Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR. Review from the reader Radozhiva

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Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR


Important: There are two versions of this lens - one without a stabilizer, Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED, and the second, with a stabilizer, presented in the review. There are at least 6 Nikon lenses with a focal range of 70–300 mm for full-frame and crop cameras, so it’s easy to get confused.

In short

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR (hereinafter referred to as Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR) is an affordable modern telephoto lens with image stabilizer for Nikon DX cameras.

Since the lens uses a pulse motor (AF-P), it has limited compatibility with cameras released prior to 2013 (see Compatibility section). First of all, Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR is interesting for the possibility of using a 300 mm focal length and a good price / quality ratio.

Considering crop factor Nikon DX cameras for which this lens was designed, its EGF will be 105-450 mm, which is enough to easily shoot distant objects. With the Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR, you can shoot people from afar, wildlife, in some cases, use as a portrait lens. The lens is small aperture F / 4.5-6.3, but the VR stabilization system helps to avoid blur when taking pictures with your hands. The lens does not have autofocus and stabilizer switches, all settings are made through the camera menu.

Unlike its predecessors, it has an amazingly fast focusing speed (I got the impression that it is comparable to the speed AF-S 70-200 f / 4 VR), and an electronic focus ring that operates in a mode similar to the M / A mode.

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

History and differences from previous telephoto lenses for Nikon DX

Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR and its twin brother Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX (without VR) were presented 7 August 2016 year, sales began with the camera Nikon D3400, which went on sale in the fall of 2016.

The range of telephoto lenses for Nikon DX SLR cameras:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED SWM, was produced from April 2005 to 2007.
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM, from this review, was released from March 2007 to 2015.
  3. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR IIAvailable since January 2015.
  4. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6G ED VR SWM HRIreleased from August 2010
  5. Nikon DX AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G EDreleased from August 2016
  6. Nikon DX AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR, in production since August 2016

Key differences from the older model Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6G ED VR SWM HRI:

  1. minimum focal length increased from 55 mm to 70 mm.
  2. weight decreased by 115 g
  3. focus motor has changed
  4. focus speed is much higher
  5. focus ring has become electronic
  6. appeared the function of holding focus while changing the focal length (parfocal), it is very important when shooting video
  7. appeared the function of constant manual focus control M / A
  8. lost focus mode switches and stabilizer
  9. the optical circuit has changed
  10. the new model is not compatible with cameras released before 2013
Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Main technical characteristics of Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR:

Review Instance Name Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR
Basic properties
  • DX (for Nikon DX) - Lens designed for Nikon DX APS-C cameras
  • AF-P (Auto Focus Pulse motor) - built-in focus motor
  • STM (STepping Motor) - the lens uses a stepper focusing motor (such marking is on the official website)
  • G (Gelded) - means no aperture control ring and transfer of focusing distance to the camera
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) - the use of special low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme
  • SIC (Super Integrated Coating) - special integrated optics super enlightenment
  • M / A (autofocus with manual override) - manual focus priority mode
  • VR (Vibration reduction ) - built-in image stabilizer of the second generation, compensates up to 3 steps.
  • RD (Rounded diaphragm) - rounded petals aperture
Front Filter Diameter 58 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 70-300 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 105-450 mm
Zoom ratio 4.29 x
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels focal lengths for 70, 100, 135, 200, 300 mm, bayonet mount mark and hood mounts
Diaphragm
  • 70 mm: F / 4.5-F / 22
  • 100 mm: F / 4.8-F / 25
  • 135 mm: F / 4.8-F / 25
  • 200 mm: F / 5.3-F / 29
  • 300 mm: F / 6.3-F / 32

The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera menu (G-type lenses)

MDF (Minimum Focus Distance) 1.1 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification factor 0.22X (1: 4.5)
Stabilizer features Up to 4 steps excerpts at a 300mm focal length by Nikon standards (indicated on the official website)
The weight 415 g
Optical design 14 elements in 10 groups, including 1 low dispersion element (shown in yellow on the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the housing by the abbreviation 'ED'

nikon 70-300 vr dx af-p optical circuitThe image of the optical circuit is clickable.

MTF Charts here и here.

