Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

$ 209.95

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Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

  • 5.5x Telephoto Zoom lens,Filter Thread: 58 mm
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization; Tripod Detection Mode
  • HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element
  • 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
  • Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)

  • Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens
  • 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-57 Snap-on Lens Hood
  • CL-1020 Lens Case

The Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Zoom Lens is a compact 5.5x zoom lens for DX-format D-SLR cameras. It’s equivalent to 82.5-450mm in FX format. This lens is an excellent choice for travel, landscapes, portraits, and distant subjects. The lens focuses to 4.6′ at every focal length – this versatility ensures stunning close-up shots of subjects near and far.

The VR II image stabilization allows you to handhold the camera at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and stable video capture. Other features include the silent wave motor for quiet accurate autofocusing, and a rounded 9-blade diaphragm that offers stunning out-of-focus highlights (bokeh). 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. All of these world-class features add up to the AF-S 55-300 being an ideal lens for traveling or shooting close to home.

 

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by Top favorable review

Initial Impressions

This lens is the second lens I have purchased. It gives sharp images, especially with the vibration reduction turned on. I took a picture of a helicopter overhead that was small to the eye and the image showed the blades stopped in mid rotation and clearly the ID numbers on the side. I've only had the lens for a couple of weeks so I can't speak to the reliability. I seems quite sturdy with metal in the right places. I have some concern about the lens being manufactured in China (which was not mentioned in the original listing). This unit does have at least some plastic optical components, according to one description I saw after purchasing this unit. There is also some mention of it having "slow focusing", which I haven't observed so far (also limited experience with this camera, D7100). GeneRead full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: aaron0574

by Top critical review

An Average Nikon Optic

I am a keen photographer who bought this lens to provide a lightweight travel solution where a good zoom reach was needed for distant close-ups, such as the ceiling detail in old cathedrals, or landscapes when access was difficult. I have used the 70-300 VR before and found it far better for both contrast and sharpness. The 55 at the wide end also allowed for better all-round use. However, on full zoom, this Nikon lens if just not sharp and images also lack clarity of color and contrast. I have tried it under low light and full sun but cannot get the image quality I need. At moderate zoom lengths - say up to 200mm - it is fine. Even on clear, crisp days, the full zoom performance leaves me seriously wondering why I bought this lens in the first place. Yes, it is an economic solution, but not suitable for serious enlargement work. Perhaps I have a dud example? By comparison, my 18-140 is sharp, contrasty, and the images have a quality that the 55-300 seriously lacks. My advice - try this lens on your camera before you buy and check the full zoom capabilities too. I am just unable, despite a few weeks of testing, to get excited about this zoom at all.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: ogt-clan

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A lens built like a tank!

Very well built lens (Metal not plastic). Older push-pull zoom style has appeal to me. Its autofocus is fast and accurate. It works beautifully with both a DSLR (D300) and an older film cameras (N90s). While it lacks some modern features such as VR and distance communication to the camera, it's used price along with a $117.00 film camera body allows me to safely use a bird lens in a canoe. If it drowns I'm not out big bucks. With an aperture ring I can use it with extension tubes for close focusing. And the aperture ring also allows me to use older tele-converters. Its tripod mounting ring has never gotten in my way and is very helpful in balancing my outfit on a mount. This tripod mount is much easier to use while switching from horizontal to vertical formats and leveling the horizon when using a ball head on a tripod. It also works well with D-TTL and i-TTL flashes. In short, I love this lens!!Read full review...

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Light, fast, sharp and cheap. Buy two in case break.

There are something good and bad about this lens. First, the good:
Vibration reduction is very effective. You can easily see the difference when switching vr on at 300mm zoom range. Guess this is what modern technology brought us. Now we can hand held camera and still take sharp pictures. Lens is pretty sharp up to 200mm and then sharpness decline a little. To the people spoiled by using prime 300mm ed nikon lens, this lens can not meet the expectation. The focusing is fast enough for most activities. For general use, it is good enough.
Then the bad:
Zooming is not smooth. When zooming from 55 to about 200mm, it is smooth, then you feel resistance from 240 to 300mm. So what I did is point lens to the ground when zoom in and point lens up when zoom out. It is not very convenient but worked ok. The build quality is definitely not up to the old nikon ais lens but this lens is light. If you use force on any part of the lens, I think it will break because of plastic construction.
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Great upgrade for the 55 to 200 Kit Lens

I baught this as an upgrade to the 55 to 200 kit lens that came with the D5100, and it certainly is that. It really does deliver the super sharp picture quality that you expect from Nikon. I did not give it 5 stars, because you do see a drop off at the longest focal lenth, but then again, that seems to be typical for a lens in this price range. I have gotten some fantastic sports shots with it in shutter priority mode, which can be made even better with minimal enhancements. Portraits and landscapes in A-Priority have turned a out consistently excellent as well. This lens excells when you have enourh light, but is not fast enough for action shots in less than ideal lighting conditions. I use a Quantary Circular Polorizer in bright sunlight conditions and have manaaged some 'framable' shots looking almost directly into the sun. All in all a great valueRead full review...

