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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Test Lens, B&H Photo
16 March 2014
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: 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. All my other zooms(14-24, 24-70, 70-200) are very smooth and easy to set exactly where you want it. This lens is a little soft at 300mm. Maybe I am spoiled to my other lenses. I sent this one back. First time in forty years of shooting I have done that.
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. But I was wrong. It was noticeably softer than the Tamron especially at the longer focal lengths.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Lightweight, Strong Construction
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. The zoom and focusing features work well, but the vibration reduction is not worth the additional cost.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus
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 control. Replaced with 18-200 and 80-400.
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.
Summary: The lens offers a very good zoom range for the price but is let down considerable by its max aperture. The clarity from the lens is good up until half way through the zoom range but nearer the top extent it does begin to really lose clarity and especially saturation. The VR functions very well and is well worth the extra cost and weight.