

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

I have experienced good results using this lens in aviation photography over the last few years of owning it. Eventually I will purchase the higher quality lenses however this lens is a quite satisfactory starter medium telephoto zoom lens.

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3.0

Boo to Nikon Designers

By Dave N

from Baltimore MD

Verified Buyer

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

Rating the engineering and overall capabilities of this lens.... 4
Rating the designer that didn't put focus override into this lens: 0

In general this is a great little lens. Small, compact, stunningly superb image stabilization. The one negative (and IMO major feature) is the lack of focus override when the camera is set into Auto-focus. What designer though that the camera's auto-focus will get the right object in focus every time, always. If I set the lens for manual focus, I can focus where I want but that I too slow to use this during my son's school marching band events.

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5.0

A must have for all Nikon users

By Nerina May

from Adelaide, South Australia

Verified Reviewer

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

Love this lens, I have been using it for a few years on my D3100, Love that it is compatable with the more upgraded Nikon bodies. I use it for landscape, Nature, Seascape, and everything in between.

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5.0

Great starter zoom

By ibupnorth

from Northern Michigan

Verified Reviewer

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

Just started shooting with my Nikon 7200 and this lens so I am not an experienced DSLR photographer. My experience so far with this lens is that, as with any lens - kit lens or high end, focus is the key. This lens has the capacity to shoot some great pictures but I still find some photos a little soft. Still, for the money I am very pleased with the lens and think with a little more experience I can sharpen them up some.

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5.0

Love i t!

By TennesseeHolly

from Nashville, TN

Verified Buyer

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

Wish I had purchased sooner!

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5.0

Excellent lense

By Sundas

from Pakistan

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

I got this lense today and tried testing it. I m pretty much happy with the results .i was scared at first cuz of many reviews regarding the slow autofocus. But it works perfectly fine for me.

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5.0

CLOSE UP!

By Mk

from Alabama

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

Wow what a lens

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5.0

Well priced all rounder

By Big AL

from Livermore, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Clean Photographs
  • Reasonably Fast Auto Focu
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Candid Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    A great all rounder lens I use for general photography, whether it be sport, action, portrait or wildlife. This lens gives me a lot of versatility whilst out and about. I see a potential photograph, and with this lens mounted on my D7200, can usually nail it.

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    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Great lens for the money!

    By Roger H.

    from Charlotte, NC

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    I mainly use this lens for wildlife shots. It has a great zoom and the VR function Check out the photos below I took using my Nikon 55-300mm Lens.

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    4.0

    a very good buy

    By Mike

    from IL

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Macro Photography

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

      amazing zoom, very east to use, very good quality picture.
      a must have for a new user.

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      3.0

      Good for the the size and price

      By Kelly the airplane nerd

      from Arizona

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Pros

      • Lightweight
      • Price

      Cons

      • Blurry Focus
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

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

        It's a nice lens for the size and price but it's slow and not the sharpest. When I use it I'm normally at the max 300 mm trying to shoot animals or airplanes that don't like to stand still. You can get good shots if the subject isn't moving or if you're lucky. But I find myself a little disappointed with the quality of my shots. This lens is good for more casual photography or if you don't need the little details and want a small lens. I think I'm going to be investing in a faster and bigger lens. It's worth it to me to carry a bigger lens to get the detail I want.

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        3.0

        Good Value

        By Martin

        from Santa Rosa, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        Can't miss for the price. Everyone needs a long lens occasionally. This fills the bill unless you are trying to capture high speed action.

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        4.0

        Good lens for wildlife photos

        By Honestliam

        from Philomath, Oregon

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I use this lens for close up bird photos and long distance lad scape shots. It is easy to use abu a little bulky. For the price I believe it does its job.

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        (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Responsible for most of my favorite shots!

        By Peeb

        from Oklahoma

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Nice Bokeh

        Cons

        • Poor in Low Light

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

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

        My favorite lens.

        I've read reviews complaining about how this lens is not fast enough for sports, which has not been a problem for me shooting football and soccer in daylight. Under the lights might be an issue but have not tried that. Focusing seems fast enough. I suppose some might depend on your camera and technique (I'm shooting a D5500 if that matters...)

        Compared to the 'pro grade' lenses, it is much lighter, and that's much appreciated by me. I'm sure it would not survive daily punishing field use in the mountains of Tibet, but it's plenty good enough for pics of the birds on vacation trips. Images attached were both taken a few months ago. Played with the moon image in Photoshop, but the image was certainly captured with this lens. The VR feature works just fine but if you can stabilize your camera and shoot without it, you'll get the best image possible really. It manually focuses, but it was designed to primarily auto-focus and the margin for error in manual mode is extremely slim. Not surprising, really.

        Sharpness is excellent to my simple eyes, and colors are nice, as is bokeh. I like to shoot in RAW so I can play with the white balancing, but 'as shot' is perfectly wonderful the majority of the time. Focuses to just under 5' which can get some nice close-up images.

        Why only 4 stars? Well, because it is what it is- a lightweight inexpensive long lens. If you want a lens that opens up to wide apertures, look elsewhere. If you want a lightning fast focus in low light- maybe not so much here. Durable probably not, but again, I've had no issues with the light duty use I've employed.

        Bottom line: highly recommended for what it is. I love it.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Very Useful Lens

        By stollbj

        from North Carolina

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy
        • Poor in Low Light
        • Slow focus in low light

        Best Uses

        • Bright Light
        • Sports/Action

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

        Nice lens for action photography. I use it for taking pictures during my daughters' soccer games. Clear photos, quick focusing, and easy to zoom in and out. It is a bit heavy, but I would suspect most lenses of this size are heavy. Vibration reduction is good for what you pay, but not stellar.

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        5.0

        Great Lens

        By Photos

        from Illinois

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

        Sharp lens with a good amount of zoom. Works well in low light and takes very clear pictures. It's not to heavy and is a great for the price.

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        4.0

        Awesome for outdoors

        By Black Jeep

        from Riverside, CA

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        I use this lens for out door off-roading. The lens is very clear and allows for plenty of light. I shoot with a Nikon D5100 and this is the first lens that I bought for it besides the kit lens that it came with (18-55mm). The only thing that I can complain about so far is amount of time it takes to focus is too long for some action shots.

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        • No

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        5.0

        love it

        By katie the photographer

        from red wing mn

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Slow Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

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

        definitely worth what i paid!! love it

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        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        What an amazing lens

        By Beginner

        from Northern Virginia

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

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

        This lens really lets you reach out and find distant objects. I was initially going to purchase my D3300 with the 18-55 & 55-200 kit lenses, but decided to get the body with only the 18-55, and spend a few extra dollars for this lens. I could not be happier with my purchase. Not only is this lens good for distance, but it takes pretty good portrait photos as well.

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        A fantastic lens

        By Kryptech

        from St. James, Barbados

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Sports/Action
          • Wildlife Photos

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

          I collected this lens on Saturday morning and headed straight for the local horse racing track in Barbados to test it out. Photos are crisp and colourful. Please note that the lens is slow to focus at times. Other than that I'm delighted with my purchase.

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