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Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR

Telephoto zoom lens for DX format Nikon DSLR cameras

2 Reviews

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Our take on the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR

Close in on the action

This 70-300mm lens from Nikon gives you the extra reach to capture distant action. It's also great for taking portraits and close-ups with a nice, compressed background for a dreamy look and feel. This fresh lens design includes a pulse motor for lightning-fast, whisper-quiet autofocus — great for shooting smooth video sequences. Built-in vibration reduction minimizes image blur and camera shake when shooting stills or video in low light without a tripod.

Product Highlights:

  • AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED zoom lens
  • compatible with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 105-450mm
  • built-in Vibration Reduction minimizes blur at slower shutter speeds
  • pulse motor for ultra-fast, near-silent autofocus
  • manual and autofocus modes
  • Super Integrated Coating on lens elements for rich colors with excellent contrast
  • ED (extra-low dispersion) lens element for high resolution and contrast
  • minimum focus distance: 3.7'
  • minimum aperture: f/32
  • lens construction: 14 elements in 10 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 58mm
  • lens is 2-13/16" in diameter, 4-15/16" long
  • weight: 14.7 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • front and rear lens caps

What's in the Box:

  • AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR zoom lens
  • LC-58 58mm front lens cap (installed)
  • Slip-on rear lens cap
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty Card

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(2 Reviews)

Overall, an excellent lens.

Chet from Staten Island, NY on 11/13/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

Some years ago, I had a Nikkor 70-300mm lens for my Nikon D80. It was a great lens, but weighed a ton, barely fit into almost any bag if attached to the camera. After a few months I sold it. This new lens is a whole other story. Yes, it is a bit slower at the 300mm end (f/6.3 instead of 5.6) but it is half the weight, much smaller physically, and has vibration reduction. I've used the lens just a couple of times since getting it about a month ago and so far, I'm quite happy. The photos below were taken with a Nikon D7500 and this lens at Eagle Rock Reservation in West Orange, NJ about 13 miles due west of Manhattan. The close up of the Empire State Building and Hudson Yards and the photo of the Verrazzano Narrows Bridge at at 300mm. The photo of the lower Manhattan skyline (with the trees in the foreground) is at 70mm.

Pros: Lightweight and size. Nice sharp photographs

Cons: Like with any long zoom lens, a bit slow on the aperture side of things.

Very good telephoto zoom

Mike from Knoxville, TN on 3/23/2018

Crutchfield Customer Review (What's this?)

This is a very good telephoto zoom for Nikon DX (APS-C) format DSLRs at this price range. It is not too heavy, relatively fast, focuses quickly and takes adequately sharp photos. I got it with my D5600 18-55mm kit at a great discount price which is still available as I write this review. Thanks Crutchfield! I'm a beginner still learning to use the camera, but I've already gotten some decent images of birds at the birdfeeder. Recommended at full price, but a fantastic bargain at the discount price when purchased with select Nikon DSLRs.

Pros: Fairly light, quick to autofocus, sharp images, nice price

Cons: None yet


Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Mount Type Nikon F-mount
Sensor Size APS-C
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Type Telephoto zoom
Focal Length 70-300mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5 (W) - 6.3 (T)
Weight 14.7 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

Product Research

Warranty Information


Overview: The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR lens is a super telephoto zoom lens. It is ideal for capturing sports, wildlife, concerts, and landmarks, and works well for videos as well as still images. The lens is part of Nikon's new "P" series of lenses, and uses a pulse motor for fast autofocus. It comes with front and rear lens caps. This lens is optimized for use on Nikon DX-format cameras with APS-C-sized image sensors. They will work on FX-format (full frame) cameras in the DX-crop mode.

Note: A version of this lens is available without Vibration Reduction.

Nikon Technologies: The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR lens is equipped with the following Nikon technologies:

  • Pulse Motor (P): Nikon's new "P" series of lenses use a pulse motor (utilizing stepping motors) for smoother and quieter focusing, compared to previous drive systems. This type of drive system is very quiet, making it ideal for shooting video.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR): Nikon's Vibration Reduction helps reduce blur caused by camera shake, and allows shutter speeds up to 4.0 stops slower than without VR. Vibration Reduction applies lens shift correction using voice coil motors (VCMs).
  • Extra-low Dispersion Glass (ED): The lens is constructed with Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass elements developed by Nikon and used with normal optical glass in telephoto lenses to obtain optimum correction of chromatic aberrations.
  • Super Integrated Coating (SIC): The lens features a multi-layered coating of the optical elements.
  • M/A: The lens can be used in manual or automatic focusing. You can easily and seamlessly switch from one mode to another with no lag time by simply turning the focusing ring.


  • Type of Lens: Type G AF-P DX lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Focal Length: 70-300mm
  • Focal Length Scale: Graduated in millimeters (70, 100, 135, 200, 300mm)
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Lens Construction: 14 elements in 10 groups (including 1 ED lens element)
  • Image Stabilization: Vibration Reduction
  • Closest Focus Distance: 3.7' (44.4") at all zoom positions
  • Zoom: Manual zoom using independent zoom ring
  • Focusing Method: AutoFocus controlled by a stepping motor; separate focus ring for manual focus
  • Diaphragm: Rounded 7-blade
  • Aperture Range:
    • f/4.5 to f/22mm (70mm focal length)
    • f/6.3 to f/32mm (300mm focal length)
  • Angle of View: 22°50' - 5°20' (DX-format cameras)
  • Dimensions: Diameter 2.826" Length=5.227" (5.824" w/lens caps)
  • Weight: 14.2 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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Q & A

Customer Q&A

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Why did you buy this?

Good reviews. [ Jonathan  Jul 07, 2017 ]
I wanted the VR option on this lens, and Crutchfield was the only retailer offering the $150 discount! [ Harry  Mar 14, 2017 ]
Starter Photographer, and the few comments seemed to reflect what I wanted in a camera. am near retiring and this my help the photo hobby. LOL [ DONNIE  Dec 12, 2016 ]
it was on my boyfriends wish list for Christmas. [ joni  Nov 26, 2016 ]