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 1:4 (0.2)
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Take macro shots with subjects 2x larger in your photo
Shorter 117 mm vs 142 mm
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Around 20% shorter
Slightly lighter 435 g vs 0.7 kg
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More than 40% lighter
Slightly cheaper $107.00 vs $489.00
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The best price we've seen is $382 cheaper (4.6x less)
Slightly smaller diameter 76 mm vs 79 mm
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Almost the same
Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F Learn more about
the Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F

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
Image stabilization Nikon VR vs None
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Helps eliminate blur caused by small camera movements
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

similarities

Compared to digital camera lenses

Common Strengths Common Weaknesses
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
300 mm
Zoom range Great zoom Help
4.3x
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 Di LD Macro Nikon Ff/4
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-EDf/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
Min focal length Good wide-angle Help
70 mm
Lowest price Inexpensive Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F$107.00
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED$489.00
Weight Light weight Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F435 g
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED0.7 kg
Diameter Small diameters Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F76 mm
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED79 mm
Length Short Help
70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD Macro Nikon F117 mm
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED142 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 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

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

Wildlife lens

$420

Zoom range More zoom
Length Slightly shorter
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 18-140mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Travel lens

$259 - $497

Zoom range Significantly more zoom
Aperture Wider aperture
Wide minimum Significantly wider aperture
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

$449 - $455

Aperture Wider aperture
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

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

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Tamron 70-200mm f/2.8 Di LD Macro Canon EF

Sports lens

$769

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Fixed aperture Has a constant aperture
Length Longer
Nikon Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX

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

Wildlife lens

Length Shorter
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Max focal length Worse telephoto
Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Canon EF 75-300mm f/4-5.6 III

Wildlife lens

$93 - $199

Wide minimum Much narrower aperture
Diameter Slightly smaller diameter
Magnification Less magnification

discussion Which do you think is better?

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