differences

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

Much narrower aperture f/32 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED goes 5 f-stops narrower
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the Nikon AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED

Reasons to consider the Nikon AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

More zoom 5.5x vs 4.3x
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Around 30% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Slightly shorter 122 mm vs 142 mm
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More than 10% shorter
Slightly lighter 0.5 kg vs 0.7 kg
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Around 30% lighter
Slightly better wide angle 55 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
Slightly smaller diameter 76 mm vs 79 mm
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Almost the same
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the Nikon AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
Nikon VR
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
300 mm
Zoom range Great zoom Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED4.3x
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR5.5x
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Aperture Very narrow widest aperture size Help
f/4.5
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 VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED70 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR55 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED$489.00
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR$419.95
Weight Light weight Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED0.7 kg
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR0.5 kg
Diameter Small diameters Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED79 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR76 mm
Length Short Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED142 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR122 mm

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

competitors

Nikon Nikkor AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G 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 - $111

Aperture Wider aperture
Magnification More magnification
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

$259 - $497

Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
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

$449 - $455

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

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

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

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

Wildlife lens

$126 - $299

Aperture Wider aperture
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Max focal length Worse telephoto
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 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

Sports lens

$2,379

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Lowest price Significantly more expensive

discussion Which do you think is better?

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