Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR lens review

When I created this blog my intention was to to keep a sensible and logical record of things I had done and to talk about the equipment I am using.  I realised I have done much of the former but not much of the latter!

To this end I thought I would do a brief review of my Nikon 55-300mm DX lens.

When I was looking for a telephoto zoom for my Nikon D3200 I was presented with a variety of options, the other main chief contenders for me were the Tamron SP AF 70-300 F/4-5.6 Di VC USD and the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED.

The rough cost of the Tamron was £300, the Nikon 70-300mm £400 and the Nikon 55-300mm £200. When choosing which lens to buy I read a variety of complex and indepth reviews, poured over charts and tables of each and came to this conclusion: they all seemed like pretty good lenses! All lenses were praised for their sharpness, the Tamron apparently had excellent optics, whilst the Nikon 70-300mm was the fastest to autofocus with great build quality. I considered my needs as someone relatively new to photography and I was unsure how much I would actually use this lens so I plumped for the Nikon 55-300mm and purchased it for a bargain price from eBay.

Since buying this lens I haven’t once regretted my choice. I usually have this lens in my bag as it is small and light considering the wide focal range.  The 55-300mm complements the Nikon D3200 camera body and together they have a nice balance.  the lens autofocuses quickly and even at the 300mm end the photos usually come out sharp and pass the 100% crop pixel peeping test!

If you follow the links at the bottom of the page there are examples where I have used this lens on manual focus with my raynox dcr 250 macro filter and achieved pin sharp images.

Here are some sample images from this lens:

House sparrows taken at 300mm




I took a few initial shots and wrote some notes about this lens back in may: and more images taken with this lens can be found here:


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