Nikon 70 300mm f 4.5-5.6 g ed if af-s vr nikkor zoom lens for nikon digital slr cameras
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  • 1. My Associates StoreShopping CartProduct DetailsNikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens for NikonDigital SLR CamerasFrom NikonListPrice:$669.00Price:$589.00 & eligible for FREE Super Saver Shippingon orders over $25. DetailsAvailability: Usually ships in 24 hoursShips from and sold by Amazon.com87 new or used available from $325.00Average customer review:(323 customer reviews)Product DescriptionL3)NIKON 70-300MM F4-5.6G Vr (2161)Product Details Color: Black Brand: Nikon Model: 2161 Released on: 2006-10-25 Number of items: 1 Dimensions: 3.10" h x 3.10" w x 5.60" l, 1.64 pounds
  • 2. Features 70-300mm telephoto zoom lens with f/4.5-5.6 maximum aperture for Nikon digital SLRcameras Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes effects of camera shake to produce sharperimages 2 Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements delivers super contrast and resolutionperformance Internal Focus (IF) system provides fast and quiet autofocusing; 4.9-feet close focusrange Measures 3.1 inches in diameter and 5.6 inches long; weighs 26.3 ounces; 5-yearwarrantyEditorial ReviewsFrom the ManufacturerThis high-power, high-performance 4.3x telephoto zoom with VR image stabilization lens allowsbetter hand-held telephoto shooting ED glass. High-power 4.3x Telephoto Zoom-Nikkor lens approximates the picture angleperformance of a 105-450mm lens on 35mm SLR Two Nikon Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements deliver superior opticalperformance for both digital and 35mm photography. ED glass minimizes chromaticaberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance Focus as close as 4.9 ft throughout entire zoom range A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet auto focusing, along with quickswitching between auto focus and manual operation (M/A and M) Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enableshandheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible,assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length ofthe lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range Non-rotating front element provides for convenient use of circular polarizing filters andthe Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System A nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening makes out-of-focus elements appear morenatural
  • 3. Customer ReviewsMost helpful customer reviews810 of 839 people found the following review helpful.Very Nice Lens But it Has its QuirksBy Jeffrey BowerAfter exhaustive research on many lens, I finally decided to plunk down the $500+ (at the timethis was written) to purchase this lens. It may not be the best on the market but it complimentsmy Nikon 18-70mm DX lens nicely. I was looking towards Nikons 18-200mm DX lens,however; the price pushed me to choose this one (as it was nearly half the price and my two lenscan nearly cover all the range of the one 18-200mm).QUALITY/WEIGHT:build quality is cheap yet sturdy... the plastic is a little chinky but cuts down on the weight. MyNikon D200 has no problem handling the lens weight, however; I have heard (unconfirmed)reports that this lens is a little heavy for the lighter cameras (D80, D70, D40, ETC). The RingConnector is metal and has a rubber gasket on the outside so as to provide minor protection (forthe lens mount) from the elements.You also have to keep this in mind, when discussing weight, quality & price; the bulk of theprice of this lens is going into the glass elements (all 17 elements of them). It gets expensivewhen you place that many high-quality optics into a tube. Im really not that surprised a the price,although $400 price-range would probably be more suitable for this lensFOCUSING/LENS ATTRIBUTES:Focusing can be quite fast... at times. Youll find, at the Max 300mm focal range, that the lenshas a pretty hard time auto-focusing in on a subject. At times it would focus pretty quick, at the300mm range, while at others it cannot focus at all. You can get around this quirk by bringingthe subject into near focus (manually) then letting the auto-focus take over; it works every time. Ifind this focus problem disappointing especially given the price of this lens.The quality of the Bokeh (Out of focus areas of the photograph) is very nice and pleasing. Theimages are sharp, vignetting (dark areas in the corner of your photos) is hard to find and lensflare rarely a problem.VIBRATION STABILIZATION:All I can say is that it works... it can come in handy. Its not going to stop the image guaranteedfor you; its only meant to slow down the rate at which the camera moves (vibration fromholding). You can notice the difference; with it off youll see that the image (at say 300mm)really bouncing around; then you flick on VR. It takes a sec or two but then the image smooths
