3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Great value for the occassional user,
This review is from: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens (Camera)
I use the nikon 16-85mm DX VR lens on my D7000 for everyday use. When I had 35mm film equipment the longest lens I owned was an independent 300mm f5.6. It was an ok lens, but it took some considerable technique to use for subjects that were not stationary or in good light.
Since swapping to digital I have missed the extra reach for the odd shot, and the opportunity to capture some subjects from an alternative viewpoint. I looked at both this lens and the 55 - 200. Thom Hogan's thoughts were informative and my decision came down to the non high street price available through Amazon and the relatively little extra this bigger lens cost over the shorter one.
Having now used the lens in anger at the Goodwood Festival of Speed I concur with the shortcomings other reviewers have highlighted; the manual focus is a fiddle and the auto focus is not really quick enough for really high speed action. I also feel there is a tendency to loose contrast easily (general flare) when shooting almost directly into the light, even with a lens hood in place.
However, for what the lens cost me (£110 less than the current high street price) I think it is exceptional value and would recommend it if you do not need that critical element of handling in the performance. I did contact the seller before purchase to check that it was not a refurb model and that the included warranty would be honoured in the UK. No and Yes. Very pleased.
If any one wants to see a sample image taken with the lens, you can go here (assuming Amazon doesn't remove the URL): [...]