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    Question Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    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?
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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    The 70-300mm produces sharper images, IMO and is a higher quality lens. As for an in-depth examination of these two lenses, see HERE and HERE

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  3. #3
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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    lots of used 70-300 out there, and works on future FX camera if you go in that direction. I had the older 70-300, not really happy about it,

    I got the 55-300 for really cheap, must have been a gray market one (250 dollars) , so I was not expecting a lot, but I have been surprised
    with the results, and nice light weight hiking lens.

    Either lens will be good, as long as you are not too rough, and don't expect the fastest focus for either.

  4. #4
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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    thanks for the replies. I just read that the lense opening for 70-300VR being bigger it can give you better light and result in low lighting condition than the 55-300VR, whose opening diameter is relatively smaller. Is that really true? Any one who has used both the lenses will be able to justify this properly i guess. Thanks

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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    Quote Originally Posted by avisekdg View Post
    I just read that the lense opening for 70-300VR being bigger it can give you better light and result in low lighting condition than the 55-300VR...
    It's not the physical size of the front element that determines the low light performance of the lens; it's the aperture (ratio of front element diameter to focal length). Somebody is in error: the Writer, the Reader, or Me. Me thinks you need to re-read what you read, or post a link to it here.

    Both lenses have an aperture range of f/4.5-5.6. Since the range of focal length is different (50-300 vs. 70-300), there may be small differences at any particular focal length. However, I would think the light-gathering performance is pretty much the same for both lenses.

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  6. #6
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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    Almost all my portraits are made with 55-300mm. With the diference of money invest in light better.
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  7. #7
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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    Is a cheap lens. Almost all portraits from http://3foto.ro/portrete/are made with 55-300mm. Tele lens means no distortion and blur background.
    Goood light.


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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    I have the 70-300VR lens and it will take some pretty sharp pictures. I do not have any knowledge of the 55-300VR but one thing I do know is that the 70-300VR WILL WORK on a FX camera and the other one will not work on a FX camera. Don't rule out eventually moving the a full frame camera the way prices are dropping.
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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    Quote Originally Posted by grandpaw View Post
    I have the 70-300VR lens and it will take some pretty sharp pictures. I do not have any knowledge of the 55-300VR but one thing I do know is that the 70-300VR WILL WORK on a FX camera and the other one will not work on a FX camera. Don't rule out eventually moving the a full frame camera the way prices are dropping.
    Forgive the dumb question, but why won't it work on an FX?

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    Re: Nikkor 55-300 VR or Nikkor 70-300 VR?

    Quote Originally Posted by Cochese View Post
    Forgive the dumb question, but why won't it work on an FX?
    Because the lens is not designed to cover the whole 24x36mm FX sensor. You would get only a smaller part of the sensor covered with good sharpness. Some say that some DX lenses will cover the FX sensor, but there is always a quality and light loss in the corners. It's exactly like trying to cover a surface with too small a blanket.
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