Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR

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This lens has good contrast and sharpness over its entire zooming range. Some barrel distortion on the wide end pincushion distortion at the tele end. There is also some difficult to remove CA at the tele end. Flare and ghosting is well controlled.

Its sweet spot is between f/5.6 and f/8 at the wide end, and between f/8 and 11 at the tele end.

Consumer grade, with a plasticy feel. Auto-focus tend to be a bit quirky, in particular in low light. For instance, it may first focus in the wrong direction and then turn back the other way to nail focus. If your subject is completely out of focus (e.g. lens set to infinity and subject at close range) it may not even start focusing until you nudge the focus ring slightly. The focus motor, however, is of the ring type, and allows manual override.

Rating: Ed: -, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Nikon F.
Format: FX/135.
Aperture range: f/4.5-5.6 to f/40.
Optical zoom: 4.3x.
Close focus distance (CFD): 1500 cm / 49.21 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:4 / 0.25X.
Focus: AF (built-in, ring-type).
Groups/elements: 12/17.
Filter diameter: 67 mm.
L x D, W: 143 x 80 mm, 745 g.
IR: No hotspot reports.
Approximate street price: USD 530 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2006-today.

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Established: 1917
HQ: Tokyo, Japan
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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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