Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300MM F/4.5-5.6G ED VR Review
Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm F/4.5-5.6G ED VR The AF-S DX Nikkor is a high-tech telephoto zoom lens by Nikon which is one of the leading brands in the world of camera and lenses.
The telephoto zoom lens is a heavy weight accessory compatible with Nikon DSLR cameras and is used to capture high definition photos and videos with clarity even from a distance. It retails at $480 and is generally used by professional photographers. The AF-S DX Nikkor lens by Nikon is a compact telephoto zoom lens equipped with a high refractive index lens element as well as an ED glass which together boosts the quality of the image. The lens is based on 17 elements distributed in 11 groups including two ED glass element and one HRI element.
This equipment has a mount type of Nikon F-bayonet which makes it easy to fit with D3100 and D5100 Nikon camera series. This lens has a zoom ratio of 5.5x and a focal length range of 55-300mm enabling the user to capture distant athletic events with optimum clarity. The maximum aperture of the lens is f/4.5 whereas the minimum aperture is f/22. It is managed by a nine blade diaphragm and results in smooth quality of the defocused area in the picture. The minimum focus distance of this lens is 4.6ft and the focus could be both manual and automatically adjusted. When in full telephoto mode the lens gives the maximum magnification ratio of 0.28x resulting in very detailed yet sharp photos.
This lens weighs approximately 18.7 oz. and is heavier than many in its category. The dimensions of the lens include 3.0 inches diameter and 4.8 inches length. Also in order to focus the lens the user has to rotate the front element as well as extend it. Hence the device needs a little practice before the user can take perfect shots with it. Another feature of this lens is its filter size which is of 58mm. The equipment also comes with certain supplied accessories. There is a HB-57 Snap-On type lens hood for protecting the complex lens' body, a LC-58 Snap-On front lens cap to protect the lens from scratches and other environmental impacts, LF-4 rear lens cap and CL-1020 soft lens case for safely carrying it around. However the accessories supplied by the manufacturer varies in different countries.
Overall the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor lens is an excellent investment for achieving excellent quality pictures on high zoom function. The pictures remain sharp and crisp with balanced contrast even at the focal length of 300mm. It is most suited for professional photographers especially working in the field of sports and wildlife.
The 55-300mm mount lens by Nikon has a VR II system which reduces the vibration through 4-stop protection against the shaking of the camera. This feature helps in shooting stable pictures and videos with the camera. The silent wave auto focus also called the AF-S produces very less noise while the lens is operating. This is mainly because the lens is fitted with a small ultrasonic motor which reduces the noise considerably. However this lens is not the quietest in its category. Nikon manufactures other telephoto lenses which are more advanced than 55-300mm lens.