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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Expensive for what it is
14 June 2012
Summary: With a 16mp sensor, the lens is good to 135mm, and then the image quality starts to decline . At 300mm I find it useless for my purposes when using the D7000. With a 12mp sensor the lens is good enough for most occasions.
Summary: Lasted about 5 months. Way too heavy a lens that's wrapped in plastic that breaks easy. Too fragile. Just a slight bump is enough to fracture the internal plastic holdings rendering it non-useable and a couple hundred dollar repair bill. Strongly, strongly recommend that if there's any opportunity that you may be a bit rough, you go to a cheaper lens. I am a 30 yr semi-pro Nikon user. Cost not worth the life of the lens.
Summary: The optical quality of the lens is very good. But I had already repaired this lens three times because of autofocus problem. It was sent by repair facility to Nikon for repair, but it did not change a bit. Autofocus still does not work properly. I have this product for about 4 years and after three years the lens was in repair three times already.
Summary: I am very disappointed with this lens. I bought it for bird photography and I find that 1) the quality of the photos is so so, 2) the lens itself plus the camera are so heavy that I frequently end up with shoulder pain after a day of shooting 3) very difficult to take good photos in less than full sunshine as it is difficult to hold the lens firmly. Definitely would need a monopod and even then, the photos would not be so high quality as the lens itself is not great.
Summary: I purchased it new in May, '09. It worked well enough on my Nikon D60, considering it is a consumer quality lens, but only for about 5 months. Early in October, '09, on about every 3rd shot, the lens would grind during autofocus and zoom, and the image in the viewfinder would shake uncontrollably. This shaking and grinding would continue after I released the shutter button. Needless to say none of the pictures turned out at all.
Summary: I've have had this lens for a couple of years. I also have a Sigma 150-500. I do not need to see the image metatdata to know which lens I used for the shot, if there are images from both lenses in the same batch. I've tried it with and without image stabilisation, even on a tripod/monopod. I mainly shoot cars (racing) & wildlife but this lens has not gone out with me for best part of a year.