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Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 35mm Zoom
Product DescriptionThis high-power, high-performance 4.3x telephoto zoom with VR image stabilization lens allows better hand-held telephoto shooting ED glass. High-power 4.3x Telephoto Zoom-Nikkor lens approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on 35mm SLR. Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing photographers to shoot handheld at as many as 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. Two Nikon Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements deliver superior optical performance for both digital and 35mm photography. ED glass minimizes chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance. Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range. Focus as close as 4.9 ft throughout entire zoom range. Non-rotating front element provides for convenient use of circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System. A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet auto focusing, along with quick switching between auto focus and manual operation (M/A and M). A nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural. 67mm filter attachment size
Submitted by 1961sg a Professional
Date Reviewed: November 27, 2013
Strengths: -Reasonably Well built
-Focuses reasonably closely
-Dual Mode VR
Weaknesses: -To get a sharp picture (but it will do it)
-Turning on the VR will cause you photo to loose sharpness
-A little on the porky side
I bought this lens as a cheap foray into the world of Nikon once again. The lens is a exercise in mediocrity. It's not a bad lens but it's not a great lens. It is priced in the middle for a middle series lens. It's not cheaply built, on par with the gold ring lenses. Optically it is capable of producing some outstanding results but it really makes you work for it. If you want a sharp picture you have to use manual focus. I found that using the VR would result in even further loss of sharpness. Now I really should qualify my definition of sharpness. I'm a photography professional so I tend to look at things like this through a microscope. The person who is going to use this lens on average will be quite pleased with the results. Compared to other 70-300's it's a little on the heavy side but that is not necessarily a bad thing as it helps with holding the lens steady. When compared to other 70-300 lenses it's actually quite superior, definitely near the top of the heap of consumer lenses and worth every penny of the $529.00 I paid for it.
Price Paid: $529.00
Purchased At: Kerrisdale Cameras
Similar Products Used: Canon 70-200 f:4
Canon 70-300 f4-5.6 IS USM
Sigma 70-300 f4-5.6
Type of photography: People
Submitted by armando_m a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: December 6, 2010
Strengths: Sharp even wide open
VR is magic, can easily use 1/60 shutter speed at 300mm
Can work on FX or DX cameras
Weaknesses: AFS in the dark may not work unless given some manual help
I'm pleasantly surprised by this lens, the sharpness blows away my other zooms, even wide open at 300mm. I have another version of a 70-300 zoom the Nikon AF G version and could never got good image quality with that lens.
I was almost ready to spend 3 to 4 times more on a fixed 300mm lens when I came across this lens, saw some images here in PR gallery and decided to purchase a refurbished unit.
About the VR function in the 70-300, I find it superior to the VR in the 18-20 zoom, it works wonderful, I have used low shutter speeds at 300mm and gotten sharp images, it is slightly more noisy than the VR in the 18-200 zoom but does a superb job.
AFS is fast when using single spot AF, used to catch some birds in flight and it is hard to decide which image is not a keeper. Using area focus in dark areas can paralyze the AF and it will need some manual help to get closer to where you want to focus.
I could see zero color aberration at 300 mm even on high contrast areas. This is while used on a D300 which corrects CA in case there is some, it is not the case of the 70-300 AF G version where I could see CA even in the D300.
I was worried about the max aperture being 5.6 at 300mm but it is more than compensated by VR. I have shot hand held many images with this lens and all are sharp, really amazing. Also it is fairly light. My macro lens is heavier (sigma 150mm f2.8)
I give it 4 stars due only to the 5.6 max aperture at 300mm, I'm almost sure someone trying to shoot sports will have problems with the lens being to slow.
Duration Product Used: 2-5 years
Price Paid: $400.00
Purchased At: Adorama
Similar Products Used: nikon 70-300 AF G lens
nikon 18-200 AFS VR
old tamron 24-200 ( i think) on a pentax film slr
Type of photography: Outdoor
Submitted by drmainak a Intermediate
Date Reviewed: September 24, 2009
Strengths: Great lens for outdoor work with good light, especially if you are shooting from a vehicle with running engine.
Upto 200 mm, the results are great, comparable to 70-200 VR (not the VR II), and this is half the weight of 70-200 VR.
fast and silent AF.
close focus of 1.5m is from film-plane, so the actual physical distance comes to some 1m. that is really close.
Weaknesses: There is a front heaviness in this lens that robs the overall balance a bit.
No tripod mount means tripod-mounted setup is cumbersome and slow to manouevre.
In bad light, this lens delivers only if you have a good AF module (CAM 2000 or 3500).
At 300mm, it is soft, and needs stopping down to f8. That robs the bokeh and ruins the background.
no chance of adding a TC
I have been using this lens, the 70-300 VR, for some two years now. the beginning was weird as it was my first VR and the effectiveness of VR was unbelievable. The point is, i have shot handheld shots at 1/10 sec and made 10" by 12" prints and there is no softness, no blur, time and again. color, sharpness, edge definition, everything is phenomenal, BUT only upto midway between 200 and 300 mm marks. Focus is almost silent, very fast, sure even with the CAM 900 focus module. The active VR is quite good, but the effectiveness of panning has not been tested. The hood is essential to avoid flare. Do not bother about filters. Only UV and polarizer are required, and polarizer is rarely needed in nature shots. 67mm may be odd but not astronomically expensive, but think of the weight reduction and soon this lens will be in your trekking kit.
Duration Product Used: 6-10 years
Similar Products Used: sigma 100-300 f4.5-6.7 AFD, Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR, Nikon 24-85 AFD,
Type of photography: Outdoor
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