Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor

Last updated (02 November’11):

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor features 70-300mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 13 elements in 9 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 34°20′. Closest focusing distance at 1.5m and has a filter size of 62mm. The Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor lens weighs 425 g/15.0 oz and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 4.6 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★½ | Latest Price Info

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Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor User Reviews

Wonderful value of a lens on my D700 | Rating: ★★★★★
“This lens is sharp. It’s light. It’s reliable. I’ve made several 24″ x 36″ enlargements from it and they are fine. True, it still does not focus as snappy quick as an AFS lens, but then, it’s many hundreds of dollars cheaper! And it focuses fast enough for 90% of us. It’s not a VR lens, but, while VR lets you use slower shutter speeds, it doesn’t hold your subject still.” – by John H. Williams

Very good companion for a D50 | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I received the lens very quickly, which was greatly appreciated. I have used it several times on my Nikon D90 camera, and it really reaches out there and gets excellent closeups. Is very easy to use, works seamlessly with my camera, exactly as I’d hoped. A lot of product for the money, and a very satisfied customer. “ – by W. Cook

Very good companion for a D50 | Rating: ★★★★★
“For the price, ($138 including shipping from BuyAccesories) this lens is hard to beat. Works very well with the D50. On overcast days at 200 – 300mm a monopod or tripod give the best results. Other reviewers have mentioned the bokeh quality of this lens and I agree, very appealing. Auto focus can be a little noisy and may tend to hunt before locking in. Manual focus and zoom operation is very smooth and feels right. “ – by Duga Saj

D90 owners look here | Rating: ★★★★☆
“On my D90, the autofocus is responsive, exposures are correct, sharpness is okay–certainly good enough for family photos, soccer games, and the like. The manual focus ring is located at the _front_ of the lens, which takes a bit of getting used to. There is no Auto/manual focus selector on the lens, so to focus manually (such as when using the video mode of the D90), you must select “manual focus” on the camera body. Easy enough to do.” – by Clark Draney

Nice Lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I’ve used this lens for a week with my D90. I shoot wildlife and nature. Autofocus is fast and solid. Focus ring is smooth, zoom ring has one snug spot. At this length I’m not worried if flash works at all.” – by Camera Bug

Nikon 70-300mm AF non VR | Rating: ★★★★☆
“It is a very wonderful lens. I wanted to get the 70-300mm VR but after purchasing this one, I will say I am satisfied and will not be getting the other one. I take so many great pictures with it on my Nikon D5000. I would recommend it to everyone shooting outdoors. It is not the best lens for indoor pictures. The zoom works so well.” – by Justin Durueke

Nikkor Telephoto on a Budget for Nikon D90 | Rating: ★★★★☆
“the D90 does have its own AF motor, which handles the auto focus and aperature just fine, it is pretty fast and accurate. The lens is definitely much softer than my kit VR lens, and definitely not tack-sharp, especially at 200 to 300 mm range, and it needs bright sunshine outside to operate well.. Even though this lens lacks the vibration reduction (VR) feature, it is possible to hand-hold it and get some really good shots even at the far end of the range.” – by Jonathan Widmann

Worth the money | Rating: ★★★★☆
“..You will not be disappointed. Picture quality is very good. By the way, I have Nikon D90. I don’t have any issues using this lens. I’m completely satisfied with the lens despite some shortcomings.” – by Ninja Warrior

Perfectly good on my D90 | Rating: ★★★★★
“The auto focus is pretty fast even at low light unlike some of the comments I saw. The auto focus Nikon body has a male drive pin that engages to the female pin on the lens ring and the focus locks it plenty fast for most applications..” – by E. Lin

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor Specifications

* Powerful 4.3x telephoto zoom lens
* Compact and lightweight
* Nine-blade rounded diaphragm achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements
* Nikon Super Integrated Coating for minimized flare and ghost, providing good color balance


Mount Type: Nikon F-Bayonet
Focal Length Range: 70-300mm
Zoom Ratio: 4.3x
Maximum Aperture: 4
Minimum Aperture: 32
Maximum Angle of View (DX-format): 22°50′
Minimum Angle of View (DX-format): 5°20′
Maximum Angle of View (FX-format): 34°20′
Minimum Angle of View (FX-format): 8°10′
Maximum Reproduction Ratio: 0.26x
Lens (Elements): 13
Lens (Groups): 9
Compatible Format(s): FX, DX, FX in DX Crop Mode< 35mm Film VR (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization: No Diaphragm Blades: 9 Distance Information: Yes Super Integrated Coating: Yes Autofocus: Yes AF-S (Silent Wave Motor): No Minimum Focus Distance: 4.9ft.(1.5m) Focus Mode: Auto, Manual Filter Size: 62mm Accepts Filter Type: Screw-on Dimensions: (Approx.)2.9x4.6 in. (Diameter x Length), 74x116.5mm (Diameter x Length) Weight: (Approx.)15.0 oz. (425g) Lens Case: CL-S4 Lens Hood: HB-26

One Response to “Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G AF Nikkor”

  1. dongdelf says:

    can i use it with my d5000?

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