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Nikon AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

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  • High-power 4.3x telephoto zoom lens approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on 35mm SLR
  • VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilisation, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture
  • Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements deliver superior optical performance for both digital and 35mm photography, minimising chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance
  • Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range
  • A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet auto focusing, along with quick switching between auto focus and manual operation (M/A and M)
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  • Product Dimensions: 14.2 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm ; 744 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 2161
  • ASIN: B000HJPK2C
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 14 Feb 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (96 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

This high-power, high-performance 4.3x telephoto zoom with VR image stabilization lens allows better hand-held telephoto shooting ED glass.

Product Description

In Verwendung mit: VBA240AE - Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
In Verwendung mit: VBA230K001 - Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
In Verwendung mit: VBA230AE - Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR

Kompatibel mit:

Nikon SLR - D40
Nikon SLR - D40x
Nikon SLR - D5000
Nikon SLR - D60
Nikon SLR - D80
Nikon SLR - D90

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134 of 135 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars VR is a revelation 19 Jan 2008
I have traded in my D version 70-300 for the new VR and so far I don't regret it. The optical quality is very good, probably slightly sharper and higher contrast than its predecessor. The VR capability is extraordinary. It becomes possible to take handheld telephoto shots that previously could only work on a tripod. For instance, today I shot waves breaking on rocks at 300mm (450mm equivalent) at 1/30 second, with amazingly sharp rocks and lots of water movement.

The build quality of this lens is similar to the 18-70mm DX Nikon, which it complements beautifully. The major differences with the older 70-300mm Nikon lens are in size and weight. It's much bulkier and about 40% heavier, which becomes very noticable with one of the lighter budget Nikon DSLRs. Also the zoom ring is much tighter; Nikon have possibly responded to earlier complaints about zoom creep on the old D lens (but have maybe slightly overcompensated).
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200 of 206 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very sharp lens and VR works a treat 19 Feb 2007
After owning the G and DX 70 300 lenses I have found this one to be very slightly sharper. The fringing is less on this lens than the other two. The 70 - 300 G lens is incredible value and mine was just as good image quality as the DX version. The focusing on this VR version is faster and quieter than the previous versions. VR works great but noticed a strange anomaly with the VR. If you sit down or rest against any fixed object then this reduces the effectiveness of the VR system. Also a useful tip is if you take many consecutive shots standing up you may find one of them very sharp. In fact using this technique I have taken a 300mm shot at 1/4 sec shutter speed tack sharp. I have proved that you must switch off VR when taking pictures (and the 18-200mm) at normal to high shutter speeds as VR takes the edge off of the picture when it is not needed. This lens is great. Stop it down one stop and the whole 70 - 300 is very sharp. I have taken a hand held shot of the moon with VR enabled and got a very nice picture showing the craters and scars across the moons surface. Very pleased with it.
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20 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent image quality for the price and size 11 Nov 2009
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I have the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VR lens but while it produces top notch images its very big and very heavy. I've tended to find it gets left at home when I go hiking unless I know for sure I'll be using it.

So I decided to invest in the Nikon 70-300mm lens because its half the weight of the 70-200 and significantly shorter in length. Its also 300mm - the 100mm extra being handy now I've swapped to a Nikon D700 from a D60 and lost the 1.5 crop magnification.

I didn't have high expectations of the lens. I'd assumed that beyond 200mm it'd be a bit soft and unusable. However stopped down to f8 its actually fairly sharp in the centre - better than the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens I used on the Nikon D60.

I've not had a lot of use yet but initial shots are looking very promising - hopefully this lens will get carried along more often than my back bracking 70-200mm!
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon 70-300 VR 4 Jun 2010
By David
I took the plunge finally and bought this lens to get into wildlife images.

A pricey item but got the best deal through Amazon when used in conjunction with vouchers
given by my family.

Agonized over spending such a large sum but you cannot take it with you.

At present on SKI holiday which translates to 'spend your kids inheritance'!

Have tried it with my D90 and with the sensitivity range of this camera and the VR on the
lens have had some initial pleasing results even when shooting in JPG mode.

The lens is heavy but balances well with the body.

