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AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

August 19, 2010

A DX-format super-telephoto zoom lens with built-in vibration reduction for simple and enjoyable 5.5X super-telephoto shooting

TOKYO – Nikon Corporation is pleased to announce the release of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. This DX-format super-telephoto zoom lens covers the 55mm to 300mm range of focal lengths and is equipped with Nikon's latest vibration reduction mechanism, VR II, for simple and enjoyable super-telephoto photography.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

As a super-telephoto lens covering the 55mm to 300mm range of focal lengths, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is capable of capturing the main subject at sporting events, indoor events or in vacation photos largely, even from a distance. Equipped with Nikon's own VR II vibration reduction mechanism, blur caused by camera shake is significantly reduced, even with super-telephoto shooting, allowing users to shoot comfortably and focus their attention on photo opportunities. As Nikon's first interchangeable lens with a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, this lens is compact and lightweight, making it very portable despite being a super-telephoto zoom lens. This allows users to easily carry the lens with them and enjoy super-telephoto shooting anytime and anywhere. This lens provides a wide variety of users, from those who use the D3100 and D5000 entry-level Nikon DX-format digital-SLR cameras to users of high-end digital-SLR cameras such as the D300S, with the means to enjoy super-telephoto shooting and to expand their photography techniques and skill.

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Primary Features

  • A 5.5X magnification and support for super-telephoto shooting at up to 300mm. It exhibits excellent contrast and sharp rend super-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length of 55-300mm
  • The first interchangeable lens to utilize a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, which allows for a more compact and lightweight size, as well as offering pleasing rendering performance

    With a refractive index of 2.0 or higher, the use of a single HRI lens element provides the same benefits as multiple elements made of standard optical glass. In addition, as this single lens element also compensates for focal plane curvature and spherical aberration, the lens itself could be made smaller and lighter yet still offer 5.5Xering throughout the entire frame even at maximum aperture.

  • Built-in vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps

    The benefits of vibration reduction are best demonstrated with super-telephoto shooting.
    This feature stabilizes the view through the viewfinder for simpler focusing.

  • Two ED lens elements used for superior chromatic aberration compensation
  • Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing

AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Primary Specifications

Focal length 55-300mm
Maximum aperture f/4.5-5.6
Minimum aperture f/22-29
Lens construction 17 elements in 11 groups (2 ED, 1 HRI lens elements)
Angle of view 28° 50' – 5° 20'
Minimum focus distance 1.4 m (throughout the entire zoom range)
Maximum reproduction ratio 0.28x
No. of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded)
Filter attachment size 58mm
Dimensions Approximately 76.5mm (maximum diameter) X 123mm (distance from the camera's lens-mount flange)
Weight Approximately 530 g
Supplied accessories 58mm snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-58, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-57, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1020
  • Specifications and equipment are subject to change without any notice or obligation on the part of the manufacturer.

  • The information is current as of the date of publication. It is subject to change without notice.