Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens
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Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful data can be found in our lens database. NIKON D300 + 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6 @ 270mm, ISO 400, 1/500, f/8.0 Lens Handling and Features In the end I think Nikon built a nice, light lens here and, despite some minor niggles, I prefer it over the 70-300 for my purposes (general photography - family & scenics/wildlife - no sports).
Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Review - Focusing and VR Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Review - Focusing and VR
I have been using the 55-300 along with my standard 18-55mm Nikkor, and must say its a very good combo. I have used it for some wildlife photography and the results are definitely more than satisfactory. Its an awesome lens and there is no 2nd thoughts about it.The lens has two control features: a switch to enable or disable autofocus, and a switch to enable or disable vibration reduction. The lens does not feature a distance scale, depth-of-field indicators or infrared index. The lens takes 58mm filters: as mentioned, these will rotate during focusing. With the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II lens set to its maximum aperture at 55mm, there is a bit of light fall-off in the extreme corners, but it won't really affect your real-world shots. Although the bokeh looks a little “edgy”, it is not as bad as the bokeh on the 28-300mm. The Nikon 28-300mm bokeh looks very dirty in comparison.
Nikon 55-300 DX and 70-300 What is the difference between the Nikon 55-300 DX and 70-300
Detailed specifications for the lens, along with MTF charts and other useful data can be found in our lens database. NIKON D750 + 300mm f/4 @ 300mm, ISO 2200, 1/1250, f/4.0 Lens Handling and Build Again, the center of the frame is sharp from f/5.6 to f/11.0 with a very slightly softer image at f/4.5. This is by no means an over-exaggeration – this is how small the new 300mm f/4E VR really is when compared to its predecessor!
The corners at 70mm look very similar to the 55mm crops posted above, with softer corners wide open getting pretty good by f/8.0. Sharpness Test – Nikon 55-300mm @ 105mm Center Frame I also tried the lens on my D610 in DX mode. It works perfectly with and without the 1.4x Kenko TC, which also autofocuses perfectly, as it does on the D7100. That surprised me. I knew it would autofocus on the D7100 with the TC, but didn't expect almost identical results with the D610 in DX mode. This suggests, to me, that the lens produces images with excellent contrast across the frame.