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Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm Lens

Zoom lens with vibration reduction for compatible Nikon SLR cameras

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by Dave Bar
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This Nikon AF-S series lens gives you the impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus you need for taking rapid-fire shots of far-off subjects. Its versatile focal range and optical performance make it a great choice for use with Nikon digital SLR cameras. Plus, its Vibration Reduction technology lets you take sharp, in-focus photographs in all sorts of lighting conditions. Here's how it works.

We've all taken a picture and had it turn out blurry because our hands moved a little while we were capturing the shot. Vibration Reduction works around this problem. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens. VR lenses are much appreciated by photographers who don't like to carry along a tripod on every excursion, but who require crisp photos as a matter of course.

High-tech Vibration Reduction isn't the only advantage provided by this lens. A built-in Silent Wave Motor makes autofocus very fast and nearly silent. And Nikon uses ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements to ensure accurate, razor-sharp images.

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Highlights:

  • 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor lens (equivalent to 105-450mm on a 35mm SLR)
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four shutter speeds slower)
  • contains two ED (extra-low dispersion) lens elements for high resolution and contrast
  • Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet focusing
  • compatible with Nikon film SLR and FX or DX format digital SLR cameras
  • constructed of 17 elements in 12 groups
  • minimum focus distance: 4.9 feet
  • minimum aperture: f32 (at 70mm)/f40 (at 300mm)
  • filter size: 67mm
  • weight: 26.3 ounces
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens case

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Features and Specs
General
Brand Compatibility
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Nikon
Image Stabilization
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Yes
Focal Length
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70-300 mm
Maximum Aperture
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f/4.5-5.6
Weight
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26.3 ounces
Parts Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty
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5 Years w/registration
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  • 70-300mm AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens
  • HB-36 lens hood
  • 67mm Snap-on front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Soft lens pouch
  • Instruction Manual (English/French/Spanish/+ 5 other languages)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

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Features

Product Overview: This item is a 70-300mm, f/4-f/5.6G, AF-S IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor lens, compatible with Nikon digital SLRs and other Nikon cameras. The lens includes a 67mm snap-on front lens cap (LC-67), a rear lens cap (LF-1), and a bayonet hood (HB-36).

Optics: Two Nikon Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass elements deliver superior optical performance for both digital and 35mm photography. ED glass minimizes chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance. The non-rotating front element allows you to easily use circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System.

Built-in CPU: The lens has a built-in CPU which allows it to communicate with the camera body for focus and exposure functions. A set of CPU contacts is located on the lens mount for interfacing with the camera body.

Zoom Control: This high-power 4.3x Super Telephoto Zoom-Nikkor lens approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on 35mm SLR. The lens features a large, textured manual zoom ring for ultimate zooming control.

Auto/Manual Focus: Auto-Focus operation is possible with select Nikon Auto-Focus cameras; Manual focus via the focus ring possible with all Nikon SLR cameras. A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet auto-focusing, along with quick switching between auto-focus and manual operation. Note: Because there is no aperture ring on this lens, the aperture must be set on the camera.

Internal Focus (IF): Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.

Vibration Reduction II: Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing you to shoot handheld at as many as 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. You can turn vibration reduction on or off with the switch on the side of the lens. In addition, you can set the vibration reduction to one of the following modes:

  • Normal: The vibration reduction mechanism primarily reduces camera shake, making smooth panning shots possible.
  • Active: The vibration reduction mechanism reduces camera shake when taking pictures from a moving vehicle. In this mode, the lens does not automatically distinguish panning from camera shake.

Distance Information: The shooting distance scale, located on the barrel of the lens, is graduated in feet and meters from 1.5m (5 ft.) to infinity. For more accurate exposure control, subject distance information is transmitted from the lens to the camera body, providing 3D Matrix Metering and 3D Multi-Sensor Balanced Fill Flash with appropriate Nikon cameras and Speedlights.

Flash Compatibility: This lens is compatible with all Nikon cameras having built-in flash. No vignetting occurs when a built-in flash is used.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a fully-automatic, 9-bladed diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture. Out-of-focus images in front of or behind the subject are rendered as pleasing blurs.

Bayonet Hood: The supplied HB-36 bayonet hood extends approximately 2-1/4" beyond the front of the lens, and shades the aperture opening from direct sunlight that causes flaring. When not in use, the hood can be stored on the lens by mounting it in reverse position.

Optional Accessories (available from Nikon): Compatible optional accessories include: 62mm screw-in filters, including circular polarizing filter II. Note: Teleconverter rings are incompatible with this lens.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 67mm
  • Focal Length: 70mm to 300mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 4.9 feet (1.5m) at all zoom settings
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4.5 to f/5.6
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/32 at 70mm; f/5.6 to f/40 at 300mm
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 12 groups with 2 ED glass elements
  • Focal Length Scale: 70mm, 100mm, 135mm, 200mm, 300mm
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Without Lens Hood or Lens Caps: Length=5.959" to 7.878", Diameter=3.14"
    • With Lens Hood and Lens Caps: Length=8.836" to 10.752", Diameter=3.625"
    • Weight: approximately 26.3 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

 
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This Nikon 70-300mm lens gives you the impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus you need for taking rapid-fire shots of far-off subjects.

