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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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 cheaper $412.45 vs $596.95
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The best price we've seen is $185 cheaper (more than 30% less)
Slightly smaller diameter 76 mm vs 79 mm
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Almost the same
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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$596.95
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR$412.45
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

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

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

Wildlife lens

$248 - $350

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S 28-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Travel lens

$855 - $877

Zoom range Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Nikon F

Tamron SP 150-600mm f/5-6.3 Di VC USD Nikon F

Wildlife lens

$769 - $899

Max focal length Much better telephoto
Length Significantly longer

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

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR

Travel lens

$597 - $697

Zoom range Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Lowest price Slightly more expensive
Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon F

Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG APO OS HSM Nikon F

Sports lens

$1,099

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Longer
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

$129 - $169

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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