differences

Reasons to consider the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

Wider aperture f/4 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
More magnification 1:2 (0.5) vs 1:3.6 (0.3)
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Take macro shots with subjects around 80% larger in your photo
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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
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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 Di LD Macro Nikon F4.3x
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR5.5x
Auto focus Auto focus Help
Easier to use
Wide minimum Not very narrow apertures Help
f/5.6
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 Di LD 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
Weight Light weight Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F435 g
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 Di LD 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 Di LD Macro Nikon F117 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

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

Wildlife lens

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
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Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Wildlife lens

$449

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Aperture Wider aperture
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor
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Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

Wildlife lens

$199

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

Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F Competitors

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

Wildlife lens

$199

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Magnification Less magnification
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Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 XR Di-II Macro Nikon F

Travel lens

$199

Zoom range Much more zoom
Min focal length Better wide angle
Max focal length Worse telephoto
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Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon F

Travel lens

$349

Zoom range Much more zoom
Image stabilization Image stabilization
Max focal length Worse telephoto

discussion Which do you think is better?

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sm (11:11 AM, October 28, 2014)
Can anybody provide a comparative study of the
TAMRON 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro
VS
NIKON NIKKOR
AF-S 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR
with some image comparison.
 
deanzofq (3:03 AM, September 27, 2012)
good review.:)