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 autofocus motor (AF-P - pulse motor), it has limited compatibility with cameras released approximately before 2013 (see the 'Compatibility' section). First of all, the Nikon AF-P 70-300 / 4.5-6.3 DX VR is interesting in its ability to use 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 the absence of the aperture control ring and the transfer of the 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 300 mm 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–>
3D view View–>
Current prices in modern online stores

The HB-77 plastic lens hood is not included in the scope of delivery, sold separately. The hood can be worn back to front and always carried with you, while access to the focus ring will be completely closed at 70 mm of the focal length, and the zoom ring will be partially closed. The diameter of the front filter, as for a telephoto, is small - 58 mm. The diaphragm has 7 rounded lobes.

The lens is completely plastic, including the mount. It is assembled efficiently, and the lens is very lightweight - it weighs about 70 grams of Nikon AF-P 300-4.5 / 6.3-400 DX VR. With this combination of focal lengths and weight, working without a stabilizer is quite problematic. When zooming, the rear lens of the lens moves, driving air through the insides 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, D5, D6, Df, D800, D800E, D810, D810a, D850, D750, D780, D600, D610 + Nikon Z6, Nikon Z7 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 lack of the ability to turn off the stabilizer (there is no such item in the menu) - in this case, autofocus is also disabled by the lever to the right of the mount, like AF-type lenses. However, there is an important point 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: 77, 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 at infinity lose sharpness, but on some it is very noticeable, on others not so.

    • Alexey Ovoshchnikov

      This is a normal occurrence. The people call it "telephoto soap on the far end." Imperfect optical design. Even professional 70-200 televisions 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 it. When using 10-18 and 55-250, literally a couple of times I missed 18-55 on trips, but this is such a very universal range. 35 mm completely filled this hole (even 24 mm with due diligence). And a piece of 15 mm .. Step forward - step back, a slightly different angle. How do people deal with the three fixes?

          • Vitaly N

            That's it, that the angle is different. Photosession in the park. As a result, 70-300 in the bag, the angle rules crop from 17-50. I do not see the logic in such a focal point on the crop. Or is it done in the hope that someone else will do? Imagine that the new full-frame telezoom will only do with a minimum FR 105 mm ...

            • koba

              This lens is designed for those who primarily want to reach the object. And he does it well enough, besides it is cheap, thanks to the Chinese manufacturers of high-quality optical glass, otherwise we would not see this lens or the Canon 55-250 STM, or we would see but not in this price range. And to whom every millimeter is dear and cannot change lenses, he should use 18-200. Would Nikon do something similar but more authentic, for me personally it would be better than this lens. So, to whom it’s like ... By the way, recently offhand I compared the same FX only with the normal aperture F5.6 at the pancake end with the old 70-300 Af-S VR, and it turned out to be really cut, especially at the long end.

          • Vitaly N

            And besides the range of FR 55-70 on the crop gives the “classic” portrait angle of view 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 still I do not understand the logic of Nikon. And 55-300 - this lens is like a replacement for him.

              • 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

              Accustom yourself to take pictures of what is. Fixes in this respect discipline well and allow you to be creative. Drive a model, walk around yourself. Do not believe it, you will find as many foreshortenings as you did not find before. After all, you can lie on the ground, and climb a tree, and take it at an angle, move away, approach, in full growth, or vice versa to play on distortions. We went to the park, I had 85 / 1.8 with me. He took another 100-300, but somehow did not insert it. And he managed one focal, quite satisfied with himself. In nature - not in a cramped room, generally no problem running around the model.

        • 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 neglect of FF, although somewhat inconvenient. This optical design does not allow. Normal quality is better at 70 - 300 than shabby 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 an easy, cheap dark zoom, this is a wonderful lens. And for the “plastic drawing”, “cream boke” and other little-measurable things, there are other glasses. I was impressed by its sharpness and contrast, this allows you to take clear photos of objects at a great distance. Compared to the 70-300G VR for a full frame (I had one), this one obviously has a higher resolution, especially in the range of 250-300 mm. Once again, for its price category 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 doubt. I look forward to hearing from you a photograph of an object removed at 100 meters, shot by the “obscure” 55-200.
          Here in proportion to the original frame.

          • Denis

            How can I compare 2 frames taken at different times?
            but well, I’ll look and post ... though there’s not a distance of 100 meters, but about a kilometer
            I see that you haven’t taken it through the glass. but the object you are trying to show at 100% magnification 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 top 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

              (I specify, 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'm talking about the author of the article) and that “an old friend is better than the new two” - 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 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 a full frame (I had one), this one obviously has a higher resolution, especially in the range of 250-300 mm ”
                and the value of these words, it turns out, is zero

              • Eugene o

                This is my last comment on this topic. You brought screenshots from an incomprehensible program where you can’t see the test conditions, EXIF ​​data, or the whole picture. Moreover, you argued that the lens is worse than 55-200, and the photo was brought in from 55-300 and 70-300 FX, and 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 - this is what I love to shoot; AF-P DIK NIKKOR 70-300mm f / 4.5-5.6E ED VR - and I absolutely did not like this one

        • 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

    He recently took Nikon D5200 from his hands in exchange for the deceased D90, fastened 55-300 DX to it. And so far I can’t see the megapixels :) It seems that the sharpness has become even less, plus I lost in the convenience of control and shooting capabilities. D90, of course, higher class, but also much older. It is interesting that the skin looks approximately the same as in the photo from one hundredths - such as a painting, and it seems that the ISO workers have not grown much. It’s possible that he’s not used to it, of course. It would be interesting to see the actual portrait shot on the Nikon AF-P DX 70-300mm without processing, in order to understand whether it is worth buying in return for 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 samples of AP DX models without VR from the version with a stub? I heard somewhere that it’s non-standard that they sell without a stub ... No wonder their price is almost 2 times cheaper ...

    • Arkady Shapoval

      They are cheaper, because without 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.

  • 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

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