I must confess that I made a big mistake when I bought the Nikon 1 CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 lens. I should have bought one at lot sooner!
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The CX 70-300 mm is one of those lenses that just feels good in your hands when you shoot with it. It’s light and compact. A real joy to use.
I can carry it around all day long and never get tired. If anything, having it in my hands invigorates me and causes me to keep shooting.
Focusing is fast and accurate, even in lower light conditions. And, because of its comparatively short minimum focusing distance I get images with it that were impossible with other similar focal length zoom when I was shooting with full frame gear.
It provides good sharpness throughout the zoom range. I regularly shoot mine wide open at the long end and I’ve never been disappointed.
The VR is simply wonderful. If you love to shoot hand-held like I do, you’ll find that the CX 70-300 mm is a bit of a godsend.
It allows photographers to shoot at an equivalent field-of-view of 810 mm at quite slow shutter speeds. I have no hesitation shooting mine at 1/30th and even at 1/15th. Heck…at times I push myself and try shooting as slow as 1/6th with it just to see what happens – the wagon wheel and pheasant images above are two such experiments.
I love the way it renders colours.
Some folks complain that it’s ‘expensive’. “Compared to what?” I ask myself. At about $1,000 what else could someone buy that provides the same reach and image quality? I can’t think of any other lens in any interchangeable lens format.
Is it perfect? Of course not – there’s no such thing as a perfect piece of camera gear.
Yeah, it would be nice if it was a constant aperture f/4… but how much bigger would it be and how much more would it cost?
Does it deliver outstanding sharpness when shooting teeny, tiny objects at a distance? Not really… but few lenses do, especially at this price point. It does suffer from focus breathing so the Nikon 1 30-110 mm is a better choice for maximum magnification when using extension tubes.
The Nikon 1 CX 70-300 mm f/4.5-5.6 is like an old, trusted friend who never lets you down. What more could you ask for?
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