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
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
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED$158.36
70-300mm f/4-5.6G$135.20
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

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

competitors

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

$113 - $150

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Magnification More magnification
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
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

$299

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Much wider 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

$349 - $497

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

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

$299

Max focal length Better telephoto
Zoom range More zoom
Aperture Narrower aperture
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS II

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

Wildlife lens

$139

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Length Slightly longer
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

$113 - $150

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

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