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
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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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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

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

competitors

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

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

Wildlife lens

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
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Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM

Wildlife lens

$1,349

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Diameter Larger diameter
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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

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

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

Travel lens

Zoom range More zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Max focal length Worse telephoto
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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II

Travel lens

$647

Zoom range Much more zoom
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Weight Slightly heavier
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Sigma 50-150mm f/2.8 EX DC OS HSM APO Nikon F

Sports lens

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Significantly longer

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