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

October 11, 2017 | Amy Davies |


The AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is a versatile optic to use with a full-frame camera. Potentially, you can use it as a walk around lens, if you don’t mind starting at 70mm. It would also be a good pairing for something like a 24-70mm, if you want to keep your kit as light as possible - a lens like this is much lighter and smaller than something with a wide maximum aperture. It’s for this reason that it would also be a good travel lens. 

In terms of price, the AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR is also much cheaper than something like a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, making it a good alternative for those who want a telephoto lens but have more of a budget to work with. 

Despite the fact that this lens offers a relatively narrow maximum aperture range, you can still get good shallow depth of field effects. The inbuilt VR does well to minimise shake as well, making using narrow apertures less problematic than it might otherwise be. Focusing is quick and accurate in the majority of conditions, too. 

Although this is not one of Nikon’s premium lenses, it’s still more than capable of producing good quality, sharp images. It’s ideally suited to subjects such as wildlife and sport, but you can also use it for other subjects such as portrait and macro, making it quite a versatile choice for your kit bag. 

This lens is designed for full-frame cameras, but you can use it with APS-C cameras if you wish. Bearing in mind that the equivalent focal length will be 105mm - 450mm, it may be appealing to wildlife photographers who need to get particularly close to a subject. 

At the time of writing, the AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6E ED VR retails for around £730, making it some £1200 cheaper than the AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED lens - that makes it great value for money, making telephoto type subjects much more affordable to tackle. 

4.5 stars

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