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

Suitable For:

Wildlife, sports, portraiture & general telephoto use.

Camera Format(s):

FX and DX


Focal length: 70-300mm
Maximum aperture: f/4.5-5.6
Minimum aperture: f/32-40
Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups (two ED glass elements)
Picture angle: 34°20’ - 8°10’ [22°50’ - 5°20’ with Nikon digital cameras (Nikon DX format)]
Closest focusing distance: 1.5m / 4.9 ft. (through the entire zoom range)
Maximum reproduction ratio: 1/4
No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)
Filter/attachment size: 67mm
Diameter x length: 80 x 143.5 mm/3.1 x 5.6 in.
Weight: 745 g/26.3 oz.
Supplied accessories: 67mm Snap-on front lens cap LC-67, Rear lens cap LF-1, Bayonet hood HB-36, Flexible lens pouch CL-1022

Our Opinion:

This is a terrific lens and one of the best bargains you will find in the Nikon stable. It's compact and light weight, very sharp and has tremendous contrast and colour rendition. Many users report that it is a bit soft from 200-300mm, however we didn't experience that with our sample. It was initially offered at a very low price by Nikon but we have noticed that due to demand the price has gone well over $600 for a new one in some places. Still well worth considering if you are looking for a lightweight telephoto zoom lens.

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