First, I'm giving this 70-300mm lens a 5 stars rating partly because the price is inexpensive (which is good in my opinion). Usually you get what you paid for, however in this case you get much more than what you paid for.
If your primary objective is to take pictures in low light situation such as wedding and concert, then get the 80-200mm f/2.8 or the 70-200mm VR f/2.8 instead.
Get this lens by any means unless you already have those alternative and more expensive zoom lenses that I mentioned above.
Pros: 1. Inexpensive 2. You can get up close and personal (300mm which is equivalent to 450mm if you attach it to a DSLR) 3. Very sharp and fast in bright light situation (outdoor etc), though it gets a bit softer as you get closer to the 300mm 4. Very light 5. Bokeh is suprisingly good 6. Great for portrait
Cons: 1. Plasticy build and looks cheap (but I don't think you should care on this) 2. Very bad on low light situation especially if the object is moving/sports photography, but still works fine for long exposure with tripod like photographing fireworks or night light building/city/car lights. 3. Focus seems to be slower on low light situation (focus hunting a bit more) 4. This lens won't autofocus with camera that doesn't have a built in focuc motor such as D40, D40x, D60, D3000, and D5000
Bottom line: this lens loves a lot of light.
If you give this lens a lot of light, it will take good care of you.
Last but not least, after you get this lens, go and buy the nikon 50mm f/1.8 AF-D prime lens for $100 or less (equivalent of 75mm if used with DSLR which is very good for portrait and semi-zoom). This is a very fast lens and works extremly well in low light situation even without using flash. This lens will complement your 70-300mm lens very very well.
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Sidarta Tanu (Sidarta)
Aug 10, 2010
Oct 6, 2010 11:29 PM UTC
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The AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4-5.6G is a portable telephoto zoom lens featuring Nikon quality optics, high-performance Nikon Super Integrated Coating and a rounded diaphragm opening, which makes out-of-focus elements appear more natural.This lens is the first in a new line of G-type Nikkor lenses, which are designed with no aperture rings. With the G-type Nikkor lens, the aperture should be selected on the camera body for aperture-priority auto and manual exposure mode. The lens is fully compatible with the F5, F100, F80, F65, F60, F50, F-401-series, PRONEA 600i, PRONEA S and D1 cameras.The AF Zoom-Nikkor 70-300 mm f/4-5.6G lens represents a new level of operational ease for Nikon users - -even first-time SLR users.