differences

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

Better telephoto 300 mm vs 200 mm
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50% more reach, less perspective distortion
More zoom 5.5x vs 3.6x
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Around 50% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

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

Much narrower aperture f/22 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II goes 3.9 f-stops narrower
Better image stabilization Nikon VR II vs Nikon VR
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Less risk of blur
Wider aperture f/4 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Slightly lighter 301 g vs 0.5 kg
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More than 40% lighter
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRNikon VR
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR IINikon VR II
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR300 mm
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II200 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR$225.00
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II$179.00
Prime lens Both are zoom lenses Help
Typically not as sharp as prime lenses
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRf/4.5
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR IIf/4
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
55 mm
Weight Light weight Help
AF-S DX 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR0.5 kg
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II301 g

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

competitors

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

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Nikon F

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Nikon F

Travel lens

$199

Zoom range Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Nikkor AF 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

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

Wildlife lens

$134 - $170

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range Slightly more zoom
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 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

discussion Which do you think is better?

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