Reviews and Problems with Nikon AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED (4.3x)
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Great price on a 70-300mm lens
S. Masini "Scooby777", Amazon
28 September 2014
Summary: Great price on a 70-300mm lens. It will not auto focus with D3000 series and I knew that. I personally prefer manual focus in larger lenses. I have found from experience that auto focus in larger lenses is somewhat lacking.
Summary: I imagine that these authoritative pro-reviewers will not believe this, but I have a 300mm 4-5.6 "D" lens which is 100% identical to the lens pictured in this listing, and it DOES autofocus on my Nikon D5000 camera body. Yes, I know that this would require the "D" lens to have an internal drive just like the newer "G"-series lenses, and no, I do not use hallucinogenic drugs.
Summary: Bokeh isn't bad, but not excellent Sharpness isn't bad, but not excellent Contrast isn't bad, but not excellent Flare resistance isn't bad, but not excellent Sure, it won't equal performance of your primes and it doesn't have VR; but for 150-200 used you really can't beat it. It's really a lens for FX users on a budget. There's the 24-85 mm VR, but that thing USED is 300-400.
Summary: I purchased this lens for my Nikon D700. For the types of shooting I do it is my first choice. It is a great all around lens. The macro portion of the lens could have been designed a little better. Overall this is an excellent lens.