Lens hood Nikon HB-77, bayonet type, plastic, sold separately
Transportation With a soft cover CL-1020
Manufacturer country Thailand, the inscription on the lens: "MADE IN THAILAND"
Period From August 17, 2016 to the present day. In 2019, supplemented by a mirrorless lens Nikon Nikkor Z DX 50-250 1: 4.5-6.3 VR
Instructions View–>
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Current prices in modern online stores

Plastic hood HB-77 is not included in the delivery set, it must be purchased separately. The hood can be worn backwards and always carried with you, while access to the focusing ring is completely closed at 70 mm focal length, to the zoom ring - partially closed. The diameter of the front filter, as for a telephoto, is small - 58 mm. The diaphragm has 7 rounded blades.

The lens is completely plastic, including the mount. Assembled with high quality, while the lens is very light - the Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR weighs about 400 grams. With this combination of focal lengths and weight, working without a stabilizer is quite problematic. When you zoom, the rear lens of the lens moves to push air through the innards of the camera.

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Focusing

In general, I was very pleased with the auto focus: it is practically silent and fast. Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR focuses thanks to a pulsed motor (Pulse motor - a pulsed stepper motor) and refers to the lens type AF-P.

Important: there is no M / A autofocus mode switch on the lens. For fully manual focusing, you need to use the camera menu, after which the focus is made by the ring in front of the lens. This ring is completely electronic, and is not mechanically connected to the lens block, that is, the rotation of the ring on the camera turned off or when disconnected, will not allow focus. This feature does not allow you to use this lens on older cameras without the support of AF-P lenses, as well as through adapters on other systems - you simply can’t focus.

Important: at 300 mm focal length, the lens has a minimum aperture of f / 6.3. The manual for some cameras indicates that autofocus is available with lenses no darker than f / 5.6, however, in reality, this lens does not interfere in any way - neither on a bright day, nor in low light conditions (the manual for this lens directly says that this section of the camera manual can be ignored). The difference between F / 5.6 and F / 6.3 is only 1/3 of the stop.

The function of manual manual focusing is available in the lens with autofocus turned on, you just need to rotate the ring - this behavior corresponds to the mode of constant manual focus control M / A and is very convenient for adjusting the focal length if the camera cannot focus independently or manual adjustment is needed.

Auto focus speed is highly dependent on the selected focal length. The focusing speed of 70 mm is very fast, I would even say instant, with an increase in the focal length, the focusing speed decreases - by 300 mm the focal length is simply fast. By far, the autofocus of this lens is the fastest among the Nikon DX telephoto lenses.

During focusing, nothing rotates or leaves, focus is completely internal. The ring is electronic, narrow and plastic, not rubberized. The progress of the electronic ring is quite difficult to evaluate, in my experience it is somewhere around 120 degrees. On the new lens, talking about backlash is not necessary, the sensitivity is at an excellent level. In general, I would rate the ability to focus manually as good, even good.

When used on a camera Nikon D5300, where an autofocus system with 39 points is used, the lens behaved well, rarely focuses incorrectly. I had no problems with focus accuracy and focus.

The minimum focusing distance is 101 cm (the distance from the camera’s matrix / focal plane to the subject). With such an MDF, the maximum magnification factor is achieved by 300 mm of the focal length and is 1: 4.5 (you can shoot a weak macro).

Other focusing features:

  1. There is no depth of field scale, focusing distance and tags for working in the infrared spectrum. Nothing at all except the focal length marks.
  2. During the tests, the focus shift (shift-focus) was not noticed.
  3. Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR has no focus problems in Live View (tested on Nikon D5300).
  4. The lens is virtually parfocal, the method of implementing focus preservation when changing the focal length is similar to the lens Canon Zoom Lens EF-S 55-250mm 1: 4-5.6 IS STM
  5. The lens does not have a hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you to accurately and quickly focus the lens to infinity under any external temperature conditions.
Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Compatibility

Obviously, to stimulate sales of new cameras, Nikon has taken the path of limiting the compatibility of new lenses with older cameras.

Auto focus with AF-P lenses will only work with cameras (exact list):

D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D3300, D3400, D3500, D7100, D7200, D7500, D500 + D4, D4s, D5D6, Df, D800, D800E, D810, D810a, D850, D750, D780, D600, D610 + Nikon z6, Nikon z6 ii, Nikon z7, Nikon z7 ii, Nikon z5, Nikon z50 with adapter FTZ

Important: some of these cameras will need to use the latest firmware.

