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Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens Review

The Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is a compact telephoto zoom designed for Nikon DX DSLR cameras. The lens offers an equivalent field of view to an 80-450mm lens on a full frame DSLR camera. While this lens can be mounted on full frame Nikon cameras, the camera will crop the image to the APS-C field of view rendering about a 40% reduction in resolution (megapixels).

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What I Like

Small and lightweight
Image Stabilization
Decent image quality

What I Don't Like

Plastic mount
No focus distance indication

The Bottom Line

Built to a price point the Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is a good performing lens in a small and lightweight package. If you shoot with a Nikon APS-C DSLR camera and want a good telephoto zoom that won’t break the bank, then look no further. However, if you plan to go full frame in the future and can afford it, then you should look hard at the Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E VR lens instead.

Overall User Rating

4.62 out of 5

based on 1879 user reviews online.

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Focal Length 55 - 300 mm
Max Aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/
Minimum Focus distance 55.08 inches
Maximum Magnification 0.28x
Number of Elements 17
Number of Groups 11
Aperture Blade Design Rounded
Number of Aperture Blades 9
Filter Size 58 mm
Diameter 3.01 in.
Length 4.84 in.
Weight 1.28 lbs.
Lens Mount Construction Plastic
Tripod Collar None
Weather Sealed No
Distance Scale No
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Shade Included

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