AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
Good lens for the price.
This lens is great for the money and is really great for long distance photos like at airshows. The AF has some issues at 300mm meaning if your subject is out of focus, but you still manage to track the subject it auto focus. That is the only reason why this didn't receive a 5 from me. Overall, a great lens that is always in my kit bag.
September 22, 2011
cost vs performance
For the money, one of the best zoom lenses on the market for this category. For outdoor use or indoor with a flash, this lens simply works very well. Build quality could be better, but for what you're getting, this lens is good value.
September 12, 2011
Great Second Lens!
I bought this lens as my second to accompany my 18-55 kit lens. It gives me a great amount of zoom. It's great for skittish animals, like birds or deer. It is also great for photographing my sister playing lacrosse from the bleachers. It also produces great portraits and keep you from freaking someone out by getting so close. The versatility and zoom of this lens makes it a great secondary lens to go with your kit lens. It is kind of cheaply made, basically all plastic, but that doesn't stop it's performance. This lens is a great compliment to any kit lens and has a good zoom for a first time telephoto.
August 23, 2011
the lens is a little heavy but the pictures are sharp
the only thing i have a problem with is the time it takes to focus
if you use the 11 point focus and sports setting you can get a faster focus for action shots and leave the iso speed to auto
August 1, 2011
This lens makes everything come to life. Amazing! Whether your are in the car, on an airplane or just in the window of your apartment. That moment; it will always be a Nikon moment.
July 5, 2011
Great for the price
This lens is quite amazing in its clarity and ease of use. Its limitations are due to its affordability, such as rotating front element during focus... a minor drawback if using a CPF... and small maximum f-stop (5.6 at 300mm). But for the price it really can't be beat!
July 4, 2011
Product is very lightweight.
I only received the lens a few weeks ago, but on my first shooting with it the photos came out very nice. The length of the lens is a bit of a hassle when on a camera and trying to put in a case or bag. I would like to have seen a metal ring on the lens, but it is backed by Nikon and should a problem arise, they will take care of it. All in all a very nice lens for the money.
June 30, 2011
This lens is a great value and the performance is very good at all settings. The VRII works really well and the pictures are sharp. The only drawback is I have to set the white balance manually to keep the colors in balance(too much blue in sunny conditions)
June 4, 2011
This product does have good features BUT....
I wouldnt recommend mainly because of the lens hood 4 it, there's only 1 that will fit it right now and it easily can fall apart without warning at anytime with even the slightist bump when you set it down, i havent even had mine 30 days yet when the back casing on it fell apart!!! and it's not easily available or cheap 2 replace!
May 10, 2011
well above average
Slow on the AF, hard to work with when the camera is in manual mode, But worth the money.
April 18, 2011
some good, some not so good
I have found this lens to provide very good distance magnification as well as object clarity. The VR assistance with natural motion of hands helps to produce photos which are crisp and without blurring, if light is sufficient. The not so good about this lens is the seriously restricted range of nighttime photography, preventing the camera's (in this case my D60) auto-operation of flash outside a tight area, based upon the ability of the camera's illumination being able to 'paint' an object. If outside this range, any motion of the target is hopelessly blurring, ruining its desired normal quality within limits.
April 16, 2011
DX answer to 70-300
Overall I like the lens. It is sharp, good color and contrast, metal lens mount, inexpensive and good valve. Zoom is sticky at longer end, not as smooth as the 70-300. Manuel focus is tricky. Would liked to see the same focus and smooth zoom of the 70-300 even at a little more expense. It fills the niche between the 55-200 and 70-300.
April 15, 2011
This lens is great for shooting outdoors - don't have to stand physically close to the subject to get a good shot (birds, animals, etc.)
I've only had it a short time, so am not yet fully accustomed to all I can do with it, but am very happy with it so far.
April 14, 2011
Great Lightweight Telephoto
I have a number of lenses including the earlier 70-300AF, the 80-400VR, and the 18-200VR. This lens makes life simple for nature and travel photography. It is easy to use, inexpensive and lightweight for going up to 450mm. It is sharp, has great VR and about as small as the 18-200 lens. The only downside I noticed is that it can sometimes get confused while low light focusing.
April 14, 2011
This is a great lens for when you can't get close.
I purchase this lens to better allow me to capture close-up images when I simply can't get near enough to the subject. I have been pleasantly surprised at the ability to take full zoom pictures of distant objects without the need for a tripod. Pictures are clear and sharp with great color resolution. I highly recommend this lens.
April 14, 2011
Good outdoors lens
Recently I bought a Nikkor 55-300VRII lens to use for my sons track meets and baseball games and also for some wild life shots. I tried it out on 3 different occasions and have come to these conclusions.
