Nikkor AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Images

Here're some sample images taken with the Nikon D70 (so these are at 6mp whereas the tested were performed on a 10mp camera) and RAW-converted via RSE 2006.

Click on a thumbnail to view the original file (opens in a separate window). Please note that the originals are FULL SIZE samples (=several megabytes) thus requiring a significant amount of bandwidth so please take care of the limited resources here.

Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D70
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 150.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/800s
Size 3036x2010
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D70
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 75.0mm
Exposure Data: f/10.0 @ 1/320s
Size 3036x2010
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D70
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 300.0mm
Exposure Data: f/9.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3036x2010
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D70
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 190.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/500s
Size 3036x2010
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D70
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 220.0mm
Exposure Data: f/13.0 @ 1/1000s
Size 3036x2010
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D70
ISO Speed 400
Focal Length 75.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.5 @ 1/4000s
Size 3036x2010

Verdict

The Nikkor AF 75-300mm f/4.5-5.6 exhibited a very good performance in the lab EXCEPT at the long end of the zoom range. At 75mm and 200mm the resolution figures are very good but beyond there's a rapid decline in quality. At 300mm f/5.6 the results are downright soft and it takes f/11 to recover the quality to very decent levels across the frame. Distortions are a non-issue with this lens and both vignetting and CAs are well controlled. The build quality is very good and puts most of today's consumer grade tele zooms to shame - at the price of weight which is probably too high for the general taste of the target group. Regarding the results at 300mm you may consider other options if you require good quality with a 10mp camera at this setting.

Optical Quality:    
Mechanical Quality:
Price/Performance:discontinued
      
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