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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens

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  • High-powered 5.5x DX zoom lens with super-telephoto reach
  • Flexible 55mm to 300mm focal length (35mm equivalent of 82.5mm to 450mm)
  • Vibration Reduction II (VR II) stabilisation system allows shutter speeds that are up to four stops slower
  • Two ED glass elements and one HRI (High Refractive Index) element ensure outstanding optical performance
  • SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast, quiet autofocus

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Product details

  • Product Dimensions: 12.3 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm ; 531 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 1.4 Kg
  • Item model number: 2197
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2008
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (550 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 329 in Electronics (See Top 100 in Electronics)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

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The versatile 55-300mm 5.5x zoom enables photographers to get up-close and personal with distant subjects.

A telephoto zoom lens can dramatically broaden your creative and compositional potential. With the high-powered, super-telephoto reach of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens from Nikon, you can capture a wide array of subjects in ways few lenses can. By adhering to strict test conditions, Nikon has created technologies to control camera shake and deliver super-fast autofocusing, so you can expect sharper shots from this DX lens even with its broad range of focal length.

The compact dimensions and weather sealed, lightweight construction of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR make this practical lens an ideal choice for the compact D-SLR customer.

Picture shows a ballerina dancing on stage in a low-lit theatre.
Capture sharp shots even in low light. Nikon's VR II allows you to use shutter speeds up to 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible.

Dynamic Zoom Coverage

Choosing the lens that best suits your skill level and creative pursuits is a vital part of your photographic journey. Designed for use with Nikon’s DX-format SLRs, the 5.5x zoom and versatile 55-300mm focal length[1] enables photographers to get up-close and personal with distant subjects. Perfect for travel, sunsets, or sporting shots, the shallow depth of field and dramatic telephoto compression effects achievable also make for a beautiful portrait shot creating a soft background and attractively flattening facial features.

Crystal Clear Imagery

Nikon’s exclusive second generation Vibration Reduction system (VR II) enables steady hand-held shooting at all focal lengths. Delivering sharp photos and video, VR II allows you to use shutter speeds that are up to 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Also, being an optical system means that the viewfinder image is also stabilised, enabling more accurate autofocus acquisition and framing. Leave your tripod at home and shoot with confidence, safe in the knowledge that the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens will produce photos of outstanding sharpness and colour even in low light.

Supreme Optics

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The inclusion of two ED and one HRI element helps eliminate aberrations and distortion for superior picture quality.

Providing outstanding optical performance, the lens comprises 17 elements in 11 groups, in a design with two ED and one HRI (High Refractive Index) glass lens element. With a refractive index of more than 2.0, the HRI element offers effects equivalent to those obtained with several normal glass elements and can compensate for both field curvature and spherical aberrations. Working together, the HRI and ED elements deliver crisp images even under harsh lighting conditions while the rounded nine-blade diaphragm creates a soft rendering effect, producing high-quality natural backgrounds. This highly efficient optics system achieves clear, high contrast images at every aperture and focal length and contributes to the compact dimensions, making the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR conveniently portable.

Silent Precision

Nikon's AF-S technology is yet another reason why professional photographers like NIKKOR lenses. Nikon’s exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM) converts travelling waves into rotational energy to focus the optics. This enables high-speed autofocusing that’s extremely accurate and super quiet. So for discrete shooting you can set up the shot in an instant and camera focusing won’t disturb sensitive subjects like wildlife.

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR from Nikon is an exceptionally affordable, VR super-telephoto zoom lens which delivers a level of clarity and reliability that every passionate photographer can appreciate.

[1] The actual focal length of 55-300mm has an angle of view equivalent to that of an 82.5-450mm lens in 35mm [135] format.

Product Feature Comparison

The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens is just one of a range of great NIKKOR lenses. Take a look at the table below comparing features with a selection of other fantastic DX-format lenses in the collection.

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 35mm f/1.8G LensNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR LensNikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR LensNikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR LensNikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Lens
Lens Groups/Elements6/811/1714/1911/177/9
Angle of View44°28°50' to 5°20'76° to 5°20'83°-18°50'38°50'
No. of Diaphragm Leaves79977
Minimum f-stopf/22f/22-29f/22-32f/22-36f/22
Minimum focus distance0.30m1.40m0.45m0.38m0.163m
Length (from lens mount)52.5mm123mm120mm85mm64.5mm
Filter Attachment Diameter52mm58mm77mm67mm52mm
Lens Hood includedHB-46HB-57HB-58HB-39HB-61
Lens Case includedCL-0913CL-1020CL-1120CL-1015CL-0915

Box Contains

  • NIKKOR 55-300mm lens
  • Lens case
  • Lens hood
  • Lens cap x2
  • User Guide
  • Warranty

  • Customer Questions & Answers

    Customer Reviews

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    372 of 383 people found the following review helpful By Paul Madge #1 HALL OF FAMETOP 10 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Jun 2011
    I bought this lens to use with my Nikon D3100 DSLR kit. I am relatively new to DSLR photography and wanted a lens that I wouldn't have to keep changing in the field.

