differences

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G 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
Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Learn more about
the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Reasons to consider the Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Wider aperture f/4 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the 70-300mm f/4-5.6G captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Cheaper $147.20 vs $746.95
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The best price we've seen is $600 cheaper (5.1x less)
Shorter 117 mm vs 142 mm
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Around 20% shorter
Slightly lighter 425 g vs 0.7 kg
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More than 40% lighter
Slightly smaller diameter 74 mm vs 79 mm
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Around 10% smaller lens at the end
Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G Learn more about
the Nikon 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Wide minimum Very wide aperture Help
f/32
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
300 mm
Zoom range Great zoom Help
4.3x
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
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-EDf/4.5
70-300mm f/4-5.6Gf/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
70 mm
Weight Light weight Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED0.7 kg
70-300mm f/4-5.6G425 g
Diameter Small diameters Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED79 mm
70-300mm f/4-5.6G74 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED$746.95
70-300mm f/4-5.6G$147.20
Length Short Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED142 mm
70-300mm f/4-5.6G117 mm

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 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

$250 - $259

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 50mm f/1.8G

Low light lens

$215 - $217

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Prime lens Is a prime lens
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED Competitors

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

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

Wildlife lens

$209 - $239

Zoom range More zoom
Lowest price Cheaper
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

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

Wildlife lens

$169 - $199

Aperture Wider aperture
Lowest price Cheaper
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Wildlife lens

$270 - $449

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

discussion Which do you think is better?

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