Auto and manual focus will not work with cameras (exact list):

D700, D3, D3s, D3x, D1, D1h, D1x, D2x, D2h, D2xs, D2hs, D100, D200, D300, D300s, D50, D70, D70s, D80, D90, D7000, D40, D40x, D60, D3000, D3100, D3200, D5000, D5100 + Fujifilm FinePix S1 Pro, S2 Pro, S3 Pro, S3 Pro UVIR, S5 Pro, IS Pro + Kodak DCS PRO 14n и Kodak DCS Pro SLR / n.

On my D600 the lens worked completely, except for the inability to turn off the stabilizer (there is no such item in the menu) - while autofocus is also disabled by the lever to the right of the mount, as with AF-type lenses. However, there is an important note for cameras D810, Df, D750, D7100, D7200 и D5200: In case the auto-off timer is set, the focus settings will be reset and you need to focus again. I played around with the timer settings in full frame D600 but could not reproduce situations where re-focusing is required - perhaps this was fixed with the release of firmware with support for AF-P lenses.

The manual for the lens indicates that there is no need to turn off the stabilizer on a tripod, the lens also detects panoramic movement and turns off the stabilizer in this plane.

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Sample Photos

By issuing this lens and its younger unstabilized brother, Nikon wanted to solve the problem of resolving 24 megapixel arrays without an anti-moiré filter. Photo on Nikon D5300 with Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR are sharp and contrast, the lens loses a bit of sharpness in the range of 200-300mm on open apertures.

Distortion is almost invisible. Sample photos taken on Nikon D5300, on-camera JPEG without processing.

Also examples of photos taken on Nikon D600, on-camera JPEG without processing. A certain loss in sharpness is inherent in matrices with an anti-moiré filter. At 300 mm focal length and full aperture, vignetting is strong and uncorrectable. On aperture covered up to f / 11, vignetting is reduced, but not completely. 70 mm vignetting is also significant.

Personal impressions

Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR is a worthy lens for beginner photo enthusiasts at a very affordable price, perhaps the best option in this focal range. For those who would like to try to shoot birds in the park and neighbors in the windows, it is definitely suitable. Personally, I see no reason to buy the more expensive full-frame Nikon AF-P Nikkor 70-300 1: 4.5-5.6E VR and its previous versions for the new Nikon DX cameras. Also, all previous options for telephoto lenses for crop, for example Nikon DX AF-S 55-200 VR or Nikon DX AF-S 55-300 VR, can not fully reveal the sharpness of modern matrices. In the appendage, I see no reason to take the younger brother of this lens, the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED, in any form - 300 mm without the stabilizer can only be removed on a sunny day or from a tripod.

Personally, I do not bother at all with the lack of focus mode and stabilizer switches. In the case of the first switch, I have already adapted to the settings of the camera through the camera menu, in the case of the second, I already forgot when I turned off stabilization the last time. Perhaps, I would write down only the plastic mount and the lack of dust and moisture protection as a disadvantage.

It is believed that this lens is sharper at 300 mm focal length than its unstabilized brother. I have neither confirmation nor denial of this statement. From the point of view of the production process, it is permissible that parts that do not pass quality control according to certain parameters are installed on a cheaper device (for example, Intel does with its processors - non-working transistor lines are turned off and the processor from, for example, Core i5 turns into some Celeron).

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR

An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5 mm/ 2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF-S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR

Results

Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR is the best telephoto lens in the 70-300mm range for Nikon DX SLR cameras for beginners today.

Main advantages

  1. fast focus
  2. built-in image stabilizer
  3. light weight, small diameter of the front filter
  4. rear mount lens hood
  5. good maximum magnification ratio for macro shooting, which is 1: 4.29
  6. pulse built-in focus motor, silent and fast
  7. smooth and proportional aperture drop from 70 to 300 mm focal length
  8. good price / quality ratio, especially when this lens comes in a double-kit
  9. excellent optical performance

The main disadvantages

  1. limited compatibility with older cameras
  2. plastic mount, lack of dust and moisture protection
  3. no focus distance scale, depth of field and tags for working in the infrared spectrum
  4. rear lens movement while changing the focal length, small effect of a vacuum cleaner / air pump
  5. a drop in resolution in the range of 200-300 mm.

