First Impressions – AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

At loooooong last I got my hands on this beauty, and from only playing with it for less than an hour in the dusk, I’m impressed! Mad kudos to Exe163 on FM Forums for an awesome deal that helped me pull the trigger on this one.

First off, lens itself shots with my 50mm f/2:

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(Quick note on this shot- it really shows the full focal plane of the 50mm f/2 @ f/2 since the very bottom of the shot is blurred as is the rest about 1/3 across the 70-300’s front element.)

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And now for the quick test. Mostly did shots at 70mm end and then 300 end to see how both turn out.

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300mm indoors. Pretty good quality considering ISO wasn’t that high, and VR worked incredibly in the Active mode.

Quick outdoor snips @ ISO1600 @ 70mm, 200mm, and 300mm-

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The rest of the shots were done in RAW and processed to show what this baby can really do when all is said and done.

@300mm again-

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Another two duos of 70mm, and 300mm-

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Another two 300mm-

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Given all our modern tools, this lens is a serious pro-sumer contender, though I’m yet to see its full beauty in sunlight and see if it fringes or vignette’s much. AF did hunt a little bit given lower lighting situation, but it was quite manageable and given this lens’ cost, it will do the job just fine.

——————————Some daytime samples from the following day————————————

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And quite, quite nice for even something like insects.

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Simply smashing bang-for-buck during daytime. While it technically stands next to 18-70/18-105/18-135 in class and quality, its usefulness and performance at its far reach easily outdo the aforementioned. Active VR is a real pleasure to work with and it does help substantially when used hand-held.

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