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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 5 102 102
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
Excellent for beginners like me... Love this lens so much... Its great combination with my d3300.. July 9, 2014
Awesome lens - great quality Bought this when I started going to horse shows because I needed something with better zoom.. took it to my second show & was absolutely amazed with the quality of the photos. I'm the type who likes her artsy photos & was quite impressed with how good they looked. If anyone is looking for a zoom lens, I suggest going with this one. Works really well with squirrels & birds in trees too! June 28, 2014
Great investment!!!! 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
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Is the warranty transferable?

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No, warranty is for original purchaser only
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I am going to ladhk, which lences are better to colect the landsceap photography

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http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-10-24mm-f%252F3.5-4.5G-ED.html
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Does this lens work with the D3000?

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Fully compatible.
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I've never bought refurbished before. What is the warranty?

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All refurbished items have a ninety day warranty.
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Does the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR work on the D7100? Just checking

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Yes it does.
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This lens on my D600?

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Hi, bought this lens and did not realize that I got a FX camera in my D600, can I use it as normal if I put my camera in Auto DX On modus?
And will my other lens operate as normal this is a AF-S NIKKOR 24-85 mm f: 3,5-4,5 G ED/VR
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You can use it in DX crop mode but you will only get a 10.3 megapixel image. It also defeats the purpose of owning a full frame camera.
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Advice for sharper focus with the 55-300mm lens when shooting sports please!

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I bought a Nikon D5200 along with this lens earlier this year so that I could take some quality shots of my daughter playing high school and club soccer. I love the camera and for regular everyday shots, it's working very nicely. However, with soccer photos, I just can't seem to get clear pictures. Autofocus is very slow and sometimes seems like it's not even working. I try to push the autofocus button and sometimes it makes a difference, sometimes it doesn't. I've been working with either aperture priority or programmed auto and neither makes much difference. A few of my pictures are clear but not sharp and some are just plain blurry. I have a friend with the same camera and a similar lens who always takes gorgeous shots. She is another parent like myself and it seems like her shots are effortless. I am very frustrated by my inability to take quality shots. I need to fix this so I have some memories of my daughter's high school soccer career.

I took over 1000 shots at a soccer match on Friday night and there are very few that I would save and none that I would consider publishing to our club website. I'm very frustrated. This is my first DSLR and I am very admittedly a novice. I would greatly appreciate any tips in layman's terms or suggestions for camera settings that might help me work with this lens with better results.

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When shooting in either P,S,A or M modes at a sporting event we like to recommend AF-C for your focus mode and 3D tracking for the AF area mode. AF-C is going to ensure that your camera is focusing as fast as possible and the 3D tracking is going to allow you to keep your subject in focus as they are moving through your field of view. In the manual below you may find additional information regarding focus mode on page 33, and AF area mode on page 36.
http://cdn-10.nikon-cdn.com/pdf/man...

For more tips and ideas on shooting sports take a look at this article from the Learn & Explore section of our website:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en/Learn-An...
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Hi wondering what the minimun focus distance of the 55-300 vr lens is at 300mm zoom

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4.59 feet through the entire zoom range.
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What advantages or disadvantages has this lens with Nikon D5200?

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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. This lens is fully compatible with the D5200. 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. 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.
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I have a Nikon D5200 with standard 18-55 lens, I want to know if the 55-300 lens or 70-300 lens is it the best complement for the 18-55 lens, which on

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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. Whether you shoot an FX- or DX-format camera, the AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED captures exceptional photos and HD videos with edge-to-edge sharpness. Its specialized Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass produces clear, high-contrast images with minimal chromatic aberration. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) provides ultra-quiet, ultra-fast autofocusing with seamless manual focus override. The best way to compare the technical specifications of these two lenses is using the compare tool located on the product page of the lens. For more information on picking a lens for your D5200, please see: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...

To compare the angle of view with these two lenses, please see:http://static.nikonusa.com/Lens-Sim...
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Is it compatible with the D3100?

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The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is compatible with the D3100. 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. For more information on lenses for your D3100, please see the following link: https://support.nikonusa.com/app/an...
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