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Nikon 70-300mm VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens - 2161

Abt Model: 2161 | UPC Code: 018208021611
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4.3x Telephoto Zoom/ Vibration Reduction/ Two Extra-Low Dispersion Glass Elements/ Internal Focus/ Silent Wave Motor
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Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Camera Lens In Black, Model 2161

This high-powered, 4.3x Zoom-Nikkor lens, featuring Nikon's Enhanced Vibration Reduction (VRII) technology is ideal for sports, wildlife, travel and portrait photography, among other telephoto applications.

Features:

  • High-power 4.3x Telephoto Zoom-Nikkor lens (Approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm lens on 35mm SLR).
  • Vibration Reduction (VRII) minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing photographers to shoot handheld at as many as 4 shutter speeds slower* than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. * When used on Nikon DX format DSLR
  • 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.
  • Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.
  • Focus as close as 4.9 ft throughout entire zoom range.
  • Non-Rotating front element provides for convenient use of circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System.
  • A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet autofocusing, along with quick switching between autofocus and manual operation (M/A and M).
  • A nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening, out-of-focus elements appear more natural.
  • 67mm filter attachment size.

Specifications:

  • Type of lens: G-Type AF-S Zoom-Nikkor lens with built - in CPU and Nikon bayonet mount
  • Focal length: 70-300mm (Approximates the picture angle performance of a 105-450mm 35mm SLR)
  • Maximum aperture: f/4.5-5.6
  • Lens construction: 17 elements in 12 groups (with 2 ED glass elements)
  • Picture angle: 34 degrees 20 feet- 8 degrees 10 feet (22 degrees 50 feet – 5 degrees 20 feet with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras)
  • Focal length: scale 70, 100, 135, 200, 300mm
  • Distance information: Output to camera body
  • Zoom control: Manually via zoom ring
  • Focusing: Nikon Internal Focusing (IF) system utilizing an internal Silent Wave Motor; manually via focusing ring
  • Vibration reduction: Lens-shift method using voice coil motors (VCMs)
  • Closest focus distance: 4.9 feet (1.5m) at all zoom settings
  • No. of diaphragm blades: 9 (rounded)
  • Diaphragm: Fully automatic
  • Aperture range: f/4.5 to f/32 (at 70mm), f/5.6 to f/40 (at 300mm)
  • Exposure measurement: Via full-aperture method
  • Filter/attachment size: 67mm
  • Focus method: Ring SWM (Silent Wave Motor)

Approximate Dimensions:

  • 3.1" x 5.6" (80 x 143.5mm)

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 26.3 oz (745g)
  • Shipping: 1 lb.

Box Contents:

  • 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens
  • LC-67 67mm snap-on front lens cap
  • LF-1 rear lens cap
  • HB-36 bayonet hood
  • CL-1022 flexible lens pouch

Optional Accessories:

  • 67mm screw-in filters, including circular polarizing filter

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice

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Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens
 
4.5

(based on 202 reviews)

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    (55)

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94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (3)

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    Best Uses

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      I Never Leave Home Without It!

      The AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is unequivocally the best modern telephoto zoom lens if you want a dedicated zoom tele with light weight and a moderate price. This lens works perfectly on...Read complete review

