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tclune Oct 4, 2010 10:41 AM

55-300mm -- what's the story?
 
I noticed today that Amazon has stopped selling the Nikon 55-300mm because of unspecified "problems," although their partner stores continue to offer it in the Amazon Marketplace. Before stopping the sale of it, Amazon had dropped their price by $40 on the $400 lens. Is this lens being rejected across the board by early adopters? Is there a manufacturing problem with it? What's the story with this lens?

tclune Oct 5, 2010 8:07 AM

Amazon has resumed selling the 55-300 lens. I have no idea what the problem they needed to look into was, but apparently it wasn't anything serious.

Franko170 Oct 8, 2010 12:10 AM

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I bought the 55-300 and have been very happy with it. The zoom is a little sticky/harder to move than most lenses, but it hasn't fazed me at all. Made with good glass, metal mount, bought it at Best Buy the first day they had it, didn't have it on display yet. The focus isn't as fast as the 70-300, but I shot some soccer pics last week and it did just fine.

It's not a 'fast' lens so don't compare it with the 2.8s out there.

It's not made for low light shooting. But I'm getting nice sharp pics from it. Want a 'kit' priced VRII lens with a metal mount and more reach than a 200? There's your lens.

Franko170 Oct 27, 2010 9:22 PM

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Shot some cross country recently, here's a sample shot:

d90

fstop 6.3

640 ISO

155 focal length

used smart sharpen at default in photoshop cs2

tclune Oct 28, 2010 7:50 AM

Thanks, Franko. Those are good looking shots. The one thing I wonder about the sticky zoom is that I've been playing with Kenko extension tubes with my 55-200, and an easy way to do the fine focusing is by using the zoom. The focus on the 55-200 is small, stiff, and way out at the edge of the lens -- all of which make using the focus almost impossible with that lens because there's too much bounce imparted to the image to be able to tell what the image looks like. So I either use my focus rail -- which has the advantage of not changing the magnification, or the zoom -- which is actually smoother than my budget Adorama focusing rail. I've been using the zoom more than the rail so far, and it seems like a sticky zoom would mean that I wouldn't be able to do that. Nonetheless, I'm slowly convincing myself that the 55-300 should be my next acquisition.

ETA: It also pisses me off that Nikon changed the filter size for the 55-300, so there's the added expense of replacing my filters and then using a step-up for my 35mm lens. I think Nikon did the right thing in making the 35mm the same filter size as the 18-55 and the 55-200, but they seem to have dropped the ball when they sized the 55-300 in this regard.

Franko170 Oct 29, 2010 12:58 AM

Hadn't thought much about your issue with the filter size; another plus factor is, for a 55-300 zoom, it's fairly light weight, easy to carry around if you're going to be out for a long period of time.

rjseeney Oct 29, 2010 6:13 AM

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Originally Posted by tclune (Post 1160143)
ETA: It also pisses me off that Nikon changed the filter size for the 55-300, so there's the added expense of replacing my filters and then using a step-up for my 35mm lens. I think Nikon did the right thing in making the 35mm the same filter size as the 18-55 and the 55-200, but they seem to have dropped the ball when they sized the 55-300 in this regard.

I'm not sure that keeping the filter size was possible as this lens is by nature going to be a bigger lens than the other two, although 58mm is an odd size in Nikon's lineup.

Franko170 Oct 30, 2010 6:32 PM

By the way, the lens hood that comes with this lens is crap. I accidentally bumped mine against a wall and it fell apart - literally. The two squeeze buttons came loose and little thin metal clips fell out while I was examining what happened. Apparently some cheap glue was used to hold two sections together, and that's what had been knocked loose, and what kept the clips and buttons in place before. Edit: This was not a very hard bump, but more than a tap.

After carefully putting them back in place exactly where they belonged (it took three or four times as it's difficult to place them properly) and using some super glue to put the two sections back together, I gave up - the slightest bump knocked them loose again. Nothing was broken; the lens hood was hell bent on falling apart.

filter from Nikon here 58mmnikonfilter

Franko170 Dec 2, 2010 12:12 AM

update: bought a 2nd lens hood; same thing - just taking it out of the camera bag yesterday the glue gave away and the lens hood separated slightly - and it fell apart when I was trying to push it back together. I filed a complaint with Nikon to please ASAP discontinue the lens hood and come up with a different one.

Otherwise, I'm still happy with my purchase, as I know the lens' limitations. It's a good carry around lens for weight, and in good light, takes nice pictures and focuses fast enough.

Wizzard0003 Dec 2, 2010 12:15 AM

Wow...!

I've never heard of a defective hood...! :eek:

But your images look great...! :)


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