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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Soft at the edges and at the long edge
Paris, B&H Photo
29 June 2015
Excerpt: The 70-300mm is cheap and offers a good zoom range, and is still small and lightweight. The lens is pretty good at 70mm, especially in the center. As you go longer things go bad, but the image is still ok at 200mm. After that things go bad fast, with 300mm images being very soft.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight
Excerpt: The lens is shape and clean. The focus must exact or just a hair off and it is out of focus. Manual focus works better. The only negative quirk is that the zoom ring is too large and sometimes sticks. I'm not sure I need to return it because of that. I will test it once more to be sure.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
Excerpt: Pretty serious amateur photographer and bought this lens to extend my range. I am finding that it is difficult to achieve perfect focus and it is challenging to acquire, zoom and focus on distant objects such as surfers, sea-birds or wildlife.
Excerpt: The lens I received looked brand new and the price was right. But it hunted excessively in auto focus. Adorama handled the return promptly and graciously. I also had camera shake between 200 -300 mm as I was unable to hold the lens still when the barrel was fully extended.
Excerpt: This is my first Nikon Zoom lens that is NOT constant apperature. The zoom and focus ring locations have been reversed so it is very hard to use with the hood stored in the reversed position. The zoom ring is very jerky.
Excerpt: I bought this lens along with Tamron's new 70-300mm VC for more reach to shoot birds and other wildlife after hearing such good things about it. I shot test charts with a tripod at various apertures and focal lengths and also took both lenses into the field. I fully expected the Nikon to be better.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
Excerpt: I bought it because the reviews (at the time) said "it was worth the money" (i.e. cheap dollars). Hikon should not have put out such a dog. I use it under certain conditions (f/8- f/11 best if bright ambient allows high shutter speeds)
Excerpt: Nikon advertises that the vibration reduction feature in this lens compensates for up to 4 F-stops. Simply not true. Not much difference in low light situations between this lens and less expensive lenses.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
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.
Excerpt: Awesome vibration reduction technology, but not dependable. Electrical contacts to D80 deteriorate below 70 degrees F, causing "no lens attached" error and no shot. Hand held in a boat caused about 1/5 of shots to be lost because movement caused intermittent electrical contact and no aperature...