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Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED
Telephoto zoom lens for Nikon SLR cameras
Our take on the Nikon AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED by Crutchfield's Dave Bar
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.
The Nikon 70-300mm lens enables me to now take awesome wildlife photos on my farm!
ED, Greensboro, GA
What's in the Box:
- AF-S 70-300mm 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
- AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED zoom lens (equivalent to 105-450mm on a 35mm SLR)
- compatible with Nikon film SLR and FX or DX format digital SLR cameras
- 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
- internal focusing design
- 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
- lens hood
- front and rear lens caps
- soft lens case
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Features and Specs
|Focal Length||70-300 mm|
|Parts Warranty||5 Years w/registration|
|Labor Warranty||5 Years w/registration|
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.
- 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 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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Product reviews from the Crutchfield Labs
by Julie Govan
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.
Why did you buy this?
Needed a good long zoom for nature and wildlife photography. [ Anthony Dec 15, 2016 ]
Needed a longer telephoto and Nikon manufacturers the best lenses. [ Camera Bug Feb 05, 2016 ]
1 question already asked
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 May 20, 2014 ] Staff