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Compact, surprisingly affordable telephoto zoom lens

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Don’t let its price tag fool you—this easy-to-handle telephoto zoom lens delivers excellent images, especially when used with a tripod. Covering a versatile 70-300mm focal length range (105-450mm equivalent on DX-format cameras), it’s an excellent choice for most daylight telephoto subjects, from portraiture to wildlife, on Nikon DSLRs that have a built-in focusing motor. Bring the action closer with vivid, lifelike detail.
Photo of a Japanese garden shot with the AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G lens

Get closer to the action

Powerful 4.3x telephoto zoom

The AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G is a lightweight and versatile option for those seeking affordable telephoto zoom capability. With a 300mm maximum focal length (450mm equivalent on DX-format cameras) it brings even the most distant action closer. It’s an ideal lens for candids, travel and sports photography.
AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G lens used to shoot this photo of a ferris wheel lit at night with fireworks going off in the background

Sharp, bright images

Precise AF functionality for cameras with built-in focusing motors

The AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G’s D-type design provides precise distance and metering information to DSLRs that are fully compatible with the D-type design (see your camera’s specifications if you’re unsure). For DSLRs that are not fully compatible with the D-type design, some autofocus and metering functions may not be available.
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Love this lens The title sums this lens up well. I love this lens, and a good upgrade from the 18-55mm kit lens. Although, I wish I could have bought the VR version, I am completely happy without it. My images generally turn out great even without it. I use this on my D3100, and even though I have to manually focus(which I did even with my kit lens) it works perfectly fine, where some people online were saying it doesn't work well with my camera model. Over all, it's amazing for it's price and zoom range. November 26, 2012
Excellent amateur lens!! This lens is a bargain!! I purchased mine earlier this year and I am very happy I did. I would have liked to have the more macho VR version, but at the time I simply could not afford it. Either way, I am pleased with this Nikon product. I shot some fairly low light portraits with it and they came out STUNNING!! The images were sharp and had fantastic blur in the background. Luckily I have motors in my camera so I can auto focus. This lens is a bit slow, but if you are in the right situation the lens will deliver. I highly recommend this lens for an enthusiast who shoots wild life or sports and is on a budget. I have a feeling you will be pleased with this product. August 16, 2012
Great zoom lens for sports photography I have used this lens for nearly 10 years for many purposes and find that it is just terrific for sports events due to its sharpness even at the maximum zoom setting. August 18, 2011
Awesome! I can get 300mm pics with no Blurr with the VR. Pin point accuracy on the Focus! No complaints! I love the lens! ALSO! takes pretty nice macro shots fully extended. August 2, 2011
Excellent performance despite the cheap price. First of all it does not have VR and won't auto focus on D3100. For that there is AF-S 55-300 VR at almost 3 times the price of this one (online). This is also one of he two cheapest priced lens in the entire Nikon catalog. So I was hesitant if it is worth buying. It is worth if you are looking for a decent telephoto zoom, won't mind manual focusing, and usually taking pictures during the day. Picture quality is sharp (better than I expected), way better than your 10x point & shoot or SLR looking super zoom. Almost like your kit zoom. It is light so not much of a problem to carry. If you want to shoot in the low light you need 300 f/2.8. Just look at that size and price and if you earn money from photography then you don't need this one. But even then considering the size and price you can keep this one as spare when you are on vacation. I liked this one more than I expected. May 4, 2011
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Does AF Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4-5.6G work with the D90?

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Yes, the AF 70-300 4/5.6G zoom lens not only works with the D90, but it works very, VERY well! That's all functions, including ambient and flash metering, autofocusing in all modes, DOF preview...everything! And it is particularly well balanced on a D90, permitting low shutter speed hand held shooting without the need for VR.
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I believe it will, as D90 got a build in focus motor
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will this lens work with my D60?

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it won't autofocus but it will work.
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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D60 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.
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the af lens will work fine on the 3100 you will just have no auto focus
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For d3100 AF-s DX 55-300 f4.5-5.6 G ED VR is the correct lens and still affordable. The Vibration Reduction (VR) makes it more practical fo the long end of the zoom when being hand held.
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i am using this lens with a D5000. Can I add a teleconverter to it? If so, which one(s) is compatible?

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Don't use teleconverter if you want acceptable AF speed.
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No, this lens is not compatible with a teleconverter.
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Will this lens work well with 2.0x teleconverters???

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For future reference, compatibly chart:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en_INC/IMG/Assets/Common-Assets/Images/Teleconverter-Compatibility/en_US_Comp_chart.html
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No.
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is the AF-SVR zoom 70-300 f4.5-5.6 IF-ED compatible with any Nikkor Teleconveters?

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There are no teleconverters that are compatible with this lens. The reason is because the back element on this lens moves too far and will hit the front element of the teleconverter.

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Will this lens work with the D3200?

