Lens review

Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR
12 August 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

1. Introduction

Zoom telephoto lenses which focal range starts from 50-100 mm and ends with 300 mm are so popular that currently you can find them in all systems designed for reflex cameras. In fact, in some of them there is even an array of such devices and the Nikon line-up is a good example. That company have offered such solutions for a long time and their instruments were designed to cooperate with both full frame and APS-C/DX cameras. There has been also a great variety when it comes to autofocus motors – from devices completely devoid of them through an ordinary ‘screwdriver’, AF-S motors, and also the newest AF-P motors too. Similar thing can be said about stabilization units – at first you could hardly find a lens with it but recently it has become a kind of standard.

Lately Nikon have been refreshing the whole line of these lenses, equipping them with the AF-P motor. In August 2016 we saw a pair of twin reflex camera Nikkors: the AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR and the AF-P DX 70–300 mm f/4.5–6.3G ED, a stabilizing unit being their only difference. In July 2017 the line-up was enlarged once again by the full frame Nikkor AF-P 70–300 mm f/4.5–5.6E ED VR.

Those two first lenses can be particularly interesting from an amateur’s point of view, of course due to their sensible pricing. If you additionally profit from a cash-back offer, both models can be bought for less than $400 – with such a price tag they are a very tempting complement of any kit 18-55 mm models or even a bit more advanced ones like the 18-105 mm or the 18-135 mm. As we think that a 300 mm lens should be obligatory equipped with an optical stabilization unit we decided to perform a full test of the VR model.

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We were able to publish this text courtesy of Fotojoker, a company which lent us the tested lens. It’s worth adding that the specimen of the lens tested by us is going to be available in the Fotojoker rental shop afterwards.

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Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Introduction

Nikon Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300 mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR - Introduction

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