Gear review | Nikon 70-300mm 4-5.6 D

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Today, I am reviewing the Nikon 70-300mm 4-5.6 D (this is NOT the VR version). In the last few years I have owned and sold about 4 different zoom lenses. I have come to the conclusion that I am just not a zoom girl (I love me some prime lenses!).

That being said, my largest prime is only an 85mm, and sometimes I just need bigger! Because of my lack of love for zooms, I didn’t want to spend a lot of money, but I also wanted¬† a decent lens. After doing a little bit of research, the Nikon 70-300mm 4-5.6 D is where I landed. I bought this lens used, and spent about $125.

This lens is the D version, giving it the signature metal mount and solid feel to the lens.¬† The zoom is nice and smooth. And while it is slightly larger than my other lenses, I don’t feel like it is bulky or too heavy. I also felt like it was clear and sharp throughout it’s entire focal range. This lens is an older model (they now have the G version which is in the ballpark of of $500-$600, new), but I love the D lenses (as you may remember from my “D vs G” post a while back).

On my full-frame D700, I get the true 70-300, where as on a cropped-sensor body, it would be the equivalent to 105-450mm (click here for a refresher on the differences between cropped and full-frame). The compression on this lens is nice, and helps create some nifty bokeh!

I think this lens is the perfect addition to my gear. And even though it won’t get a whole lot of use, I am glad that I bought it!

Here are a couple sample images from this lens. The one of my daughter I was zoomed in all the way to 300mm. The image of my son was shot at 180mm.



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About Beckie

I'm Beckie, a fun, think-outside-the-box mama to 2 miracle children.
I love all things photography, and being able to share in this art with others!

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