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
22 April 2011

Despite having a wide zoom range, Nikon’s 55-300mm zoom failed to deliver anything special of significance. As such, and given its DX-only sensor coverage, potential buyers may prefer to choose Nikon’s AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR telephoto zoom, it delivers a more refined performance and better...

The digital picture.32823291
11 June 2010

Is the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in's review!

8 August 2010

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
3 May 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...

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
10 September 2015

This lens really lets you reach out and find distant objects. I was initially going to purchase my D3300 with the 18-55 & 55-200 kit lenses, but decided to get the body with only the 18-55, and spend a few extra dollars for this lens. I could not be happier with my purchase.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged

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11 January 2016

Limited use as bought for a gift for my wife, a little slower than my 70-300 VR but picture quality fine and just as good on D300 and D7100. Just a little slower to focus Updated 3rd Feb.

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    Good quality with low weight and low cost

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Review buydig com.33956271
5 June 2015

I probably wouldn't have purchased this at retail cost, but over half off wasn't something I could turn down to add to my glass collection. Was this review helpful? |

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    Is pretty much every thing I wanted for the price that I paid for it.

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13 May 2015

basically it is a beginner lens<br />it works for me for what I do <br />best to use in day light (sunny)<br />if you are a beginner and do photo just for fun <br />I recommend D3300 and 55-300mm lens<br />remember shoot RAW you save all data

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    Easily Interchangeable, Strong Construction

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    Poor in Low Light

9 June 2015

My main goal in having this lens was to photograph hawks and falcons in our neighborhood. My longest reach before this lens was 200mm and I knew the extra 100mm would give me more shot options. What's great about the lens is the sharpness and color. Both exceeded my expectations.

28 October 2014

The lens was a gift for my daughter who was absolutely delighted. She hasn&#39;t been able to give it a thorough outdoor test due to recent bad weather. She has taken excellent short range pictures and has no complaints. It will take more time for a complete outdoor evaluation.

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    Very easy to use.

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7 September 2014

I bought this lens to go with my D5200, I already had the 18-55mm but needed close-ups so after reading many reviews on this particular lens I decided to purchase it. I am not a photographer but I do take a lot of pictures for my job. It's a good lens and it serves the purpose I need it for.

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

25 May 2015

I love this lens. I've been searching for a good zoom lens and found this one for the right price. Moon. Mountains. Family. It does it all. Love it.

8 December 2014

They say if something is too good to be true it probably is. In this case I am still trying to discover what the catch is. I am way more than satisfied.

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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