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

There's a reassuring heft to this full-frame telephoto zoom lens

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Nikon nikkor af s vr 70 300mm f 4 5 5 6g if ed

Short of spending big money on a professional telephoto zoom, the Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is as good as it gets for both Nikon full-frame and APS-C cameras. Upmarket, ring-type AF-S autofocus and dual mode Vibration Reduction are matched by excellent overall build quality.

We liked

Fast, practically silent autofocus complete with full-time manual override, along with excellent performance of Vibration Reduction system.

We disliked

Expensive for a 'budget' telephoto zoom and sharpness could be a little better at the longest 300mm focal length.

Final verdict

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.

Tech Specs

Product TypeLens
Maximum Focal Length300 mm
Minimum Focal Length70 mm
Maximum Aperture Wide4.5
Maximum Aperture Tele5.6
Brand NameNikon
Filter Attachment Diameter67 mm
Lens TypeSuper Telephoto Zoom
Depth143.5 mm

Nikon Digital & 35mm Film SLR Cameras

ManufacturerNikon Corporation
Product ModelJAA795DA
Product Name70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Telephoto Zoom-Nikkor Lens
Product LineNikkor
Manufacturer Part NumberJAA795DA
Manufacturer Website Address
Marketing Information

The AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED is a high-performance super telephoto zoom lens that has been designed to meet the demands of both digital and 35mm format SLR users. It offers a 4.3x zoom with a range of 70-300mm (105-450mm on a DX Nikon D-SLR) and features ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass elements that ensure superior optical performance. This lens incorporates Nikon's second-generation vibration reduction system (VR II) that allows flexible hand-held shooting by stabilizing the image to the equivalent extent of using a shutter speed that is four stops faster when compared with a conventional lens (as determined by Nikon performance test). The SWM (Silent Wave Motor) and IF (Internal Focusing) ensure fast and quiet focusing action, and the nine-blade rounded diaphragm makes out-of-focus elements blend smoothly to produce natural-looking, harmonious backgrounds.

Package Contents
  • 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR Telephoto Zoom-Nikkor Lens
  • Lens Cap LF-1
  • Lens Case CL-1022
  • Lens Hood HB-36
Weight (Approximate)745 g