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Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Telephoto zoom lens for DX format Nikon DSLR cameras

21 Reviews


Our take on the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

When you're photographing high-intensity sports or high-energy toddlers, fast autofocus can be your best friend. It can make all the difference between crisply focused images of that winning soccer goal or junior blowing out the birthday candles, and a blurry mess. Nikon's AF-S DX 55-300mm VR zoom lens gives you the impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus you need for taking rapid-fire shots of far-off subjects, or even ones as close as 4.6 feet. Its versatile focal range and optical performance make this lens a great choice for snapping sparkling clear images with your Nikon digital SLR camera.

When you're photographing high-intensity sports or high-energy toddlers, fast autofocus can be your best friend. It can make all the difference between crisply focused images of that winning soccer goal or junior blowing out the birthday candles, and a blurry mess. Nikon's AF-S DX 55-300mm VR zoom lens gives you the impressive telephoto power and fast autofocus you need for taking rapid-fire shots of far-off subjects, or even ones as close as 4.6 feet. Its versatile focal range and optical performance make this lens a great choice for snapping sparkling clear images with your Nikon digital SLR camera.

Steady your hand-held shots
The lens has built-in Vibration Reduction so your photos will come out crisp in all different sorts of lighting conditions. 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 slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

Product Highlights:

  • AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens
  • compatible with Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • 35mm equivalent focal length: 82.5-450mm with APS-C (Nikon DX format) sensor cameras
  • Vibration Reduction (VR II) enables handheld shooting at up to four shutter speeds slower for sharper photos and video capture
  • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, accurate, and quiet autofocus
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens elements for superior optical performance
  • minimum focus distance: 4.6 feet throughout entire zoom range
  • rounded 9-blade diaphragm for softer, more natural appearing out-of-focus image elements
  • minimum aperture: f/22
  • lens construction: 17 elements in 11 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 58mm
  • lens is 3-1/8" in diameter, 5-3/16" long (without lens cap)
  • weight: 18.7 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens pouch

What's in the Box:

  • AF-S DX 55-300mm Nikkor lens
  • HB-57 lens hood
  • LC-58 Snap-on front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-4 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Soft lens pouch
  • Instruction Manual (Eng/Fren/Span/+ 13 other languages)
  • Warranty sheet
  • Product Registration sheet
  • Nikon Extended Warranty offer

Solid construction and great picture quality. I highly recommend this lens!

Anonymous, Rome, NY


Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Reviews

Average Customer Review(s):

(21 Reviews)

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Anonymous from Rome, NY on 1/4/2018

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Solid construction and great picture quality. I highly recommend this lens!



Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

John from Nashville, TN on 2/5/2017

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I had the opportunity to use the lens at a college basketball game and was quite pleased with the performance of the lens with my D3200 camera. Lighting in the gym wasn't the best, but the lens coupled with higher ISO and shutter priority worked better than I thought it would. I wasn't close, but the lens brought me close to the action on the floor. The lens opening could be larger, but not within the price; it is a good deal.



Solid, quality, Nikon lens

GreyFox386 from Port Orange, FL on 8/6/2016

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I bundled this with my purchase of a D5500, and it's a great addition! It complements the 18-55 that come with the base kit, and is a great lens for taking on day trips or vacation without adding too much extra size and bulk

Pros: Fantastic quality construction, not too big for a zoom of this amount, and the quality is very very good

Cons: none

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm

Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm Review from Georgetown, DE on 2/13/2016

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Very nice Lens. That's Why I have owned Nikon for over 40 years

Pros: Well Built, takes great pictures

Cons: for being 300mm, I thought I would have been able to zoom in twice a close as my Nikon 18-140mm lens. My only con on the lens.

Very good lens

Phil from DC on 10/25/2015

A very well made lens. You might want to consider adding a UV lens cover.



So far so good

Derek B from Georgia on 5/18/2015

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Seems to be VERY well made. Gives us all of the functionality we were looking for. I think the price is a bit high in general but Crutchfield is always competitive.



Nikor 55-300mm f4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens

BJ from Tennessee on 3/3/2015

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The lens was a gift for my daughter who was absolutely delighted. She hasn't been able to give it a thorough outdoor test due to recent bad weather. She has taken excellent short range pictures and has no complaints. It will take more time for a complete outdoor evaluation.

