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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens
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- Built-in vibration reduction offering camera shake compensation
- Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor for quiet autofocusing
- Two ED lens elements used for chromatic aberration compensation
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|Item Dimensions||12.3 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm||11.7 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm||8.3 x 7.1 x 7.1 cm||18.59 x 11.61 x 11.99 cm||—||14.6 x 8.31 x 8.31 cm|
|Item Weight||0.58 kg||435 grams||300 grams||0.54 kg||0.53 kg||0.68 kg|
|Max Focal Length||300 mm||300 mm||200 mm||300||300 mm||300|
|Min Focal Length||55 mm||70 mm||55 mm||70||55 mm||70|
|Mounting Type||Nikonbayonet||Nikonbayonet||Nikon F||Nikon||Nikon F||Nikon|
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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.
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.
I live in the countryside in a house with a very large garden. We get a lot of wildlife in the garden and I immediately began taking photographs with my new camera. It wasn’t long before I realised that the lens fitted to my camera could not get close enough to take a decent of photograph of the majority of subjects I was wanting to capture. So I decided that I would purchase a telephoto lens. This would be the very first accessory that I bought for the camera. I made the decision to go for a Nikon lens instead of a cheaper version and I decided to opt for a 300mm focal length. I had two choices, the 55 - 300mm or the 70 - 300mm and because my first lens was 18 - 55mm, I decided to go for the first one. This meant that my lenses covered 18 to 300mm with no gap.
The lens arrived from the States a few days after I bought it and inside the box as well as the lens I found, a lens cap, a bayonet end cap, a lens hood, small protective bag and a set of instructions.
The lens had VR, vibration reduction; this is a mechanical feature that reduces the vibration experienced when taking photos whilst holding the camera in low light conditions or with slow shutter speeds. The VR on this lens is 2nd generation even though this is not mentioned anywhere and it works very well. See the video. As well as a switch to turn VR on or off, the lens has a selector switch for auto or manual focus.
Fitting the lens to the camera is a doddle and within minutes I was taking photos of deer and squirrels away in the distance. This lens really does open up a whole new world of photo opportunities. See the video for a real demonstration of the telephoto lens in use at several focal lengths. It is possible to take good close up images, not quite macro, but still close up.
One thing I found out after a few weeks is that the camera will take much better pictures if the lens cap is fitted as it reduces glare and flaring giving a much better result, less washed out with richer colours.
I had issues with the focus, it was a bit hit and miss and about 50% of the pictures I took were not in focus. This was because I was using the camera in full auto with area focus selected. I had to place the camera in position A, manual with aperture priority, and swap the auto focus over to single point auto focus. Then I was able to select the centre point on the camera using the curser on the camera menu and things got considerably better. I am now finding the focusing much easier. Manual focus is a little tricky as a very small movement will take the image through focussed and out the other side so care is needed to focus. It does get better after time as you become more used to it. Also it is very easy to knock the image out of focus in auto focus mode as there is a small amount of movement on the focussing wheel and you can turn it slightly if you are not careful where you place your fingers pushing it out of focus. This is not a big issue as my hands tended to be away from the focussing ring in normaI use.
I have hardly used the 18 – 55mm lens since I got this one. I am very pleased with it and so glad that I decided to go for Nikon. It is by no means perfect, but I have taken some cracking (in my opinion) photos with it and having the extra reach is a real joy. I think it was the right choice as my first accessory and would recommend it if you too are struggling to get the photos you want because the subject is too far away. I think it is good value and it is a very welcome addition to my set up.
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.
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.
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