Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR review

The Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR builds on a classic heritage

5 Star Rating
Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

This is a superb telephoto zoom for both FX (full-frame) and DX (APS-C) Nikon DSLRs, packing high-end performance and image quality into a conveniently compact and lightweight yet robust and weather-sealed construction. Winning attractions include fast AF-P autofocus, 4.5-stop optical VR with both Normal and Sport modes, and an electromechanically controlled aperture diaphragm. It’s also a good choice for Nikon’s Z-series mirrorless cameras, via an FTZ or FTZ II mount adapter.


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    Super-fast, silent autofocus system

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    4.5-stop dual-mode VR

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    Robust, weather-sealed construction


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    No focus distance scale

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    Incompatible with some early Nikon DSLRs

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The latest and greatest in a long and highly acclaimed line of compact NIKKOR telephoto zooms, the Nikon AF-P 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is by far the best yet. If you have a DX format Nikon DSLR, you might well be tempted by the APS-C format Nikkor AF-P DX 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR, which is a solid performer and good value at price. However, if you can stretch the budget, this FX format lens is far superior.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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