AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm

I recently recommended this lens to a friend of mine who required a quick focus telephoto lens for a safari trip. This is the AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-300mm lens and its a value for money purchase if you’re looking to get some close up shots of animals and even works as a good portrait lens.

Unlike my 55-200mm VR this lens has an ‘active’ mode in addition to the regular VR mode and I felt that this makes it capable of shooting handheld night shots a stop or two less than my lens. The night shots I took may look a little ‘noisy’ since I was shooting handheld at 1600 ISO and above without a tripod. Here’s my impression and some test shots…

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Nikon 80-400mm VR – A hands on experience

Size matters

Last weekend I borrowed my friend Cajie’s telephoto lens to shoot the moon and man this is one big mother^%$% of a lens. My D60 has a crop factor of 1.5 so in effect I get a maximum of 600mm zoom from this lens! Since it lacks AFS or fast aperture I used it only to shoot the moon on that particular night but thought I’d have some fun comparing it to my other lenses.

In terms of size and build quality this beats the AFS lenses in my kit by a long margin and I’m beginning to like the solid feel of these older lenses. Carrying this thing around on a normal photo-walk maybe difficult if you’re not gifted with large biceps like me and it might be a good idea to invest in a solid tripod so that it doesn’t sway around when you’re shooting.

Here’s Cajie’s first impression post and pictures on the awesome zoom range of this lens. [link]