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Compact, high-performance telephoto zoom lens with VR II

The compact, lightweight AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED delivers 300mm of telephoto reach (450mm equivalent on DX-format D-SLRs) with Nikon’s second generation of Vibration Reduction (VR II) for enhanced hand-held and low-light shooting.  Powered by Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for ultra-fast, ultra-quiet autofocusing, and optimized with the latest advancements in lens design, it draws peak performance from both FX- and DX-format DSLRs. Leave the tripod at home and create stunning still images and HD videos from any distance.
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
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IF Lens

Handheld telephoto shooting

Nikon’s VR II image stabilization

The AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED brings telephoto reach to hand-held shooting opportunities. Compact and lightweight, it’s a well-balanced walk-around lens for stills and HD videos. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 2.5 stops* of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture. You can even focus as close as 4.9-ft throughout the entire zoom range for fantastic close-up shots.

Exceptional image quality

Built on a legacy of NIKKOR excellence

Whether you shoot an FX- or DX-format camera, the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED captures exceptional photos and HD videos with edge-to-edge sharpness. Its specialized Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass produces clear, high-contrast images with minimal chromatic aberration. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides ultra-quiet, ultra-fast autofocusing with seamless manual focus override; and Internal Focus (IF) lets that focusing occur without the lens changing size, so you can maintain camera-subject working distance throughout the focus range.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: FX-format compatible lenses are attached to an FX-format digital SLR camera and zoom lenses are set at the maximum telephoto position.
Vibration Reduction
Vibration Reduction
A Nikon in-lens technology that improves image stability by automatically compensating for camera shake. Lenses that offer VR will feature the abbreviation VR on the lens barrel.
Silent Wave Motor
Silent Wave Motor
AF-S NIKKOR lenses feature Nikon’s Silent Wave Motor (SWM), which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology. SWM uses ultrasonic vibrations—rather than a gear system—to focus the lens, providing incredibly smooth, silent and precise autofocus operation.
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
An optical glass developed by Nikon that is used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
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Select NIKKOR lenses have a focusing mode which allows switching from automatic to manual focusing with virtually no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens. This makes it possible to seamlessly switch to fine manual focusing while looking through the viewfinder.
IF Lens
IF Lens
A NIKKOR lens in which only the internal lens group shifts during focusing. Thus, IF NIKKORS do not change in size during AF operation, allowing for compact, lightweight lenses capable of closer focusing distances. These lenses will be designated with the abbreviation IF on the lens barrel.
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Great lens for action and nature! I bought this lens because I could not afford the 70-200 and actually the lens is very good and you get the added 100mm. This lens is not heavy, focus is fast and is easy to use. I use it for architectural detail shots, landscape, nature and sports. The VR works as designed and is priced right! July 31, 2010
One For The Travel Bag This lens is the one you want in your travel bag. If you have limited space to pack, this lens offers a great degree of versatility. It is great for landscape as at 70mm you still have plenty of view angle, but when you want to get the close up shot, the 300mm zoom capability will get you in with the subject. Very sharp detail and good light gathering capability. And for the really close up shots you will get sharp detail with amazing depth of field to work with in aperture priority. Landscape, wildlife, and close up, this lens provides a quality results. March 17, 2014
Outstanding Lens ! I have only two lenses at this point in time. The Nikkor 16-85 3.5-5.6 and the 70-00 4.5-5.6. I find myself continuously reaching for this lens. The lens is amazingly sharp, nice Bokeh!! Just looking through the view finder with this lens give you the feel that you are using professional quality glass. I would post some pictures here but they are severely reduced therefore you really can't see the true image quality.. Anyway, I too same as many other people doing the due dilegence research.But let me tell you now, if you are interested in this lens, don't waste your time any longer. Just go for it !! May 28, 2013
Amazing Lens at an amazing price. Amazing Lens at an amazing price. hard to believe that it would be so good May 25, 2013
Yes, Buy t! If you are wondering if you should buy this lens, the answer is "Yes!" With my DX format camera it has an effective range of about 105-450, which I just love, as I do a lot of nature photography. The Vibration Reduction works quietly in the background, but really shows up in stunning, crisp images. That said, for those of you who have never had a real glass lens, this one will feel heavy and you will need to learn to use your camera with the different balance. Go back to basics, support the lens with your left hand palm up, and you will be just fine. Some people might not like the extra weight, but a good photographer will just learn how to deal with it. I prefer the heavier camera/lens set, which seems to me to be easier to hold steady. May 21, 2013
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Please list the teleconverters that will work with this lens

