differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR

Much narrower aperture f/22 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR goes 3.9 f-stops narrower
Is a prime lens Yes vs No
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Prime lenses have a single focal length, they are typically sharper and have wider apertures
Significantly better telephoto 500 mm vs 300 mm
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Around 70% more reach, less perspective distortion
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Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Much cheaper $869.99 vs $8,399.00
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The best price we've seen is $7,529 cheaper (9.7x less)
Much better wide angle 28 mm vs 500 mm
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17.9x better wide angle
Much shorter 114 mm vs 391 mm
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3.4x shorter
Much more zoom 10.7x vs 1x
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More than 10.5x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Much lighter 0.8 kg vs 3.9 kg
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4.8x lighter
Much smaller diameter 83 mm vs 140 mm
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More than 40% smaller lens at the end
Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4
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At its widest, the AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Slightly more magnification 1:3.1 (0.3) vs 1:7.1 (0.1)
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Take macro shots with subjects around 2.5x larger in your photo
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similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Nikon VR
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR500 mm
AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR300 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses

LensHero is not aware of any interesting strengths shared by these two products.

LensHero is not aware of any interesting weaknesses shared by these two products.

competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR Competitors

Nikon Nikkor VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

Nikon Nikkor VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

Wildlife lens

$1,620

Max focal length Better telephoto
Magnification Slightly more magnification
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Wildlife lens

$124

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Nikon F

Tamron 28-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di VC PZD Nikon F

Travel lens

$471 - $699

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Diameter Smaller diameter
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 500mm f/4G ED VR Competitors

Sony 500mm f/4 G

Sony 500mm f/4 G

Wildlife lens

Wide minimum Significantly narrower aperture
Weight Lighter
Image stabilization No image stabilization

discussion Which do you think is better?

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