Pros: Very easy to use.

Cons: None


CPP1 from Moorhead MN on 10/28/2014

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Nice quality perfected product!

Pros: All is nice, what sharpness!

Cons: None.

Sweet Lens

m from Lansing, MI on 4/28/2014

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Sweet Lens! Zoom is awesome for sports events and finding things in the distance. It's a bulky lens but worth it to capture those moments that are too far away for a standard shot.

Pros: Great Zoom and great images captured through this lens.

Cons: Bulky and sometimes slow auto focus during sports.

Nice Telephoto Lens

James from DFW, TX on 3/21/2014

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Was contemplating on getting either the Nikkor 70-300VR or the 55-300VR. Read reviews where the AF on the FX lens 70-300 was much faster than the 55-300. Ended up getting the 55-300 because this is a lens I probably will not use too often plus price difference between it and 70-300. So far so good, AF is fast and accurate. Good VR at the long end.

Pros: Value, sharp, light

Cons: Low light photography

Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Bob G from Plainfield, IL on 2/20/2014

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Nice lens for the $$$$......... it's not to heavy, and is a good all around lens for traveling



Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Anonymous from Fitzgerald, GA on 1/22/2014

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Great Lens



Just Started Using it and I'm Impressed

JasmineW from Coventry, CT on 12/25/2013

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It's hard to give this a rating when I've only had the opportunity to use it twice. My rating could change after I have more experience with this lens. I got this lens specifically to take photos of birds. The first evening I used it, it was already pretty dark and there was snow cover. The birds were out of focus. Since I try to photograph birds at high speed, I think I was asking too much of the camera/lens. The next time I used the lens the lighting was perfect and I got a gorgeous photo of a downy woodpecker. I did not expect to do this well before getting used to the lens. So at the moment I'm very happy with it. The woodpecker was probably about 20" away and I have not had the opportunity to photograph anything that's extremely far away. So far, I have found the focal area to be smaller than I like, but I haven't played around with different options either.

Pros: I've only used this lens a couple of times and in good light I was impressed with the picture quality.


DX 55-300 mm Lens

JudyLee from Soddy, TN on 9/28/2013

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Great It gives lots of options in shooting outdoor action.

Pros: Response quickly in change of angles and distance.

Cons: You have have about 5 - 6 foot distance from subject so inside shots are limited.

For the money, you can't go wrong

A guy who likes Nikon from Arkansas on 9/6/2013

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I wanted a more powerful lens for more nature photography but didn't want to take out a mortgage or donate a kidney. I can't say much that probably hasn't already been said about this lens. It is not as slow as I thought it would be after reading reviews. Mine does make a little bit of noise....more than my other lenses but it isn't enough to really turn heads or make a difference. The focus is a bit soft after the 200mm range but a good post production sharpening software does the trick for me. A great cost efficient lens for amateurs and semi-professionals. Also, the lens cover provided has some bad words been said about it....honestly, mine has worked fine and I am pretty rough on my equipment.

Pros: cost, lightweight, vibration reduction (VR)

Cons: none so far...considering the price

55 - 300mm Lens

Ken F from Cincinnati, OH on 6/11/2013

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Great lens. Very versatile and provides great shots.

Pros: Great zoom capability, crisp, clear shots.

Cons: none

Great Lens for me

NMDesertFlower from New Mexico on 5/27/2013

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I purchased this lens to use with my Nikon D5200, and it is a very good lens! This is the first time I've ordered from Crutchfield, and I was highly impressed with the entire experience. Got this lens at a GREAT price! It takes very good telephoto shots. I live across from a mountain range, and this lens zooms in like I was standing right at the summit! I love it! Great photo quality, and a quiet, fast motor. I was very happy to find a 55-300 as it covers a great deal of focal length without having to have two different lenses. It is perfect for my needs (telephoto and night photography-it takes great photos of the moon). The only things I am not terribly pleased about is the included lens hood and the autofocus-HOOD-it's not of very good quality (which surprised me) and I don't really like to use it. A UV filter might be the ticket here (58mm) to avoid lens flare. The autofocus mode can be a little slow especially if using the lens for night photography or action photos. I missed a few good action shots because the AF was stalling-but thankfully I don't try for many action shots. The manual focus took a little getting used to-it seems slightly awkward to use at first. Maybe it was just me, but I thought I would mention it.

