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All-in-one zoom for superb super-telephoto shooting

This powerful zoom lens lets DX-format D-SLR users reach 300mm super-telephoto with clarity and sharpness, thanks to built-in VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization. In addition, the new High Refractive Index (HRI) lens—a first for the NIKKOR lineup—achieves clear, high-contrast images at every aperture and focal length yet contributes to making the lens body slim and compact. A practical, versatile lens, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is ideal for those who want a single lens that can handle just about any shooting opportunitiy.
Vibration Reduction
Silent Wave Motor
ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass
HRI
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Super-telephoto capability in a compact lens

The compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR, with its High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element and 2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements, lets you easily capture far off images, bringing all the action up close. Nikon VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization provides 3.0 stops of blur free handheld shooting, assuring dramatically sharper still images and HD video capture.

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Nikon technology for stunning photos

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR continues Nikon’s tradition of advancing imaging technology. In addition to VR II image stabilization, it features some of Nikon’s latest lens technologies: Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for precise, fast, ultra-quiet autofocus operation, Super Integrated Coating (SIC) for enhanced performance in low-light and minimizing ghosting and flare, Tripod Detection Mode for reducing vibrations during tripod shooting and more.

Nikon Vibration Reduction

Learn more about Nikon’s in-lens VR image stabilization which assures dramatically sharper still images and video capture when shooting handheld.
*Based on CIPA Standard. This value is achieved when: DX-format lenses are attached to a DX-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, which represents a significant advance in AF lens technology.
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.
HRI
HRI
HRI stands for High Refractive Index Lens. With a refractive index of more than 2.0, one HRI lens can offer effects equivalent to those obtained with several normal glass elements and can compensate for both field curvature and spherical aberrations. Therefore, HRI lenses achieve great optical performance in an even more compact body.
A-M
A-M
A-M stands for Auto-Manual Mode. Thanks to a mechanism incorporated in the lens barrel, smooth focusing operation in Manual focus mode is realized in the same way as users have become accustomed to with conventional manual-focus lenses by adding an appropriate torque to the focus ring.
AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR 4.4 5 109 109
A gem indeed Being a hobbyist, I find the lens excellent. Autofocus is good (with my D7000), VR works fine, excellent bokeh and light weight. Colour representation & contrast is nice. Macro capability is awesome at 0.28X, and I am using very cheap (1$) macro add-on filter with it and got some acceptable result. Con is it is not a low light lens, doesn't work with FX bodies. I personally never used its heavier sister the 70-300 VR so cannot compare the two. November 24, 2012
Great All in One Lens This lens can do it all. I used to carry and swap the 18-55mm lens with this one. The lens is very light by the way. After a while I noticed that most of my shots were at least 6 to 10 feet away. Perfect for the low end of the 55-300mm range of this lens. Plus when I take it to sporting events the 300mm allows me to stay in the bleachers. Alot of our friends have the 200mm lens and have to get alot closer for the same shots. The image stabilizer allows for crisp action photos at any distance. October 17, 2011
Yes, Excellent! I have been shooting a lot with this lens, often replacing the sigma 18-250 that I began to use as an all purpose lens. Using my d5200 or d7100, I simply get much sharper photos with excellent characteristics. Quite by surprise, I processed several shots I took of the moon (using a tripod). See for yourself. this lens is awesome on my DX cameras. this is NOT a fast lens, but I still managed to catch a few turkey vultures in flight May 22, 2015
Switched from Fixed-Lens - Never Go Back! Using this lens with Nikon D3300, it is astonishing how it can focus "on the go" taking point'n'shoot pictures of dragonflies rushing over a lake or birds flying through the air: without tripod, in focus, crisp clear. We did not think that would work without a tripod, but in daylight, it works just fine. Very satisfied as an amateur. Now, we do realize that 58mm lens opening is not a very big opening for a 300mm zoom, however, the 55-300mm spread is more than we hoped for in this price category. May 12, 2015
great price works great for the price just got it learning how to shoot i am new . it takes great shoots December 27, 2014
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Will a lens take photos inbetween focal lengths?

