differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Has a silent focus motor Nikon AF-S vs None
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Almost the same
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 wider aperture f/1.8 vs f/4
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At its widest, the AF-S 50mm f/1.8G captures much more light (2.3 f-stops)
Shorter 53 mm vs 117 mm
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2.2x shorter
Slightly lighter 187 g vs 425 g
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2.3x lighter
Slightly better wide angle 50 mm vs 70 mm
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Around 30% better wide angle
Slightly smaller diameter 71 mm vs 74 mm
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Almost the same
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Reasons to consider the Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Much narrower aperture f/32 vs f/16
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At its narrowest, the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G goes 2 f-stops narrower
Significantly better telephoto 300 mm vs 50 mm
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6x more reach, less perspective distortion
More zoom 4.3x vs 1x
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Around 4.5x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Slightly more magnification 1:3.8 (0.3) vs 1:6.7 (0.1)
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Take macro shots with subjects more than 70% larger in your photo
Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G Learn more about
the Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
AF-S 50mm f/1.8G$189.00
70-300mm f/4-5.6G$116.69

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.

Image stabilization No image stabilization Help
Risk of blur

competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G Competitors

Nikon Nikkor  50mm f/1.4D

Nikon Nikkor 50mm f/1.4D

Low light lens

$60 - $359

Aperture Wider aperture
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

Low light lens

$170 - $179

Min focal length Slightly better wide angle
Max focal length Slightly worse telephoto
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Wildlife lens

$420

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Max focal length Significantly better telephoto
Aperture Much narrower aperture

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

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Travel lens

$250 - $255

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Macro lens

$112 - $119

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Magnification More magnification
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

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

Wildlife lens

$159

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

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