AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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
I was in need of a lens that would go beyond what my small camera would go. I decided to go for this zoom lens after my 18-55mm lens that came with my D40X completely died.
I've had my camera for 6 years and I use it a LOT. Getting this lens reignited my passion for photography. I am not an expert photographer, just like to take good pictures. This lens is awesome. It produces crisp images and complements the camera settings to produce excellent pictures with great colors. I am very happy with this lens.
Pros: It is not heavy and it is easy to carry/fit in a bag; great colors; crisp images; zooms to great lengths keeping details.
Cons: Closer objects are difficult to photograph, but not impossible (I bought extension tubes to resolve this issue)
May 23, 2014
I wanted a lens that would get close up from far away. This lens really is better then I expected.
April 22, 2014
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