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

Build, specs, fea­tures and im­age qual­ity war­rant its rel­a­tively high price

NPhoto - - Test Team -

The Nikon 70-300mm packs in all the tricks you could hope for, ri­valling a fair few pro-grade lenses that cost much more to buy. The ring-type ul­tra­sonic aut­o­fo­cus sys­tem is fast and ef­fi­cient, with the lux­ury of full-time man­ual over­ride. Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion in­cludes both reg­u­lar and ‘ac­tive’ modes and, most im­por­tantly, im­age qual­ity is ex­cel­lent. That said, our lab re­sults for sharp­ness on a D5300 body weren’t overly in­spir­ing but, when shoot­ing real-world tests on a large range of DX and FX bod­ies, it con­sis­tently came out on top.

The Tam­ron 70-300mm VC USD is al­most as good, with a nearly iden­ti­cal set of fea­tures. Im­age qual­ity is only let down by the fact that colour fring­ing is a bit high. If you’re a stick­ler for DX-for­mat lenses, the Nikon 55-300mm VR of­fers the best blend of com­pact build, pow­er­ful tele­photo reach, and con­vinc­ing im­age qual­ity.

What’s good: Su­perb im­age qual­ity; fast and ef­fi­cient aut­o­fo­cus; dual-mode VR.

What’s bad: It’s con­sid­er­ably more ex­pen­sive than other ‘budget’ tele­photo zooms.

Our ver­dict: It’s the best you can buy with­out spend­ing two or three times as much.

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