differences

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

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
Cheaper $115.00 vs $588.78
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The best price we've seen is $474 cheaper (5.1x less)
Slightly shorter 99 mm vs 117 mm
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Around 20% shorter
Slightly better wide angle 55 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

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
Better telephoto 300 mm vs 200 mm
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50% more reach, less perspective distortion
Slightly more zoom 4.3x vs 3.6x
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Around 20% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
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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
AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED200 mm
70-300mm f/4-5.6G300 mm
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
f/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 DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED335 g
70-300mm f/4-5.6G425 g
Diameter Small diameters Help
74 mm
Length Short Help
AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED99 mm
70-300mm f/4-5.6G117 mm
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED55 mm
70-300mm f/4-5.6G70 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED$115.00
70-300mm f/4-5.6G$588.78

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

competitors

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

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Low light lens

$177

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

$78 - $199

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Lowest price Cheaper
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 - $259

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

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

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

$107 - $126

Max focal length Better telephoto
Magnification More magnification
Image stabilization No image stabilization
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 - $259

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 DG OS Nikon F

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

Wildlife lens

$702

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range Slightly more zoom
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

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