1 NIKKOR VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6
I recently rented this lens to take it for a test drive in Alaska. It did not disappoint. The reach is astounding! There were many people toting 100-400mm lens on full frame DSLR cameras, but several of them were frequently looking over my shoulder with this lens and a J4. I've included some images to illustrate the sharpness of this lens. I am by no means a professional, but I was able to get very good images from this set up. Several of these (Eagle and Seals) were taking on a small boat that was rolling all over on a cloudy, rainy day in Juneau. I only include that to illustrate the VR in the lens is very good. The black bears were 100-150 yards away in a meadow (yes some are cropped, but the sharpness is retained). The focus was quick enough to catch the pacific white sided dolphin out of the water. Overall this lens has it all! I hope the images speak for themselves. Most of the images were taken at the full 300mm length.
June 30, 2015
Light Weight, Long Range and Fast
I started with a Nikon V1 and liked it. I really thought I would go with the Nikon V3 but because it did not take a SDHC card, I opted for the V2 and liked it so much I bought a second one. I got this lens at the same time as my second V2. And wow, perhaps the best lens for the money of any lens I have ever purchased. I have 9 Nikon cameras from the (1) D3x to (1) D7000 to (4) D90s, and I like them all but the D3x and that has to do with the weight of the camera. I use the D90s and D7000 for most portrait and people work. I have a full compliment of lens. But when I purchased this VR 70-300, I threw my tripod away and now, I use my two V2s with this lens and the motor driven 10-100 almost exclusively for all landscape and video work and they both work incredibly well. I miss the lack of a substantial shallow depth of field, but then I have the other cameras and other lens with them to make that up...but for street work and wildlife and the other, this long lens has no real rival. The lightweight is fantastic, and this is for sure a real professional system. I really regret that the V3 was not built on the same body as the V2 but such is life. I think that was a mistake.
February 4, 2015
The lens surprised me with its crystal clear sharpness. The VR system works extremely well and the focus limiting switch is great to have for long shots against the sky. I use it with a Nikon 1 V3.
December 14, 2014
The "Mighty Mouse" of super telephoto zooms
The 1 Nikon CX 70-300 is simply an outstanding lens. It is very sharp throughout the entire zoom range. Colour rendition is stunning. Focusing is fast and accurate, although there can be a slight lag and/or hunting in low light conditions.
The VR on this lens is wonderful. I have been able to get good, usable shots at 1/15th of a second with this lens fully extended to 300mm (equivalent field of view of 810mm on a full frame camera).
It is light and very easy to hand-hold and carry around with me most of the day.
Capturing birds in flight, especially if it is in low contrast situations can be a bit of a struggle with this lens, but that is a quite common thing with mirror-less cameras in general.
This lens is also fantastic when used with extension tubes.
Overall, this is a superb lens.
November 10, 2014
Amazing, Small, Super Telephoto Lens
Once I received and tested this expensive lens, I was totally amazed by its results. Even at 300mm, hand held, in low light, the results are remarkable. The attached photo examples say more than I can attempt to explain in writing.
September 2, 2014