Today I became the proud owner of a Nikon 55-300mm DX lens. I had been ummming and ahhhing over whether to get this lens or the more expensive Tamron 70-300mm VC or the Nikon 70-300mm for a while, but in the end the price of less than £200 won me over. Reviews on this lens have generally praised its sharpness but criticised the composite construction (but metal connector ring) and the autofocus speed (which is not supposed to be as fast as the higher end Nikon lens). Until now my lens with the further reach was my 18-55mm kit lens, so not very impressive!
First hands on impressions are good the lens is large, but light. This is especially important as my Nikon D3200 is pretty small and I imagine anything bigger would dwarf the body. I am happy with the picture quality so far, although I have only been able to try it around the back of my house.
I am impressed by the range but sorry I couldn’t find more photogenic subjects!
I think the background blur is really nice with this lens
However, the ducks were still too far away to get a decent picture! 😦
Overall, I think this was a bargain, and am very happy with my purchase. I have found the autofocus to be plenty fast enough for my needs. However, the lens is very light hungry so it is a bit rubbish indoors without a flash but that is true of most lens of this aperture range and I am sure even the more expensive lenses would have suffered similarly.