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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR 018208021970 MPN: 2197 Lens

Not properly packed with no padding and not in it's box! New lenses come in a box. Other than that seems to operate well all though in low light it doesn't Auto focus well. It's very light and easy to handle compared to my 400mm.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: new | Sold by: vladislasmilko_0

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Great lens

This lens is the perfect addition to the usual 18-55 zoom. The vibration reduction is indispensable. It focuses smoothly, but needs manual focus when there are things in the foreground. It makes the camera a bit top heavy, so to speak, but that's also because my DSLR body is so light.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: kevintheartist2013

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Great multi function lens

I've been a professional photographer for years. Most recently getting back into digital. I can't say enough good things about this lens. With this lens, you don't need to carry 3 or 4 other's with you. This lens does it all. Great glass, sharp images, perfect zoom and focus. The VR feature works well to in low light and for recording video. Highly recommended.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: nationalcameraexch

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Excellent lightweight lens for Nikon D3300 camera.

This lens is built for digital cameras and is sold with some Nikon models. My Nikon D3300 came with a very good 55-200mm zoom lens but I wanted more power for longer birding and wildlife photos. I also wanted a lightweight lens with VR (vibration reduction) and accurate auto focusing (AF) so I could use the lens without a tripod while hiking. This lens meets those requirements extremely well and functions well with many of the automatic features of my D3300 camera. A special bonus was the excellent resolution on "close-ups" about 5 feet away with the 300mm settings. I was pleasantly surprised how good the images of flowers were, where I had been using the close-up or macro settings of more conventional lenses. I even used this lens to take images of flowers blowing in the wind with the sports-stop action settings in my camera and got some really nice images. Maybe a professional photographer will want to pay more money for a higher quality lens, but this one looks like it is going to become one of my favorites.Read full review...

Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: new | Sold by: absolutejen5

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Great Addition to the DX Line-up

Great Addition to the DX Line-up

This lens is fantastic - especially for $399. My first concern was whether it not it had a plastic or metal mount since some DX lenses in this price range have plastic. I even contacted Nikon and they couldn't (or wouldn't) tell me. Well, I was really pleased to see that it does have a metal mount. It has a nice solid feel to it. The zoom movement is smooth and I haven't had any problem with lens creep when I'm aiming it downward. Even when I point the camera downward and shake it, it won't creep.

I'm just beginning to get into testing it but my preliminary pictures are coming out nice - really nice. The sharpness is amazing and the lens produces a very nice bokeh. I posted the image of the dragonfly with the chicken wire background (see the customer uploads) Check out the detail in the wings. That shot says it all. It was HAND HELD and cranked all the way out to 300mm. The original image is great but a lot of the detail was lost with the upload to Amazon. But - none the less - it's still pretty sharp. The auto focus on this lens is fast, smooth, quiet and very accurate. It locked right in on the subject. It was set on aperture priority at f/8 1/500sec for the shot that I posted here (shot with a D-90).

The VR on this lens is great. The detail I get with hand-helds just amazes me. It has Nikon's VRII image stabilization and it even has a tripod detection mode that reduces any vibration from shutter release when it's on a tripod.

Colors are rendered accurately and the contrast is pretty sharp even at the max aperture. The lens is compact for a 300mm and it's lighter than my AF-S DX 18-200mm which I use as my regular walk-around. I'm sure the new 55-300 will be used as my walk around pretty frequently also.

All in all for an APS-C lens, Nikon did a great job with this one - especially for the price. It's a welcome addition to the DX line and I'm really glad I have one in my gear bag.
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Información adicional

UPC

018208021970

Packaging

White box with all manufacturer's accessories

Brand

Nikon

Focus Type

Auto & Manual

Camera Type

SLR

Focal Length

55-300mm

Focal Length Type

Zoom

Type

Telephoto, Image Stabilization

MPN

2197

Compatible Brand

Nikon

Camera Technology

Digital

Maximum Aperture

f/4.5-5.6

Series

Nikon NIKKOR

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