Review prepared Evgeny Ovsyannikov.

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Comments: 97, on the topic: Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR. Review from the reader Radozhiva

  • Alexey

    Given the margin of megapixels for cropping in modern DX cameras, this lens is almost a real macro :)

  • Vlad

    Hello everyone) I have a version of this lens without a stabilizer, from the d5600 kit. I noticed a nuance: when shooting at 300 mm distant (more than 50 m) objects, the sharpness and contrast of the image are lost. The farther the object, the stronger. There is no front / back focus, the same in liveviews. So it should be, or is there a problem with the lens? Or is it becoming noticeably the scattering effect of air?

    • Eugene o

      It may be both. Try it on a frosty, snowy day when the thermal fluctuations of the air are minimal. Use manual focus and compare the results.

    • Michael

      The influence of air and design features are also possible - all lenses lose sharpness at infinity, but on some it is very noticeable, on others not very much.

    • Alexey Ovoshchnikov

      This is normal. The people call it “the TV set lathers at the far end”. Imperfection of the optical scheme. Even professional TV sets 70-200 from Sigma or Tamron often behave this way.

  • Vitaly N

    Already mentioned the strange minimum focal length. Which lens will it pair with? I remember 17 (18) -70 Nikon is not releasing now.

    • Oleg

      Yes, at least with the same 17-55. The range between 55 and 70 can be easily neglected.

      • Vitaly N

        Why then for the FF do not neglect the range of 75-105? Do you understand this, but what do marketers think and why did they do it? Just look at previous telezoom models. But he came across a couple of times when 17-50 was short, and 70-300 was long.

        • Roman

          Honestly, I can hardly imagine such a thing. When using 10-18 and 55-250, I literally lacked 18-55 on trips a couple of times, but this is such a very versatile range. 35 mm this hole completely filled (even 24 mm with due diligence). A piece of 15 mm .. Step forward - step back, slightly different angle. How do people deal with the three fixes?

          • Vitaly N

            That's right, that the angle is different. Photoshoot in the park. As a result, 70-300 in the bag, the angle of the crop rules from 17-50. I see no logic in such a focus on the crop. Or is it calculated that someone else will do it? Imagine that the new full-frame telezoom will only do with a minimum FR of 105 mm ...

            • koba

              This lens is designed for those who primarily want to reach the subject. And it does it quite well, besides, it is cheap, thanks to the Chinese manufacturers of high-quality optical glass, otherwise we would not have seen either this lens, nor the Canon 55-250 STM, or we would have seen it but not in this price range. And to whom every millimeter is dear and cannot change lenses, he should use 18-200. Nikon would have done something similar but more authentic, personally for me it would have been better than this lens. So, as anyone ... By the way, I recently offhand compared the same only FX and with the normal F5.6 aperture at the pancake end with the old 70-300 Af-S VR, and it turned out to be really sharper, especially at the long end.

          • Vitaly N

            And besides, the FR range 55-70 on the crop gives the “classic” portrait viewing angle and perspective.

            • Arkady Shapoval

              To be honest, I also see no problem in the absence of 15 mm between 55 mm and 70 mm. Especially considering that there are 55-300

              • Vitaly N

                And I still don't understand Nikon's logic. And the 55-300 is a kind of replacement lens.

              • Arkady Shapoval

                55-300 is not a replacement, like 70-300 is not a replacement. These are two separate lenses. 70-300 mimics the full-frame classic 70-300 to which many are accustomed. Making 70-300 for crop is easier than 55-300, so they did. They make 70-300 even under mikra, since in principle there are a lot of developments for 70-300.

            • Roman

              Train yourself to shoot with what you have. Fixes in this regard are well disciplined and allow you to be creative. Drive the model, walk yourself. Believe it or not, you will find as many angles as you have never found before. You can, after all, lie down on the ground, climb a tree, and take it at an angle, step back, walk up to full height, or vice versa play on distortions. We went to the park, I had an 85 / 1.8 with me. I took another 100-300, but somehow I did not insert it. And I managed with one focal point, I'm quite happy with myself. In nature - not in a cramped room, in general, no problem running around the model.

