Written on: 21/05/2011 by Meloquin (4 reviews written)
After looking to add to my D3000's factory bundled 18-55 lens I was initially looking for a 55-200 motorised lens, but found there to be a Nikon AF-S 55-300 lens available, perfect I thought, I could reach the 300mm my now redundant (no internal motor in Nikon D3000) 70-300 lens gave me, but without the 55-70 gap.
I read numerous reviews, and bar the professional reviews saying that the autofocus was a little 'slow' couldn't find anything untoward.
I have been totally happy with the speed of the focus, even on moving subjects, and the VR (Vibration Reduction) technology makes for a nice stable image - meaning you don't always need a tripod, or nearby wall/railing to lean on.
I think the lens 'may' be slow if compared to a flagship camera body coupled with a pro lens taking photos of F1 cars - but I can't compare performance.
The lens is well built, and comes with hood, 2 caps, and a nice pouch which has a reinforced end. - if you're looking to protect your lens you'll need a 58mm filter. It's quite a length, protruding from the front of the camera body by a little over 5" - so take this into account with your current camera bag - I can't use it with a Lowepro Rezo 140.
I purchased the lens from an online outlet (Simplyelectronics - great service, great communication, and fast delivery) for a very aggressive price (this type of product is based on spec's, I don't see what additional service a high street shop can offer for a lens purchase, bar immediate availability - if you can wait 2 or 3 days for delivery buy online and save some money.
I would thoroughly recommend this lens.
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