Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.55.6G ED VR

A com­par­a­tively grown-up DX-for­mat lens that goes the ex­tra mile in tele­photo reach

NPhoto - - Test Team -

Back when Sigma and Tam­ron made DX-for­mat tele­photo zooms in this price and fo­cal length range, as Nikon still does, one thing they all had in com­mon was a max­i­mum fo­cal length of 200mm. It’s fair enough, in that this equates to the 300mm reach of tra­di­tional budget tele­photo zooms for 35mm film cam­eras (and FX bod­ies). How­ever, once you’ve tried the ex­tra ef­fec­tive reach en­abled by a 70-300mm on a DX body, you can feel short-changed.

A step up in build qual­ity as well as size, this DX-for­mat lens has a metal rather than plas­tic mount­ing plate, with a rub­ber weather seal ring, as fit­ted to most up­mar­ket Nikon lenses. It also fea­tures a three-stop sta­biliser, nine-blade di­aphragm, two ED (Ex­tra-low Dis­per­sion) el­e­ments and one HRI (High Re­frac­tive In­dex) el­e­ment. Over­all, its spec­i­fi­ca­tions and fea­tures are a step up over the other DX-for­mat Nikon lenses on test. One draw­back is the lack of in­ter­nal fo­cus and, un­like the other two lenses, the front el­e­ment ro­tates dur­ing fo­cus­ing.


Aut­o­fo­cus is a bit slow and, like the other Nikon DX-for­mat lenses in the group, there’s no full-time man­ual over­ride, nor a fo­cus dis­tance scale. Sharp­ness is pretty good and over­all im­age qual­ity is im­pres­sive.

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