              • Marina

                I do not argue for the manifestation of ingenuity))). But lately I have been fond of photographing birds, but taking pictures is difficult. They are shy, which is why you need a lens (budget for nature). So I'm thinking about this lens))

        • Oleg

          Well, apparently to each his own. There are three fixes on FF: 28, 50 and 100. Enough. It is clear that everyone has their own needs.

          • Anonymous 2.0

            Yes, many have 3 fixes and that's it)
            I have 18, 50, 135 and enough)

        • Vladislav

          This is not a disregard for FF, although somewhat inconvenient. This optical design does not allow. Better normal quality at 70 - 300 than shitty quality at 55-300.

  • Rodion

    It is possible that if it were not for the plastic cutter of Light that is rectangular behind the rear lens, the coverage circle would be much larger.

    • Alexey Ovoshchnikov

      In the corners, he does not truncate.

  • Denis

    sorry, there was cloudy weather when you conducted this test
    and so, these photos only confirm how dull the glass is, for me it merges the simpler 55-200 VRII in quality
    as for the FX version, I would not be so sure that this is the same, only more expensive

    • Eugene o

      Well, depending on what you mean by "dull glass". As for a lightweight, cheap dark lens, this is a great lens. And for the "plastic pattern", "cream boke" and other small-sized things, there are other glasses. I was impressed by its sharpness and contrast, it allows you to take clear photos of objects at a great distance. Compared to the 70-300G VR for full frame (I had one), this one obviously has a higher resolution, especially in the 250-300mm range. Once again, for its price point for the F-mount crop, this is the best on the market.

    • Eugene o

      Here is a 100% crop from a photo taken from a distance of 100 meters.

      • Denis

        photographed through glass? specifically here it is clear that the picture is muddy. probably this is the merit of window glass
        colors this lens gives gray, 55-200 brighter colors
        I had 55-300 for a long time, he has less chromaticity
        from what I saw, 70-300 which G FX, I liked the most
        I haven’t seen the AF-P FX, but I think it’s better than the AF-P DX

        • Eugene o

          Well, I had no doubts. I look forward to hearing from you a photograph of an object that is 100 meters distant, shot by a “dull” 55-200.
          Here in proportion to the original frame.

          • Denis

            How can I compare 2 frames taken at different times?
            but okay, I'll look for it and post it ... though there is not a distance of 100 meters, but about a kilometer
            I see, it wasn't filmed through the glass. but the subject you are trying to show at 100% is out of focus ...

          • Denis

            Catch an example. It’s as if to prove that I had this lens
            And you?

          • Denis

            here is a color comparison of 70-300 AF-P DX VR and 55-300 AF-S DX VR
            55-300 by 300mm turned out to be more soapy, but it has normal colors

          • Denis

            here on the left is 70-300 AF-S FX VR, on the right is AF-P DX VR
            aperture F8 in both
            you can see that AF-S is sharper (I look at the rivet on the wiper from above)
            in principle, there are enough frames, with different apertures of 3 lenses
            best 70-300 FX
            the colors are also 55-300, but the sharpness is worse
            70-300 AF-P worse in color, sharpness average

            • Denis

              photo missed

            • Denis

              does not want to attach more photos, it seems
              but enlarged, it is clear that the AF-S FX loops are visible well, while the AF-P DX does not

            • Denis

              but the upper left is not even a corner ... but just the top
              55-300 frame taken with aperture F6.3
              overwhelming advantage of the FX version (left)
              70-300 AF-P sucks
              55-300 on the right is very good

              • Juri

                And what is the focal length for these examples?

            • Denis

              (to clarify, almost a kilometer is the first frame from 55-200)
              I don’t know a crane, probably 300-500 meters
              and once again I’ll try to attach an image that wasn’t added right away, I’ll try to set a lower resolution

              • Victor

                Thanks. I am convinced that not every test can be trusted (I mean the author of the article) and that “an old friend is better than two new ones” - it is better to look for 70-300 fx on the secondary, ideally for the same price as this stupid remake.