      The AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 is unequivocally the best modern telephoto zoom lens if you want a dedicated zoom tele with light weight and a moderate price. This lens works perfectly on all Nikon digital cameras, along with most Nikon autofocus film cameras made before 1990. This lens is a G-type lens, meaning it has no aperture ring. It won't work on any manual focus camera. The 70-300mm VR is very sharp with low distortion, an easy manual focus and a fast and accurate autofocus. The VR II, the new version of vibration reduction gives extremely sharp pictures. I've actually gone 4 stops sharper! I don't have to lug a tripod around. The autofocus is quiet and the instant manual focus is.......well, instantaneous. This lens is perfect for fast action shooting such as sports. I wouldn't use this lens for indoor or outdoor low light shooting. The 70-200mm f/2.8 VR II is much faster in low light. While the 70-300mm can be stopped down to f/32-40, my advice is don't! Diffraction will give you soft images at these f-stops. Diffraction is a softening effect similar to using a soft-focus filter or shooting through a window screen. This lens does not produce any lateral chromatic aberration (LCA) with any modern Nikon model since 2006. Distortion on DX is non-existent. With FX cameras there is moderate distortion which can be corrected with Photoshop's lens distortion filter. There is a phenomenon called falloff. Falloff occurs towards the corners of a DX frame and appears as darkened corners. While the 70-300mm has very little, I haven't seen any on my images. The 18-200mm VR by contrast has falloff at 200mm and f.5.6 on DX cameras. Falloff also occurs and maybe more noticeable on FX and film cameras. There is no vignetting with this lens, even when I stacked several filters. There typically is no problem with film cameras either with stacked filters. If any vignetting does occur with a film camera, it will be at 100mm. If you're planning on using three or more stacked filters on a film camera, check there first. There are no problems with flare and ghosting. This lens also has no problem with shadow created by a flash, even at the closest focus distance. As for sharpness, the 70-300mm is sharp at most settings. It's normal for tele zooms to have the worst distortion at the long end. It is worse at f/11, but much better at f.16. Use f/8 if you can or f/16 if you want depth of field. At f/22 and f/32 there is diffraction, as with all lenses. There is no lens that can overcome the laws of physics. In a quiet room you'll hear the VR running. It's noisy, but, this is normal. You will feel the VR system when it's working. The VR starts with a "klunk" and stops with a "klunk" after you release the shutter. Many zoom lenses tightly pack the focal lengths together at one end of the scale. The 70-300mm VR has them evenly spaced and a big-fat zoom ring that is easy to use. There is a little focus shift while simultaneously zooming. The best technique with this lens is; zoom first then focus. Of all Nikon's tele zooms the 70-300mm VR is the best compromise of size, weight, price and image quality. This lens is like the American Express card, I never leave home without it! This combination of performance, size and weight is my favorite to carry around all day.

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      Forget Dusk or Dawn Shooting

      This is sold as a 300mm but I found anything beyond 230mm in AF in a low lite situation to be unacceptable. Any shot in that +200mm area that has a subject in shadowed...Read complete review

      This is sold as a 300mm but I found anything beyond 230mm in AF in a low lite situation to be unacceptable. Any shot in that +200mm area that has a subject in shadowed or shaded area will not be clear let alone trying to capture a bird in flight. I was sent it to Nikon for inspection; no info was returned as to what was done or found wrong....just the lens in a new box. One would be better to buy 200mm zoom than have this 300mm. Others specs are above average when used on a D40 and D200.

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      5.0

      Great General Sports Lens

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      from Spokane WA, UDS

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      I spent 35 years as a Medical Photographer now do school candid's including sports.. This is a great lens for that purpose.. wish it was a 3.5f but we can't have everything with this great price.

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      (29 of 29 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      At 300mm this lens is tack sharp

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      from Alexandria, VA, USA

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      Before I bought the lens I read the reviews and especially the negative ones. Several of the reviewers complained that the lens was "soft" or "fuzzy" when extended to 300mm. As a result I tested it by photographing my cat's name tag at a distance of 43ft #13.1m#. The smallest letters are an 1/8th of an inch #4cm# and they are tack sharp. For those that got bad pictures with this lens I have several questions. Have you received any training in the proper use of telephoto lens? There are basic rules for a lens of this type. A) Don't use a shutter less than the length of the lens. On a camera with a DX sensor this lens is the equivalent of a 500mm lens on a 35mm film or FX digital camera, which means you shouldn't use a shutter speed slower than 1/500th of a second. B) Try to shoot with an aperture of no less than an f11 to ensure enough depth of field. C) Don't attempt to hand hold it when extended to 300mm. Tripod mount or Monopod mount at a minimum. It would be nice if this lens had a tripod mount, but it doesn't so we make due. One more point. This is not a fast lens. It needs plenty of light. Increase your ISO and don't plan on getting any Sasquatch pictures on a moonless night without one huge flash. Bottom line, this is an excellent lens for the money, if you have some training and/or experience using a telephoto lens.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Reliable lens

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      from Framingham, MA, USA

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      This is my go to lens for landscape and wildlfie photography. I have used it on a D7000 and now on my D-610 and the results are the same. clear, sharp images all the time.

