Zoom Lense

Started Feb 21, 2014 | Questions thread
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Re: Zoom Lense

Mrityunjit wrote:

Hi all Photography Enthusiast,

I have a camera Nikon D5100 with 18-55 lense. I am looking for a zoom lense and confused with

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

2. Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR

Feature wise both are almost equal other Lens mount that Fx and Dx.

Can you suggest one of this considering a usage of amature photographer ?

Thanks and Regards,


The 55-300 is a DX lens ( you have a DX camera ) so the focal length will be 55-300

The 70-300 is an FX lens ( you have a Dx camera but can use it ) so you will have an effective focal length of 105 to 450

I would think the 70-300 is the better lens and it's good if you ever switch to full frame but that leaves a gap in your range between 55 and 105. A range where you'd probably do a fair bit of shooting. But maybe not.

Get rid of the 18-55 and get an 18-105 or even ( my choice ) an 18-70 ( no VR though ) and put the 70-300 with it, and you've pretty much got it all covered,

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