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A zoom lens covers all focal lengths between it's minimum, and maximum. In a 35mm, or Full Frame (FX) format, a 55-200mm lens provides all focal lengths from 55mm to 200mm, so it covers: 63mm, 94mm, 173mm, etc. On a DX camera, that same lens is really more of an 82.5mm to 300mm zoom lens, and 55mm is not in the works. The 1.5X Crop Factor factors it out. To get the 55mm Field Of View out of a lens on a DX camera, it has to be a 36mm minimum focal length (which gives a 54mm focal length Field Of View, in reality) to 37mm, which will provide 55.5mm Filed Of View on a DX camera. Of course, you could just go with a 35mm minimum focal length, to anything above 37mm. So a 35-70mm zoom would have the true 55mm Field Of View, when set slightly above the 35mm mark. So would a 35-105mm lens, a 35-300mm lens, etc.
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Not sure what you mean, but it will operate at whatever focal length between 55 and 300mm that you like. All telephoto lenses are that way.
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So, if I am correct, I can use a 105mm. focal length, or any given number between 55 and 300.
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Between 70 and 100 mm, for example.
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It is a Zoom lens and you may use any focal length within the range of 55mm to 300mm (x1.5 focal length is DX cameras)
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Between what focal length ????
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Is the AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED compatible with the D3000?

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Is this lens compatible with a D3000 and does it have auto focus and vibration reduction?
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AF-S DX series lens are compatible with D3000.
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Yes, this lens has Vibration Reduction (VR) and is compatible with the D3000 since the lens has the internal motor for AF. In the model of the lens you will see VR for Vibration Reduction and AF-S that means the lens has the built-in motor for autofocus.
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Will a teleconverter work with this lens?

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If one will work, will the autofocus work or not?
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kenko TCs might.
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Will the Lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR be compatible withh Nikon D5100?

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I am a newbie to photography. I own this lens now but I am skeptical about its compatibility with Nikon D5100. I see a Note in the lens manual which states as follows: DX lenses are for use only with DX-format digital single-lens reflex cameras such as the D90 or D300 series.
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Definite Yes. I am using it with my Nikon D5100 and pictures are superb quality.
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Yes work great and sharp zoom lens in compact size. I'm really love it.
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D5100 is a DX format camera. This lens is compatible for it with autofocus option
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i've had the d3100 for a year. i've taken some nice pictures of my 2 year old outside playing and a couple of nice indoor portraits with a backdrop. i'd like to buy a flash (been researching the sb-700) and a new lens. i've been reading about the 55-300 and 70-300 but not sure which is better for my use. don't want to spend the extra $200 if the 55-300 is just as good for what i need it for than the 70-300. also any comments on flashes i'd appreciate. was looking at sb-600 before but heard tha was discontinued.
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The SB-700 flash seems to be a good one. I haven't used it, but would get it if I were gong to buy a new flash for more power, or such.
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The best portrait focal lengths are either 85mm, or 105mm ,or 127mm, or 135mm, depending upon who you ask. Even pros disagree about this, and it is largely a matter of personal taste. If you got a kit lens with your camera it may include such focal lengths. Usually the kit lens is an 18-55mm, which in DX format is a 27-82.5mm. The 55mm setting gives 82.5mm field of view on a DX camera, and that is almost 85mm, so it can produce some passable portraits. If your kit lens was a 55-200 that gives the 82.5-300mm field of view, so portrait lengths are covered in that. Still, a zoom lens is softer-focus wise-than is a prime (single focal length) lens. For great portraits use a prime lens.

Nikon's AFS-DX Micro-Nikkor 85mm F/3.5G ED VR lens ($529.95 new) would provide a 127.5mm field of view on a DX camera, and that is a good portrait focal length. It is also a true (1.0X, full life size) Macro lens, and has 9 aperture blades...which produces good 'Bokeh' (background blur). If you can afford that 85mm lens, get one. You may save a bit by getting it used, or factory refurbished. Be sure to get the right one. Nikon makes several 85mm lenses which are FX (Full Frame) items for their professional cameras, and they are more expensive. The one I mentioned is their only DX format 85mm lens at this time. Until you can afford the 85mm lens, you can get by with any zoom which has 55mm, or above, in its range.