              • Eugene o

                No one can be trusted. I can (C) Muller.

                I have no direct comparisons of tower cranes, there is only this.
                AF-S 70-300 VR FX, D600
                210 mm, f / 5.3, 1/250

              • Eugene o

                AF-P 70-300 VR DX, D5300
                220 mm, f / 8, 1/320

                There are other photos that say that the lens from the review is at least no worse than full-frame in resolution, but it’s twice cheaper and easier, autofocus is an order of magnitude faster. I’m silent about 55-200.

              • Eugene o

                AF-P 70-300 VR DX, D5300
                300 mm, f / 6.3, 1 \ 320

              • Peter Sh.

                There are so many external factors that affect image quality. Everyone knows this well.
                In addition, there is a rather large spread in sharpness among different specimens.

                Well, in the end, no one except the photographer himself will not be looking at 24MP images with a 100% increase. Literally, no one.

            • Roman

              Divine. What is the color of the cab, what is the sharpness of the details. This is exactly what photography is worth doing.

              • Denis

                this is a purely technical test, which objectively shows that the 70-300 AF-P DX, no matter how much it is praised, is worse than all but focus
                in the photo of people the same thing happens
                I was asked for examples, I brought them
                if you think differently, prove the opposite

              • Eugene o

                Being determines consciousness. If a person sees tower cranes through the window every day, then the lens is good only when the loops on the crane are visible.

              • Denis

                Especially if you recall the words of Eugene O about the wonderful 70-300 AF-P VR DX
                “I was impressed with its sharpness and contrast, which allows me to take clear photographs of objects at a great distance. Compared to the 70-300G VR full frame (I had one), this one obviously has a higher resolution, especially in the 250-300mm range. ”
                and the value of these words, it turns out, is zero

              • Eugene o

                This is my last comment on this topic. You have shown screenshots from an incomprehensible program, where neither test conditions, nor EXIF ​​data, nor a snapshot in general are visible. Moreover, you stated that the lens is worse than the 55-200, and the photos were taken with 55-300 and 70-300 FX, and even then - in pieces.
                I don’t refuse my words that for modern DX DSLRs this lens is preferable to 70-300 VR, because it is sharper (maybe your copy is not, but multiple reviews on the Internet and owner reviews here in the comments only confirm my words), in two times faster, lighter and smaller.

              • Denis

                Eugene O, the first example from 55-200. it was a strange lens. he left a good impression about himself, unlike 70-300
                no need to complain about my examples, yours worse
                in particular, where you increased the hair from the head, it is clear that there is no sharpness at all

              • Denis

                maybe I had a bad instance of 70-300
                sharpness is not important to me, but it also has bad colors, 18-55 AF-P has the same color problem, i.e. new glasses

            • Peter Sh.

              Denis, very interesting, thanks.
              More such comparisons and we would have learned a lot of very interesting things. Including about resolution by a film lens of a matrix, etc.

            • Rodion

              Thanks for the test, very clear

  • Photo Cat

    I use this lens in conjunction with the d750. Sharp, fast, accurate, very pleased with this glass. Most recently, I decided to try his older brother, the one for fx, after 3 days of shooting, passed back to the store. The Fx version is nothing compared to the Dx version. Although perhaps I came across a defective lens.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      FX E or FX G?

      • Photo Cat

        AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f / 4.5-6.3G ED VR - I enjoy shooting with this; AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6E ED VR - and this one I absolutely did not like

        • BB

          And what about vignetting?

  • Photo Cat

    D750 + AF-P DX NIKKOR 70-300mm f / 4.5-6.3G ED VR.

    • Denis

      used a lot of sharpe, or it seems to me?

      • Photo Cat

        Without processing, only sprinkled.

  • Uhuru

    I have been using the D2 for 5600 years. A great lens for the money.

    • Vlad

      Have you been in the whale since d5600?

  • Dim

    I myself recently took a Nikon D5200 from my hands to replace the deceased D90, attached a 55-300 DX to it. And so far I can't see megapixels :) It feels like the sharpness has become even less, plus it lost in the ease of control and shooting capabilities. The D90, of course, is of a higher class, but also much older. It is interesting that the skin looks approximately the same as in the photo from a hundred square meters - such as painting, while there is a feeling that the working ISO has not grown much and has grown. Perhaps not yet used of course. It would be interesting to see the actual portrait taken with the Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm without processing, in order to understand whether it is worth buying instead of the 55-300 DX.

