Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Zoom-NIKKOR IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens *NEW*
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Great Travel Tele- Zoom
First off the lens won't match up to my 300mm 2.8 in terms of speed and image quality. However, that thing is impractical to travel around with. That said, I'm very pleased with this lens. I bought it for a surf trip to Fiji and it performed really well. I had good light, so I never experienced it hunting around. Shooting from a boat in the channel, the riders are coming at you fast. The lens kept a good focus on the subject in a rather dynamic environment. The images produced even all the way out at 300mm were quite sharp and with an FX camera at max resolution can be reasonably cropped. I included a couple typical shots that were taken all the way out at 300mm.Read full review...
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: apvander
Not convincing, a very medium build quality, poor image quality
This lens has good aspects too, the reach is nice, especially on a DX format where the 70-300 will actually be equivalent to 150-450. BUT, despite a pretty effective image stabilization, the quality you get from your photos is no sufficient. I'm just back from a photo trip and brought back a few incredible photographs, not a single of those I kept out of the 50 Go (2000+) images shot, came from this lens. My old 70-200 Ai manual focus gives much better results when sufficient light is there. Overall my advise is not to buy this telephoto zoom. at least not at this price, and not if you plan to zoom past 150mm.Read full review...
For the money it's hard to beat...
I have a 80-200mm 2.8 D lens which is built like a tank and performs better than this. But for half the price, a lot less weight, and extra reach to 300mm; this lens can't be beat.
It has a pretty good VR system and relatively quick auto focus. It's much lighter than the pro lens and performs almost as well. It's cons are: slower f-stop 4.5 vs 2.8, variable aperture (dependant on zoom), some purple fringing (which can be fixed in post processing), and a more fragile construction.
My first copy of this lens rolled off a park bench onto a wood boardwalk (2.5 feet tops), it was even sheathed in a neoprene lens pouch, and it stopped focusing. I tried to live without it, but the 2.8 is too large/heavy to drag around for everyday shooting. The long focal length gives a pretty great out of focus background separation for portraits. I usually bring this, a 50mm and 28mm prime to family outings.Read full review...
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: tidaanims-north
Good Lens, not as heavy as a 400mm.
The lens VR focuses fast. It is very active in servo mode as well. This is a good for landscape, outdoor events, museums, auditoriums, and kids recitals. Also when you don't want to drag around heavier 400mm lenses. Indoors it gathers enough light for portraits with it's 67mm lens element with or without flash. Although you need 4 to 10 feet of space behind you to get personal or group party shots... at 70mm you need to back-up! The 67mm lens element is wide enough to garner enough light at medium ISO and above. So you don't have to use flash. Although the further back you are in relation to target you must raise the ISO as well. Or just switch on flash. The one hindrance... Close up flash photos. On most Nikon SLR's the stock flash will cast a shadow of the long barrel on anything up close. The only work around is to increase the ISO with no flash. OR get a hot shoe flashbulb to take photos.Read full review...
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A good alternative to the 70-200mm 2.8 (if price is an issue)
This lens is great, it pretty fast, pretty light, and does everything pretty well. I've gotten some stunning images from it. It's not going to be as good of a low light or sports performer as the incredible 70-200 2.8 Nikkor, BUT it is also a FRACTION of the price, gives more focal length, and it is nearly half the size. It would be a great travel lens if you needed a telephoto with you on vacation or something along those lines. It's still light enough to walk about with and it's not as massive and obvious as the 70-200. For the price, it can't be beat. Autofocus is fast enough and image quality is pretty impressive overall. Loves daylight.Read full review...
Really Nice For The Price!
I think it's a very nice lens. The color and contrast are very good. I've gotten lazy shooting with wider lenses with VR. The VR works well on this one, but you still need to try and steady yourself more so than with the wider lenses. The lens is very sharp, to 200mm. It get's a little soft after that, but the photos are still nice. I've shot some landscape and some portraits with it. It works well for both. The bokeh (background blur) looks pretty good, to me. I've been very happy with it. Focus get's a little soft in the corners, but for the price I'm not sure you can beat this lens for cameras without built in focus motors.
I'm not sure what the resolution will be like, after upload, but I've added a photo taken with the lens.Read full review...
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: artnetix
Great heavy lens
This was a great value to get used - not sure about full price for this lens, although I am not a professional, just taking pictures of my kids sporting events! Indoors (Hockey) I was having a hard time with the lighting, but more messing with the camera settings will help some. Outdoors (Soccer) is is AWESOME. it is heavy, but on a D7000 it is not terribly out of balance. i think it would be even better with a full size cameraRead full review...
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: garrigh0
Solid performer for general use
Great general purpose lens for telephoto images. Not a "super lens", but a really good value (this is not a multi thousand dollar piece of gear, so don't expect that level of performance), but produces good, clear, sharp images reliably. Also frees up space that carrying several primes in your gear bag would take up. Very happy with the lens and the stabilization features make a world of difference in low light.Read full review...
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: mpbcom
Woderful lens at a great price !
This lens, for being a 4.5-5.6 aperture has wonderful AF-S in it. I hooked it up to my AP-S sensor Nikon D7100, & auto focus is almost tack sharp, so a little fine tuning and it will be on point. Great price for a good quality lens. Not the best, but very durable & great distance at 450mm.
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Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: pre-owned | Sold by: jst*4*you
I bought it as a replacement to my previous Sigma 70-300 zoom that was damaged and I'm very happy. Sharp images, great VR. The only thing I miss is the Macro feature of the old lens. A Macro on this lens would make it perfect.Read full review...
Verified purchase: Yes | Condition: new | Sold by: mrphotostore
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