AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR
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Shoot on-the-go from nearly any distance with this lightweight full-frame super-telephoto zoom lens featuring Nikon's ultra-fast, near silent stepping motor, Vibration Reduction and an advanced optical design. Capture beautiful photos and videos of weddings, concerts, nature, wildlife and more on both FX and DX format cameras.
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AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR
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I purchased this zoom lens as an affordable replacement for a manual focus zoom lens from the film era. This zoom is sharper on digital, and so fits the bill. I wish the zooming collar were smoother, as it feels like dull drag. (I would want a more expensive zoom lens, if I used this focal range more than I do.) The sharpness and color produced are impressive on video, using the D750. The camera was able to track lateral movement, but the camera did not do well with movement approaching the camera.The lens focus is accurate with video; it is up to the camera to keep up. The attached photo of a dog was shot at ISO 800 as was needed to get 1/500 sec shutter at the maximum aperture of f/5.6 under heavy overcast.
I bought this lens this week to use with a cropped sensor D3500. I´ve been testing it daily, and I´m blown away by it (blessed be the gentleman from BandH who encouraged me to ´´step up´´ to this full frame lens from the DX version I had in mind, he knew what he was talking about.)
The lens build is fantastic; the materials feel absolutely ´´pro level´´ to the touch and the huge zoom ring is not only absolutely smooth, but a pleasure to use. The lens is heavy enough to make you feel you´re holding a pro lens, but not so heavy that you don´t want to bring it with you everywhere.
AF-P technology makes focusing mind-blowing fast; if you´re coming from an older AF-S version, the difference is almost comical. Nevertheless, AF-P also means that prospective buyers must check for camera compatibility. If your camera model is AF-P compatible, then you´re in luck, this is one of the best prosumer lenses Nikon has ever made for both FX and DX bodies.
Somewhere, I read a couple of reviews mentioning that this lens is not good in low light conditions. With all due respect to these people, if you can´t get great low light shots with this lens, most likely it means you don´t know how to properly take photographs in low light. The only exception to this I can think of are photographers who need to shoot fast moving sports or wildlife subjects with a shallow DOFor people who, for some inconceivable reason, insist on shooting everything ISO 100 or lower in low light, at full aperture, handheld, and still expect perfect sharpness (???) People in these exceptional circumstances do need to go for the super expensive, top-of-the-line 70-200mm f/2.8.
I´ve attached 6 photos I took last night from the High Line in Chelsea, NYC using this lens on a Nikon D3500 between 8:41 and 8:56 pm, all handheld with VR in ´´Normal,´´ the Empire State Building being the furthest away subject 1.1 miles (1.77km) away. Most of the images were shot at f/11 with Auto ISO ranging between 100 and 6400, and I´ve uploaded them straight from the camera, no post-production of any kind. After coming home and seeing the results on my screen, I was so happy I could dance.
This lens is worth every single penny I paid for it.
I bought this lens as a lightweight walking around medium telephoto for my D850. I also use it with a DX format D7200. I use a AF-S 200-500 f/5.6 when I use a tripod but it´s a bit heavy and cumbersome for handheld shooting. It´s a moderately priced lens when compared to the 70-200 f/2.8 and certainly not quite the same quality, but at 1/2 the weight and 1/3 the price it´s a bargain. It focuses quickly, produces clear images, is lightweight and affordable. I recommend this lens for someone looking for a decent quality full frame lens.
I bought this FX lens (it works on DX bodies as well) primarily because I needed reach beyond what the 24-70mm f/4 S on my Z6 offers, and all of the glowing reviews. At 300mm on a tripod, this lens produces rich colors and sharpness to rival any Nikkor lens in its class. It works perfectly with the FTZ adapter, with no lag in AF. Handholding at 200mm and above calls for a fast shutter, but that´s the case with any telephoto zoom. For the price, it is worth adding to you collection.
I was interested in getting a zoom lens that would be good for travel or all-day walking around. I already had a Nikkor 70-200 f4 and a Nikkor 28-300 f3.5-5.6, but found both a bit heavy for all day use or international travel. Based on many user recommendations for the older AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor
70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED, I came close to ordering this lens to meet the portability challenge, until I discovered the relatively new AF-P 70-300 f4.5-5.6E. Since my two cameras (Df and D810) could handle this ´´E´´ AF-P lens, I decided to ignore one friend who said the AF-P was primarily a video lens and bought it. It took a little time getting used to it -- particularly in lower lighting situations -- but after shooting with it for a few days, I must say I´ve been impressed. Auto focus is quick and quiet, corner-to-corner sharpness is excellent and the lens´ light weight is a joy to hold and carry around. Vibration Reduction is also quick and effective. Also, unlike my heavier 28-300, there is absolutely no lens creep when walking around. The AF-P 70-300 creates images that are sharp with rich color saturation and nice bokeh. This lens was a good and worthwhile addition to my Nikon gear collection.
I own about 12 Nikon different Nikon lenses and wanted a zoom that was light and would allow me to carry less weight for an upcoming trip to Africa. I have a 70-200 which is great but somewhat heavy, I tried the older/other 70-300mm lenses and found that they were not sharp beyond 200mm. I decided to give this a try and took it on a recent trip and shot around 500 to 800 photos. Everything from landscapes, wildlife and portraits, I am thrilled with this lens it is super sharp throughout the range even at 300mm. It also focus super fast and is light enough to carry with ease. About 95 percent of my photos turned out great, when they didn´t it was my fault. I was able to get some clear shots of birds flying and of sports/action the VR in both modes worked very well.
The new Nikon Nikkor full frame AF-P 70-300mm zoom lens really hits the mark. Auto focusing speed is extremely fast and accurate--the focused image literally jumps into the view finder the instant you press the shutter release. The new optics are superior as evidenced by the six photos below. Although the lens is large, it is extremely light weight and can be worn on your neck all day without any significant fatigue. This lens will be my new traveling telephoto.