  • Vadim

    I own 70-300 af-p dx without vr. I bought on the occasion of the action in one store, along with a friend, a whale. In principle, I’m used to using without a stub, for difficult conditions, there are enough other optics. I had the opportunity to compare with 70-300 g and e and with the same glass with a stub too. G is just a miserable backward glass, especially in the range of 250-300, the stub is noisy, and weak. The new E is noticeably sharper on the long end of the brother’s crop, I did not notice any more differences. Stable af-p DX showed no differences in sharpness, DX is quite tolerable for ff, vignetting is as close to 300 as possible, forms almost a circle (d750). I use it at 7100. For $ 100, glass is simply phenomenal. The new af-p, e is all wonderful, but the limited compatibility with the same old cameras is upsetting

  • Vadim

    Portrait at 70-300 afp dx, there is no nave left, exif probably too 😫

    • Vadim

      Exif 7100, 300mm, 6.3 1/800

      • Dim

        Resolution is not enough.

  • Vlad

    Decrease in resolution in the range of 200-300 mm. What kind of nonsense, I checked this lens on all ranges, chic shots are obtained, quality and sharpness are on top.

    • Denis

      are there any examples?)

  • Andreas

    Hello.
    Are there any differences in the quality of the AP DX models without VR from the version with a stub? I heard somewhere that it is substandard that is sold without a stub ... No wonder their price is almost 2 times cheaper ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      They are cheaper because they do not have a stub module. The rest is just rumors.

  • Sergei!

    I did not understand with these firmware! Will this lens work on the D90 or something needs to be done?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      It will not.

    • Ivan

      Nikon does not want to make firmware for the "old" cameras, so that they work with such lenses. In my opinion, there are no technical difficulties. Rather, marketing calculation.

  • Olga

    But I was disappointed with this lens. Before it I used 55-300. I didn’t have enough focusing speed and bought this lens. Yes, the focus speed is instant. But out of 100% of shots with FR 300, 95% will be soapy. Moreover, throughout the entire field of the frame. And even with bright daylight, and a short shutter speed, and a closed aperture. I tried everything. And I will not say anything about the color rendition. Compared to the 55-300, the picture is poor. From the merits, the weight and price. Maybe I got such a copy. I will get rid of. the 55-300 had faster autofocus, I would not have exchanged it for anything. Nikon d 7100 carcass.

    • Alexey

      For the sake of interest, I screwed this lens to the Z50, and it's a miracle, no soap at 300mm, the reason is in more accurate focusing, in almost 100% of cases, quite sharp pictures (for a lens of this price group), before that this lens lived on the D5500, the result was something like at you, starting somewhere from 240mm 1-2 normal frames from 20-30. First of all, I don't like this lens with a large drop in contrast, and this drop strongly depends both on the focal length (with increasing focal length) and on the distance to the subject, so I replaced it with a full-frame AF-P 70-300 4.5-5.6E , it doesn't have these problems and is much sharper compared to the DX version.

  • Vladimir

    Why doesn't the 70-300mm / 4.5-6.3G AF-P VR lens work with the D7000?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is a new line of Nikon AF-P lenses with a stepping motor for focusing, which came out much later than the D7000, which is why the D7000 does not understand how to work with it.
      Only newer DSLRs D5200, D5300, D5500, D5600, D3300, D3400, D3500, D7100, D7200, D7500, D500 + D4, D4s, D5, D6, Df, D800, D800E, D810 will work with Nikon AP-P lenses, D810a, D850, D750, D780, D600, D610.
      There is no cure for the D7000.
      Details on this issue here.

      • Roman

        This is one of the reasons why Canon. The number of compatibility rules is reduced to the number of mounts - EF, EF-S, EF-M, RF. And not these hundreds of variations, screwdrivers, diaphragms, pushers, rabbit ears, and simply goofy “let's make an incompatible lens”.

    • Roman

      That you buy some 7100 or 7200, most likely.

