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Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Fri Dec 26, 2014 7:46 am

Hi,

I been recently thinking about upgrading from a Nikon 55-200mm to a 55-300mm and what I have been wondering is how much more reach the 55-300mm will give me versus the 55-200mm? Do you think it would be worth the upgrade?

Thanks!
Kenneth A.
 
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Fri Dec 26, 2014 3:35 pm

Hi Kenneth,
I had a Nikon 55-300mm in the past and can say that it is a good lens.
Optical quality will be the same as 55-200mm + extra weight.
I have used it for short time because of not-so-fast autofocusing speed and sold it.
Afterwards I got a Nikon 70-300mm VR which is fantastic in my opinion.
A couple of shots taken with D90 + 55-300 mm lens.
https://www.airliners.net/photo/SCAT-...d=8a7104019b02ec18fe41246b7998d511
https://www.airliners.net/photo/Air-A...d=8a7104019b02ec18fe41246b7998d511
I would suggest you to go for 70-300mm VR if you can afford it.
70-300mm x 1.5 crop factor will give you 105-450mm which is very handy.
Assuming you have a 18-105 kit lens so you covered from 18 up to 450mm.
With best regards from Almaty
 
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Fri Dec 26, 2014 4:54 pm

Kenneth- I had the same lens as you have (55-200mm) and loved it. Although in mid-day it suffered from extreme CA, it is a good beginner lens. The 55-300 will be a more lateral move, as the only benefit is the added 100mm or extra reach. However, the IQ will greatly degrade past 250mm. I would suggest you to check out the 70-300, as it has a more professional build and image quality. Depending on your budget, a Nikon 70-200f4 or an off-brand Tamron or Sigma 70-200 may create even better photographs.
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Sun Dec 28, 2014 3:17 am

Kenneth, I own the 55-200 and the 70-300. I didn't feel bad when the 55-300 came out and I think it's for good reason, as I've read the IQ is lower(slightly) with the 55-300. And yes you get enough of a zoom increase from 200mm to 300mm to make it a worthwhile investment, whichever lens you decide to go with. The difference between 500mm and 600mm is not nearly as noticeable, I tell myself as I try to not talk myself into upgrading my Sigma 150-500 for the new 150-600
 
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Sun Dec 28, 2014 12:03 pm

55-200 to 55-300 is too much of a side grade. I own the 55-300 (for travel) and the 70-300VR (my wife´s spotting lens) and the 70-300 the clearly superior. Apart from the better iQ it is also working on a FX sensor camera, which could be an advantage in the future. If you want to up-grade I think the AF-S 70-300VR gives you the best value for the money.
 
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Mon Dec 29, 2014 8:45 pm

I have the 55-300 and I echo the comments above. Overall, it is a good lens, but I noticed some softness past about 250mm. I only have had one shot accepted from that lens past 250, but, many below that.

Due to the issues above 250 and the need for more zoom, I recently upgraded to the Sigma 150-500. Definitely more expensive than the 55-300, but well worth it so far.
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Thu Jan 01, 2015 12:09 am

Thank you all for your replies! Sorry for the late response, I was not able to get on the last few days. I think I might wait and try and save some money so I can get the 70-300mm! Its to bad the 55-300's quality drops off like that around 250ish.

If I sell my current 55-200mm and keep my current 18-55mm do you think that gap of 15 mm from the 18-55 to the 70-300 will be a hassle?

Thank you all!

-Kenneth A.
 
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Thu Jan 01, 2015 3:17 am

Quoting monsoon84 (Reply 6):
If I sell my current 55-200mm and keep my current 18-55mm do you think that gap of 15 mm from the 18-55 to the 70-300 will be a hassle?

Go ahead on the 70-300, its an awesome lenses, and as said before its FX, so its very good in full frame and at cropped sensor something like 105-450. From 250-300 I always try to shoot at f8, but even at 5.6 its good.

I've been in this situation for some months, and its not bad, you can crop the image or go some steps front/back if necessary. I've changed the 18-55 for a 16-85, of course you have more flexibility and better image quality, but the 16-85 is much more expensive.

You have more options to fill this gap too, but you'll probably overlap more than 15mm, whats not bad in my opinion.

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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Fri Jan 02, 2015 2:26 am

Quoting monsoon84 (Reply 6):
If I sell my current 55-200mm and keep my current 18-55mm do you think that gap of 15 mm from the 18-55 to the 70-300 will be a hassle?

This little gap will not pose a problem for you. Use your feet to make something fit the frame within this gap.
 
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Fri Jan 02, 2015 7:54 am

I have learned that for aviation, I mostly use either my 18-35 or the 80-400 (on FX). The 35-70 mostly stays in the bag. You should be fine with a 18-55 and a 70-300.
 
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Fri Jan 02, 2015 12:34 pm

While the 70-300 is far from a pro lens, I have had three different versions of this lens and loved it. (Still nowhere as nice as my 70-200 f/2.8, but it's a hell of a lot smaller and lighter) On an APS-C you get 450. If you buy new, there's not much to worry about, but if you look used, keep in mind there are four versions including, an AF-D, an AF-D (ED), an AF-G and the AF-G VR versions. The VR is the best of the four that I've owned.
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Thu Jan 08, 2015 7:46 pm

Quoting Blimpie (Reply 10):
AF-G VR versions. The VR is the best of the four that I've owned.

I have just order this lens and I'm really excited to go out and use it for the first time.

This is a little off topic but in a lot of photos the area around the plane had an almost purple halo around it. I don't know if this is a know problem with lenses that don't have VR but I'm hoping that my new one will solve this problem.
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RE: Nikon 55-200 Vs 55-300?

Fri Jan 09, 2015 9:16 am

That is purple fringing. The DX version suffers from it. It can be corrected in post processing. The 70-300 is less likely to show it.

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