Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (4.3x)
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Looks and Feels GREAT, but Image focus; not so great.
11 May 2013
Excerpt: After much research I decided on the Nikon 70-300; at first, I loved it. Then I downloaded the images to my computer and the honeymoon was over. I could not live with the left side of the frame always out of focus. And I mean way out of focus. If I stop down to f22 it was better, but that is not always possible. I returned the lens ASAP.
Excerpt: This lens gave fantastic results --- as long as the ambient temperature was over 65 degrees. Below that the camera reported no lens attached and wouldn't take a picture or worse - took pictures that were completely black. Jiggling the lens helped, but I returned it to the store because it was brand new.
Excerpt: I got this lens just 5 months ago and it already has problems. It is poor in low light, high contrast, slow, and generally performs poorly. I would not recommend this lens if you plan on using it more than twice a year.
Cons: Blurry Focus, Blurry Focus Slow, Feels a little cheap, Heavy, Lens Creep, Poor in Low Light, Slow Focus
Excerpt: I've had this lense for almost a year and use it with my D90 or should say have used it now it mostly sits in my bag, the image quality with this lens is terrible unless your at the minimum focus distance even at around 35 feet or less the image quality is awful it's always noisy or out of focus even when using a tripod, I sent this lense back to Nikon in Ontario Canada and it was shipped back as in good working order so I guess Nikon messed up on this one unlike my...
Excerpt: I purchased this lense to do basic phtoographic work such as sporting events and wildlife shooting. The lense is very soft across the board. I have contacted Nikon on three occasions and they indicated that there was nothing that could be done to sharpen the image. The VR system works well and I use it often. My only complaint is the soft focus. I do not need a fast lense for what I shoot, but I do need my images to be crisp and in focus.
Excerpt: At the very least, I thought this would be a good lens for surfing and beach lifestyle shots. With the crop factor on a D300s it's close to 450mm.Too slow on focus of moving targets. Will not focus on any subject closer than 10 ft which at 70mm makes it worthless for portraits.Save your [$] to go towards a pro lens. I made the jump and got the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII which is an insanely awesome lens!
Excerpt: I have had this lens for quite a bit of time now and had plenty of opportunities to use it. The VR function is utterly worthless - does not work. I don't know if I ended up with a lemon but my experience with the VR function has been such that I would never seriously consider a Nikon VR lens again (and I've been happily shooting Nikon for a couple of decades and have many non-VR Nikon lenses, incl. some purchased after this lens).
Excerpt: Well, everything was just perfect before it broke 3 months after I purchased it... I've been using it very carefully, enjoying the new horizons that have been brought to me by it. Then, all of a sudden, VR is gone. When attached, VR clicks a few times helplessly, and voila... I am on my own holding my breath to reduce vibration. Too bad, otherwise it's a great product -- sharp, fast focus, durable, and great looking. A bit heavy, actually.