differences

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

Better telephoto 200 mm vs 105 mm
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More than 90% more reach, less perspective distortion
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Reasons to consider the Nikon 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX

More zoom 5.8x vs 3.6x
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More than 60% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4
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At its widest, the 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX captures marginally more light (0.4 f-stops)
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 55 mm
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3.1x better wide angle
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similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Nikon VR
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 DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED55 mm
18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX 18 mm
Max focal length Poor telephoto Help
AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED200 mm
18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX 105 mm

competitors

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

Zoom range More zoom
Max focal length Slightly better telephoto
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Low light lens

$217

Prime lens Is a prime lens
Aperture Significantly wider aperture
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Nikkor  24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF

Nikon Nikkor 24-85mm f/2.8-4D IF

Wide angle lens

$690 - $742

Aperture Wider aperture
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

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

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
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

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
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

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Max focal length Worse telephoto

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