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Keywords: Nikon Tele Zoom CX Nikon-1 VR Stabilized


Registered: September 2010
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Nikon 1 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Nikkor VR review by Tord
Review Date: 3/30/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $1,200.00| Rating: 10 

Pros: The sharpest zoom lens (especially in its long end) I've ever used!
Cons: Price

I am fortunate to be able to borrow this lens, as often as I want, as my wife is one of those that have found a copy of this hard to find, super quality, lens (like all such lenses expensive).

It is roughly the size of Nikon's 55-200 (stowed for transport), or Nikon new 300/4.0, that is, it fits in your jacket problem, with ease. If you have big pockets the camera can stay attached as well!

Like the 32/1.2 it has its focusing ring up front, and it isn't the easiest lens to use if you like to shoot birds in flight: basic settings: AFS, spot/centre metering, limiter ON, and focus manually till you get a sharpish image, then focus (normal method with all other zooms I've used is: zoom out, catch the birdie, zoom in — does not work with this lens, unless you have a background, and then the lens might lock to the background).

Never touch the focusing ring again, till you switch object! The slightest touch and you've lost your bird!

The focusing ring on this lens is up front, so you might need to retrain your hands!

I normally use my 80-400 VR (on my V2), an astounding lens, but after having shot so many birds, and animals, side by side with my wife, and then comparing our shots, using pixel-peeping, the answer is sadly this:

The over two times as expensive, and twice as heavy (and then some), 80-400 VR II is easily matched by the tiny 70-300CX (aka Nikon 1 VR 70-300).

For BIF the 80-400 VR II has a slight edge, yes, but the resulting images are not better!

I also shoot with FX gear, and that's when I get an edge (with the 80-400 VR II), if the birds are close enough!

When using a CX camera, with the 80-400 VR II, equals a 200-1000mm zoom on a FX camera. Such a lens you just can't buy for your FX!

And you can off course use TCs, if you find a suitable one!


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