Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Telephoto Zoom Lens

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Weight 1.64 lb (745 g)
Dimensions (dxl) Approx. 3.1 x 5.6" (7.87 x 14.22 cm)
Filter thread 67 mm


Minimum focus distance 4.92' (1.5 m)
Magnification 0.25x
Camera mount type Nikon F
Diaphragm blades 9
Aperture Maximum: f/4.5 - 5.6
Minimum: f/32 - 40
Focal length 70 - 300 mm
Maximum reproduction ratio 1:4
Format compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Angle of view 34° - 8°
DX Picture Angle: 22° - 5°
Groups/elements 12/17


Image stabilization Yes
Tripod collar No
Autofocus Yes
Expert Reviews
Camera labs.32824899
1 September 2007

The Nikkor 70-300mm VR is a classy telephoto zoom for both Nikon film and digital SLRs. It offers a powerful range which perfectly complements general purpose zooms like the DX 18-70mm, the vibration reduction facilities are very effective, while both the build and optical quality are a step-up from...

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    Great all-round telephoto zoom., Very effective VR anti-shake facilities., Fast and quiet SWM focusing., Perfectly complements DX 18-70mm lens., Works with full-frame bodies.

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    Bigger and heavier than DX 55-200mm VR., Zoom ring a little stiff, but at least no creep., DX 55-200mm VR a cheaper alternative.

The digital picture.32823291
31 October 2010

Is the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Lens right for you? Learn all you need to know in's review!

15 October 2010

This telephoto zoom lens costs around £440 and covers the popular 70-300mm range plus it sports Vibration reduction and a silent wave focusing motor.

Pop photo.32824722
16 December 2008

Hands on Nicely and conservatively finished in semimatte black, this lens is a good match with medium to heavy Nikon bodies (such as the D80), but it's very nose-heavy on lightweights like the D40.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
1 September 2015

This lens is on my camera 80% of the time. I use it for bird, insect, portraits, sports, airplanes, and even some landscapes when you want to narrow your shot to something specific.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice Bokeh, Rugged, Strong Construction

6 October 2015

Some reviews I read about this lens gave me pause as to whether I should purchase it or not. With Crutchfield's return policy I felt that I had nothing to lose by purchasing this Nikon 70-300mm zoom lens to give it a try.

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    Long focal length for nature photography; sharp images with very little distortion, great color; light weight for a lens of this focal length.

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    Not the fastest lens. Due to the physical size of this lens a tripod mounting bracket should have been included. But, for this price, I am not complaining.

9 July 2014

Amateur photographer shooting, wildlife, landscape, nature, etc.Broke my 55-300 DX lense and decided to replace it with this lens. It is heavier, but I love that it does auto focus so fast and will auto focus on manual. Also is supposed to be more durable which I think I need!

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    Durable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Strong Construction

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Review buydig com.33956271
6 October 2014

I have used this lens and I am pleased with the pictures. Working with BuyDig was a lot easier than tying to buy the same lens on the Nikon site in which I gave up on. I liked the quick delivery too.

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    I have used this lens and I am pleased with the pictures. Working with BuyDig was a lot easier than tying to buy the same lens on the Nikon site in which I gave up on. I liked the quick delivery too.

18 August 2015

I upgraded to this lens just after it came on the market sometime ago. It was a big improvement from my previous Nikon Lens, and that old lens was great in itself. Nikon continues to impress me with their products. It is a great lens for the money and Nikon delivers with this.

24 June 2015

Very good lens for the price. The VR works fairly well, although you do need a steady hand to work at much below 1/320 at 300mm. Also, the focus is not too reliable at longer distances, even in brighter light.

8 February 2013

I was hesitant paying so much for a lens at first, but this lens is amazing! Worth every penny. Took my Nikon 5100 to the max with 300 zoom you can reach almost anthing youd want.

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    Clear Image, Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Rugged, Strong Construction

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Photography review.32822891
27 November 2013

I bought this lens as a cheap foray into the world of Nikon once again. The lens is a exercise in mediocrity. It's not a bad lens but it's not a great lens. It is priced in the middle for a middle series lens. It's not cheaply built, on par with the gold ring lenses.

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    -Reasonably Well built, -Focuses reasonably closely, -Dual Mode VR

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    -To get a sharp picture (but it will do it), -Turning on the VR will cause you photo to loose sharpness, -A little on the porky side

23 October 2013

A tempos que ando a namorar essa lente compre-a na semana passada e valeu cada centavo investido tem uma qualidade de imagem nota 10 combina perfeitamente com a minha D600 !

Photoalley com.32823162
7 April 2011

I'm a casual photographer and I enjoy shooting wildlife, natural scenes, and macro/texture shots. I've enjoyed the ease of use, and the vibration reduction is unbelievable. From the moment I mounted the lense and started using it, I was immediately excited and pleased with my new lens.

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    Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Fun To Use, User friendly

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Product Highlights
  • F Mount Lens/FX Format
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to 32
  • Two Extra-Low Dispersion Elements
  • Super Integrated Lens Coating
  • Silent Wave Motor AF System
  • Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
  • Internal Focus; Manual Focus Override
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
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Average User Score
In The Box
  • Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Lens
  • 67mm Snap-On Lens Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • HB-36 Bayonet Lens Hood
  • CL-1022 Flexible Lens Pouch
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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