differences

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

Significantly narrower aperture f/32 vs f/22
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At its narrowest, the AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED goes 1.1 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
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 AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

Better image stabilization Nikon VR II vs Nikon VR
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Less risk of blur
Wider aperture f/4 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Lighter 301 g vs 0.7 kg
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2.5x lighter
Slightly cheaper $248.00 vs $596.95
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The best price we've seen is $349 cheaper (2.4x less)
Slightly better wide angle 55 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
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the Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Image stabilization Very good image stabilization Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-EDNikon VR
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR IINikon VR II
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED300 mm
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II200 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
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-EDf/4.5
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR IIf/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
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED70 mm
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II55 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED$596.95
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II$248.00
Weight Light weight Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED0.7 kg
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II301 g
Wide minimum Wide aperture Help
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-EDf/32
AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR IIf/22

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 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
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 - $119

Aperture Wider aperture
Magnification More magnification
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

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

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Nikon F

Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Nikon F

Travel lens

$199

Zoom range Much more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
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

$395 - $449

Wide minimum Significantly narrower aperture
Max focal length Better telephoto
Image stabilization Worse image stabilization

discussion Which do you think is better?

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