The Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR features 55-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4.5-5.6. The lens construction has 17 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 28°50′. Closest focusing distance at 4.6 ft. (1.4m) and has a filter size of 58mm. The Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR lens weighs 18.7 oz. (580g) and it measures 3.0 inches in diameter and 4.8 inches long.
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Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Reviews
Ephotozine reviews the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR and writes;
“Typically with lenses covering this range, the performance is very good at shorter focal lengths tailing off as the lens is zoomed in. In the case of Nikon’s 55-300mm, at 55mm the sharpness in the centre is already excellent from maximum aperture, with the resolution towards the edges of the frame catching up by f/8, which is where the lens gives its peak performance for this focal length.”
Photoreview reviews the Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR and writes;
“Rectilinear distortion varies with focal length, with very little distortion at 55mm and increasing pincushion distortion from about 70mm on. Although pincushioning was quite noticeable at 300mm, we doubt it would be a problem for most photographers who would consider purchasing this lens. Vignetting was apparent at all focal length settings and became more obvious as focal length was increased. However, again, we doubt it would be a problem for most potential users. Bokeh was generally attractive – and the review lens proved better at handling backlit subjects at 300mm than the Tamron lens. Outlining was negligible and backgrounds were acceptably smooth.”
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR User Reviews
Great Addition to the DX Line-up, | Rating:
“I’m just beginning to get into testing it but my preliminary pictures are coming out nice – really nice. The sharpness is amazing and the lens produces a very nice bokeh. Colors are rendered accurately and the contrast is pretty sharp even at the max aperture. The lens is compact for a 300mm and it’s lighter than my AF-S DX 18-200mm which I use as my regular walk-around. I’m sure the new 55-300 will be used as my walk around pretty frequently also. “ – by Jim
Very good lens for the price, | Rating:
“Excellent Image Quality, Solid build with metal mount, Significantly better in all ways than the Nikon 55-200mm VR, This lens is much better than the older Nikon 55-200mm VR often sold as part of the kit. That lens feels like a toy with a plastic mount and cheap plastic feel. This lens has a much better build quality. Consequently, it’s also more expensive.” – by Avishek Shrestha
Skip the 55-200mm VR and get this! | Rating:
“I know it’s twice as much but it’s well worth it. I took about 150 shots with it this weekend and was blown away. Bokeh is beautiful and it is sharp from 55-300mm. I had the 55-200mm VR and this is a significant step up. It’s more solidly built and the results are excellent. It’s a huge lens, and heavy, but the shots speak for themselves. Great, great lens!” – by Emko San
Excellent lens for the price, | Rating:
“For the price this is a great lens. The pictures are sharp, the autofocus is fast, the build is excellent and overall I’m very happy with this lens. For the price you can’t go wrong! “ – by Disrupt
Great lens for the price, | Rating:
“I have to agree with Jim’s Review of Sept. 4, 2010, but also note that the zoom is a little sticky, and hopefully it smooths out with use. If you don’t need a fast lens in this range, this is a great general purpose lens. The VRII definitely helps steady hand held shots at lower shutter speeds. Was considering the 55-200 VR but bought this instead and am glad I did. “ – by Franko Manno
55-300mm lens, | Rating:
“I have been using this lens for a month now and it is moe than I expected. It was a good investment for my neophite photography experience. Pictures have all been great at whatever setting. There have been no problems with the lens since I attached it to the camera. Two day shipping from Amazon was as stated and packaging was perfect.” – by Jack
The Grad Ceremony Special! | Rating:
“That said, the 55-300mm has a nice, solid feel to it. Not plasticky at all. It feels ‘right’ in the hand, and weighs ‘just right’(about 1 lb) so that it balances well with a small DX body, like the D40/D60/D3000. The switches click nicely and the zoom is nice and tight – initially sticky at the 300mm end, but got better with use and some elbow grease. The auto focus speed is about the same as the 55-200mm, and tends to hunt in low contrast and low light situations, but no biggie. I just switch to ‘M’ and look at the camera’s green dot focus indicator. “ – by Edwin F. Hermoso
First experience with TeleZoom, | Rating:
“This is a fantastic lens. I would have given it 5 stars but for the hicup when zooming in on the subject (slight loss of smoothness in the process). The pictures are very clear and sharp…” – by Joseph Hollingsworth
Nice Addition to the Nikon Line, | Rating:
“Optically it is sharp with excellent color and contrast. I would rate it on par with the 70-300. Didn’t do any extensive testing just compared pictures I have taken with both. Lighter & smaller than the 70-300. Fits in camera bag better. Used to carry the 70-300 in a separate case. “ – by CC
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Sample Photos
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Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR User Manual
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Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Specifications
Compact 5.5x DX-format telephoto zoom lens with High Refractive Index lens element. ED glass and VR II image stabilization is Ideal for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, dramatic sunsets, travel and more.
Nikon AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Highlights
5.5x Telephoto Zoom lens
Ideal for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, dramatic sunsets, travel and more. Angle of view equivalent to a focal length of 82.5 to 450mm in FX/35mm format D-SLR.
Nikon VR II Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.
Tripod Detection Mode
Reduces vibration that may occur due to shutter release when mounted on a tripod.
HRI (High Refractive Index) Lens Element
HRI lens element is essential to keeping the lens compact while offering high contrast even at maximum aperture.
2 Extra-low Dispersion (ED) Elements
Effectively minimizes chromatic aberration, even at the widest aperture settings.
Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
Enables fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduces flare.
Rounded 9-Blade Diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image areas.
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