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Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/ 4.5-6.3 G ED VR Lens

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Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/ 4.5-6.3 G ED VR lens


Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/ 4.5-6.3 G ED VR MTF Chart

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/ 4.5-6.3 G ED VR MTF Chart

Optical design

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/ 4.5-6.3 G ED VR optical design

Format: APS-C (crop)

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Nikon F (FX, DX)

First year of production: 2016

Optical design: 14 lenses in 10 groups (1ED)

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Average price: $400


Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
70mm - 300mmf/4.5 - f/6.3f/3271.158415/14,6125/4,9

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The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.3 G ED VR is a tele zoom lens for Nikon crop sensor cameras.

Testing this lens myself, I found that it is very sharp when stopped down a little bit. Wide open the image quality is unfortunately quite unusable. Odly enough the best performance overall is achieved at 135mm. Zoomed all in or out the lens is rather week (especially at the long end). The autofocus of this lens is very quick and precise. The image stabilization can get a bit nervous though.

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Posted by: MarcelloVelasco   Date of publication: 26.09.2018

Mechanical quality4.001
Optical quality2.001
Pricing / Value2.001
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Owner reviews: Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300 mm f/ 4.5-6.3 G ED VR

MarcelloVelasco 26.09.2018 10:11:16
Period of use: 1 month


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.