The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is an ideal match for DX-format DSLR users looking for extra reach. Powerful, yet versatile, the super-telephoto zoom is complemented by built-in Vibration Reduction (VR) that enables you to effortlessly shoot sharp hand-held images across the entire focal range. Featuring the new High Refractive Index (HRI) lens element, enjoy great optical performance and easy handling in just about any shooting situation.
The innovative HRI lens element offers an equivalent performance to that of several normal glass elements, resulting in a lighter, slimmer lens body without any compromise on image quality. Combined with 2 Extra-low Dispersion glass elements that minimise chromatic aberrations, you’ll enjoy clear, high contrast images at every aperture. The built-in VR offers the equivalent of a shutter speed 3.0 stops faster when shooting hand held, stabilising this lightweight lens and minimising image blur from camera shake for sharper stills and videos.
Designed to make shooting stunning images effortless, this lightweight lens features multiple NIKKOR lens technologies including a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for smooth, accurate, and quiet autofocus operation.
A 5.5x super-telephoto zoom lens with a focal length of 55-300 mm
The first interchangeable lens to utilise a high refractive index (HRI) lens element, which allows for a more compact and lightweight size, as well as offering pleasing rendering performance.
With a refractive index of 2.0 or higher, the use of a single HRI lens element provides the same benefits as multiple elements made of standard optical glass. In addition, as this single lens element also compensates for focal plane curvature and spherical aberration, the lens itself could be made smaller and lighter yet still offer 5.5x magnification and support for super-telephoto shooting at up to 300 mm. It exhibits excellent contrast and sharp rendering throughout the entire frame even at maximum aperture.
Built-in vibration reduction (VR II) offering camera shake compensation equivalent to a shutter speed increase of approximately four steps.
The benefits of vibration reduction are best demonstrated with super-telephoto shooting. This feature stabilises the view through the viewfinder for simpler focusing.
Two ED lens elements used for superior chromatic aberration compensation.
Equipped with a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) for extremely quiet autofocusing.
Lens Construction (Elements/Groups)
17 elements / 11 groups (2 ED glasses)
Picture Angle with Nikon DX Format
28° 50'- 5° 20'
Closest focusing distance
Maximum reproduction ratio
Filter Attachment Size
Dimensions (approx.) (from the cameraâ€™s lens mounting flange)
Approx. 76.5 x 123 mm
Approx 530 g
Supplied Accessories (may differ by country or area)
Front Lens Cap LC-58, Rear Lens Cap LF-4, Bayonet Hood HB-57, Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1020