    I was pleased with the kit lens that came with the D3100 (18-55mm) and this second lens maintains that trend in terms of ease of operation and clarity of results. There is a built in auto-focus motor and it is easy to zoom manually using the wide rubber surround. Being a 55mm to 300mm lens it covers a wide range of scenarios without too much compromise. For example, I had previously been using a Panasonic DMC FZ38 superzoom bridge camera with an 18x maximum zoom to capture wildlife shots etc. This Nikon lens gives a similar level of zoom capability but with even greater clarity. It can also cope well with shots that require less zoom and bit of a wider angle, although, clearly it can't go as wide as the 18-55mm kit lens. This means in certain circumstances you have to change lenses in the field. The Nikon 55-300mm lens also has a highly effective anti-shake (Nikon VR - Vibration Reduction) mechanism - I was concerned at how I would keep a lens of this magification steady at full zoom, but, I need not have been as the VR is very good.

    The Nikon 55-300mm lens is supplied with a lens cap, lens hood and storage bag which provides protection against dust etc. but the bag is no substitute for the protection of a proper case or compartment in your camera bag.

    An alternative approach to delivering even greater versatility might be to buy your DSLR in "body only form" e.g. without a kit lens and buy an 18-270mm or similar lens possibly from a third party such as Tamron - budget wise this would work out at a similar cost to adding this lens to the D3100 kit (e.g.
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    307 of 324 people found the following review helpful By RugbyPhoto on 8 Oct 2011
    I bought this 55-300mm lens for my sports photography and in particular rugby, a fast paced sport which is mostly played in low light, rain, snow and other unfavourable conditions. As a Nikon D5000 owner I have read multiple reviews stating deficiencies in the camera (99% of which are completely baseless and the consumer lenses such as the 55-200mm (which I own and upgraded from only due to needing that bit more range). I shot this Saturday's game in super low light rain storm and got 452 perfectly excellent (extremely quickly and efficiently focussed) photographs! to those who think this lens won't work for them in daytime sports or landscapes or any other scenario, forget it.. It's a great lens and if you don't think you will go FX anytime soon (£1300 camera plus treble that in lenses minimum) then dont hesitate.. The lens is well built, the right size and handles well. Get it bought and don't listen to Rockwell and all the other curve geeks out there! Plus vood sent me this in good time.. For free... Same lens in Jessops is 280 quid! Peace...
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    94 of 101 people found the following review helpful By Spec on 7 Feb 2013
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    Let me start by saying that the delivery was fast, so kudos to that.
    Now to the Lens, I wanted something light for my travels instead of taking my work camera Nikon D700 which is a pain to carry around the neck all day with all the other lenses I have when you want to relax, for travels instead I have a Nikon D90 with 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G and now this 55-300mm (it's very light) which is more than enough. After recieving this lens, I did some tests and got to say this big plasticky piece of glass is not to be underestimated and is a terrific performer.

    Despite it's build quality, it provides pretty good images at mostly all apertures and focal lengths.
    wide open in the center it is sharp, contrasty and soft in the corners with some vignetting and a slight loss of contrast; After f/11 it starts to get a bit soft in the center with some slight decay in contrast and in the corners vignetting is more controlled, it's a slightly softer and the loss of contrast is more noticeable. The sharpest aperture of this lens is f/8.
    In terms of focal lenghts this lens is a star performer from 55-200mm with almost no chromatic aberration, very sharp and good image quality overall (contrasty images), after 200mm to 300mm image quality decays a bit in terms of sharpness and contrast but it's still good and usable, chromatic aberration is slightly more noticeable at 300mm, viewing the image at 100%.
    Also tested the responsiveness of this lens and I'm impressed, Autofocus it's pretty fast in good light conditions and some dim light circumstances, although it has tendency to hunt for the subject when there is little light, when it finds it, snaps right into focus.
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    37 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Tescodirect on 21 Mar 2013
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    I have had this lens for a while now, and find it difficult to fault. Bought it originally to go with a D3100, as a natural extension of the 18-55mm kit lens. I have to say I am delighted with the way it performs, and consider it to be excellent value for money. Your next real alternative from Nikon is the 70-200mm, designed for FX cameras. I have the opportunity to briefly swap lenses with someone who had a 70-200mm f2.8, so was able to compare this lens directly to it. Obviously the FX offers a wider maximum aperture, and was a lot faster to autofocus, but the quality of the shots I took with the two lenses were not noticeably different.
    My only gripe, like a some of the other posters on here, is that the lens was not quite as it might seem. Whilst others have complained of grey market imports, I believe mine was intended as part of a camera/kit lens combination (the D3100 and D3200 are both available with this two lens combination) as it came in a plain white box (not the usual shiny gold Nikon one) and had no accompanying paperwork at all i.e. guarantee or instructions. I had a similar experience with an 18-200mm purchased via Amazon Marketplace, which I returned for a refund. That lens was over three times the price of this one, so I was not going to accept it, however I could not be bothered sending the 55-300mm back as it was fairly cheap and the lens worked fine. In both instances, it was not made clear when purchasing these lenses that they were in fact kit lenses being sold separately to make more money. Not sure how you can tell in advance if the supplier intends to send you UK stuff or imports, but beware in case your prized purchase turns up without the expected accompaniments.
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