Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 D ED - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here are some sample JPEGs taken with the tested lens kindly provided by Erik Heyer!

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D80
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 155.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/3200s
Size 3872x2592
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D80
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/6.3 @ 1/500s
Size 3872x2592
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D80
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/125s
Size 3872x2592
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D80
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/60s
Size 3872x2592

Verdict

The Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 D ED is a very affordable tele zoom lens with a quite ambitious 300mm setting. It is capable to deliver very good results between 70mm and 200mm but the results are quite soft at 300mm. Lateral CAs are on the high side but distortions and vignetting are very well controlled. Mechanically it is about in line to other consumer grade zoom lenses in this class. The lens is very affordable by now and if your budget is limited it may still worth a look. However, the new AF-S 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR is clearly the better lens and choice (at a higher price natally).

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