Preparing for our Alaska trip, I knew that I wanted to replace the 55-200 kit lens that I’ve had since forever. It is a great lens for the price, but I have been wanting to upgrade for a while now. I bought the Nikon 70-300 last August, but had to return to when it turned out to be soft and never got another copy. I finally got around to selling my old ultra-wide angle, so I used that money to get a refurbished copy of the Nikon 70-300. Buying refurbished saved me about $200, which is a LOT considering the brand new price is $589. I purchased it from Cameta Camera, which is an authorized seller of Nikon products, plus they include an additional 1 year warranty for refurbished products (as opposed to only 90 days if you buy refurb directly from Nikon).
I’ve already run it through a focus test and everything looks good/sharp. Here’s to hoping I can get some wildlife photos with this lens! I took it on a test drive this weekend and took some photos of the supermoon.