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

Best budget tele­photo zoom

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£430/$500 There’s a pair of no­table new budget tele­photo zooms on the mar­ket, in the shape of the VR and non-VR edi­tions of the AF-P DX 70-300mm. While they’re cost ef­fec­tive, they only work with a rel­a­tively small num­ber of Nikon bod­ies. We pre­fer this older 70-300mm, which works a treat with any Nikon D-SLR.

For starters, you can use it on FX as well as DX-for­mat cam­eras, with­out the need to re­sort to Crop mode. It also has a fast and quiet ring-type ul­tra­sonic au­tofo­cus sys­tem that pro­vides great per­for­mance on ev­ery­thing from Nikon’s orig­i­nal D1 to the very lat­est D-SLRs. Im­age qual­ity and handling are ex­cel­lent for a ‘budget’ lens, and it gives su­pertele ef­fec­tive fo­cal lengths of up to 450mm on DX-for­mat cam­era.

BUY if… You want a se­ri­ously good tele­photo zoom that’s also full-frame com­pat­i­ble.

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