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from California, USA
Comments about Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Telephoto Zoom Lens:
I purchased this after reading several glowing reviews - actually, comments in reviews for other lenses that said they preferred this one - and deciding it met my needs for bird photography. The first one I received was very noisy, with a lot of grinding while it tried to autofocus continuously. Images were soft or not in at all in focus. I tried tests, shooting road signs in broad daylight, and edges weren't crisp. I tried another lens, a Nikkor 55-200mm, which worked so much better. I decided I had a defective unit and returned it to the seller for a replacement. The second unit was a little better with finding focus - no so much constantly seeking - but still noisy when it did. But the focus was even fuzzier, with bright objects having a strong aura surrounding them. I also sent this unit back, this time for a refund while I decide what I'm going to do next. Did I just get two lemons or was my experience typical with this lens?
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
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Good for general purposes
My humble opinion: Not a bad option and performs relatively well. However, I don't think it is an ideal option for wildlife photographers who tend to shoot in low light conditions. So if you are that kind of shooters you probably need to look for at faster lenses offered by Nikon. It gets even worse if you mount if on a crop sensor camera. I hope my feedback would help people make a good decision.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
Great Telephoto, but heavy
from Oregon, USA
This is a heavy lens on a F.F. Camera; but light on a DX camera. That is really my only issue. The photos are very close, and the lens is perfect for outside.
Photos at 200 to 300mm useless
from Albuquerque, NM, USA
I bought this lens for bird photography. I am using it on a D90, which of course, if pretty old. Regardless, I could not get a decent image, even with a tripod, at extended focal lengths. The bird feathers had no detail whatsoever and cropping, of course, just made matters worse. I had to get extremely close to the subject, which is next to impossible for birds, to get a sharp image. Using a tripod and manual focus, I went through each f-stop and found that beyond f/8 the sharpness just got worse. Oddly, the image in the viewfinder was extremely sharp, but the resulting image would be useless. I decided to take a loss and sell it on the auction site. Perhaps it was a bad copy? Quality control can't be this bad. It is hard for me to believe the great reviews this lens has from most buyers. I have uploaded some samples. The pictures look far worse than what you see in the small thumbnails.
Great General Sports Lens
from Spokane WA, UDS
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.
(30 of 30 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.
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.
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