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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens
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|Item Dimensions||7.7 x 12.3 x 7.7 cm||7.1 x 8.3 x 7.1 cm||7.7 x 11.7 x 7.7 cm||7.2 x 12.5 x 7.2 cm||8 x 14.4 x 8 cm||7.62 x 7.62 x 11.94 cm|
|Item Weight||0.58 kg||300 grams||435 grams||400 grams||0.75 kg||0.54 kg|
|Max Focal Length||300 mm||200 mm||300 mm||300||300 mm||300 mm|
|Min Focal Length||55 mm||55 mm||70 mm||70||70 mm||70 mm|
|Mounting Type||Nikonbayonet||Nikon F||Nikonbayonet||Nikon||Nikonbayonet||Nikonbayonet|
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
 The actual focal length of 55-300mm has an angle of view equivalent to that of an 82.5-450mm lens in 35mm  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 Lens||Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens||Nikon AF-S DX 18-300mm f3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens||Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Lens||Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G Lens|
|Angle of View||44°||28°50' to 5°20'||76° to 5°20'||83°-18°50'||38°50'|
|No. of Diaphragm Leaves||7||9||9||7||7|
|Minimum focus distance||0.30m||1.40m||0.45m||0.38m||0.163m|
|Length (from lens mount)||52.5mm||123mm||120mm||85mm||64.5mm|
|Filter Attachment Diameter||52mm||58mm||77mm||67mm||52mm|
|Lens Hood included||HB-46||HB-57||HB-58||HB-39||HB-61|
|Lens Case included||CL-0913||CL-1020||CL-1120||CL-1015||CL-0915|
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I don't find the camera heavy. It's nice to hold in the hand and easy to adjust zoom on the move.
I think the VR is quite useful if you're shooting freehand. Not necessary on a tripod though. Optical zoom is pretty good.
For the price point I think it's one of the best lenses to compliment my D3300. This is my first lens aside from the kit lens I got.
I've included a variety of photos. All of which have been through photoshop as they were shot RAW. But I'm extremely pleased with the photos It's taking and can't wait to get better at taking photos.
It can sometimes take a second attempt to get the focus you want. It has 'hunted' a handful of times but most of the time it's spot on.
Some have commented on the lightness of the lens. At 530g, this is actually the heaviest and largest lens I own (it's a bit big for my standard camera case), but compared with professional/most FX telephoto lenses, it is certainly relatively light. You would probably notice this after a day carrying it on the D7000, but for short periods the weight is not a problem. On a D7000, it feels chunky but not unbalanced. It has a metal mount, and is weather sealed. Neither is essential for me, but they're nice to have.
The zoom control is a bit stiff, but not at all jerky (unlike e.g. my 18-70 which seems to do some weird gymnastics halfway on the range). In use, it is absolutely fine. It's very big and grippy. Manual focus is a weakness of this lens, but I was expecting that from the reviews. The A-M switch needs to be turned to M and the focus ring is small (but serrated so it is easy to turn by feel). Fine adjustment takes care. On my D7000, which has two arrows as well as a dot, it's not too bad. On a camera with only a dot, I expect it could be extremely frustrating! The lens does also have a tendency to hunt in low light and doesn't always get into focus in the autofocus mode. It's not worse than some of my other lenses (e.g. the 70-300G), but it could leave you lost for a shot in low light. Give it reasonable light and it's fine. The autofocus is reasonably quiet (no whining like the 70-300G) and I didn't notice any strange noises from the VR (the 55-200 chatters away to itself when in use). Pointing it into the sun gives washed out colours all through the image (general flare, apparently), but unlike my wider lenses, I didn't notice any specific flare reflections in the final images.
I will need to experiment a bit to get the best from this lens. Playing with it last weekend, I've got some good shots at all focal lengths. However, the vibration reduction isn't completely magic (maybe wishful thinking on my part, but some reviews suggested I might get usable photos at 1/8s or 1/15s). Anything below 1/30-1/60 at 300mm doesn't seem to have worked for me (including some obvious double images at 1/8s). But that's still pretty good compared with the 70-300G, which I would normally shoot on 1/250s or better. This is the cheaper VR, with no Active mode (for shooting from a moving vehicle, for instance), but I haven't needed that yet, and to be honest I'm not sure that not having Active VR is really a major issue for most uses (I don't take safari holidays or go to war zones). What is more significant is the slow autofocus speed. You might miss some action shots with this lens if you're e.g. a sports photographer (but putting the D7000 into continuous mode would perhaps overcome that). The manual focus is tricky enough that it takes some concentration and can't be done very fast. At the long end, the depth of field is very narrow, so focus really matters.
