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

12 August 2018
Arkadiusz Olech

11. Summary

Pros:

  • good image quality of images in frame centre,
  • sensible image quality on the edge of the frame in the 70-200 mm range,
  • lack of problems with spherical aberration,
  • moderate distortion,
  • slight coma,
  • fast, silent and accurate autofocus,
  • efficient image stabilization,
  • good price quality ratio.

Cons:

  • noticeable longitudinal chromatic aberration,
  • high level of lateral chromatic aberration in 200-300 mm focal range,
  • plastic casing and mount.
In order to deserve harsh criticism, the Nikkor AF-P DX 70–300 mm f/4.5–6.3G ED VR, with its moderate price, would have to have a long series of significant slip-ups in our test. Meanwhile we found only one serious flaw and it concerns the correction of both types of chromatic aberration; everywhere else you see moderately good or even very decent performance and the image quality in the frame centre is good or at least sensible across the focal range. It seems that every amateur photographer who buys the tested Nikkor as a lens complimentary to their kit 18-55 mm or even the 18-105 mm will be rather pleased with their choice.

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Overall Nikon should be really congratulated on their recent launches in that segment. Their line-up of kit lenses has always been good and rich. Now, spending a relatively small sum of money, amateur photographers might enlarge their focal range in practically both directions. If they are interested with ultra wide angles of view they might purchase the very well-done Nikkor AF-P DX 10–20 mm f/4.5–5.6G VR. If they are rather into longer focal lengths they should seriously consider buying the Nikkor AF-P DX 70–300 mm f/4.5–6.3G ED VR.