Nikon 55 - 300 f.4.5/5.6 ED VR Lens
Would appreciate a little feedback on this lens, ,Sharpness, focusing etc...
#1. "RE: Nikon 55 - 300 f.4.5/5.6 ED VR Lens" | In response to Reply # 0jbloom Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004Fri 01-Mar-13 02:54 PM
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#2. "RE: Nikon 55 - 300 f.4.5/5.6 ED VR Lens" | In response to Reply # 0Floridian Nikonian since 11th Feb 2007Fri 01-Mar-13 03:03 PM
I have had this lens for more than two years (I got it right after it was introduced) and really like it. It is very sharp, and while I've never done direct comparisons, the discussion here and elsewhere suggests it is comparable to the 70-300VR in optical quality. I'm completely satisfied with mine.
It is much smaller and lighter than the 70-300, which I view as an asset, and of course at the wide end it is 55mm rather than 70. Those are the reasons (other than price) to prefer it to the 70-300.
All of its disadvantages, as I see it, are in focusing. First, it is slow to focus. I don't think you will miss shots because it is too slow. I've never found the slow focus to be a problem. But, don't expect it to snap into focus like some lenses. Second, the front element rotates when it focuses, so if you want to put a polarizer on it, or a split density filter, or anything that depends on the filter's orientation, the filter will rotate as the lens focuses. Third, to manually focus, you need to switch the lens from auto focus to manual. With the 70-300 you can just turn the focus ring.
In actual use I don't find these focusing disadvantages to be a problem, and I like the portability of the lens. The image quality is not an issue. But some users will find these focusing issues to be enough of a drawback to prefer the 70-300VR. I certainly would not argue with them. But for me, 55mm at the wide end, plus a smaller and lighter lens makes this a very useful lens.