differences

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

Has a silent focus motor Nikon AF-S vs None
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Almost the same
Image stabilization Nikon VR vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
More zoom 5.5x vs 4.3x
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Around 30% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Slightly better wide angle 55 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

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

Much narrower aperture f/32 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G goes 5 f-stops narrower
Wider aperture f/4 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Slightly cheaper $169.95 vs $419.95
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The best price we've seen is $250 cheaper (2.5x less)
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the Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
300 mm
Zoom range Great zoom Help
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR5.5x
70-300mm f/4-5.6G4.3x
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
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRf/4.5
70-300mm f/4-5.6Gf/4
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Weight Light weight Help
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR0.5 kg
70-300mm f/4-5.6G425 g
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR55 mm
70-300mm f/4-5.6G70 mm
Length Short Help
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR122 mm
70-300mm f/4-5.6G117 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR76 mm
70-300mm f/4-5.6G74 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR$419.95
70-300mm f/4-5.6G$169.95

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

competitors

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

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Wildlife lens

$319 - $597

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range Less zoom
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Wildlife lens

$149

Zoom range Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

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

Wildlife lens

$131 - $299

Aperture Wider aperture
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Max focal length Worse telephoto

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

$259 - $497

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Low light lens

$217

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Prime lens Is a prime lens
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

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

Wildlife lens

$93 - $199

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter

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