      • Arkady Shapoval

        I don't think there will be those who specifically wanted to change the camera for a dark, albeit pretty, 70-300

  • Paul

    Good afternoon, what is better to buy for the D5200 Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR or Nikon 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor with plans for a possible transition full frame someday. Well, or advise what to take from decent zoom lenses that are not very expensive.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Under crop AF-P DX 70-300mm will be sharper, and AF-S VR will remain for a full frame afterwards. There is no single solution.

  • Oleg

    good afternoon. I did not find in my Nikon D7100 in the menu how to enable / disable VR. Can you tell me how to do this? I want to make sure VR is turned on. In my opinion, my lens is slightly "soapy", I would like to make sure that VR works exactly. Thank you in advance for your help.

    • Michael

      First, look at the camera firmware - an update may be needed. Secondly, the item in the menu may simply be absent))

    • Alexey

      The D7100 (and D7200) do not have a VR disable point in any firmware version (VR is not disabled on this lens).

      • Arkady Shapoval

        wow, I didn't know that

      • Oleg

        thanks for answers. I have firmware:
        With 1.04
        The 2.017
        Alexey, do you think that VR is turned on by default in the 7100 and it is basically impossible to turn it off. And not vice versa? It is off, and in this case it makes no difference the lens with or without VR.
        It's just strange, my old whale 18-135 (without VR, of course) gives sharpness much better. Maybe I'm not used to it, or expectations are too high.

        • Alexey

          The lens is very sharp in my opinion. I just can't help thinking that it is optically better than the FX version that I currently use on the D610. There is also access to this DX version (I gave it to my father together with the D5300). On the d7100 I have the same firmware and this lens works well. The stabilizer is on by default. Its stabilizer is noiseless (unlike the FX version). Try to shake the camera a little while looking through the viewfinder, then press the focus (keeping shaking slightly) and the image should stabilize.

          • Oleg

            Alexey, thanks. After your explanation, everything fell into place. And it worried me that I did not hear the stabilizer work.

            • Alexey

              Did you notice his work?

              • Oleg

                yes, it's okay. Stabilizes.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I need to update the firmware

  • Hamlet

    Thanks for the review, and in general to this site, a lot of interesting things and even in the comments. I will add my own: I bought this lens today in a new state from my hands, but it is clear that I did not use it. The owner said that he sold the camera with a whale lens, but this one remained. And not everyone will buy it, since it does not fit all cameras. I put it on the D5300 (brand new). What can I say: from the first shots, it's just super, sharp, fast, accurate, light, cheap, the stub is excellent, oh yes, it's still very quiet. Yes, plastic, and that's where the drawbacks end. It used to be 18-55 and 55-200. I sold 18-55 right away, bought 18-200 and, to be honest, “not a fountain” for 530 Baku, I wouldn't buy it now. Having 18-200, I decided to sell 55-200. I did not reveal much difference in quality on these focal ones. 18-200 also behaves not clearly, often misses, sharpness at long distances is so-so, after 130-150 focal-soap, only large portraits from 2-3 meters-razor, every eyelash is visible. Probably all the same, the multi-pixel matrix affects, it was not made for it, there are also fixes 50 and 85, and they are also not always accurate on the D5300. And the point is not in the adjustment, the same fixes on the D7000 and D750 behave normally. And the 18-200 feels better on the D7000. And the subject is visible and developed for multi-pixel matrices. Honestly, I am not worried about all sorts of distortions, aberrations, vignetting, wrong color, all this is fixable in converters, but the accuracy and focusing speed in converters cannot be improved. A quick photo with room lighting: D5300, 210mm, f5.3, 1 / 80s, iso6400, jpeg 9 compression.

  • Hamlet

    ... the photo is compressed to 6MP, you can open it in a new tab for full size.

  • Alexey

    Full frame example. D610, focal length 270 mm.

  • Hamlet

    Good glass and for a full frame, I will probably cut a frame on a bayonet on my lens to remove the vignette in the corners on ff.

  • pkuutn

    I think it's a very good lens.
    And almost in the first place - weight and size! Especially with light devices such as 5600 - put it in a backpack and even on foot.

    • Ivan

      Yes, I did. Indeed, small and light.

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