NIKKOR 55-300 VR or NIKKOR 70-300 VR?

Started Dec 25, 2012 | Questions thread
rfclark Contributing Member • Posts: 589
Re: NIKKOR 55-300 VR or NIKKOR 70-300 VR?

hidden drummer wrote:

I have read many forums on this but still not able to decide which one should i go for. I have a NIKON D3100

As I can understand

1. AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR- is a newer lense and is lighter

2.AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED (4.3x)- is older one and is a little heavier and bigger.

Other than this can anyone advise on the technical and photographic sides in comparing these two and help in selecting one between them?


I have used the 70-300 for several years on my D50 then D90 and am quite pleased with it; with the exception of it's weight...
Images are a bit soft out near 300 mm but with VR and care, they are quite satisfactory.  The lens is sized for full frame so a significant amount of the image circle is wasted on DX, but...the center area is sharper anyway, so there is a positive tradeoff, in my opinion.

VR is quite effective.

I have no experience with the 55-300 but have read of disappointing performance at the long end...

That lens is less expensive and lighter.



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