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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
M/A
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.
M/A
M/A
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.
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED 4.5 5 226 226
Good zoom lens, for the price I've enjoyed using this lens. It's got a beautiful DOF and the 300mm zoom is wonderful. But it refuses to have a clear image if I put a filter on it. I've tried UV filters, polarizers, ND filters, even just a lens protection filter, and it would refuse to show a clear photo. What happens is that it shows doubles of everything, as if you were slightly cross-eyed. Kind of a weird fluke. Wonder if I just received a flawed lens, or if this is the case with everyone's version of this lens. July 30, 2010
Lens over all does good taking sports pictures I use this lens with a D90 body taking baseball pictures. Over all it does a good job,but I am disapointed with the auto focus. At times the auto focus constantly hunts and never locks in. I have other Nikon Lenses that work great and never experience this problem. July 30, 2010
Expensive for what it is With a 16mp sensor, the lens is good to 135mm, and then the image quality starts to decline . At 300mm I find it useless for my purposes when using the D7000. With a 12mp sensor the lens is good enough for most occasions. The AF is very fast though. Not instantaneous, like the 70-200 VR II, but very fast. June 14, 2012
Good lens when it works The optical quality of the lens is very good. But I had already repaired this lens three times because of autofocus problem. It was sent by repair facility to Nikon for repair, but it did not change a bit. Autofocus still does not work properly. I have this product for about 4 years and after three years the lens was in repair three times already. I would not recommend this product to a friend. It does not look like designed and made by Nikon. April 15, 2011
poor sharpness This lens is good to handle, but it has a poor sharpness. After a short period I sent it to service, but there were no Failure. To expensive at that quality... July 31, 2010
Sub-par lens I am very disappointed with this lens. I bought it for bird photography and I find that 1) the quality of the photos is so so, 2) the lens itself plus the camera are so heavy that I frequently end up with shoulder pain after a day of shooting 3) very difficult to take good photos in less than full sunshine as it is difficult to hold the lens firmly. Definitely would need a monopod and even then, the photos would not be so high quality as the lens itself is not great. July 30, 2010
Looks and Feels GREAT, but Image focus; not so great. After much research I decided on the Nikon 70-300; at first, I loved it. Then I downloaded the images to my computer and the honeymoon was over. I could not live with the left side of the frame always out of focus. And I mean way out of focus. If I stop down to f22 it was better, but that is not always possible. I returned the lens ASAP. May 11, 2013
not one of my favorites This is not one of my favorite lenses to say the least, out of all my lenses this is my least favorite, the images I get from this lens are poor unless I'm very close to what I'm photographing, I know this is not a real expensive but at well over $500 when I bought it I expected better, I've almost never gotten good results with this lens especially if what your photographing is more then 50 to 60 feet away from you or if it's something small like a bird that's fairly close, do yourself a favor and leave this one in the store. I've even sent this in for repair thinking there was a problem with it and it was returned saying it was fine. SAVE YOUR MONEY don't buy this lens April 17, 2011
Great lens when it works - Bad quality control? This lens gave fantastic results --- as long as the ambient temperature was over 65 degrees. Below that the camera reported no lens attached and wouldn't take a picture or worse - took pictures that were completely black. Jiggling the lens helped, but I returned it to the store because it was brand new. April 14, 2011
very poor image quality I've had this lense for almost a year and use it with my D90 or should say have used it now it mostly sits in my bag, the image quality with this lens is terrible unless your at the minimum focus distance even at around 35 feet or less the image quality is awful it's always noisy or out of focus even when using a tripod, I sent this lense back to Nikon in Ontario Canada and it was shipped back as in good working order so I guess Nikon messed up on this one unlike my other nikon lenses which are all excelent. July 31, 2010
To Soft I purchased this lense to do basic phtoographic work such as sporting events and wildlife shooting. The lense is very soft across the board. I have contacted Nikon on three occasions and they indicated that there was nothing that could be done to sharpen the image. The VR system works well and I use it often. My only complaint is the soft focus. I do not need a fast lense for what I shoot, but I do need my images to be crisp and in focus. I shoot in bright sunlight and some shade areas in the woods but a standard lense should work fine in these settings. If you are looking for a crisp image this is not the lense for you. This has been the first Nikon Lense that I have been disappointed with. I use it on my D300, D90 and D60 and have the same results. On the plus side, it focuses fast, very quite and smooth. July 30, 2010
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Would the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED work with a D80?

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Yes the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED will work with a D80 .
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Yes. The s in af-s means that the lens itself has a servo built in to control the lens.
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Does Nikon make a teleconverter that will work with this lens.

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However, it does work with the Sigma 1.4x TC. No visible image quality loss, but manual focus is very tricky. Definitely not for moving objects/subjects.
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Not that I am aware of. If you find one that will, I don't think it will be very sharp.
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This lens it's not compatible with any of our teleconverters.
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Would the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED work with a D50?

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Yes, I have used it with a D50, D80 and D3100. It will work with any of the Nikon DSLR's.
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Yes. The af-s means that there is a servo built in to the lens that will power the autofocus
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Does AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED autofocus on Nikon D60?

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I've seen on various websites that this particular lens does not autofocus on the Nikon D60, it just focuses manually. Is this true, and if so what telephoto portrait lens would be compatible and autofocus on the Nikon D60? Thanks!
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yes it does . this is an afs lens . it will auto focus on the d 60.
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While the Nikon D60 does not have a built-in focus drive motor, it CAN autofocus with lenses that have their own drive motor (AF-S and AF-I lenses). Because this is an AF-S lens, it will autofocus with your D60.
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Yes, it will autofocus on the D60. This lens is an 'AF-S" lens which means it has a built-in 'Silent wave motor). This means it has its own internal autofocusing motor, and it will autofocus on all Nikon DSLRs. All AF-S lenses focus extremely fast and accurately.
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can AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED use with D90

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Yes it can.
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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D90.
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What the best lenses can i used for my D90 (for all aspect for photography)

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The best lenses are the ones you can afford and the ones that suit your needs. No point in buying a 600mm if you want to do portraits, likewise no point in buying a macro if you want to do landscape. It would if you pointed out what you want to do and what your budget is.
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Please visit our website and use the lens finder tool in order for you to make your selection base on your needs.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...?
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What format of lanses can i used with D90, only DX or FX or both?

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Either, it makes no difference being DX or Fx.
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Does this lense have both an automatic and manual focus?

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Yes, it does. It has Manual and M/A, i.e. auto, yet you can still focus manually.
 
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yip, all AF-S lenses except 18-55 variospeed and 55-200 have built-in autofocus with full manual override; or you can just switch off the AF altogether.
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will the af-s 70-300 work with a D60?

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All lenses marked AFS have a silent wave motor and will work on every Nikon DSLR
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will this lens work with D300

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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D300.
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