Nikon 55-300 vs 55-200mm

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Jasonsmom
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Nikon 55-300 vs 55-200mm
Nov 19, 2012

First let me say thank you to all of you for your patients with this newbie's questions.

I will be getting a Nikon D5100.  I am buying refurbished from Cameta.  Now trying to pick lenses.  Auto focus and VR is a must.

Although I like the idea of only one lens (was looking at 18-105) I'm pretty sure I need a longer lens.

Am now trying to decide between

1.  Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX AF-S ED Zoom-Nikkor  ($209)

or

2.  Nikon 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G VR DX AF-S ED Zoom-Nikkor  ($110)

I'm trying right now to look at reviews.  I plan to use this lens on cruise to Mediteranean next spring (Venice, Tower of Pisa, and so on), but I also have a 6yo who will be starting into sports shortly.  I would love to learn how to shoot wildlife (I do it now, but outcome is laughable with my Nikon Coolpix L20 - pretty good though on the Macro side).  I've wanted an SLR for as long as I can remember, but don't have a lot of money.

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