  • 4. out, it still wobbles around, but much more slowly.With VR enabled, you can usually go 2-3 (sometimes 4) stops down, then what youd normallybe able to do when hand holding.THE "SHOCK" TEST:I havent "shock tested" my lens yet (IE dropped it) but I have heard (again unconfirmed reportshere) that it holds up pretty well to a drop... although I would never recommend testing that out.IMPORTANT NOTE:The 70-300mm range should be noted: Although the lens states that it is a 70-300mm zoom, thislens was intended for a 35mm camera or full-frame CCD/CMOS sensor Digital Camera. All (orat least the majority) of Nikons DSLR (D200, D80, ETC) are NOT Full-Frame sensors. They areapproximately 1.5x factor of a full-frame sensor (due to the smaller sensor size).What does this all mean?Well its simple, since this is a 35mm lens and not a DX lens (ie built to account for the 1.5xfactor in most nikon digitals) you have to apply the 1.5x conversion. This means that the Nikon70-300mm on a Nikon DSLR will give an apparent zoom equivalent to a 105-450mm lens. Iactually do not mind this apparent zoom and this should also cut down on vignetting; as what thelens projects onto the sensor is larger then the area of the sensor itself. In short: parts of theimage spills over the sensor, since this lens was meant to project onto a full-frame sensor/35mmfilm.CONCLUSION:Pros:Pleasing BokehFast Auto-Focus (when working properly)Vignetting is minimalImage Stabilization (VR)Flare is minimal1.5x factor (105-450mm) makes for nice zoomColors are very goodCONS:
  • 5. Plastic CasingNear Inability to Auto-Focus at 300mm rangePrice (even though it is cheaper then the 18-200mm DX)1.5x factor (105-450mm) might make it more zoom then you needLens could be faster (F/4 would have been nice)I love this lens, even for its quirks, however; you may want to wait till it drops in price a littlemore (it falls almost bi-weekly). It may not be the fastest on the market, but its size, optics,image quality and VR make this a must have lens for Serious Nikon users!482 of 499 people found the following review helpful.Brings Pro-Level Performance to Consumer Telephoto ZoomsBy Glenn CarpenterNever has my opinion of a lens changed so dramatically or so quickly as in the case of this 70-300mm VR from Nikon. My first copy, owned about a year ago, was utterly mediocre in nearlyevery way. It was fuzzy at 300mm, no better than reasonably sharp under 200mm, gave nicecolors and decent focus performance but was no fun to use thanks to its sticky zoom ring and"hidden" focus ring.I reviewed that lens, giving it three stars, warning that it was likely a below-average copy butthat buyers should be aware that variations exist and to be sure to test a lens like this beforepurchase.With that bit of history, the performance of my second copy of this lens, purchased a few weeksago now, has stunned me. It has prompted me to sell my 80-400mm VR zoom (also an excellentlens, but less sharp, heavier and much more expensive) and has matched in most ways theperformance of various pro Nikon zooms Ive owned. Even at 300mm, where it is weakest, itequals at f/5.6 the sharpness of the Nikon 300mm f/4 AF at f/4, while improving on that lenscolor rendition and thus exceeding it in terms of overall image quality at all apertures.Hows that for an encore?Ive had no choice but to radically alter my review. (Reader comments below as of today(1/28/10), apply to the first (three star) version of the review, and the caution that one must beaware of sample variability is as important as ever). Ive decided to re-write my review basedsolely on the performance of my second sample, under the assumption that the second sample isrepresentative and the first not.The lens still has some "handling" issues that stem from its nature as a consumer-oriented lens,and it is still a "slow" lens, with a maximum aperture of f/4.5 - f/5.6 - although f/5.6 at 300mmstill implies a light-transmissive opening of about 54mm, nearly as large as that of an 85mm f/1.4
  • 6. (61mm). There is simply no way the lens could be faster without also making it larger, heavierand much more expensive - and such lenses already exist.Build quality is good consumer-grade, meaning metal where necessary, plastic elsewhere, likelylittle or no weather-sealing and not designed to endure rough handling. Thats fine - anotherdesign choice that has benefits for size, weight and cost. Not quite so fine is the still-sticky zoomring, which takes just enough effort to turn that near 300mm your subject will tend to jumparound, maybe right out of the frame, as the hand holding the lens works in opposition to thehand holding the camera. Even worse in my opinion is the lack of a smooth, front-mounted focusring, which I find fairly important in a long zoom. Notice that all the professional lenses have thefocus ring in front of the zoom ring and usually larger than the zoom ring, so that small tweaks tofocus are done easily and naturally with the photographers hands in the shooting position. Thesmall, hidden focus ring on the 70-300 is unlikely to be used except when setting up shots of stillsubjects on a tripod, and thats a shame because the lens is actually even better suited to otheruses.Those deficiencies are tolerable, though, because the 70-300 VR just about re-writes the book onimage quality for consumer zooms in its range. Its not just a matter