Pros: Very reasonably priced, takes great photos throughout the range of focal lengths, quiet

Cons: Accompanying lens hood is disappointing-might want to invest in a better one or use a UV filter for this lens. Beware of the slow autofocus in certain situations (night, action)


TODD D from KILN MS. on 5/22/2013

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Great product

Dhruuv369 from New York on 12/29/2012

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Great product... Was looking for this lens on many other websites but Crutchfield offered the best price... Great customer service too...



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JJ from Atlanta, GA on 12/26/2012

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Great addition to my great camera.

Pros: Nice zoom lens

Cons: None

Great Lens

Cigar Man from Boynton Beach, Fl. on 7/27/2011

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Lens takes sharp, beautiful pictures. There is little, if any, fall off at the edges at any focal length. The AF motor works silently. The only issue I have with this lens is the lens hood that is supplied with it. It is the snap on type, and is flimsy, to say the least. It fell apart and into 4 pieces after only 3 uses. When I contacted Nikon, there "customer service" response was that "I must have abused it". On Nikon's site there are at least 3 other people with the same problem. If you buy this lens, be prepared to buy an after market lens hood.




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 55-300mm
Maximum Aperture f/4.5 (W) - 5.6 (T)
Weight 18.7 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

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Warranty Information


Overview: The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm, f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens is a 5.5x telephoto zoom lens, ideal for capturing distant subjects at athletic events, family pictures, sunsets, and travel shots, etc. It is designed for use with compact DX-format cameras, but can be used with larger FX-format cameras in the DX Crop Mode. The angle of view is equivalent to a focal length of 82.5 to 450mm in FX/35mm format D-SLRs.

Super Integrated Coating: Nikon's Super Integrated Coating (SIC) enhances light transmission efficiency and offers superior color consistency and reduces flare.

ED Elements: Two built-in Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements offer superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at the widest available aperture.

High Refractive Index: The lens features a High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element which keeps the lens compact while offering high contrast, even at maximum aperture.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): The exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast, accurate, and quiet auto focus.

Focus Mode Switch: You can easily switch between manual and auto focus operation by using the convenient A-M Focus Mode Switch, located on the barrel of the lens. If the camera is set to Manual Focus, the focus mode is Manual, regardless of the setting of the switch. For Auto Focus, both the camera and the lens must be set to AF.

Nikon VR II Image Stabilization: Engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, the Vibration Reduction II Image Stabilization enables shutter speeds at up to 4 stops slower than would otherwise be possible. Vibration Reduction is performed through a lens-shift method using voice coil motors (VCMs). Even when the camera is mounted on a tripod, Vibration Reduction can reduce vibrations that may occur due to the shutter release. You can turn Vibration Reduction on or off using the VR switch on the barrel of the lens.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a rounded 9-blade diaphragm, which renders a more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Lens Hood: The lens comes with the HB-57 snap-on type lens hood. The hood adds approximately 1-5/8" to the overall length of the lens. You can invert the hood and snap it onto the lens for storage, if desired.


  • Type of Lens: Type G AF-S DX lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon F-bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 58mm
  • Focal Length: 55-300mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 4.59' at all zoom positions
  • Aperture Range: f/4.5 to f/22 at 55mm; f/5.6 to f/29 at 300mm
  • Lens Construction: 17 elements in 11 groups with 2 ED lens elements, and one HRI lens element.
  • Picture Angle: 28°-50' to 5°-20'
  • Dimensions: Diameter: 3.071", Length: 5.192"-6.847" (w/o lens caps)
  • Weight: approximately 18.7 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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Why did you buy this?

I wanted a good general purpose telephoto lens for my DX3200. The standard lens with my camera was not adequate for longer distance pics. [ Russell  Jul 24, 2017 ]
meah, could be a little faster. you get what you pay for. [ Wayne  Mar 29, 2017 ]
wife loves to photograph nature, her lumix which she loves just couldn't get the objects further away. my Nikon D50 was a little too much weight for her to carry all day. this lens should do the trick [ JON  Nov 22, 2016 ]
Wanted a versatile lens that can take close shots from a distance. [ Christopher  Mar 20, 2016 ]
Need a higher mm telephoto than had previously [ David  Dec 30, 2015 ]
It was researched and recommended to me from a friend. [ Diane  Dec 08, 2015 ]