differences

Reasons to consider the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

Wider aperture f/4 vs f/4.5
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At its widest, the SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F captures marginally more light (0.3 f-stops)
Slightly cheaper $351.89 vs $489.39
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The best price we've seen is $138 cheaper (around 30% less)
Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F Learn more about
the Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F

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

Has a silent focus motor Nikon AF-S vs Tamron USD
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Focuses quickly and silently
Better image stabilization Nikon VR vs Tamron VC
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Less risk of blur
Slightly smaller diameter 79 mm vs 82 mm
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Almost the same
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
Wide minimum Very wide aperture Help
f/32
Max focal length Good telephoto Help
300 mm
Image stabilization Good image stabilization Help
SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon FTamron VC
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-EDNikon VR
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
SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD 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
SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F$351.89
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED$489.39
Weight Light weight Help
SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F0.8 kg
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED0.7 kg
Diameter Small diameters Help
SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F82 mm
AF-S VR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED79 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

$299

Zoom range More zoom
Length Slightly shorter
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Sigma 70-300mm f/4-5.6 APO DG Macro Nikon F

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

Wildlife lens

$139 - $199

Aperture Wider aperture
Length Slightly shorter
Image stabilization No image stabilization
Nikon Nikkor VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

Nikon Nikkor VR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6D ED

Wildlife lens

$1,499

Max focal length Better telephoto
Magnification Slightly more magnification
Focus motor Doesn't have a silent focus motor

Tamron SP 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD Nikon F 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

$299

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
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

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Length Shorter
Wide minimum Much wider aperture
Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Canon EF-S 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM

Wildlife lens

$120

Focus motor Has a silent focus motor
Image stabilization Better image stabilization
Wide minimum Much wider aperture

discussion Which do you think is better?

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