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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

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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 5 105 105
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 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
Not bad 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
Unsatisfied 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
It Broke! 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
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Will a lens take photos inbetween focal lengths?

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Not sure what you mean, but it will operate at whatever focal length between 55 and 300mm that you like. All telephoto lenses are that way.
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So, if I am correct, I can use a 105mm. focal length, or any given number between 55 and 300.
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Between 70 and 100 mm, for example.
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It is a Zoom lens and you may use any focal length within the range of 55mm to 300mm (x1.5 focal length is DX cameras)
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Between what focal length ????
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Is the AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED compatible with the D3000?

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Is this lens compatible with a D3000 and does it have auto focus and vibration reduction?
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AF-S DX series lens are compatible with D3000.
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Yes, this lens has Vibration Reduction (VR) and is compatible with the D3000 since the lens has the internal motor for AF. In the model of the lens you will see VR for Vibration Reduction and AF-S that means the lens has the built-in motor for autofocus.
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Would this lens be useful for surfing pictures?

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I agree the 70-300 is much better. You may well also want to use a tripod when shooting at 300mm, the actual focal length on a DX DSLR is 450mm, which means you probably want to have a shutter speed at around 1/500 or faster, if not using a tripod.
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it would but the 70 to 300 is a lot better lens for that
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Yes!

For the price, this is an excellent lens for situations where there is plenty of light and you need lots of zoom.

It is not as good for low light photography, since it can only open up to f/4.5-f/5.6. Some cameras may have problems focusing at f/5.6 in dim light, like indoors under artificial light..
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I just purchased a D7000 and the shop recomended this lens for birding, I'm not happy. Are you going to make a multiplier for this lens?

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My pictures have no improvement over my Cannon w/ 70-300mm Zoom. Birds are just out of range with not enough clarity.
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Probably not- The maximum aperture is f4.5 so a 2x extender would make it f8, Not enough light to focus.
Look at Nikons lens catalog for wiich extender will work on what lens. Nikon usa.com. That will tell you everything you need to know about Nikon lenses.
Also, don't forget the 1.5x multipication factor for your D7000,makes your lens 105-400mm f4.5-f5.6
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Unfortunately, this lens is not fast enough to work well with teleconverters. Nikon AF systems (except D4 & D800) need an effective aperture of f5.6. Adding a teleconverter, even the 1.4x will take this lens beyond that. The 55-300 is a very good value. If you want a little more reach in a zoom, the 80-400 will get you more, but at 4x the price, and it is still not fast enough for teleconverters. It sounds like your needs may be up in the price range of the exotics. The 200-400 f4 zoom will take a teleconverter and get you out to almost 600mm. Similarly, the fast telephotos will take teleconverters as well, but we are talking serious $$$ for all of these lenses. Unfortunately, the level of optics that you are looking for is not really available at the price point of this lens. Renting a lens might be a good way to figure out which way to go.
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Please click on the link below for the lens simulator; it will help you to make the decision on what lens you need.
http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Produ...
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Will a teleconverter work with this lens?

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If one will work, will the autofocus work or not?
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kenko TCs might.
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Defo no!
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No.
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Will the Lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR be compatible withh Nikon D5100?

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I am a newbie to photography. I own this lens now but I am skeptical about its compatibility with Nikon D5100. I see a Note in the lens manual which states as follows: DX lenses are for use only with DX-format digital single-lens reflex cameras such as the D90 or D300 series.
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Definite Yes. I am using it with my Nikon D5100 and pictures are superb quality.
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Yes work great and sharp zoom lens in compact size. I'm really love it.
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D5100 is a DX format camera. This lens is compatible for it with autofocus option
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is this lens compatible with a d3100?

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All AF-S lenses have the Nikon F mount so they will all fit on a Nikon camera.
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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D3100.
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Is this a good lens for taking scenery pictures, e.g. mountains?

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In some situations. I use it to take scenic closeups. I.e., sunsets, flowing water, vegetation, people, or animals with a distorted background. The 18-135 mm AF VR works very well for landscapes.
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This lens is perfect for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, dramatic sunsets, travel and more.
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I have the D40, will this work with my camera for zooming?

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Yes it will. All functions supported with AF-S lenses.
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Yes it will work with with no problems.
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Will the auto focus on this work with the D 5000

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yes, all af-s lenses work with modern motorless bodies.
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