AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Great product for the money
So far this lens has given me excellent images. I've taken it on a recent trip and took some hundreds of photos with it using my Nikon D5000 DSLR. All the images have come out nicely! There is a nice bokeh. Whether your photo is a portrait or wildlife, it will show up nicely using this lens. I can highly recommend this lens.
June 6, 2011
This lense is fantastic
I take pictures of birds and wildlife and this lense has a fast response time so I can get several pictures in a short time. It also keeps up with the movement.
Would recommend this lense the 55-300 as a first zoom lense
May 20, 2011
Really has performed well
Like the weight, VR and other features of lens. Performance has been very good without using a tripod.
May 1, 2011
This is a great lens it gives that little extra closeness I needed.
April 25, 2011
I have only had the lens for a short while, I took some great moon shots last night and I am very pleased (as always) with the Nikon quality
April 18, 2011
This lens takes suits my telephoto needs very well
Purchased this lens to take care of my amateur telephoto needs. It suits my requirements well. The speed of the lens might be faster, however I realize that the price increase would not fit my budget. I like the weight of the lens and what it can allow me to focus on.
April 17, 2011
Great Bang for the Buck!
If you want a decent zoom lens without having to study what you need or want the 55-300mm lens is the right lens for you. I still want to get a much better zoom lens for wildlife shooting but right now that lens is on hold due to it being 1100 USD. I really wished these lenses were so high unless getting a super zoom or something so consumers can easily afford them. Anyhow great zoom lens as it has 5x zoom, Optical zoom that is too.
April 16, 2011
I love this lens. It's inspired me to do more. I find myself getting out and enjoying nature more and with this lens it makes the far away more upclose and satisfying.
April 16, 2011
This lens has lived up to everything I hoped. I have gotten nothing but quality pics with it, and it is not overly heavy. Definitely recommend!
April 15, 2011
On my short experience as a photographer, this product works great! clear pictures and the VR is good enough to avoid most of the stability problems!!!! happy with it!
April 15, 2011
Great lens for hunting big game
I used this lens for taking shots on a photo safari of East Africa and loved how close I could get without the weight and bulk of larger lenses. I got most of the shots I wanted in bright, crisp detail.
April 14, 2011
Best handheld zoom
Lens does an excellent job hand held. Photos are sharp and great detail. Price is excellent for the starting photographer wanting a great lens for wildlife, sports, and family. Before I had to use a tripod with my 70-300 to get the sharpness I get now handheld. Love it.
April 14, 2011
Just what you need!
I do a lot of traveling and like to have photos to remind me of my journeys. I am able to bring into detail, some of the distant historical buildings or wildlife that I encounter. I really like the VR feature, as this helps ensure that the photos are in clear focus. Thanks, Nikon.
April 14, 2011
This lens replaced an older version Nikor AF Zoom and this new version is so quiet when the focus changes the wildlife have no idea that I am in the neighborhood. The image stabilization allows for the use of slower shutter speeds while hand holding. In a nutshell I am truly impressed.
April 14, 2011
Nikon developed a great zoom at a very reasonable price. Results are outstanding, operation is smooth and I am getting great results at all ranges. A step up from the 55mm-200mm and the additional 100mm is a plus. This is a must for all Nikon users.
April 14, 2011
We bought this as an add on to our D3100 kit for our trip to New Zealand [see review of camera]. It was worth every penny as it allowed us to take outstanding photos of the Southern Alps and of Auckland city even at night.
April 14, 2011
I just got the D3100 with the the new 55mm-300mm lens. I took 500 photos my first weekend. I love it :)
December 5, 2010
Great Design with quiet fast focus Can't beat it!
I was looking at the 70-300 when this came along. When I got it i went right out and shot 170 raw photos in dim evening light and there were no issues with this camera's performance. It zooms as fast as you need and the manual override feature is great. It has good balance if not a little heavy but that is what you have to expect with a lens like this. I Highly recommend to all Digital users.
October 6, 2010
UNO DE LOS MEJORES LENTES
MUY BUEN LENTE, ME HA SERVIDO MUCHO EN VARIAS OCACIONES, CON EXPECTACULARES FOTOS, LO RECOMIENDO AMPLIAMENTE.
