Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S

Last update: Review & Sample Photos @ CameraLabs (01 October’07)

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S features Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes the effects of camera shake, two Nikon Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements deliver superior optical performance for both digital and 35mm photography, Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, Non-Rotating front element, and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM).

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

Nikon 70-300mm VR Reviews

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S and writes;
“If your budget’s tight, the DX 55-200mm VR remains a superb choice, but if you can afford to spend the extra and don’t mind the additional size and weight, the 70-300mm VR won’t disappoint. Like the DX 55-200mm VR, it comes Highly Recommended.”

Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhoto reviews the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S and writes;
“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..Very impressive optical performance for a moderately priced VR lens. Particularly effective VR at 300mm (450mm equivalent on Nikon DSLRs) would make this a fine lens for nature and sports shooting.”
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Ken Rockwell reviews the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S and writes;
“I would forget about this lens and get the Nikon 18-200mm VR instead, unless you really need the last few mm to get out to 300mm. If you get this 70-300mm VR you still need a normal zoom. With the 18-200mm VR, you’ve got all you need in one smaller lens that focuses three times as close and loses very little on the long end in exchange. If you want a serious, dedicated tele zoom, I’d step up not much more in price to a professional 80-200mm f/2.8. ”
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Tom Hogan reviews the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S and writes;
“Sharpness: from 70 to 200mm, this lens is quite sharp with plenty of contrast, and I have no real complaints. As you reach out to 300mm, you’ll start to see it soften a bit at maximum aperture, though stopped down two stops it remains excellent. On a full frame camera, you’ll see that the corners aren’t as good as the center, but on APS DSLRs this isn’t an issue.”
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Clint Thayer reviews the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S and writes;
“The color and contrast are also first class at any aperture setting. There are indications of pin-cushion and barrel at the extremes but nothing that can’t be managed in post production. Bokeh is gorgeous (see the slideshow examples) as this lens uses 9 rounded blades…All things considered, this new lens is a real jewel. It enlarges quite nicely with a D200 image size and I would not be embarassed to use this lens for fine art applications with large print sizes. It’s that good.”
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Photozone reviews the Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S and writes;
“The AF is quite fast and almost silent and unlike most lenses in this league the front-element does not rotate during focusing nor zooming. The pricing of the lens may be relatively steep in absolute terms but price/performance-wise it remains a harmonious package. ”
Rating: N/A

Nikon 70-300mm VR Sample Photos

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S Sample Photos @ CameraLabs
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S Sample Photos @ Pbase
Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR ED AF-S Sample Photos @ Flickr

Panasonic HDC-SX5 Features & Specs

Type of lens : G-Type AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens with built – in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount

Focal length: 70-300mm (Approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm 35mm SLR)

Maximum aperture: f/4.5-5.6

Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups (with 2 ED glass elements)

Picture angle : 34 degrees 20 feet- 8 degrees 10 feet (22 degrees 50 feet – 5 degrees 20 feet with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras)

Focal length: scale 70, 100, 135, 200, 300mm

Distance information: Output to camera body

Zoom control: Manually via zoom ring

Focusing: Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) system utilizing an internal Silent Wave Motor; manually via focusing ring

Vibration reduction: Lens-shift method using voice coil motors (VCMs)

Closest focus distance: 4.9 feet (1.5m) at all zoom settings

No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)

Diaphragm: Fully automatic

Aperture range: f/4.5 to f/32 (at 70mm), f/5.6 to f/40 (at 300mm)

Exposure measurement : Via full-aperture method

Filter/attachment size: 67mm

Focus method: Ring SWM

Dimensions: (approx.) 3.1 x 5.6 in. (80 x 143.5mm)

Weight: (approx.) 26.3 oz (745g)

Included accessories: LC-67 67mm snap-on front lens cap, LF-1 rear lens cap, HB-36 bayonet hood, CL-1022 flexible lens pouch

Optional accessories: 67mm screw-in filters, including circular polarizing filter

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