Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR Review

July 10, 2017 | Amy Davies | Rating star Rating star Rating star Rating star Half rating star


The Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR Lens is a great performer, especially when you consider the price. Currently, you can pick up the VR version for less than £300, while the non-VR version, which is otherwise the same, for less than £200. 

Anybody who likes to shoot wildlife or sport should appreciate this lens, but it’s also a versatile option for other subjects, including macro-type subjects, portraits and for picking out distant details in all manner of scenarios. It would pair excellently with a wide angle zoom lens to make a light and compact travel kit with one of Nikon’s APS-C DSLRs. 

As it’s an AF-P lens, focusing is swift and silent, making it great for use in subtle environments and also for video work. 

Although it’s true that you don’t have any super wide apertures on offer from this lens, you can still get some attractive shallow depth of field effects thanks to the long focal length. Sharpness is very good throughout the range and across images. 

If you intend to mainly use the camera with a tripod, or you have high confidence in your hand holding abilities, the non-VR lens is an absolute bargain, but it’s worth spending the extra money to get VR to allow you to hand hold with more confidence if you can. 

The design of the lens is very simple, and there are no buttons or switches on it. That is arguably good for beginners, but it means certain options are hidden away in menus. Indeed, for that reason, some cameras won’t be compatible with it - so if you’re using an older model, you’ll need to make sure it’ll work with this lens first. 

If you’re looking for a great value telephoto lens, the Nikon AF-P DX Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-6.3G ED VR Lens is a fantastic option, and comes highly recommended.

4.5 stars

Ratings (out of 5)
Design 4
Features 4
Ease-of-use 4.5
Image quality 4.5
Value for money 5