1. It is lighter then I had expected which is a plus in my book. I tried the 70-300VR and it felt much heavier.
2. This lens is very sharp, especially at the short to mid range. At 300mm it is quite sharp also.
3. The VRII works great. This is my first lens with VR and what a difference it makes. I shot at 300mm at 1/80 of a second and the pictures were tack sharp.
4. The price you pay for what you get, it is a steal. IMO
Now for the only negitive. It's not the fastest focusing lens around but it's still not too not bad. It will do for what I need it for and that's why you buy a certain lens in the first place.
PS had it been faster focusing I would have given it 5 stars. But as it is I'd give it 4 1/2 stars if I could.
April 14, 2011
Can't beat it for the price.
I wanted to be able to reach out further than my 18-200 and do it at a reasonable price. I selected the 55-300 and am very satisfied with the lens. I wouldn't call it tack sharp at 300mm but for the price I think the images are acceptable. Back off from 300 and the sharpness improves. It has expanded my opportunities for shots. You can't go wrong for the price.
April 14, 2011
good for the money
not the best- but vr 2 works fine. lens motor is less noisy fast and fine.
April 3, 2011
I love how it works outdoors! Gets a little jittery at 300mm but great for the money.
February 24, 2011
NICE LENS WITH A GREAT FEATURES
THIS IS A FINE LENS FOR THE INITIATORS.AT 300 MM VR WORKS GREAT.WITH THE VR HAND-HELD PICTURES SEEMS SHARP.
IN A BRIGHT LIGHT CONDITION IT WORKS FABULOUS BUT THIS LENS IS NOT A SUITABLE TOOL FOR THE LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY.
AUTO-FOCUS IS EXCELLENT AND FIRST IN BRIGHTLY LIT CONDITION AND FOCUSING IS PINPOINTED AND PERFECT.
IN HIGHLY BACKGROUND LIT CONDITION SOME CHROMATIC ABERRATION MAY OCCUR. USING THIS LENS AT F/11-F/15, YOU MAY OVERCOME THIS PROBLEM.I HIGHLY PREFER AND RECOMMEND THIS LENS.
January 27, 2011
its a great lens. i wish it had a f/2 or lower for indoor sports.
January 19, 2011
VR II or Not
I am trying to get an answer as to if I bought the VR II, there is not indciaiton on the lens or the box that it is the VR II version.
January 11, 2011
Good lens but blurry at maximum focal length.
It`s definitely a very good lens for the price. build quality is fine. motor is really silent and color aberration is minimal.
Though, it has some issues:
Jitter when moving aperture ring near 270mm.
Cannot be hand held in bad lighting and moving subjects, actually most of shooting requires mono or tripod.
When shooting at 250-300mm you get soft results. [you can`t always trust MTF`s]
But generally i`d recommend it, specially for beginners.
November 11, 2010
You really do get what you pay for. The zoom is very nice but it takes a very long time to focus. I use this lens with a D5200 and so far no problems, I don't find it to be cheaply made at all.
Pretty good lens.
March 31, 2013
Nikon 70-300 Zoom
This lens has not preformed well since it's purchase. After two returns, the first issue with focus was resolved. However, recently a new issue has appeared. This problem is once again with the focus. When focusing lens has a stutter in it's focus movement. Don't know about others, but would not purchase this lens again. May have purchased a lemon!!!
August 30, 2013
Not sharp past 200mm
After having it a week I returned it and got a Tamron 70-300mm. Now I can get sharp pics up to 300mm.
July 11, 2012
You get what you pay for
I purchased this lens after reading as many reviews as possible. So I was not dissapointed in what I got, for the price. This is what I suspected, a cheap Nikon lens. The only real flaw in the lens is the inability to focus at infinity. The lens is made with less expensive materials (except for the lenses) and the distance indicator is not present, which is not a real problem. It does take a bit of time to focus, but that time can be reduced by focusing on something close, then move to the object you want to focus on. I recommended this product, but you should only purchase this lens if it is all you can afford, or are willing to accept a it's short comings
December 6, 2011
It does reach out to 300mm
Not really all that impressed with this lens. It is slow focusing and even then hand held shots are blurry. It could be me expecting more, but for what I paid for this lens I like my 55-200mm more.
April 17, 2011
As the lens is a bit heavy catches while hand turning from 55 to 300. Autofocus and VR works perfect but at full zoom the picture is not very sharp. I tried taking picture with tripod but at 275-300mm it lacks sharpness.. But its worth the money. for $400 u get complete outdoor set. if u hv 18-55mm then this can be ur next lens to complete the range from 18-300 in two lenses.
October 4, 2010
I had more expectation from this lens. But it's not giving output in that course. Photos are not that much sharp or Zoom is not upto expected level. Function is not smooth.
April 17, 2011