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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
A-M

A view from afar

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.

Advanced performance

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 99 99
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
Lens I wanted a lens that would get close up from far away. This lens really is better then I expected. April 22, 2014
Good Investment I have this lens recommended by a photographer in Best Buy and show me why this one was better than the 55-200mm. I'm glad that I heard his arguments because I love this lens and has a good range for the price. I am not a expert in photography but seeing and making some research in the internet has help to understand more this art. I will say a most have if you want to take pictures of animals. February 25, 2014
Great features! The lens is great, the VR is great the quality is EXELLENT. I have taken many photos with it combined with my D3100 and they are a great combo! December 19, 2013
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Will a lens take photos inbetween focal lengths?

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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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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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Defo no!
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No.
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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.
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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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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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WHAT TELEPHOTO LENS CAN I USE FOR CAMERA D70

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The 55-300 lense works great with D70. It is not heavy and has the stabilizer for motion
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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.
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Will the auto focus on this work with the D 5000

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yes, all af-s lenses work with modern motorless bodies.
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Is this lens copatible with a d 5000

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all Nikon lens with "AF-S" should work with you D5000
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