Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G
$130
70-300 mm
autofocus 4.3x zoom lens
f/4-5.6
variable aperture

reviewswhat are people saying

"This lens is light weight, easy to remove from camera and very easy to focus. I used jut this and my 18mm-55mm lenses. I would enthusiastically reccomend to a friend."

bhphotovideo.com

"Unbeatable value for money in comparison to competing mid-range zoom lenses when it comes to outdoor, sport and wildlife photopraphy."

bhphotovideo.com

"A few times my autofocus has acted up and the lens quit working. I've also had a few occasions where the lens loosens during use."

bhphotovideo.com

compatibilitywith digital cameras

Full frame

This lens is compatible with Full frame cameras such as the Nikon D5 and Nikon D810A. However, this lens won't auto focus on cameras such as the Nikon D810A that are lacking focus motors.

Nikon D5
28.8 - 6.8°
horizontal angle of view
70-300mm
35mm equivalent focal length

APS-C (1.5x crop factor)

This lens is compatible with APS-C (1.5x crop factor) cameras such as the Nikon D3400, Nikon D7200 and Nikon D5600. However, this lens won't auto focus on cameras such as the Nikon D5500 that are lacking focus motors.

Nikon D3400
19.1 - 4.5°
horizontal angle of view
107-459.5mm
35mm equivalent focal length

Pros

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G vs other Digital camera lenses

Auto focus Supports autofocus Help
Easier to use
Wide minimum Good narrowest aperture Help
f/32
Max focal length Telephoto lens Help
300 mm
Zoom range Above average zoom range Help
4.3x

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G vs other Digital camera lenses

Diameter Small diameter Help
74 mm
Lowest price Very inexpensive Help
$129.99
Weight Very light Help
425 g
Length Quite short Help
117 mm
Min focal length Excellent wide angle lens Help
70 mm

Cons

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G vs other Digital camera lenses

Aperture Narrow aperture Help
f/4
Prime lens Zoom lens Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Variable aperture Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

The Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G vs other Digital camera lenses

Focus motor Lacks a silent focus motor Help
Louder and slower
Max focal length Poor telephoto lens Help
300 mm
Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

Specifications

General

Min focal length
Help
70 mm
Max focal length
Help
300 mm
above average above average
Zoom range
Help
4.3x
above average above average
Magnification
Help
1:3.8 (0.3)

Aperture

Wide maximum
Help
f/4
below average below average
Wide minimum
Help
f/32
unique unique
Tele maximum
Help
f/5.6
below average below average
Tele minimum
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f/32
above average above average

Features

Auto focus
Help
Yes
above average above average
Focus motor
Help
None
below average below average
Image stabilization
Help
None
Fisheye
Help
No
Tilt-shift
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No

Form factor

Lens mount
Help
Nikon FX
Length
Help
117 mm
Diameter
Help
74 mm
Filter size
Help
62 mm
Weight
Help
425 g

Angle of view

Wide horizontal
Help
28.8°
below average below average
Telephoto horizontal
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6.9°
above average above average
Wide vertical
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19.5°
below average below average
Telephoto vertical
Help
4.6°
above average above average
Wide diagonal
Help
34.3°
below average below average
Telephoto diagonal
Help
8.2°
above average above average

Angle of view (On Nikon DX APS-C 1.5x crop cameras)

Wide horizontal
Help
19.1°
below average below average
Telephoto horizontal
Help
4.5°
above average above average
Wide vertical
Help
12.9°
below average below average
Telephoto vertical
Help
3°
above average above average
Wide diagonal
Help
22.9°
below average below average
Telephoto diagonal
Help
5.4°
above average above average

Competitors

DiscussionWhat do you think about the Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G lens?

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Avatar for Michael McGrath Michael McGrath (8:32 PM, November 15, 2017)
Notice that this lens has a wider aperture than the VR version. It is f4 compared to the VR version of f4.5. The only advantage the VR version has is more elements and groups , but this can mean more flare and ghosts and less contrast.
This lens will have no chromatic aberrations if used on a modern Nikon camera such as the D800 , D7000 or D 5300 as the camera automatically corrects for purple fringing and the like.
Of course VR is a huge advantage, still at 70 years of age I can hold this non-VR version steady at 1/60th sec - and it won't matter with flash in any case.
This also has nine aperture blades for better bokeh.
It's a fine telezoom for those of us who don't need much to shoot at distance. It's OK up to 300 ft too if you can search around and get a good copy of this lens.
Very little distortion to this lens which is a good point. Maybe confine shooting to 260 mm or up to 400 mm on crop, but 300 mm on full frame d800 is still quite OK with this lens.
I find it a bit slow to af indoors but fine outdoors.
It's a lump of plastic but so is the more expensive VR version which also has limitations at the 300 mm full frame mark.
The VR version is no better though some found it brighter - I use +0.7 compensation with this lens on my D800.
The VR version can cost up to 600 Euro new, 400 secondhand - I bought my 70-300G for 70 Euro in marvellous condition in my local photo shop, Whites of High Street, Kilkenny, Ireland, and have no complaints about this cheapo lens whatsoever. It must be the best bargain out there in any Nikon lens.
And it's lovely and light and comes with lens hood too!
 
Avatar for Ravi Ravi (6:33 AM, July 04, 2015)
Hi, I need your guidance. I have a D610. The present lenses owned by me is 50mm/f1.8, and 24-120/f-4 vr. I am now looking for a zoom telephoto lens for wildlife photography, mainly in day light. please suggest a suitable lens.
 
Avatar for Ernest Šehić Ernest Šehić (6:39 PM, August 07, 2014)
Autofocus on D5200 not working????