differences

Reasons to consider the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

Much more zoom 13.9x vs 5.5x
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More than 2.5x more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Wider aperture f/3.5 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM captures slightly more light (0.7 f-stops)
Shorter 89 mm vs 122 mm
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Around 30% shorter
Better wide angle 18 mm vs 55 mm
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3.1x better wide angle
Slightly cheaper $149.00 vs $419.95
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The best price we've seen is $271 cheaper (2.8x less)
Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Learn more about
the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM

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

Better image stabilization Nikon VR vs Sigma OS
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Less risk of blur
Better telephoto 300 mm vs 250 mm
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20% more reach, less perspective distortion
Nikon Nikkor AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Learn more about
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 Good image stabilization Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSMSigma OS
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRNikon VR
Zoom range Great zoom Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM13.9x
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR5.5x
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM250 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR300 mm
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Wide minimum Not very narrow apertures Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSMf/6.3
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRf/5.6
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
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM18 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR55 mm
Weight Light weight Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM472 g
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR0.5 kg
Length Short Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM89 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR122 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM74 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR76 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM$149.00
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR$419.95

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

competitors

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

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

Wildlife lens

$489 - $597

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range Less zoom
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

Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Competitors

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Sony E-Mount 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3

Travel lens

$680

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

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

Wildlife lens

$148

Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Weight Slightly lighter
Zoom range Much less zoom
Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Canon EF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 IS

Travel lens

$149 - $400

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Zoom range Much less zoom

discussion Which do you think is better?

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