I have a Nikon D90 and almost always use a Nikkor 18-200mm DX VRII. But for a big vacation I took last summer, I decided I wanted something a little different, so I rented this lens. The 18-200mm lens is good for wildlife, but I wanted the 300mm length in case I saw anything really impressive that I just couldn't get to. You know what? The most I ever did with this was make test shots. First off, I found the 18-200mm much more flexible. There was usually a greater need for something in the 18-100mm range. Also, let's say I wanted to shoot at 200mm. I actually felt that the 18-200mm had faster autofocus and better clarity. Maybe this wasn't the lens I needed. I think if I ever go on a dedicated wildlife shoot, I might take this along (though I'd rather have an f/2.8 or f/4). But for anything else, nah.
Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
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Note: This lens is not recommended for use with full-frame (FX) digital cameras or 35mm film cameras.
Lens rental package includes: Front cap, rear cap, UV filter, and lens hood.
The VR II image stabilization allows you to handhold the your camera at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and stable video capture. Other features include the silent wave motor for quiet accurate autofocusing, and a rounded 9-blade diaphragm that offers stunning out-of-focus highlights (bokeh). The lens elements have been treated with Nikon's Super Integrated Coating - an optical lens coating process that maximizes light transmission while enhancing clarity and contrast. All of these world-class features add up to the AF-S 55-300 being an ideal lens for traveling or shooting close to home.