- Arts and Design
Nikon 55-300mm Lens
I bought this zoom lens over a year ago and it became my favorite lens right away. In fact I have not taken it off my camera since I bought it since most of my photographing is nature, flowers, birds and landscapes. It has a great bokeh in the photos.
It is great for getting pictures of birds, bees and butterflies or anything that is not close to you. You can see my hummingbird picture below. You can also see more photography I took with this lens on my Youtube video I made. It is not a macro lens but I love the floral photography it does take. It depends what you prefer. Some people love bokeh in the images and some prefer to be able to see everything in the image. For me that depends what I am photographing. For landscape images I prefer to see everything. For flowers I prefer the bokeh as I think it makes the flower stand out so much more and it looks much prettier.
This lens is not a good portrait lens. I finally got a 50mm lens which I think is great for portraits as well as indoor photography.
If you are looking for a macro lens Nikon has ones that are specifically for that. I think this lens does pretty good when I compare the flowers with the macro lenses and this lens. With Macro lenses you have to get closer to your subject so I do not prefer them. Bees like to buzz around flowers so I would rather not need to get so close to them that I am bothering the bees. This lens gives you a nice distance from your subject, so if the subject is flowers, you can get nice ones with the bees. I have taken quite a few with bees especially zinnia flowers and sunflowers.
If you have an SLR camera make sure you always buy filters for your lenses. You can find out the size usually when you buy the lens. This lens uses a 58mm filter. On Amazon it usually will show what other customers bought so you will know that the size you see people bought is the size you will need. I prefer Nikon filters and B and W filters for mine.
This video features my photography taken with the Nikon 55-300mm lens by me