of acuity, although acuity isexcellent: like many of Nikons best lenses, the 70-300VRs images exceed the level of qualityimplied by formal tests of it. These formal tests, and most reviews, independently consider thevarious easily-measurable aspects of lens performance - acuity, aberrations of various types,perhaps (though usually cursorily) color rendition; and then attempt to grade the lens based onsome rational summation of its good and bad qualities. What is usually missed is that theperception of sharpness and of image quality relies on a much less linear and not easily definablecombination of a lens optical qualities. The real performance of a lens can be more than thesimple sum of its parts, or it can be less - and the perception of quality and sharpness in differentlenses images can vary quite a bit between lenses that have similar measurable capabilities.Whatever the explanation, the 70-300 VR is a genuinely excellent lens in terms of image quality.Even in comparison to some of the best and most expensive professional lenses Ive used, the 70-300 VR more than holds its own. Between 70mm and 200mm, I dont believe I have ever used asignificantly sharper lens. Some might have an edge at one setting or another, but overall, withinthat range, I would put the 70-300VR up against any Nikon or third-party f/2.8 professionalzoom and challenge anybody to see a difference in the resulting image. If there is one, my guessis that it would probably be in the 70-300s favor, because although most of these lenses aresimilar in terms of acuity once f/4.5 is reached, they vary in their rendition of color, and in thatarea the 70-300 excels.To be sure, the 70-300 is not likely to produce a BETTER image at f/5.6, say, than one ofNikons top pro zooms at the same aperture: those lenses are excellent, as well. But neither willthe more expensive lens produce a better image, at least not without opening it up and takingadvantage of its expensive larger aperture, which the 70-300 lacks. That is one trick that the 70-300 VR can not match, and probably the only reason for most people to consider paying up forthe more expensive alternatives.Towards 300mm the performance of the 70-300 VR drops off slightly - but only slightly. Its still
  • 7. worthy of superlatives, because it manages to almost match the performance of Nikons 300mmprimes in terms of pure acuity while retaining the outstanding color rendition and small-scalecontrast that gives its images the snap and pop that distinguishes them from those of lesserlenses. Not only do I not hesitate to use this lens at 300mm, I do it at every opportunity. I knowthe images I get will look just as good, in any non-trivial way, as those at shorter focal lengths ormade with any other lens Ive had the opportunity to use. Thats a giant leap away from what Isaid about the first sample of this lens I owned, by the way: watch those sample variations!I now give this lens a five star rating. Despite its minor issues with feel and handling, it offerssuch exceedingly good performance, and is so impressively superior to any of its competitionwithin its price and focal length range, that I can not give it any less. It becomes for me, alongwith the 16-85mm VR, the 85mm f/1.4 and a couple of others, one of the few standout lensesthat I will always be happy to have on my camera, confident that any just about any photographtaken with them will have first-rate, no-excuses image quality that for practical purposes couldnot have been exceeded. Remember, though, that my initial review of this lens gave it three stars.That is a BIG difference between samples: take care to ensure that you get a good one. If you do,it wont disappoint.Notes:VR - This lens has Nikons VR vibration reduction system. It is very good. Although not theupgraded VR implementation later introduced as VRII, this lens VR does seem to offersubjectively improved VR performance than some early iterations of the VR technology, such asthat found on the 70-200mm VRI and 80-400mm VR lenses; and it also seems to me to be a stepmore advanced than the VR found on some of the lower-cost lenses, notably the 55-200mm and18-105mm VR lenses. As to VR itself, any variety, the secret is long-since out: its a revelation.Dont even consider buying a lens in this range without VR unless you have a specialized use inmind that doesnt require it. That might include tripod-only use or sports photography. VR makesa lens like this easily hand-holdable in normal lighting conditions, and hand-holdable in low lightwith some care. That by itself is a revolutionary improvement in the accessibility of telephotophotography to photographers at every level, and also to the quality of the resulting images.Anybody who grew up using non-VR telephoto lenses knows youre almost always on themargins of camera shake when using them, often having to chuck three out of every four photosto get one good one. VR cures that completely.Focusing - Fast and accurate. Nikons top-level pro AF-S lenses have exceedingly quick, snappyfocusing, and the 70-300 doesnt quite match them, but it is generally only one full step behind -a fraction longer to lock on; still quick. It is much quicker than the other consumer-grade AF-Slenses and also faster than the older screw-drive pro lenses, even on a pro body (with a couple ofexceptions, perhaps). Out beyond 200mm it does drop off, as less light is reaching the focussensors and the acuity has dropped a bit. For tracking motion out beyond 200mm, it will notcome close to matching the pro lenses. In these cases I find the quickest way to lock focus is toback off the zoom, lock on, and then re-zoom. Cumbersome, unfortunately.Bokeh - Quite good with this lens, a surprising deviation from most of Nikons consumer lenses.It is better to my eyes than that of any of the lenses mentioned below except the 70-200 VR and
