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

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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
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