The 55-300mm will be as good as the 70-300, generally, but either may have some benefits, or detriments, the other doesn't. I haven't done side by side comparison tests, so I can't give details. Any of NIkon's flashes will be good. The more expensive ones have more convenience, and higher power, so they can be used from further away. I use an SB-300, with a cheap, foldable, soft box attached ( an Opteka I got on Amazon for about $7.00). I shoot from about 6 to 8 feet away, and it works fine. The head is tilt-able. It does not have all the whiz bang features of the costlier models, but I don't need them. The soft box diffuses, and softens, both the light, and the shadows, making things less stark, and glarey.

For general images of the kids, any zoom lens can do, and be convenient to let you change focal length at the twist of a wrist. 18-300mm would be handy. The 55-200mm can work. It is a matter of personal taste. For really memorable portraits of the head & shoulders, and head to waist, variety, get that 85mm lens, and a softbox for your flash. If you want to use several flash units-one in front, one on the side, one behind as a hair light, etc-get a costly flash which can be triggered by a main flash. If you want the SB-600, it may still be found in stores / warehouses, if you look hard enough. Check around, and see. If you can't find one, go with something else.
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55-300 is a dx model and suitable for D3100. 70-300 is made for full frame camera but can be use with D3100
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Would this lens be useful for surfing pictures?

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I agree the 70-300 is much better. You may well also want to use a tripod when shooting at 300mm, the actual focal length on a DX DSLR is 450mm, which means you probably want to have a shutter speed at around 1/500 or faster, if not using a tripod.
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it would but the 70 to 300 is a lot better lens for that
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Yes!

For the price, this is an excellent lens for situations where there is plenty of light and you need lots of zoom.

It is not as good for low light photography, since it can only open up to f/4.5-f/5.6. Some cameras may have problems focusing at f/5.6 in dim light, like indoors under artificial light..
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I just purchased a D7000 and the shop recomended this lens for birding, I'm not happy. Are you going to make a multiplier for this lens?

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My pictures have no improvement over my Cannon w/ 70-300mm Zoom. Birds are just out of range with not enough clarity.
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Probably not- The maximum aperture is f4.5 so a 2x extender would make it f8, Not enough light to focus.
Look at Nikons lens catalog for wiich extender will work on what lens. Nikon usa.com. That will tell you everything you need to know about Nikon lenses.
Also, don't forget the 1.5x multipication factor for your D7000,makes your lens 105-400mm f4.5-f5.6
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Unfortunately, this lens is not fast enough to work well with teleconverters. Nikon AF systems (except D4 & D800) need an effective aperture of f5.6. Adding a teleconverter, even the 1.4x will take this lens beyond that. The 55-300 is a very good value. If you want a little more reach in a zoom, the 80-400 will get you more, but at 4x the price, and it is still not fast enough for teleconverters. It sounds like your needs may be up in the price range of the exotics. The 200-400 f4 zoom will take a teleconverter and get you out to almost 600mm. Similarly, the fast telephotos will take teleconverters as well, but we are talking serious $$$ for all of these lenses. Unfortunately, the level of optics that you are looking for is not really available at the price point of this lens. Renting a lens might be a good way to figure out which way to go.
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Please click on the link below for the lens simulator; it will help you to make the decision on what lens you need.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
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is this lens compatible with a d3100?

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All AF-S lenses have the Nikon F mount so they will all fit on a Nikon camera.
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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D3100.
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Is this a good lens for taking scenery pictures, e.g. mountains?

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In some situations. I use it to take scenic closeups. I.e., sunsets, flowing water, vegetation, people, or animals with a distorted background. The 18-135 mm AF VR works very well for landscapes.
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This lens is perfect for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, dramatic sunsets, travel and more.
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I have the D40, will this work with my camera for zooming?

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Yes it will. All functions supported with AF-S lenses.
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Yes it will work with with no problems.
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