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Owner reviews: Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70–300 mm f/ 4.5–6.3 G ED VR
The lens's auto focus is very quick and absolutely silent. On my then used Nikon D3300 it was very precise and caught the right focus even in relatively dim lighting. The vibration reduction is also quite accurate. The lens's sweet spot is at 135mm, where it is very sharp even wide open.
Once it gets really dark the lens's small aperture was a problem for my D3300 though and focus could not be achieved.
Overall, besides being accurate, the vibration reduction was a bit too nervous for me, sometimes jumping here and there and grabbing on the wrong subject.
The biggest weakness of this lens is it's atrocious image quality at the short and long end of the zoom range. Especially at 300mm the lens is absolutely unusable at every aperture.
One should also mention, that the Nikkor has severe problems with focus breathing. When focusing at closer subjects at 300mm for example, the actual focal length becomes way shorter (more around 220-250mm).
I bought this lens together with a Tamron SP 70-300mm Di VC USD A005 lens and compared them over the period of one month back and forth. I especially used the Tamron for comparison because it was at that time at around the same price point (around 350 Euro). The Nikon was even a little bit more expensive (20-30 Euro more, if I remember right).
The Tamron smashed the Nikon in pretty much every aspect. The only aspect where the Nikon AF-P DX was better than the Tamron was focusing speed and noise. The Nikkor is dead silent while focusing and very, very fast. It's VR is dead silent, too. The Tamron is a little bit slower and makes a little bit of noise while focusing. It's VC makes a little bit of noise, too. Besides this the image quality of the Tamron is way, and I mean WAY better than the image quality of the Nikkor. The image stabilization of the Tamron is better and smoother, too.
Overall, if you can live with the extra weight (the Tarmon is heavier because it is a full frame lens and thus has more glas), save yourself some money and get the Tamron instead of the Nikkor. Compared to the Tamron, the Nikkor is totally overpriced for what it delivers.