Nikkor 55-300mm f/4-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

bythom nikkor 55-300mm
  • DX coverage 
  • Autofocus (in-lens focus motor), internal focus, A M switch
  • 17 elements in 11 groups, 2 ED elements
  • 9-blade aperture diaphragm
  • smallest aperture is f/22 (at 55mm) 
  • vibration reduction (no active mode)
  • 58mm filter ring
  • 4.6' (1.4m) minimum focus; 1:3.6 maximum reproduction ratio (at 300mm only)
  • 4.8 x 3" (123 x 76.5mm) long, diameter
  • 18.7 ounces (580g) weight
  • included HB-57 snap on lens hood, CL-1020 soft pouch, caps
  • US$400
  • Model Number 2197

Thom's Mini Review: While the 300mm end is a bit weak, it's still very usable. If you were considering a 55-200mm (either version), the 55-300mm is better in the overlapping range, plus gives you a workable 200-300mm that you would otherwise be missing. Not as good as the 70-300mm VR, though, so you have to seriously ponder the extra US$175 cost of that lens if you consider this one. Nikon gets demerit points for the lens hood, though. Mine fell apart within days—it won't withstand heavy handling. 

Recommended (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017)

Thom's Review of the 55-300mm

Nikon's Web page for the lens

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