Excerpt: This is a really good lens. The auto focus it good, construction is good, and it's sharp (I'd give it a 8.5 of 10 on sharpness)...<br />I use it mostly for wildlife shots, a little bit of video (use other lenses for video normally) and sometimes for outdoor portraits.
Pros: Consistent Output, Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Nice Bokeh
A nice solid performer at a fairly reasonable price
26 February 2014
Summary: I bought this to replace the 55-300 DX. I also have the 2013-model 80-400. Against the 80-400: This isn't quite up to the level of the 80-400, but it's not all that far off. The main difference, aside from the extra reach, is that the 80-400 resolves a fair bit more detail. I'm happy with the results from the 70-300, especially if you're only viewing at relatively low resolution (e.g.
Excerpt: Sharp images. VR and newer AF made this a worthy upgrade to my older Nikon 70-300mm AF lens. Only complaint is AF sometimes "hunts" at 300mm; like my older lens, either need to help with manual focus, or focus at shorter length first.
Summary: I bought this lens as a cheap foray into the world of Nikon once again. The lens is a exercise in mediocrity. It's not a bad lens but it's not a great lens. It is priced in the middle for a middle series lens. It's not cheaply built, on par with the gold ring lenses. Optically it is capable of producing some outstanding results but it really makes you work for it. If you want a sharp picture you have to use manual focus.
Pros: -Reasonably Well built, -Focuses reasonably closely, -Dual Mode VR
Cons: -To get a sharp picture (but it will do it), -Turning on the VR will cause you photo to loose sharpness, -A little on the porky side
Lens quality is good value. Sharpness is very good. Overall 4.5 out of 5.
30 October 2013
Summary: Lens was purchased for my wife's wildlife photography. this lens was chosen for it's light weight, The ability to handhold on the tele. end helped by the VR function being the primary reason. The main drawback is this lens needs plenty of light to achieve max sharpness. That said the results are more than acceptable for most photos up to 8x10 if good techniques are used.
Excerpt: In spite of its weight, it's easy enough to hold steady without a tripod. Focus at the extremes is a bit fuzzy, so I back off just a tiny bit and it's fine. Tested it against my 18-200mm lens and there's enough extra zoom to persuade me to keep it, although I could always wish for even more.
Pros: Durable, Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Quiet Vr And Autofocus