Nikkor 70-300mm VR video review

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Full review at: http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikkor_70-300mm_VR/ : A seven minute video tour around the Nikkor 70-300mm VR zoom lens by Gordon Laing, Editor of www.cameralabs.com. For our full review, please click the link at the start of this text.

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42 thoughts on “Nikkor 70-300mm VR video review”

  1. For a 70-300 starting at f4.5 its hideously overpriced, the reason for small sensors is less glass is required to make the same focal lengths.
    Couldn't you just buy an adapter and use a Tamron 70-300 for the same focal lengths.
    Ok no I.s or autofocus but manual focus is easy and a tripod solves the i.s issues.
    You'd end up with a slightly faster lens and it'd cost little more than 100 bucks

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  2. Thanks Gordon for the review. I got a tamron 70-300 mm f4-5.6G lens and am very disappointed with the build quality. It makes an annoying noise when the autofocus motor works. It actually shakes the viewfinder image at the start and end of the motor performance. I am thinking of returning it. How is the build quality of this Nikkor 70-300mm compared to Tamron?

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  3. I have a couple of questions about this lens: would this be compatible with a D3200, and also I am used to compact cameras and I just got my first DSLR a couple of weeks ago. What would 300mm be comparable to in terms of a compact camera (10x zoom, 15x, 20x, etc.)? 

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  4. Very helpful video I am flirting with the purchase of a Nikon D7100 with this lens or the 55-300 nikkor. This will be my first camera with changeable lenses and I'm slightly nervous about that having previously only used Canon sx20is models with huge built in digital zooms. Any advice?

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  5. Hello Gordon,
    1) Can i use this with Nikon 5100 ?
    2) Which is best compared with 55-300 mm vs 70-300 mm ?

    I am having 18-55 mm kit lens and i am confused which telephoto lens to buy between the above two ??

    Waiting or your reply

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  6. same field of view is not the same as same zoom! everyone keeps saying a 300 on a dx is same as 450 on fx. this is not how it sounds and its in no way a good thing! or a bonus! just means you get less in your shot with a dx

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  7. Do you mean what happened to the 18-105mm? If so, it didn't exist when I made this video. It was launched with the D90 in 2008. This video as filmed in 2007, you can see the date in the caption. But either way, remember that ALL lenses are multiplied by 1.5x on a DX body whether they're DX lenses or not.

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  8. Hi Gordon,thank you for the above review.I have the Nikon 16-85mm,which lens would you recommend to further the focal length? (as you noted if one has a 18-70,the above would be ideal…)
    I await for you answer…

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  9. If you've already got an 18–55mm, would you recommend the 55-300mm or the the 70-300mm? which works better and is that gap between 55-70 a disadvantage if choosing the 70-300mm?

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  10. hey it's me again. I've been reading your site and watching your videos. i have this lens and love it, and of all the lenses i own this is by far the sharpest. I'm looking to upgrade my reach and image quality, what would you suggest? I know of the f2.8 lenses but those are by far out of my budget. is this the best telephoto before the "2.8's" in your opinion? if not what lens would you say is better?

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  11. The D5100 is what's called a "crop frame sensor" or DX in Nikon language. Full frame, FX in Nikon speak means the size of the sensor is the same size as 35mm film, the DX sensor is about 2/3 the size of an FX sensor. The main different you'll need to remember as a beginner, is on a DX body the focal length of ANY lens needs to be multiplied by 1.5 on a DX body to get the effective focal length, this lens ends up being 105-450mm on your D5100, listen closely to this video and he talks about this.

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  12. I am really confused =(, i am new to photography, i bought D5100, what is full frame camera? D5100 is full frame? and what is the difference between full frame and not full frame if thats the correct term ), Thanks alot

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