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    Why would one buy the 70-300 VR when the 55-300 VR has very similar specs, a wider range, is lighter, and cheaper?   (3 Answers)

    Why would one buy the 70-300 VR when the 55-300 VR has very similar specs, a wider range, is lighter, and cheaper?

    By Anonymous December 6, 2010.

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      After looking both of these lenses I chose the 70-300 based on the following: 1.) Better build quality -- it feels more substantial and clicks more assuredly when I mount it on my camera than any of the DX lenses I own 2.) Excellent sharpness -- other reviews indicate that the 55-300 gets a little soft past 200mm, from personal experience the 70-300 is very sharp all the way to 300mm 3.) A/M -- in auto-focus mode, you can manually adjust focus without shifting modes if the auto-focus is not where you want it 4.) FX format -- future proofs me for the time when I can spend the money for an FX format camera and provides a little extra reach (100-420) on my DX camera

      By Alligam December 20, 2010.

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      What is the basic difference between the 70-300 and the 55-300 lens?   (2 Answers)

      The 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S VR Telephoto Lens says it has a range of 105-450 MM but can not find the same range information on the 55-300 lens. How much diference is there between the 2 lens?

      By Anonymous February 12, 2011.

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        Besides the appx $200 price difference, the 55-300 lens is strictly for use with digital cameras with DX sensors only. DX cameras have a smaller size digital sensor than an FX that uses a standard 35 mm frame (24 x 36 mm). Because the lens physically cannot 'fill up' the FX frame it is listed only as a DX (and thus there is no 'equivalent' for FX/35mm). The 70-300 (that I own) is physically a larger lens than the 55-300 and is designed to work either with a DX, FX, or 35mm film format. Thus, while it is listed as a 70-300 for the FX/35mm format, it gives the equivalent performance of a 105-450mm for the DX frame if you're familiar to what things look like through a 35mm/FX camera. The Nikon website comparsion between the lenses will show you the range in minimum/maximum angle with each lens, noting that both the DX and FX/35mm values are given for the 70-300.

        By Armtek March 9, 2011.

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        I need a telephoto lens for a Nikon D60 camera. What lenses are compatible?   (2 Answers)

        By Anonymous November 18, 2010.

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          Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor.The D60 does not have a focus motor, it can be smaller and lighter but does require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus. Any AF-S lens will give you autofocus.

          By NikonStaff November 28, 2010.

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        I have a Nikon D3000 and I am looking for another lens, my son plays sports so I am looking for more close up shots. What would you recommend?   (2 Answers)

        By chrissy January 3, 2011.

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          The 55-300mm zoom lens would be a good economical choice. However the 70-300mm lens is better for sports due to its fast auto focus.

          By Eyeflick January 19, 2011.

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          I have a Nikon D5000. This lense fits on it? Is it my best choice for a long-range zoom lense for my camera?   (2 Answers)

          By Anonymous November 29, 2010.

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            The 70-300mm lens is a great choice if you need fast auto-focus (for action and / or sports). The 55-300mm lens is a good choice and more economical if auto-focus speed is not as important (shooting landscapes, portraits, still life, etc.).

            By Eyeflick January 19, 2011.

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            I have seen a bundle of Nikon D3100 with 55-300 lense however in most of the other websites we only find 70-300 lense   (2 Answers)

            I have seen a bundle of Nikon D3100 with 55-300 lense however in most of the other websites we only find 70-300 lense. Is 55-300 authentic Nikon/Nikor lense? Is 55-300 compatable with Nikon D3100?

            By Anonymous April 18, 2011.

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              Yes, it is. And is compatible. The 70-300 is so commented because it has faster autofocus, less distortion and better build quality if compared to the 55-300. But you get drawbacks with 70-300: it's heavier and it's not a DX lens. It is originally designed for cameras like D700 and D3, called full frame (their sensors are bigger). On cameras like your D3100 and my D5100, the 70-300 is actually a 105-450. Lenses for full frame bodies work with their focal lenghts multiplied by 1.5 when mounted on DX bodies (like ours).

              By D5100User August 12, 2011.

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              Can this lens be used on the NIKON D40?   (2 Answers)

              By Anonymous November 25, 2010.

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                Yes, you can use the 70-300 AF-S lens. Nikon offers two types of autofocus digital camera bodies: those with a built-in focus drive motor and those which require a lens to have a motor.The D40 does not have a focus motor, it can be smaller and lighter but does require the lens to have the focusing motor – an “AF-S” lens. While these bodies can use a lens with no focus motor (an “AF” lens) you would have to manually turn the focus ring to bring the subject in to sharp focus.

                By NikonStaff November 28, 2010.

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              wich of those lenses 70-300 or 55-300 will work better for my d3300 nikon , for sports and overall.   (3 Answers)

              By mao67 January 28, 2016.

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                Either one of those lenses would be perfect for sports. The better optics is in the 70-300, however, the 55-300 will give you excellent shots. It does depend on your budget and what you would be willing to spend. The extra money you spend on the 70-300 will be well worth it.

                By NikonStaff January 29, 2016.

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              Will the Nikon 70-300mm VR work with the D5500?   (4 Answers)

              By Anonymous November 29, 2015.

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                It should most Nikon lens are compatible with most Nikon F mounts I have the D3300

                By staceybear January 17, 2016.

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                I have the Nikon D5000 and already have the 70-300mm lens...I really want something that zooms in closer and I really could use a recomendation....Ple   (2 Answers)

                By stacie July 26, 2011.

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                  You might look for teleconverters from third-party brands like Kenko. Nikon has no teleconvertes for the 70-300 lens. But be aware that every teleconverter "darken" the lens. The F4 maximum aperture will become at least F5.6 (depending on the teleconverter multiplying factor). Nikon sells 400mm lenses, which will work like 600mm on your D5000. But they are expensive. If it fits your budget...

                  By D5100User August 12, 2011.

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