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Great General Sports Lens
from Spokane WA, UDS
Comments about Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:
I spent 35 years as a Medical Photographer now do school candid's including sports.. This is a great lens for that purpose.. wish it was a 3.5f but we can't have everything with this great price.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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(29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)
At 300mm this lens is tack sharp
from Alexandria, VA, USA
Before I bought the lens I read the reviews and especially the negative ones. Several of the reviewers complained that the lens was "soft" or "fuzzy" when extended to 300mm. As a result I tested it by photographing my cat's name tag at a distance of 43ft #13.1m#. The smallest letters are an 1/8th of an inch #4cm# and they are tack sharp. For those that got bad pictures with this lens I have several questions. Have you received any training in the proper use of telephoto lens? There are basic rules for a lens of this type. A) Don't use a shutter less than the length of the lens. On a camera with a DX sensor this lens is the equivalent of a 500mm lens on a 35mm film or FX digital camera, which means you shouldn't use a shutter speed slower than 1/500th of a second. B) Try to shoot with an aperture of no less than an f11 to ensure enough depth of field. C) Don't attempt to hand hold it when extended to 300mm. Tripod mount or Monopod mount at a minimum. It would be nice if this lens had a tripod mount, but it doesn't so we make due. One more point. This is not a fast lens. It needs plenty of light. Increase your ISO and don't plan on getting any Sasquatch pictures on a moonless night without one huge flash. Bottom line, this is an excellent lens for the money, if you have some training and/or experience using a telephoto lens.
(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
from Framingham, MA, USA
This is my go to lens for landscape and wildlfie photography. I have used it on a D7000 and now on my D-610 and the results are the same. clear, sharp images all the time.
Portable and Sharp Telephoto Zoom
from San Diego, California
This 70-300mm zoom lens is easy to travel with and is optically excellent and affordable. The image of the Parthenon below was taken with a Nikon D700 camera body from the roof top of an open air taverna. The camera settings were the following: a shutter speed of 1/40 of a second (on a small table top tripod), an aperture of 7.1, an ISO of 6400, a focal length of 195mm, Tungsten White Balance, and Matrix Metering.
from Rockwall, TX, USA
Good lens if you have very good quality lighting (i.e., bright sunlight). Also, images not very sharp at about 225mm thru 300mm. But it is a f4.5 - f5.6, so it is expected. I wish I would have waited a bit and got the 70-200mm f2.8. Very good point and shoot zoom lens, but I expected much better performance and sharpness. I would definitely recommend this lens as point and shoot zoom lens, but not for serious enthusiasts or pros.
(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Superb telephoto for budget-minded photographers
from Atlanta, GA
Finally had a chance to get this lens out and have been nothing but impressed with it. First of all; no, it's not on par with the faster - and vastly more expensive - telephoto lenses in Nikon's lineup in terms of clarity, sharpness, build quality, or low-light performance. It's also 1/5th the price on average and so it's really not a fair comparison to begin with. However, with that in mind, the optics and image quality are still top-notch. In fact, for a consumer-grade lens, the IQ and overall construction of the lens itself is among the best I've found in this price range. I got this lens primarily to use for my son's soccer games, where lugging around my 70-200mm 2.8G on a monopod just isn't convenient or necessary even. With ample light, the 70-300mm shines and produces surprisingly sharp images, even at the minimum and maximum focal lengths. I found that the clarity tends to degrade minimally between 200-300mm, but is still very usable. The VR II feature works and works very well. If you're hand holding, it definitely comes in handy and the difference with VR on vs. off is marked and noticeable. Given the relatively hefty weight of the lens, this feature might benefit some more than others, especially if you're not used to shooting with a lens that has a little bit of weight to it. Auto focus is fairly quick and I didn't find much hunting at 300mm, even on an overcast day. This is especially nice with the crop factor if you happen to be using a DX body, letting you reach out and get the shot without much hassle or wasted time. You can always 'help' the AF by focusing manually from the start and letting the AF take over before getting the shot, but I haven't found myself needing to do that at all. Overall, I would highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for a quality zoom for outdoor sports, nature shots, candids, and even portraiture. Like mentioned from the start, there are better and faster lenses out there but, for this price, you really can't go wrong and won't be disappointed with the quality you'll receive for the money.
(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
really close up shots u will get sharp detail with amazing depth of field to work with in aperture priority. Landscape, wildlife, and close up, this lens
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
One For The Travel Bag
from Kanagawa Japan
This lens is the one you want in your travel bag. If you have limited space to pack, this lens offers a great degree of versatility. It is great for landscape as at 70mm you still have plenty of view angle, but when you want to get the close up shot, the 300mm zoom capability will get you in with the subject. Very sharp detail and good light gathering capability. And for the really close up shots you will get sharp detail with amazing depth of field to work with in aperture priority. Landscape, wildlife, and close up, this lens provides a quality results.
Excellent and it works for D5000
I use D5000 and I'm satisfied with this 300mm. Manual/Automatic, Vibration Reduction, automatic settings working good, is not the fastest focus speed but nice and enough. Beautiful photos can be gotten depending scene, objects or illumination conditions but his lens is excellent choice for general Zoom photos, the f/4.5 is not enough for low light conditions, but for most common situations and outdoors this is really a good zoom with nice price.
'Get it Tuned' for best output
Its good value for money. However, make sure that there are no 'back focus' problems. In that case it wouldn't give the best output. There is a marked improvement in focusing and image sharpness after I fine tuned my Nikon D7000 for this lens. Sharpness reduces beyond 200mm.
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