Sunday, November 27, 2011

Nikkor AF 70-300mm G

A very cheap tele zoom, easy to find. Is it worth it?

+ super-cheap
+ good image quality - until 200mm, not bad after that
+ good selling value! They all sell for about the same money, so you can be sure to get at least 85% of your money back if you decide to sell it.

- image quality nothing to be excited about
- no VR means tripod/monopod is a MUST
- cheap plastic, easy to break

With plenty of light and stopped down to f/11 (AND properly supported), it can deliver

Intended Users
Great for:
  • cheap tele alternative.
  • casual snapshots
  • learning to use long tele zooms (tripod/monopod use is an art)

Not for:
  • photographers who want excellent image quality
  • birds or fast action. With f/5.6 at 300mm, autofocus is slow and hunting in low light.
  • shots without tripod/monopod. Forget it.

Final Verdict
It's cheap, it's easy to get rid of, so why not. If you've never used a tele, you will learn a thing or two with this one. And don't get me wrong, it's not a bad lens. Provided you use a monopod or tripod (and the proper shooting technique), you can get decent results with this lens. You will quickly outgrow it, though, lusting for something better.

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