differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Significantly better telephoto 300 mm vs 105 mm
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Around 3x more reach, less perspective distortion
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the Nikon AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Reasons to consider the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 55 mm
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3.1x better wide angle
Slightly more zoom 5.8x vs 5.5x
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Around 10% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
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the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Nikon VR
Zoom range Great zoom Help
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR5.5x
18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX 5.8x
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR55 mm
18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX 18 mm

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

competitors

Nikon Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Competitors

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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 16-80mm f/2.8-4E ED VR

Wide angle lens

$749 - $799

Aperture Wider aperture
Zoom range Slightly less zoom
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 35mm f/1.8G DX

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

Low light lens

$170 - $193

Prime lens Is a prime lens
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Image stabilization No image stabilization
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G

Wide angle lens

$400

Image stabilization No image stabilization

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

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Travel lens

$597 - $697

Zoom range Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon F

Sports lens

$1,099

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Longer
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Wildlife lens

$129 - $169

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization No image stabilization

discussion Which do you think is better?

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