differences

Reasons to consider the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Much narrower aperture f/22 vs f/5.6
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At its narrowest, the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F goes 3.9 f-stops narrower
Wider aperture f/4 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Slightly cheaper $139.00 vs $299.00
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The best price we've seen is $160 cheaper (2.2x less)
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F Learn more about
the Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

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

Image stabilization Nikon VR vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
More zoom 5.5x vs 4.3x
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Around 30% more zoom, giving you more flexibility for photos
Slightly better wide angle 55 mm vs 70 mm
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More than 20% better wide angle
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
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
300 mm
Zoom range Great zoom Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F4.3x
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR5.5x
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
70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon Ff/4
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VRf/4.5
Fixed aperture Both are variable aperture lenses Help
Narrower aperture at longer focal lengths

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F$139.00
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR$299.00
Weight Light weight Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F0.6 kg
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR0.5 kg
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F70 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR55 mm
Length Short Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F119 mm
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR122 mm
Diameter Small diameters Help
76 mm

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

Nikon Nikkor  70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Nikon Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6G

Wildlife lens

$170

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
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

$379 - $497

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Zoom range Less zoom
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

$120 - $150

Aperture Wider aperture
Magnification More magnification
Image stabilization No image stabilization

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

$120 - $150

Magnification More magnification
Weight Slightly lighter
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
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

$379 - $497

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Wide minimum Significantly narrower aperture
Aperture Narrower aperture
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

$151

Image stabilization Image stabilization
Length Slightly shorter
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

discussion Which do you think is better?

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Ajaz Khan (9:29 AM, March 01, 2014)
Hi,

I am getting a 1.5 years old "Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300 mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR Lens" for
12000INR/ $192/115 GBP.

so how about it?