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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D3200 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.
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Yes, but no AF.
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With which models i can use this lense (Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300 1:4-5.6G)

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I got Nikon F65 SLR film camera along with Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300 1:4-5.6G. I would like to use this lens with another camera. Please answer me in simple words.
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Sorry typo should be D4 not D400.
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D90,D7000. D7100 D300s,D600,D3x.D400 are the currently available cameras that can use that lens
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The AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G lens will not autofocus on the Nikon D3100 but is otherwise compatible. For lenses that will autofocus look for those with AF-S designation, like the AF-S-VR-Zoom-Nikkor-70-300mm Lens.

For more information on choosing lenses for your D3100 see this article on Nikonusa.com:
http://support.nikonusa.com/app/ans...
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No, neither the lens of the camera has a focus motor. You need the AF-S version, the - S designation means the lens has a built in focus motor.
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Yes it will, D7000 has a built in focus motor (D3000 doesn't)
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Yes it will auto focus on the D7000. The D3000 does no have a built in focus motor, the D7000 does.
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will this lens work on my d40x

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It will 'work' but will be manual focus only.
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No, neither the lens or the camera have focus motors. You need lenses with the -S designation such as the
AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
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Will this lens work with the D40x

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No, neither the lens or the camera have built in focus motors. You will have to focus manually.
You need lenses designated with AF-S or AF-I in order to autofocus
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Yes but will be manual focus only
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is this lens conpataible with Nikon 1 AW 1?

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Here is a list of the compatible lenses
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/acil/accessories/mount_adapter_ft1/compatibility.htm
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The AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G lens can be used on the Nikon1 AW1 with the addition of the optional FT-1 Mount Adapter, but autofocus would not be available. In addition, this configuration would not be waterproof, shockproof, or freezeproof.

For waterproof, shockproof, and freezeproof performance use 1NIKKOR all-weather lenses. The 1NIKKOR all-weather lenses are the 1NIKKOR AW 11-27.5mm f/3.5-5.6 lens and the 1NIKKOR AW 10mm f/2.8 lens.
 
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What Body do I need to use a 70-300 AF lens...

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Recieved a lens as a gift that isn't compatable with my D3000... What body would I need to properly use it.
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Read this, too many to list:

http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/go35b5yp/which-nikkor-lens-type-is-right-for-your-d-slr.html
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It will work on the D3000 but will be manual focus only. To have af you would need something like the D90, D7000 and upwards.
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Will this lens work with my D5200/D3200??

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It will work but manual focus only, neither the lens or the cameras have built in focus motors.

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Yes but will be manual focus.
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Can Nikon 70-300mm F/4-5.6(Nn VR) autofocus in Nikon D3200

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No, it is manual focus only
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No, neither the lens or the camera have focus motors. You need lenses designated AF-S or the older AF-I, both have focus motors built in.
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will a AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G work on a Nikon D3000 Camera?

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The addition of an auto focus motor to a lens increases the cost. The closet in price you will get is the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. This will autofocus with your D3000.
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It will work, but manual focus only, neither the lens or the camera have focus motors. In order to autofocus with the D3000 you need lenses designated AF-S or the older AF-I, both built in focus motors.
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Which cameras will support autofocus with this lens?

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All bodies apart from D3*** and D5*** series cameras
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AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G will support autofocus with any camera that has an autofocus motor. For more information please see this Learn and Explore article: http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...
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Will this lens work with D3300?

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Yes, the AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G will work with the D3300. The D3300 will not autofocus with the AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G. For more information on compatible lenses, please see the following link: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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It will work but manual focus only neither the lens or the camera have built in focus motors. You need lenses designated with AF-S or the older AF-I designation.
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Will this lens work with a Nikon D5200? If so, will it autofocus?

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The AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G (1928) Lens will not autofocus on the D5200 but is otherwise compatible. For autofocus capabilities consider the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens. Additional information on choosing lenses for the D5200 can be found here: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an....
 
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It will work but no autofocus. Neither the camera or the lens has a built in focus motor. You need lenses designated with AF-S or the older AF-I.
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Does this lens work with the new d5100??

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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D5100 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.

You may want to get the AF-S version of this lens.
 
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will this lense work on a nikon d40

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Cameras such as the D40 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.

You may want to try the AF-S version of this lens.
 
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WILL THIS WORK WITH D-50 SLR

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Hi is this lens AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G compatable with nikon d700?

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Hi is this lens AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G compatable with nikon d700? as last question was about the VR lens? and will it autofocus?

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Will NIKKOR 70 -300 G Lens be compatible with Nikon D3100 SLR Camera

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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D3100 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.

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Will this lens work with a D40X?

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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D3100 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.

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Is the lens compatible with an N80?

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it is not focusing on the N80. any ideas why not? thanks!
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Yes, all compatible.
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will this work with D3000

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Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor. Cameras such as the D3000 do not have a focus motor in it so they require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.

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Will it work on D3100?

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Although I know that D3100 does not support AF lens, however, will THIS lens work on D3100?
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Yes it will work but will be manual focus
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Is this lense compatible with the F4 body

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Yes, fully compatible.
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