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Nikon AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED Zoom-Nikkor 35mm Zoom

4.14 star rating
                      4.14 / 5 (92 Reviews)
MSRP : $465.00

  • Camera Format35 mm SLR
    Lens TypeZoom Lens
    Focal Length70mm - 300mm
    Lens Max Aperturef/4-f/5.6
    Min Aperturef/32
    Focus TypeAutofocus
    Macro LensWithout Macro Lens
    Closest Focusing Distance60 in
    Picture Angle8 - 34 degrees
    Attachment / Filter Size62 mm
    Groups / Elements13 Elements in 9 Groups
    Diameter2.9 in
    Length4.6 in
    Weight18.2 oz
    Product ID20723768

Product Description

This lightweight, compact 4.3x telephoto zoom features Nikon's exclusive ED glass for correction of chromatic aberration. With a close-focusing distance of 5', the 70-300 offers convenient macro capability with a reproduction ratio up to 1/3.9. The 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED is affordably priced within the range of almost every photographer.

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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Ayman a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: February 18, 2009

Strengths:    It has a huge zoom range, light weight and low price
I know that the lens will focus down to 5-6 feet which is very good.

Weaknesses:    There is very little distortion at 70mm and therefore you can shoot here if you need to keep straight lines right.

It has high level of distortion at 135mm and above and more distortion at 200 and 300mm.

Bottom Line:   
I've tried this lens many times and in deferent shooting circumstances where I have found it convenient in term of it's huge zoom range, light weight and low price.
Having said that, I didn't like it because the lens has distortions at the long end and the focus errors and it lakes the right sharpness

I started my hobby with a Nikon D80 and then moved to the fantastic Nikon D7oo with the intention to use only Nikon Lenses since the entire point of buying a Nikon camera is to use Nikon lenses.

I think that Nikon company went wrong by producing this lens in such shape and quality of built as “may be” they have tried to compete on the low end against companies who do this as their primary business.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $800.00

Purchased At:   Grand store-Dubai-UA

Similar Products Used:   70-210mm f/4-506 D AF

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by kool100vr4 a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: September 19, 2007

Strengths:    SHARP...

Weaknesses:    WEAK ON CONTRAST..macro is ok..not real macro.

Bottom Line:   
I got my Nikon 70-300mm copy it came with a tripod collar, my model is not the same as shown here in this review, mine is longer may be older model, but anyway, this Nikon 70-300mm is a very sharp lens, i mounted it on my Nikon D50, it produces very sharp images, but i must say the colors and contrast is on the weak side..you should use it on a heavy and sturdy tripod..This is not IF internal focus, therefore the front of the lens will spins, its kinda noisy on AF, but very solid build.
Im happy with my copy...A keeper.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $185.00

Purchased At:   Ebay

Similar Products Used:   Quantaray 70-300mm w/macro

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Richard V Hale Jr a Professional

Date Reviewed: April 26, 2007

Strengths:    Should not strip out after 3 or 4 years like Sigma, Quantaray, etc. Slightly better optics and only a bit more pricey than the disposables.

On the S2 Pro at 200mm (1.5x or 300mm) it actually holds its own against the 300mm 2.8 ED IF on a N90s (using Superia ISO 400-800 shooting stage venues) and Coolscan IV. Downsizing the 16MP scanned file to 6MP is needed to do the rough comparison (admittedly problematic).

The D100 is pretty soft to begin with and 6MP is not all that demanding so this lens is probably the best match for the price. Great setup for previewing Medium and Large format shots (not to mention an excellent Zone System spot meter).

In addition to the Nikon Small Sensor using the lenses' sweet spot do not underestimate filter capabilites with more than double the normal vignetting limit.

Weaknesses:    A step down in quality from the older AF model and newer faster VRs. Hunting at the long end may burn up DSLR motors faster. Its no AF-S either. Quality can (and will) vary from lens to lens in a consumer model.

At the long end f5.6 is the absolute limit for slow glass while remaining useable. Use of a Monopod or Tripod is required at the long end. Mirror lockup, Cable, Air release and Manual Focus also needed.

Unless you use E6 and C41 Film as gold standards the G version may be better. Not quite as useful as the 28-200mm version (but then you do not get to swap lens as much an get dirt all over your sensor either).

This lens would not be my first choice on the newer 12MP DSLRs.

Bottom Line:   
Results dependant on what type of camera is used. In experienced hands a Small Nikon like DSLR 6MP sensor should do good or great. On Full Frame Film its no longer in the sweet spot.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $250.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Tamron, Sigma, Quantaray, Kenko, Wollensak, Schnieder, Ziess, Seiko

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by xml5000 a Expert

Date Reviewed: September 8, 2006

Strengths:    Sharp, acurate colour renditions

Weaknesses:    build not fabulous, but not the worse either

Bottom Line:   
A really good purchase for me. so very sharp, (ED element present in construction) accurate colour rendition, as sharp as other F2.8 nikon mid range zooms costing double.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $300.00

Type of photography:   Fine Art

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by rogiersan a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: July 9, 2005

Strengths:    + Light Weight
+ Good value
+ Good build quality
+ Zoomrange

Weaknesses:    - Slow and Noisy AF
- Lenshood isn't effective

Bottom Line:   
I've done quite some research before buying this prosumer lens. I've considered also the older 75-300. But I choose for light weight and price.

I think its good value for money. Of course I would like better results but at this price you shouldn't complain.

The noisy and slow af does bother me sometimes.

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Duration Product Used:   11-20 years

Price Paid:    $180.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Type of photography:   Sports

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