My review of the Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G DX VR is now posted at http://www.bythom.com/nikkor-55-300mm-DX-lens-review.htm.
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- I would add another good point for the 55-200: very small size. Not a big difference in numbers (1 inch in length, mainly), but I could compare them side to side and the 55-200 fits nicely in vertical in a small pocket of my bag, where 55-300 had to go horizontal. Also the lens hood is one solid piece ;)
BTW Thom: I think the link to Nikon USA is wrong, I guess you lost a "52" after that "f%2" http://www.nikonusa.com/Nikon-Products/Product/Camera-Lenses/2197/AF-S-DX-NIKKOR-55-300mm-f%252F4.5-5.6G-ED-VR.htmlAug 16, 2011
- bought 55-200vr, light and good but returned it after a week and replaced with used 18-105 which makes me more happy=versatile, 55-200vr is a bit longer but seemed visibly softer at 200 and it is the 300 mm reach that now could make a difference for me. so thinking which one to choose but lack of focus override is big problem for 55-300 with autumn leaves falling around :-) Good price might dimnish that problem however, will see. af in 55-200vr which is supposed to be the same in 55-300 was noticably slower than af in 18-105. Not knowing which one I really need/is 70-300 worth its $ to me - I bought now something much wider..Aug 16, 2011
- The 70-300mm is a better match to the capabilities of the D7000, but the 55-200mm is surprisingly decent. It really depends upon what you're trying to achieve and how you shoot. As stated, the 70-200mm is a visible difference over the 55-200mm (when used correctly ;~), but you pay a very large price, both literally and in size/weight. Plus, of course, you have a two-stop advantage at 200mm, which shouldn't be undervalued.Aug 17, 2011
- I'm actually curious about the Nikkor 70-300mm VR compared to the new Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di VC USD since they share very similar designs and is very close in price point.Aug 21, 2011
- Haven't used the Tamron so can't say. But most recent Tamrons I have tried with the built-in focus motor aren't as fast to focus as AF-S lenses.Aug 21, 2011
- Hmm true.Aug 21, 2011
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