March 19, 2012
Good quality zoom, covers everything
I used this lens extensively on a recent trip to the Galapagos Islands. With the abundant wildlife, the lens was definitely put through its paces. It performed well enough for my purposes, although its focus when searching is much slower than more professional lenses. Capturing birds in flight or quick lizards was somewhat difficult, but not so much that I would not recommend this lens. It is perfect for the beginner or the amateur because of its great range, VR for telephoto and action, and budget-sensitive price. Definitely a great buy!
January 14, 2014
What a Kit Lens Should Be
This lens was included in a D5200 bundle. While the clarity of the wide angle lens was a bit disappointing, this lens is a respectable performer and should offer satisfying performance for years. It is not THE most razor sharp glass, but it is quite respectable for every day shooting with very effective auto focus and camera shake reduction. The sample shot was hand held ....
July 28, 2013
Great all-round lens!
Together with my D5200 this lens work very well. Sometimes the autofocus can be a bit slow, especially when taking photos of birds, but its not a huge problem.
May 25, 2013
Good addition to your camera bag
This is good addition to your camera bag and specially for those who are looking for telephoto in a price range which is affordable. I will recommend to turn on VR when shooting 200mm above. you have to take extra care while lifting as it is bit delicate to handle as compared to other small lenses.
April 16, 2013
Above average lens in its price range
This is a surprisingly good zoom lens. The VR works quite well, autofocus is decently quick and accurate, and while it's not lightweight per se, it's light enough for most people to handhold and carry around all day.
It's not very sharp beyond about 200mm, but at or below that it's quite nice. There's obviously a significant difference once you step up to the pro lenses (e.g. the 70-200), but amongst other lenses [vaguely] in its price range - e.g. the 55-200, the 70-300, or the superzooms the 18-300 and 24-300 - it's exceedingly competitive; cheaper and in my experience as good if not better.
There's little distortion in practice. Noticeable barrel distortion at the tele end, but not significant enough that it necessitates correction more than occasionally. I've taken about ten thousand photos with this lens, and had a problem with chromatic aberration (colour bleed) exactly once, when working on a HDR composite that included some very over-exposed shots.
This lens is often included in bundles or promotions associated with the entry-level bodies (e.g. D3200, D5200, D7100), in which it's a steal. If you're anywhere near the fence about it, go for it. It opens up a lot of possibilities.
March 26, 2013
Very good lens (provided you shoot NEF!)
Much more than my expectations, had several shots in NEF format then post processing on Camera Raw, to control the sharpness, distortions, aberrations and vignetting, honestly I was surprised by the pro results.
- Use ISO 400 minimum to compensate the slow maximum aperture
- The VRII works prefect
- The perfect lens for tight budget
November 15, 2012
Light alternative to pro zooms
I chose this over the 70-200 because i just didn't want to schelpp a huge lens like that around. I already carry the 12-24 and the 24-70, so a third pro zoom would have been just too much. This lens is best in its middle range so it's a great 70-200mm zoom for handheld outdoor work or on a tripod indoors and in low light. I find it to be a great portrait lens at around 150 to 200 and it's also wonderful for tabletop photography. At 300 it's good for action shots of kids playing soccer and the like.
VR works pretty well, but as megapixel counts go up, even the tiniest amount of camera shake shows up in photos; luckily the price of this lens is so low that so even if you buy the most expensive carbon fiber monopod, you're still going to spend much less than the 70-200 f/2.8.
May 1, 2012
good for some stuff
I got this lens in a pack with the D3100 really good zoom gets me to where i would like the subject to be in the frame so over all its a pretty good lens still gonna get a lens thats 700mm just for fun :D
March 26, 2012
Good lens ...but
The lens is very sharp, but autofocus isn't fast. If you need quick autofocus, this not the lens for you. For everyone else, I highly recommend it due to it's low price, light weight, small size, and outstanding image quality
January 21, 2012
Great Lens for the price!
For the money, it's very sharp. Has good contrast and better bokeh than a lot of higher priced lenses. Not great, but not bad! Sure there is a lot of plastic in the housing and it feels a little fragile.. but maybe that's just a perception based on others' comments? I wouldn't expect it to stand up to the abuse a pro lens can handle, but what do you expect for $400?
Focus is a little slow, but reasonable if it doesn't have to hunt. The VR works great hand-held and it is nice to be able to shoot 300mm without a tripod! It makes my 300mm prime seem like a behemoth, and nicely fills the gap between 200 and 300mm as well as making a nice walking-around lens.
January 13, 2012
Great lens. Can produce very clear shots from far away. Captures a lot of detail. Very good fro spots, animals, aircraft and much more. Great for the price.
November 29, 2011