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Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED review
- Excellent Vibration Reduction with Active mode
- Ring-type AF-S ultrasonic autofocus with full-time manual override
- Great optical quality throughout most of the zoom range
- Sharpness drops off a little at the maximum 300mm focal length
- One of the most expensive telephoto zooms
The Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is more expensive than most budget telephoto zooms but worth every penny.
Build quality: 8.8/10
Optical quality: 8/10
- Great all-round telephoto zoom.
- Very effective VR anti-shake facilities.
- Fast and quiet SWM focusing.
- Perfectly complements DX 18-70mm lens.
- Works with full-frame bodies.
- Bigger and heavier than DX 55-200mm VR.
- Zoom ring a little stiff, but at least no creep.
- DX 55-200mm VR a cheaper alternative.
The Nikkor AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR may not be the Über-lens
everybody was hoping for (nor was that realistic) but it is still a very good
lens. At 70mm the results are nothing short of stellar and still easily on a
very good level at 200mm. At 300mm there´s a performance penalty specifically
at the image borders @ f/5.6. Stopping down to f/8 helps to overcome
most of the problems but unfortunately there´s also a quite pronounced but
still correctable degree of yellow/blue (lateral) CA. Distortions
and vignetting are basically non-issues throughout the range.
The build quality is pretty decent and about in line this Nikon's recent
medium grade zoom lenses. The AF is quite fast and almost silent and
unlike most lenses in this league the front-element does not rotate
during focusing nor zooming. The pricing of the lens may be relatively steep
in absolute terms but price/performance-wise it remains a harmonious package.
The Nikon AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR delivers very good to excellent sharpness in the image center combined with good to very good resolution at the borders and corners. Vignetting is well controlled, but CAs are quite high (though easy to remove in post processing) and distortion is above average for this lens class. We did not formally test it, but noticed in our field tests that the quality of the bokeh can be rough in critical situations specifically regarding the highlight rendering. This may be somewhat unfortunate but the truth is that this aspect is generally a problem in this lens class.
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- solid barrel,
- very good image sharpness in the frame centre,
- good image quality at the frame edge,
- low distortion,
- slight coma,
- well-corrected astigmatism,
- low vignetting,
- efficient stabilization,
- excellent autofocus.
- high or very high chromatic aberration at all focal lengths,
- at 300 mm image resolution could have been better.
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