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

A big 5.5x zoom lens range extends your reach

Nikon nikkor af s dx 55 300mm f 4 5 5 6g ed vr review

An ideal telephoto zoom for any Nikon APS-C camera, the Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR combines a reasonably compact build with an extra-large 5.5x zoom range.

We liked

Bigger than average zoom range without any sacrifice in image quality. It's a cracking lens at the price.

We disliked

It's a shame the lens doesn't have internal focusing. The rotating front element makes it a pain to use with rotation-sensitive filters such as a circular polariser.

Final verdict

The latest-generation 4-stop Vibration Reduction works a treat and build quality is a step up from Nikon's smaller 55-200mm VR lens, making the Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR well worth the extra £60 outlay.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Maximum Focal Length300 mm
Minimum Focal Length55 mm
Lens Mount TypeNikon F
Maximum Aperture Wide4.5
Maximum Aperture Tele5.6
Optical Zoom5.4x
Brand NameNikon
Filter Attachment Diameter58 mm
Lens TypeTelephoto Zoom
Minimum Focus Distance1.40 m
Minimum Aperture29
Diameter76.5 mm
Depth123 mm

Nikon DSLR Cameras

ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelJAA814DA
Product NameNikkor JAA814DA Lens
Product LineNikkor
Manufacturer Part NumberJAA814DA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

High-powered zoom lens with super-telephoto reach for use with Nikon's DX-format SLRs. Designed to make it easy to shoot stunning close-ups, it offers a 5.5x zoom and versatile 55-300 mm focal range. Nikon's second-generation Vibration Reduction system delivers sharp results, even for hand-held telephoto shots. Great value for money, this lens is ideal for entry-level SLR users as well as for more experienced photographers who want a second lens to increase their zoom range.

Package Contents
  • Nikkor JAA814DA Lens
  • Lens Case CL-1020
  • Lens Hood HB-57
  • Lens Cap LC-58
  • Lens Cap LF-1
Weight (Approximate)530 g