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Nikon 50-300mm /4.5 ED Zoom-Nikkor Ai-S 35mm Zoom

5/5 (2 Reviews)


  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length50mm - 300mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/4.5
    Min Aperturef/22
    Focus TypeManual Focus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance102 in
    Picture Angle8.17 - 46 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size95 mm
    Groups / Elements15 Elements in 11 Groups
    Diameter3.9 in
    Length9.4 in
    Weight68.8 oz
    Product ID20825963

Product Description

An ideal all around zoom lens that spans from normal to telephoto focal lengths. ED glass provides outstanding picture quality at all focal lengths.


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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by neorebel1 a Professional

Date Reviewed: January 23, 2011

Strengths:    Great optics very sharp at f5.6 on up.

Weaknesses:    It 's heavy!

You have to use a sturdy tripod.

Do not use the camera mount on your camera and stress the lens mount. USE the one on the lens!!!


Bottom Line:   
I bought this lens over 20 years ago and have used it many times. It is LARGE and HEAVY, not the light plasticy G type by any stretch.

I have used this on my professional digital camera a few times. Since the sharpest part of the lens is the middle part of the optics it does pretty good.

It really rocks on my Nikon F4s. I really mean that too.

Great contrast and sharp. I have photo's of my daughter and here eyes are just limpid pools of blue. I'm not bragging they are just beautiful shots of her. Of course on a sturdy tripod which it the first thing you need to do to get crisp shots!

This lens is not a hand holdable lens. It is sharp and contrasty at f5.6, f8.0 and on up.

I still shoot film sometimes because I am an artist and want that look of film. This lens never lets me down. I wouldn't characterise this as a carry along lens.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   All pro Nikon eqiupment.

Type of photography:   Fine Art


Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Dave Becker a Intermediate from California

Date Reviewed: July 27, 2001

Strengths:    I Cannot be the only person to own one of these! A wonderful lens with a huge focal range. Would not recommend hand held, it's heavy. Wonderful to use on a monopod or a sturdy tripod. Excellent color contrast. Sharp at all focal lengths but sharpest when shot at f8 to f11, although I have isolated subjects and shot wide open at f4.5 with good result.

Weaknesses:    It's big and heavy as you would expect. Not a weakness.

Bottom Line:   
A superb lens. Should you consider, make sure you evaluate or buy the latest version as there were several previous which were larger, heavier and did not have ED Glass. I believe serial numbers for the current version start at #183***. Still listed in the Nikon Full Product Book and retails new at B&H for something like $3K.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Similar Products Used:   There's really nothing else out there like this lens except perhaps the Canon 35-350 which I have no experience with.

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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