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Nikon AF-S 55-300mm f4.5-5.6G DX ED VR, Black
- 58mm thread/ HB-57 hood supplied 0 0 D2
- Excellent choice for travel and architecture
- Landscape and everyday photography as well as HD-Video applications
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- Batteries : 1 Lithium ion batteries required.
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 12.3 x 7.7 x 7.7 cm; 580 Grams
- Date First Available : 1 September 2017
- Manufacturer : Nikon Australia
- ASIN : B003ZSHNCC
- Item Model Number : 2197
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58mm thread/ HB-57 hood supplied 0 0 D2.Excellent choice for travel and architecture, landscape and everyday photography as well as HD-Video applications.
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AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is an ideal match for DX-format DSLR users looking for extra reach. Powerful, yet versatile, the super-telephoto zoom is complemented by built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) that enables you to effortlessly shoot sharp hand-held images across the entire focal range. Featuring the High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element, enjoy great optical performance and easy handling in just about any shooting situation.
Compact And Capable
The innovative HRI lens element offers an equivalent performance to that of several normal glass elements, resulting in a lighter, slimmer lens body without any compromise on image quality. Combined with 2 Extra-low Dispersion glass elements that minimise chromatic aberrations, you’ll enjoy clear, high contrast images at every aperture. The built-in VR offers the equivalent of a shutter speed 3.0 stops faster when shooting hand held, stabilising this lightweight lens and minimising image blur from camera shake for sharper stills and videos.
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I live in the countryside in a house with a very large garden. We get a lot of wildlife in the garden and I immediately began taking photographs with my new camera. It wasn’t long before I realised that the lens fitted to my camera could not get close enough to take a decent of photograph of the majority of subjects I was wanting to capture. So I decided that I would purchase a telephoto lens. This would be the very first accessory that I bought for the camera. I made the decision to go for a Nikon lens instead of a cheaper version and I decided to opt for a 300mm focal length. I had two choices, the 55 - 300mm or the 70 - 300mm and because my first lens was 18 - 55mm, I decided to go for the first one. This meant that my lenses covered 18 to 300mm with no gap.
The lens arrived from the States a few days after I bought it and inside the box as well as the lens I found, a lens cap, a bayonet end cap, a lens hood, small protective bag and a set of instructions.
The lens had VR, vibration reduction; this is a mechanical feature that reduces the vibration experienced when taking photos whilst holding the camera in low light conditions or with slow shutter speeds. The VR on this lens is 2nd generation even though this is not mentioned anywhere and it works very well. See the video. As well as a switch to turn VR on or off, the lens has a selector switch for auto or manual focus.
Fitting the lens to the camera is a doddle and within minutes I was taking photos of deer and squirrels away in the distance. This lens really does open up a whole new world of photo opportunities. See the video for a real demonstration of the telephoto lens in use at several focal lengths. It is possible to take good close up images, not quite macro, but still close up.
One thing I found out after a few weeks is that the camera will take much better pictures if the lens cap is fitted as it reduces glare and flaring giving a much better result, less washed out with richer colours.
I had issues with the focus, it was a bit hit and miss and about 50% of the pictures I took were not in focus. This was because I was using the camera in full auto with area focus selected. I had to place the camera in position A, manual with aperture priority, and swap the auto focus over to single point auto focus. Then I was able to select the centre point on the camera using the curser on the camera menu and things got considerably better. I am now finding the focusing much easier. Manual focus is a little tricky as a very small movement will take the image through focussed and out the other side so care is needed to focus. It does get better after time as you become more used to it. Also it is very easy to knock the image out of focus in auto focus mode as there is a small amount of movement on the focussing wheel and you can turn it slightly if you are not careful where you place your fingers pushing it out of focus. This is not a big issue as my hands tended to be away from the focussing ring in normaI use.
I have hardly used the 18 – 55mm lens since I got this one. I am very pleased with it and so glad that I decided to go for Nikon. It is by no means perfect, but I have taken some cracking (in my opinion) photos with it and having the extra reach is a real joy. I think it was the right choice as my first accessory and would recommend it if you too are struggling to get the photos you want because the subject is too far away. I think it is good value and it is a very welcome addition to my set up.
I don't find the camera heavy. It's nice to hold in the hand and easy to adjust zoom on the move.
I think the VR is quite useful if you're shooting freehand. Not necessary on a tripod though. Optical zoom is pretty good.
For the price point I think it's one of the best lenses to compliment my D3300. This is my first lens aside from the kit lens I got.
I've included a variety of photos. All of which have been through photoshop as they were shot RAW. But I'm extremely pleased with the photos It's taking and can't wait to get better at taking photos.
It can sometimes take a second attempt to get the focus you want. It has 'hunted' a handful of times but most of the time it's spot on.
> Das Fotografieren, besonders bei schönem Wetter, macht sehr viel Spaß und ich habe viele Möglichkeiten Motive frei zu stellen.
> Ich bin sehr zufrieden, in meinem Video stelle ich das ganze vor. Hier kann man sich einen Eindruck über die Länge den Autofokus und die Lautstärke machen.
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Después de probarlo en diversas situaciones con mi D3300, comprobé que hice una excelente compra, ya que la constitución de este lente es muy sólida y su montura es de metal (a diferencia del 55-200mm, con montura de plástico). La nitidez que aporta en las diferentes distancias focales es muy buena y a los 300mm se logra un bokeh excelente.
Lo he utilizado principalmente para fotografiar aves, personas en festivales y desfiles, la luna, así como otros detalles lejanos.
Algo muy importante que hay que tener en cuenta es que con el zoom máximo (300mm), a pesar de tener VR, es necesario que la velocidad del disparo sea igual o inferior a 1/250 para evitar trepidaciones en la fotografía cuando se captura a pulso; a menos que tuvieran un trípode y su elemento a fotografiar esté inmóvil, entonces sí podría variar.
Agrego algunas fotografías de muestra que he capturado con este lente y mi D3300.
As mentioned earlier, this is a very good zoom lens. While there are cheaper alternatives, I really do believe it is worth spending that little bit more for the quality Nikon offer.