Have yet to query with Nikon if using monopod should the VR be switched off as when using tripod,
monopod can still be a bit shakey.
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68 of 71 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Nikon 70-300 AF-S VR - Cracker of a lens 17 Aug 2008
I'm very impressed with this lens. Before I bought it, I read reviews on various websites, some saying it was brilliant, some saying it wasn't very sharp, too big, too heavy etc.I took the plunge and bought one and haven't regretted it. I've used this on d40 and d300 bodies and it works superbly on both.

The autofocus is very fast, quiet and accurate. The VRII system is also very impressive allowing very slow shutter speeds - I've had sharp, handheld images at 1/30 sec at 300mm which would be completely impossible without it. As for the size and weight, for a lens with a maximum focal length of 300mm with a built in focusing motor and an optical stabilisation system it's not really a problem (the canon equivalent is the same size but 100g lighter). The build is also fairly solid with smooth zoom and focus rings. Mine has had it's share of knocks and bumps as well as being caught in rain and has carried on unaffected (note that the lens mount has a seal round it, helping to stop rain from seeping between camera and lens). I can't really complain about sharpness either, the only times I think the image is a bit soft is at the longer focal lengths which could as easily be due to bad panning technique, relying on the autofocus too much in poor light etc....

For a 300 mm lens at this price, it's got genuinely useful features, it's compact, not too heavy and impressively sharp - Fantastic value!
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Cracking lens that really works 22 Jan 2010
I'd been using an old AF Nikkor 70-210 for several years and fancied treating myself to a newer, slightly longer lens, and after reading several reviews I decided to get the 70-300 VR.
I have not been disappointed.

I was concerned about the overall length, as my favourite camera bag is quite dinky, but the 70-300 is really quite compact and pretty lightweight too.
The autofocus is fast and exceedingly quiet, and the VR is very effective, if a little spooky.
This is a night-time shot taken handheld at 1/2 a second - []

This is a very reasonably priced lens, and one that performs very well.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens
Fabulous lens. Very sharp and fast focusing. Great for wild life and portraits. Even took a photo of the moon. Delivered very fast too.
Published 1 day ago by Ian Sidgwick
1.0 out of 5 stars Not up to expectation
I waited for delivery of the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED ordered. It was a discount offer but had obviously been returned to Amazon in a poorly packaged state. Read more
Published 4 days ago by Robert Jarvie
4.0 out of 5 stars First outing was very good
i attached this to my Nikon d3100. my first outing has produced a number of pleasing results. it was a lovely sunny morning though, As expected there was no warrantee documentation... Read more
Published 18 days ago by Ashley Major
5.0 out of 5 stars If you're thinking about it, just get it
I wasn't sure I wanted this lens, the 55-300 is about half the price, however I chose this one for it's build quality and FX compatibility. Read more
Published 1 month ago by adam butterwick
5.0 out of 5 stars Beleive everything you read about this lens!
It is an outstanding lens throughout the zoom range but at 70mm the clarity has to bee seen to be believed! Read more
Published 1 month ago by DaveH
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent lens
Excellent lens upgraded from a 55-300mm which was a nice lens but slow to focus the 70-300mm is a lot faster and great for flight shots you can get better for more than twice the... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dp Dennis
3.0 out of 5 stars Light with a huge focal range
This is a relatively cheap Nikon lens but it also has the advantage of being light. It falls down at the 300mm mark but overall is a decent enough lens for most people, great for... Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mr. C. Close
5.0 out of 5 stars Phenomenal Lens for the Price
I originally bought this lens to get a little bit of length to my Nikon D90 and allow me to shoot pics of my Son when he was playing football, but I've used it for so much more... Read more
Published 2 months ago by jandrewsesq
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Product at fantastic price
Although rated 5 star, I had a major problem with the fact that there was no warranty in the box. I always keep all the packaging. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Sally Bailey
5.0 out of 5 stars Worthwhile purchase
Great lens. Gives sharp image, even in extreme telephoto mode. Not too heavy either. Auto focus is rapid and spot-on.would definitely recommend to all Nikon D7100 users.
Published 4 months ago by John Arnold
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