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

Model #2197

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Nikon 2197 1
Nikon 2197 1
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Weight 18.7 oz (530 g)
Filter thread 58 mm
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.0 x 4.8" (7.62 x 12.19 cm)


Minimum focus distance 4.6' (1.40 m)
Camera mount type Nikon F
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:3.57
Angle of view 28° - 5°
Format compatibility Nikon DX
FX in DX Crop Mode
Focal length 55 - 300 mm
Magnification 0.28x
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/22
Diaphragm blades 9
Groups/elements 11/17


Autofocus Yes
Image stabilization Yes
Tripod collar No
Expert Reviews
What digital camera.32818507
20 February 2013

The Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR offers an impressive tele-photo zoom range at a reasonable price

4 September 2011

Click on the thumbnails for a high resolution image Gary Wolstenholme takes a look at Nikon's latest telephoto offering for DX format cameras. Until the introduction of this lens, Nikon camera users requiring a lens that covers focal lengths up to 300mm to complement their existing kit lens had a...

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    Decent optical performer, Good build quality for a consumer lens, Light weight

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    Lens extends and focus ring rotates during AF, Delay before VR system kicks in properly

Pop photo.32824722
22 July 2011

Nikon's longest zoom for cameras with APS-C-size sensors (DX format), this 5.5X 55–300mm f/4.5–5.6G VR ($360, street) scales up to the full-frame equivalent of 82.5–450mm. It offers two elements of ED glass, a high-refractive-index glass element (a DX first), Vibration Reduction II, the quiet SWM...

Techradar uk.32817471
20 November 2011

Most telephoto zoom lenses designed specifically for APS-C rather than full-frame DSLRs have a zoom range of about 50-200mm. This gives them an effective zoom range of 75-300mm on Nikon camera bodies such as the D3100 and D5100 , very close to the classic telephoto zoom range of 70-300mm on...

9 September 2010

A 5.5x telephoto zoom lens for DX cameras with Vibration Reduction which starts where bundled kit lenses stop extending your range through to a super-telephoto 300mm.

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    Decent optical performer, Good build quality for a consumer lens, Light weight

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    Lens extends and focus ring rotates during AF, Delay before VR system kicks in properly

User Reviews
17 November 2016

The versatility of this lens is remarkable. Even with a minimum focus distance of 4.6 feet, the long focal length allows me to use it for sharp macro photography. The vibration reduction system enables handheld shots even at 300mm in less than bright light.

B h photo.32817553
16 July 2016

Love this lens, I have been using it for a few years on my D3100, Love that it is compatable with the more upgraded Nikon bodies. I use it for landscape, Nature, Seascape, and everything in between.

13 August 2017

I expected this Nikon lens to be the same great quality that I'd gotten from every other Nikon product I own. Sadly, this lens is disappointing. Poor clarity. Very fuzzy images, especially after 200mm. A dark vignette around the edges of some images.

Ritz camera.34752625
17 June 2017

I purchased this lens for a trip to the Pacific Northwest coast where I was hoping to capture some of the wild life, Sea Lions, Whales, Seals & Elk. Mission accomplished. The 300 zoom was just enough to get some great shots.

18 May 2015

I bundled this with my purchase of a D5500, and it's a great addition! It complements the 18-55 that come with the base kit, and is a great lens for taking on day trips or vacation without adding too much extra size and bulk

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    Fantastic quality construction, not too big for a zoom of this amount, and the quality is very very good

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Abt electronics.32817785
5 April 2015

I love using this lens when photographing outdoors, which I do predominantly. It brings the distance to me and allows me to capture details not otherwise evident.

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    Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Strong Construction

24 September 2015

Look for over a year and saved money for a longtime before I pulled the trigger and bought this as one of my lens. Happy I have it, have a UV filter to protect lens and loving the lens.

21 March 2013

A wonderful piece of equipment and nicely made. Super clean glass (and make sure it stays tat way!) that takes crisp photos.

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    I was very excited to open this lens when I got it in the mail. I bought it specifically for comet PanSTARRS and ISON (which will be arriving later in the year) as well as to extend the possibilities of range since I like to go hiking far away from city lights to take images of the environment,...

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10 November 2012


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    Addictive, Light, Rich, Smooth, Wow Wow Again

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    Not 55-400mm

Wolfcamera com.34753814
6 May 2012

The extra 100mm focal length definitely adds and increases quality and range of shots. A friends Mother has tried this lense and loves it also. When lent to Her for evaluation my fear was of never getting it back!

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    Easy To Use, Extra range of shots, Improves Picture Quality

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    Slight increase in weight

Product Highlights
  • DX-Format Zoom
  • Equivalent to 82.5-450mm in FX Format
  • VR II Image Stabilization
  • Focus to 4.6' at Any Focal Length
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
  • Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens
  • 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-57 Snap-On Lens Hood for 55-300mm Lens
  • CL-1020 Lens Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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