The lens hood that comes with the lens isn't the standard Nikon twist-and-click: it pushes on and clicks into place. The mechanism feels less robust but I haven't noticed any big problems yet. It also comes with a soft bag for protection. I've done what others recommended here, and bought some Tommee Tippee bottle covers, which are nice and padded, and also have a velcro strap, and are not expensive. They're black so don't look too silly (and you can always use a felt tip to hide the logo if you're embarrassed). My wife did want to know why I was buying baby items, so you might want to tell your partner if you do this :)
Overall, I'm not unhappy with the lens. It does a useful job and it wasn't expensive (buy direct from Amazon or another official UK reseller and get £40 cashback up to Christmas). If you don't mind the size and weight, it gives a much longer zoom than the 55-200 at a slightly higher price. Optically, so far it seems similar to the 70-300G (which is apparently almost identical optically to the much more expensive 70-300VR, but much more primitive mechanically). Other than the convenience of the focus and VR controls on the 70-300VR, I think you probably need to go to the big and very expensive 70-200 to get a much better telephoto in the Nikon range.
The focus hunting has become more annoying and I'm missing shots because of it. The manual focus ring is too small to find easily - it is very much an after-thought. If you are taking photos in situations where you can wait and have another go, then the slow AF might be acceptable. But anything where you only have one opportunity and you are taking a big risk with this lens. As a photographer I rarely work with posed situations, almost everything I've done of note was picked up because I was in the right place at the right time. This lens has let me down badly. I've got a £120 Canon bridge camera that copes better with focus.
I prefer the cheaper Nikon 20050 AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200 mm VR II as the autofocus is faster and it feels surer of what it is doing. You might think, "But what about that extra 100mm of reach?". I'm shooting on a 24 megapixel camera. Frankly I'd rather an in focus shot which I can then crop if needed - and at least it will be sharp! If the shot is out of focus there really isn't much you can do to save it in Adobe Lightroom. Did I mention the 55-200mm is *cheaper*.
The only thing I can say in it's favour is I shot some video at about 300mm on a locked off tripod which got bought by BBC1. But don't take that as meaning the image was broadcast quality, they were also using camera phone footage in the same documentary. I also had hours to get the shot (and the one they used is the best of 14 attempts).
This gets 3 stars, mainly because it isn't too expensive. But there are some serious issues to think about before you buy. You may decide to live with them and accept the limitations, but have a think first...
* Autofocus spends a LOT of time searching. Unfortunately the manual focus ring is small, awkwardly placed, and very sensitive. I found myself using AF to get in the right ballpark and then switching to M to stop it going off and focusing on something else. If your subject isn't moving, then you may be able to cope with this ok, but forget shooting action/sports - you'll miss the shot while the lens is hunting for focus. If you shoot video, you certainly won't want AF switched on. Get the focus and then switch to M.
* Image quality drops the further you zoom. Perhaps to be expected at this price point. If you are going to use it in well lit situations and money is an issue, then you may decide you can live with it. Photos are fine for web use, but don't expect to be blowing them up large and printing them out large.
* Lens hood - maybe not a big deal, but flimsy locking system leaves it rattling around.
* Ok-ish quality below 135mm
* Vibration reduction is fair
I tend to keep it on a very solid tripod so I can switch VR and AF off. This doesn't fix the problems, but makes them more manageable. I generally shoot with prime lenses, so have less expertise with zooms, but I do find the colour and saturation lacks something. Aspects of this can be improved in post, but really I want as much as possible in camera. For info, I have used this on my D3300 and D7100.
During a recent storm, I was able to shoot pretty good 1080p video of a crane flexing in the wind, fully zoomed in at 300mm. But I only managed it with a rock solid tripod, getting focus first, shooting test pictures (to check the focus), keeping it in M once focus was established. Even then, I still had to play with the saturation to make it more pleasing. I'm not going to trash this lens in my review, and clearly some people like it, but before you buy please have a think about these limitations and whether you are prepared to accept them. I kept the lens, but it is my least favourite.
As mentioned earlier, this is a very good zoom lens. While there are cheaper alternatives, I really do believe it is worth spending that little bit more for the quality Nikon offer.
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