differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX

Shorter 79 mm vs 108 mm
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Around 30% shorter
Slightly lighter 255 g vs 390 g
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More than 30% lighter
Nikon Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Learn more about
the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX

Reasons to consider the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

Image stabilization Canon IS II vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
Much narrower aperture f/22 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II goes 3.9 f-stops narrower
Better telephoto 250 mm vs 200 mm
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Around 30% more reach, less perspective distortion
More zoom 4.5x vs 3.6x
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Around 30% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Learn more about
the Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX200 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II250 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
f/4
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Diameter Small diameters Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX69 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II70 mm
Weight Light weight Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX255 g
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II390 g
Length Short Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX79 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II108 mm
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
55 mm
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX200 mm
EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II250 mm

competitors

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II Competitors

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Macro lens

$118 - $129

Max focal length Better telephoto
Magnification Slightly more magnification
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

Sony E 55-210mm f/4.5-6.3 OSS E-Mount

Wildlife lens

$180 - $348

Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Wildlife lens

$120 - $199

Wide minimum Significantly narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Image stabilization No image stabilization

Nikon Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Low light lens

$182 - $217

Prime lens Is a prime lens
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Nikon F

Sigma 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3 DC MACRO OS HSM Contemporary Nikon F

Travel lens

$399

Zoom range Much more zoom
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Diameter Larger diameter
Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

Nikon Nikkor AF 80-200mm f/2.8D ED

Sports lens

$1,222

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

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