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Thread: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR or AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G

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    AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR or AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G

    Dear All,

    I want to include a telephoto lens in my kit for my Nikon d5100, but I am very confused between the performance of the two lenses....

    Kindly suggest me which one to buy.

    Thanks & Regards,

    Ratnadeep Ghosh

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    Re: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR or AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5

    The 55-300mm obviously has the extra reach and vibration reduction which it makes it more versatile that then 55-200mm The VR allows you to take photos at slower shutter speeds which I think compensates or the minor light capturing deficit of the 55-300mm.

    To be honest though, I've read that the 70-300mm VR is probably a better buy than the 55-300mm for not much more money. It has better and faster AF performance.

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    Re: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR or AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5

    Go for the 300 reach for sure,I agree to rather use the 70-300 for the bit extra.

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    Re: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR or AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5

    Between the two, the 55-300, better construction (metal mount), and the reach; or the 70-300VR.
    The 55-200 for absolute cheapness, and if you need the lightest weight.

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    Re: AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR or AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5

    As long as you have the kit lens (18-55mm) you will have your focal range covered with the addition of either one, obviously stretching it to 300mm will really cover the range. You'll convince yourself that you will need the extra 100mm length but visually it may not seem that much of a difference. On the other hand, the difference at the other end of the scale may or may not affect you more than you think. I have both the 55-200 and 70-300mm lens and they both perform well. But there have been numerous times when at 70mm I was too close to the subject and had my back against a wall and could not get the composition I wanted. That is where the 18-55mm lens comes in handy, a bit of a nuisance changing lenses but something to think about. it doesn't happen to often but if you only have one lens in your bag, you want something that covers your shooting needs. By the way, I considered selling the 55-200mm lens because of infrequent use but I got my hands on a circular polarizing filter that only fits this lens, so it's my middle of the day lens as well as my choice for landscapes which need a bit more blue in the sky.

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