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This lens is not compatible with any of our teleconverters since the rear elements of the lens will touch and may damage the elements in the teleconverter.
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which telephoto lens works best on D3200 for closeup bird photography

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This is the most affordable zoom without spending $7000 + for a lens. You also might want to look at the new 18-300mm. After you photograph the birds you can crop in closer in view nx2.
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if i use AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED in D3200 what about battery Backup?

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i am using D3200, i want purchase AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED .so i have to know battery backup of D3200. if i use AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

now i am using NIKKOR 18-55 kit lens. so the battery backup is good
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Nikon does not make a battery grip for the D3200. The use of the AF-S 70-300 does not draw any additional power from the battery than the 18-55 does.
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CAN I USE TELECOVERTERS WITH THIS LENSE. IF SO WHAT IS THE MODEL

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No compatible teleconverters.
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Yes it has a built in focus motor(-S designation), the camera requires that for autofocus as the D3200 does not have a built in focus drive.
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Confusion when comparing to Dx format lens, will be using on Dx body.

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Trying to compare the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED and AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. Website lists "Minimum Angle of View (DX-format)" for BOTH lenses as 5°20'. This would seem to indicate that both lenses would behave as a 300mm lens. However, some posts indicate that on a Dx body, this lens would effectively work like 105-450mm due to the "crop effect". This contradicts the angle of view info from Nikon's website. Which is correct and how would the lens behave on a Dx body, 70-300 or 105-450? Thanks for the help!!!
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Both lenses on a DX format camera will have a crop factor, so the 55-300 will have an effective field of view of 82-450mm and the 70-300 would be 105-450. This is because the mm designation is stated in relation to a 35mm camera.Read this article and maybe you will understand better, it can be confusing
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-And-Explore/Article/g588ouey/the-dx-and-fx-formats.html
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What teleconverter can I use with this lens?

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The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED lens is not comptaible with any teleconverters.
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if not what are the list of lens compatible to my dslr.
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Yes, the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is compatible with the D3100.
What lenses can I use on the Nikon D3100?
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What would cause the auto focus on my Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-300MM 1;4,5-5.6 G ED VR lens to stop auto focusing ?

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Sounds like the focus motor has packed up, only thing you can do is send it in to be checked out.
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is it possible to add a tripod clamp to the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED?

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I already have a 55-200 mm zoom but would like to get closer to wildlife subjects. Will this make a significant difference?
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Give this simulator a try, you can set what ever focal length you like plus a number of other things can be changed, it will then give you a comaprison between focal lengths.
http://imaging.nikon.com/lineup/lens/simulator/index.htm
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Almost all of us have times when we need, or want, to shoot a sporting event. First, think about where you want to position yourself. Think about where most of the action occurs in the sport you’re photographing. When choosing a lens, the best lens to use is a lens with a wide range of zoom. The AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED delivers 300mm of telephoto reach, which is great for sporting events. You can even focus as close as 4.9-ft throughout the entire zoom range for fantastic close-up shots. If there's fast action, make sure to change your camera's autofocus setting to Continuous. That way it will track the action to keep the photo in focus. And you may also want to set the AF points to Dynamic Autofocus to make it easier to keep the focus on your subject. If your camera has scene modes, you can choose the sports setting, which tells the camera that you are shooting sports and will need a fast shutter speed to capture the action. To capture the action of fast moving athletes, you generally need to use a fast shutter speed to stop the action. In order to use a fast shutter speed a lens that allows a lot of light in, one with a fast maximum aperture is required. If your lens is not fast you can boost the ISO value to compensate, but be aware of the limitations when using high ISO settings. In many cases, as in high school gyms, the light level is sometimes so low that even with a high ISO (like 1600) and aperture of f/5.6, the fastest shutter speed that can be used still will not be fast enough to stop action. In these cases the only option is to use a lens with faster maximum aperture, such as one that opens to f/2.8.
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Yes, AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is fully compatible with D5100.
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