  • 8. possibly the 300mm lenses. Bokeh is important in a lens like this: at 300mm, even with an f/5.6max aperture, its easy to generate a great deal of background blur. That produced by the 70-300VR is smooth, not likely to be distracting and adds to my confidence in recommending it vs.more expensive, professional zooms.Vs. 80-400mm VR - The 80-400 VR is a great lens, but it is a full technological generationbehind the 70-300 VR. It is a pro-level lens in terms of feel and build quality, and it is nicer touse. It produces beautiful, sharp, contrasty images that are in general difficult to tell apart fromthose of the 70-300 VR. When you look closely, the 70-300 is the sharper of the two, by a fairmargin. It is also lighter and easier to carry, and much less expensive, and it offers decidedlybetter AF performance thanks to its very good AF-S focusing system. To my eyes, the 80-400VR matches the 70-300 VRs excellent, snappy, contrasty color rendition, or at least thedifference is too close to call.Vs. f/2.8 70-200/80-200 Zooms - The 70-300 VR has better VR than the original 70-200 VR,and if it doesnt quite match it for pure optical acuity when formally tested, it certainly seemed tomatch it in my use. The 70-200 VR is a VERY good lens, at least for DX, but unless you needthe f/2.8 maximum aperture and are willing to carry it around (not a small issue), the 70-300 VRis in my opinion its equal, even looking closely. Older lenses like the 80-200 AF-S and 80-200AF-D are excellent lenses as well, but they lack VR, are not sharper than the 70-300, and theyare still heavier and more expensive. The catch is that these lenses are the only way to get thefast f/2.8 aperture that really is critical for many types of photography. That, and their superiorbuild quality, is in my opinion their only advantage.Vs 70-300 AF-D and 70-300G - The AF-D lens is a good lens, half the price of this VR version,but I dont think its quite half the lens: the VR is substantially better in every important way. TheAF-G version is one of the few Nikon lenses that is actually fairly poor in terms of opticalperformance. If cost or size is an issue I would forgo both of these for the 55-200 VR, which is avery good lens: smaller, sharper, and it has VR.Vs. 55-200 VR - I love the 55-200 VR, and for many photographers it will be a better choicethan the 70-300 VR. The 70-300 is definitely the better lens: better focusing, better VR, sharper(though the 55-200 is sharp, as well) and with visibly better, contrastier colors. But the 55-200 ismuch smaller, much less expensive, and surprisingly close in performance. Unless the differencein price is of little importance to you; or if you prefer smaller, unobtrusive lenses that stillmanage do their job exceedingly well, consider the 55-200 VR instead. The 55-200 has poorbokeh, which might rule it out for some, and it is a DX-only lens, which rules it out for film andFX users.Vs 300mm f/2.8 AF-S II - Im joking, right? Well, nobody is going to consider these lenses asalternatives to one another. You spend several thousand dollars on a 300/2.8 lens because youneed the f/2.8 max aperture, and the 70-300 doesnt have that. Just as a matter of pure interest,though, at f/5.6 or f/8 I could not tell the difference between these two lenses in terms ofsharpness, and I found the 300/2.8 couldnt match the 70-300 VR for color rendition. I spent afair amount of time comparing the 70-300 VR, the 300mm f/4 and the 300mm f/2.8, and at f/5.6
  • 9. the 70-300 was my pick. (Ive since gotten rid of the f/2.8, though not due to the comparison withthe 70-300 VR).63 of 63 people found the following review helpful.Destined for greatnessBy Frank HI needed more reach than I have with my 18-200 VR, and wasnot able to obtain the 80-400VR, so I got this lens thinkingI could get rid of it if I didnt like it. I am very happythat I did!I am extremely impressed with this lens. It appears to methat the VR is actually better than on my 18-200VR. The lenshas superior balance, size and weight for handheld naturephotography. Lens flare (when I could get it to appear) wasacceptable, the contrast is tremendous, and the bokeh wasquite pleasant. Auto-focus is very accurate and quick. Inaddition, the lens was extraordinarily sharp all the wayto 300mm.See all 323 customer reviews...My Associates Store | Shopping Cart Browse by CategoryPatio Furniture SetsCamera & Photo Similar Items
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