 
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5 out of 5

Nikon 70-300mm with my Nikon D3200

Written By CCT, Chesapeake, VA on Thursday, September 11, 2014
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I chose the Nikor 70-300mm lens for my new Nikon D3200 DSLR. It works great and is fast. I have used it mostly for wildlife so far and it handles the speed of the critters well. Picture quality is sweet. I got the discount when I bought it with the camera so that was a nice plus. Thank you Crutchfield for the tech support!
Pros:
Fast and easy to use.
Cons:
Don't know of any.
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3 out of 5

Mixed Results

Written By Max, NY on Thursday, May 23, 2013
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After much research I decided on the Nikon 70-300; This lens looks and feels so good on my D7000 I immediately fell in love with it. Then I downloaded some images to my computer and the honeymoon was over. The problem was that the left edge of the frame was always out of focus. I could not accept that so I returned the lens ASAP. Based on seeing so many positive reviews, I felt that the lens I received was a rare lemon and my bad luck had once again screwed me. I wanted this lens bad so I took a chance and purchased another one. This second purchase of this lens provided me with much better image quality than the first. It focuses evenly, edge to edge. It's not as sharp as my best prime but hay, it's a big fat long zoom and I like it. After some testing, I believe a long zoom is like any powerful instrument, you have to learn how to wield it. A fast shutter is going to give you very sharp results.
Pros:
Made well Good picture quality
Cons:
My first one was a bad one
2 out of 3 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Favorite Lens For Nature and Sports!

Written By Augustin A. F, Saipan,CNMI on Thursday, March 07, 2013
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This AF-S VR 70-300mm Is Perfect-Excellent for Fast Action Shooting such as Sports and Wildlifes.SHARP at most Setting. This Lens is always in my bag. " YOU PICK NIKON LENSES-CAN"T GO WRONG"
4 out of 4 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

70mm-300mm

Written By Dale, Pinevilla,LA on Monday, December 03, 2012
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Excellent, but I feel that as much as the lens cost, Crutchfield & Company could have given me (customers) a protective lens even a cheap one that would be better than nothing until the customers get around to purchasing one.
Pros:
Excellent lens - Recommend
Cons:
Include a protective clear lens to avoid damage to lens upon first receiving lens.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Excellent lens

Written By AlexV, San Juan, Puerto Rico on Friday, August 31, 2012
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First of all, I do a lot of research before buying. After many days and nights of analysis, I had no doubts about investing in this Nikon 70-300 lens. I haven't done many photos, but the ones done, look great, outstanding. A B+H 1.5 Skylight filter was added. My camera is a Nikon D7000, using a class 10 SDHC-UHC-1 card. My main use is watching birds, scenery, water falls, and close ups. No complaints about the quality, the weight and the lens aperture. 100% satisfied. Yes, I recommend this lens. One more comment, buying from Crutchfield is very pleasant and rewarding.
Pros:
The quality and the weight of the lens.
Cons:
None
7 out of 7 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Great lens

Written By Gary, Texas on Thursday, November 11, 2010
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Great lens, it is a large lens but well worth it. It takes great pictures and
after all that is why we have it in the first place! I would certainly recommend
it to a friend.
5 out of 5 people found this helpful
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4 out of 5

Nice Lens

Written By Howard, Chicago, IL on Thursday, March 13, 2008
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Upgraded my basic 70-300 to the VR lens for my D300. The VR aspect of this lens makes it worth the price. Have been a Nikon user going all the way back to the Photomic F and will never change.....
16 out of 21 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

Nice Lens

Written By Jim, Chandler, AZ on Sunday, February 03, 2008
 
This lens performs perfectly despite being slightly heavy. Great detail for up close sports shots.
12 out of 21 people found this helpful
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5 out of 5

EXCELLENT NIKON ZOOM LENS ! !

Written By owen, BAYSIDE N.Y. on Tuesday, July 17, 2007
 
I USE THIS LENS WITH MY NIKON D80, AND I MUST SAY THAT THIS LENS IS VERY UNDERATED......I RECENTLY TOOK A TRIP TO OUR LOCAL ZOO.AND FROM A TRAM HIGH UP IN THE AIR I TOOK FOTOS OF TIGERS SO CLOSE WITH THIS LENS YOU COULD SEE THE BLOOD SHOT IN THEIR EYES......WHEN I DOWNLOADED THE FOTOS TO MY COMPUTER, I WAS AMAZED.......
I"M GOING ON A CRUISE IN A FEW MONTHS, AND YOU CAN BET THIS WONDERFUL LENS WILL BE IN MY CAMERA BAG
IF YOU DECIDE TO BUY IT,I"M SURE YOU WILL ENJOY YOURS AS WELL.ONE OTHER ITEM I FORGOT TO MENCHION THIS LENS COMES EQUIPPED WITH THE NIKON VR SYSTEM
VIBRRATION REDUCTION.........IT REALLY MAKES AMAJOR DIFFERENCE YOUR FOTOS WILL REALLY COME OUT SHARP AND CLEAR..........
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Will it fit my nikon dx3200 camera? [ j  May 18, 2014 ]
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  • I forwarded your question to an Advisor and they responded with the following: The Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm lens does fit the Nikon D3200 camera. If you would like to discuss further you can contact an Advisor directly by phone (1-800-324-9695) or online chat. [ Krissy Staff  May 20, 2014 ]

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