Not just good but great.
I have bought two of these lenses, both via ebay – one never turned up but lucklily I got a refund. The second turned up as promised so all credit to that particular ebay vendor.
But these reviews are not meant to be comments on suppliers they are intended to be an objective comment an a particular product and thats just what I’m going to do.
I have a bit of a collection of Nikon lenses and I bought this one for distant landscapes and occasional wildlife photograpy and I must say it fits the bill fantasticly, it will focus quickley at as close as 1.5 metres and captures clear detail at all distances.
Auto focus is fast and quiet at all focal lengths and the vibration reduction is also quiet with no distracting motor / gyro noise. Images are crisp, clear and of course the VR means you can use slower shutter speeds and still achieve great results.
On the price front this is not an expensive lens by 70 to 300 standards but it has the quality feel of a lens costing much more. The zoom is tight and even when fully extended to 300mm there is no play in the barrel, this also helps to give crisp results. I only mention this as I have noticed on some lower priced long lenses there can by a degree of flexibilty in an extended lens leading to occasional blurring.
Colours are clear and accurate and I have yet to be dissappointed with any shots taken with this lens.
I would happily recommend this lens to anyone, if you are on a tight budget and you need a good focal range lens invest in one of these, you will not be dissappointed.
By the way, I am not a Nikon share holder I just love the quality feel and great performance that most Nikon products deliver.
25 of 25 people found this review helpful.
Nikkor 70-300 AF-S VR
For the reach it provides, this is not a huge lens. It is surprisingly comfortable and well balanced on my D300S, where it gives the equivalent pulling power of up to 450mm focal length; perfect for general wildlife photography. It does not feel too heavy.
The quality of construction is high (metal mount), the glass providing images crisp and clear. In use, I am constantly surprised at how sharp an image can be had hand-held from really very low light situations. This is not a very fast lens, but the VR genuinely does make it usable in the wild where a tripod would not be convenient.
It focuses closely enough but has no better than OK "macro" performance. If you are happy to crop, and the image is sharp enough, it can be useful for smaller subjects at closer quarters.
Zooming does not present any problems; the gearing on the zoom ring is perfectly set up, and operates smoothly, with no jerkiness. I have been unable to induce zoom creep.
Using the manual focus override ring is a bit fiddly; it is much narrower and difficult to put one's fingers on it instinctively - maybe with practice . . .
However the auto-focus is very accurate, and more than fast enough for a lens of this sort, especially in half way decent light.
I wish Nikkon would devise a way of tethering lens caps to the lenses, to avoid dropping or losing them. I do find it a bit annoying to have to find a pocket to put it in quickly. And deciding whether to use the lens hood (usually not) or decide what to do with it (it's bulky) can be a bit of a pain.
I last saw this lens on retail sale in John Lewis for £450 - before the VAT hike. It should be possible to get one on e-Bay for about £300, as I did for a very recent model, making this a fantastically useful and good value general purpose telephoto lens. I couple it with the lovely 16 - 85 AFS VR, and between them they are all I need to carry.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.
No great shakes! Why you must buy this lens
If like me you own a Nikon Digital camera and a standard 18 to something zoom, the next step is to invest in something a bit longer to capture those far off objects.
Now this is where the fun starts,there are lots of lenses out there from just under a £100 to well over £4K, all claiming to give you excellent image quality.
It pays to do a bit of searching on the net and if you research this lens you will discover that it gets great reviews from all.
For me it has the VR or vibration reduction function which is really useful allowing the use of slower shutter speeds allowing you to get sharp pictures more of the time.
In my opinion anything handheld at 300mm and using less than 1/250th sec would be blurry,as I seem to have the shakes(No wonder im not a brain surgeon LOL)
What VR does not do,is help freeze action.So if you need high shutter speeds then sell the wife and kids and buy one of those £4k monsters, for the rest of us the 70-300 VR is perfect offering fast focussing and sharp images and all for well under £300 if you look hard on Ebay.
16 of 16 people found this review helpful.
Nikon the mark of true excellence
Nikkor lenses are synonymous with excellent edge to edge sharpness and this lens is no exception. Nikkor is generally also associated with "expensive" label, but this lens is real value for money and reasonably priced, for the performance and quality. This len the Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm is ideal for wildlife photography .
I was able to shot some amazing wildlife shots, when I visited Wildwood, a British Wildife reserve in Kent. The day was overcast and the indviudal pens are nestled in some ancient woodland, giving the animals a real natural envirement. I was glad for the anti-shake facility built into this lens, which allowed me to shoot with slow shutter speed withhout the dreaded camera shake. The VT allowed me to handhold at 30th of a second and yes, the picture was sharp and correctly exposed.
The quality is pin sharp and the versatility of this zoom is just perfect for Wildlife photographers. This is not just useful for wildlife photo shoots, but I would go as far as saying, this Zoom lens should be in every Nikon DSLR owners kitbag . Don't leave the house without one.
14 of 14 people found this review helpful.
What telephoto to buy?
My Nikkor 70-300 is proving to be a great lens, optically and has proved versatile for a number of compositions. The build quality is very high also so definately no complaints there either.
Having recently added a few lenses to my collections to use with my Nikon D90, the significance of weight has only just dawned on me! Not only do you need to hold the lens still but you have to lug it around with your other kit when not in use. It all sounds incredibly obvious but having just completed some day-long shoots it has all come home to me! Nikon's 55-200 provides a not dissimilar focal length range but is a much more portable lens for that longer shoot.
However, I won't be selling my 70-300, it an excellent lens in the right situation.
2 of 2 people found this review helpful.