AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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
Good Lens but Not Without Some Problems.
Fairly sharp end to end. Very sharp under 200. Surprisingly good bokeh for a longer lens, good creamy texture with the right background. VR2 shows its stuff at longer focal lengths and can be hand held at full reach with fairly good results.
Good if you have patience because it does not focus quickly, especially in low light. The extending barrel is also somewhat loose (wiggles around) and is slightly loose in and out as well. I don't know if this will get worse with use.
I use it a lot to fill the frame with small flowers I can't reach with my other lenses. For that it works very well. As long as you don't expect too much from it, it will return pretty good value for the price you pay.
May 8, 2015
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
Not worth the $70.00 savings...
Ordered this lens for my D5200, and immediately was disappointed with the focusing and the sharpness of the pictures at higher zooms. I had read that the 70-300vr was a higher quality lens and I thought "I'm not a professional so I can settle for the 55-300vr." Had the lens for a day and returned it because I felt that I allowed my self to settle for something that did not serve me in order to save 70 bucks. I ordered the 70-300vr instead for many reasons including Internal focus, VR2, and the shear speed of the auto focus. Also for the manual focus over ride when in auto focus. Next time I'll do my research more thoroughly.
October 27, 2014
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 12, 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
Lint inside the main optical lenses
When I first purchased this lens for my Nikon D7100, I never imagined that I would get a defective lens.
There was lint inside the internal lenses with no option to clean them. I would probably ignore a small piece if it was at the edge of the lens but when you have (3) spots of lint in the middle of the lens, quality needs to be improved. This is my first time owning a Nikon product and so far, I'm debating the purchase.
March 2, 2014
This lens takes decent photos, but I exchanged one because the view kept jumping, while the lens made a clicking noises. The second hasn't developed that problem. However, both lenses had terrible zoom action....the mechanism is hard to turn, especially at full zoom. I had hoped it would loosen up with use, but so far it has not.
July 27, 2011
I had this lens for 3 months and when I took the camera out of my camera bag (lens attached) the lens broke off! I am the only one who uses this camera and it was never dropped and it has always been handled with the utmost of care. I was totally shocked when the lens broke because Nikon has a very good reputation.
April 14, 2011