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      5.0

      Portable and Sharp Telephoto Zoom

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      from San Diego, California

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      This 70-300mm zoom lens is easy to travel with and is optically excellent and affordable. The image of the Parthenon below was taken with a Nikon D700 camera body from the roof top of an open air taverna. The camera settings were the following: a shutter speed of 1/40 of a second (on a small table top tripod), an aperture of 7.1, an ISO of 6400, a focal length of 195mm, Tungsten White Balance, and Matrix Metering.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      3.0

      Fair Lens

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      from Rockwall, TX, USA

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      Good lens if you have very good quality lighting (i.e., bright sunlight). Also, images not very sharp at about 225mm thru 300mm. But it is a f4.5 - f5.6, so it is expected. I wish I would have waited a bit and got the 70-200mm f2.8. Very good point and shoot zoom lens, but I expected much better performance and sharpness. I would definitely recommend this lens as point and shoot zoom lens, but not for serious enthusiasts or pros.

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      (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Superb telephoto for budget-minded photographers

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      from Atlanta, GA

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      Finally had a chance to get this lens out and have been nothing but impressed with it. First of all; no, it's not on par with the faster - and vastly more expensive - telephoto lenses in Nikon's lineup in terms of clarity, sharpness, build quality, or low-light performance. It's also 1/5th the price on average and so it's really not a fair comparison to begin with. However, with that in mind, the optics and image quality are still top-notch. In fact, for a consumer-grade lens, the IQ and overall construction of the lens itself is among the best I've found in this price range. I got this lens primarily to use for my son's soccer games, where lugging around my 70-200mm 2.8G on a monopod just isn't convenient or necessary even. With ample light, the 70-300mm shines and produces surprisingly sharp images, even at the minimum and maximum focal lengths. I found that the clarity tends to degrade minimally between 200-300mm, but is still very usable. The VR II feature works and works very well. If you're hand holding, it definitely comes in handy and the difference with VR on vs. off is marked and noticeable. Given the relatively hefty weight of the lens, this feature might benefit some more than others, especially if you're not used to shooting with a lens that has a little bit of weight to it. Auto focus is fairly quick and I didn't find much hunting at 300mm, even on an overcast day. This is especially nice with the crop factor if you happen to be using a DX body, letting you reach out and get the shot without much hassle or wasted time. You can always 'help' the AF by focusing manually from the start and letting the AF take over before getting the shot, but I haven't found myself needing to do that at all. Overall, I would highly recommend this lens to anyone looking for a quality zoom for outdoor sports, nature shots, candids, and even portraiture. Like mentioned from the start, there are better and faster lenses out there but, for this price, you really can't go wrong and won't be disappointed with the quality you'll receive for the money.

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      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      4.0

      AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

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      from inda

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      really close up shots u will get sharp detail with amazing depth of field to work with in aperture priority. Landscape, wildlife, and close up, this lens

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      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      One For The Travel Bag

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      from Kanagawa Japan

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      This lens is the one you want in your travel bag. If you have limited space to pack, this lens offers a great degree of versatility. It is great for landscape as at 70mm you still have plenty of view angle, but when you want to get the close up shot, the 300mm zoom capability will get you in with the subject. Very sharp detail and good light gathering capability. And for the really close up shots you will get sharp detail with amazing depth of field to work with in aperture priority. Landscape, wildlife, and close up, this lens provides a quality results.

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      4.0

      Excellent and it works for D5000

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      from Mexico

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      I use D5000 and I'm satisfied with this 300mm. Manual/Automatic, Vibration Reduction, automatic settings working good, is not the fastest focus speed but nice and enough. Beautiful photos can be gotten depending scene, objects or illumination conditions but his lens is excellent choice for general Zoom photos, the f/4.5 is not enough for low light conditions, but for most common situations and outdoors this is really a good zoom with nice price.

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      4.0

      'Get it Tuned' for best output

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      from Pakistan

      Comments about Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor Lens:

      Its good value for money. However, make sure that there are no 'back focus' problems. In that case it wouldn't give the best output. There is a marked improvement in focusing and image sharpness after I fine tuned my Nikon D7000 for this lens. Sharpness reduces beyond 200mm.

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