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
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.

Techradar uk.32817471
16 November 2011

The biggest attraction of this full-frame zoom lens for the vast majority of us who use APS-C Nikon cameras is that the 1.5x crop factor gives a mighty effective telephoto reach of 450mm at the long end of the zoom range.

9 June 2011

Gary Wolstenholme reviews the telephoto zoom Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Nikkor Lens.

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    Excellent sharpness in the centre between 70mm and 135mm, Good build quality, Vibration Reduction

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    Chromatic aberrations towards the edges at 300mm, Reduction in sharpness at 300mm and f/5.6

Photozone de.34752480
2 October 2010

The Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR may not be the Über-lens everybody was hoping for (nor was that realistic) but it is still a very good lens. At 70mm the results are nothing short of stellar and still easily on a very good level at 200mm.

Lenstip com.34355424
12 March 2010

To put it in a nutshell Nikon took up to the challenge of the Canon 70-300 IS in a stylish and efficient way. Both lenses have similar properties with the similar pros and cons list and one serious slip-up – in the case of the Canon it was the autofocus, which, for an USM mechanism works badly; in...

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    solid barrel,, very good image sharpness in the frame centre,, good image quality at the frame edge,, low distortion,, slight coma,, well-corrected astigmatism,, low vignetting,, efficient stabilization,, excellent autofocus.

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    high or very high chromatic aberration at all focal lengths,, at 300 mm image resolution could have been better.

User Reviews
B h photo.32817553
24 February 2016

I wanted to be able to take bird photos and needed a better telephoto lens. I got what I wanted. I could not be happier with the results. As a non professional I needed something I could understand and the chat on the website helped me so this. I have added a photo.

31 December 2016

Have had this lens in my camera bag for almost 10 years and it has never disappointed. Have used it on both my digital cameras (D300 and D610) as well as my F100 for everything including wildlife and sports photography.

3 weeks ago

Clarity is up there with the competition for a great price. VR works well when tested without it. Focus is good with some difficulty focusing on smaller object at 300mm. Great for day time shots with some difficulty with evening shots because of the high fstop.

Imaging resource.34355410
29 April 2016

I bought it second hand i took a few pictures they are great can wait to take wild life were i live

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    Good build Fast zoom Quiet Qaulity picture

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    None so far

6 October 2015

The Nikon 70-300mm lens enables me to now take awesome wildlife photos on my farm!

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    Super clear bird photos at great distances

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.34752477
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

14 June 2013

Upgraded from 55-300mm VR to this lens. I'm happy with AF speed, even at 300mm. (55-300 AF is slow). Sharp for most of it's range. Built quality is good and lens barrel travels smoothly. AF is very quite, but you can hear VR operation sometimes. I liked the placement of focus ring.

Abt electronics.32817785
18 February 2010

I use this lens for landscape and wildlife photography and I could not be more pleased with the performance. I use this lens with a Nikon D90 and the combination creates the most amazing photos. This is a lens that even the novice can use to produce breathtaking photographs.

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    Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Quick Focus, Rugged, Sharp Focus, Strong Construction

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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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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