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AFcable Nov 11, 2010 11:22 AM

I am looking for a zoom lens and was wondering which lens to get. Is there a huge difference in the 55-200 mm and 70-300 mm?

TCav Nov 11, 2010 11:49 AM

The difference between 55mm and 70mm is an angle of view of about 28 and 20. The difference between 200mm and 300mm is an angle of view of about 7 and 5.

The biggest difference is that 55-200 lenses are made exclusively for APS-C bodies, and 70-300 lenses can be used by both APS-C and 'Full Frame' bodies. As a result, the 70-300 lenses are bigger and heavier than the 55-200 lenses.

Wizzard0003 Nov 11, 2010 2:21 PM

What TCav said, plus here's reviews of both from

Open each in separate windows and you can compare spec's side by side... ;)



Plus, there is a new 70-300mm from Tamron... If you're interested it's
being discussed in these threads...

Hope that helps somehow... :)

AFcable Nov 11, 2010 4:05 PM

It does help. I am new to all of this and I'm trying to get a good zoom lens but don't know which is the best. I have a D3000 and just have the 18-55mm lens. Do I need to look for something specific? Sorry if this sounds like a dumb question.

Wizzard0003 Nov 11, 2010 4:48 PM

It's hard to say what's best as it depends on what you yourself like/want and what
kind of shooting you want the lens for... The lenses mentioned will be pretty good
in good light but again it all depends on what your expectations are, what your skill
level is and what your usual subject will be...

What kind of pictures do you plan to use this lens for and will the light be good or
do you want to take shoots in low light, like night time or indoor sports, etc...?

AFcable Nov 11, 2010 5:04 PM

I am very new and I'm still learning about my camera. This is just a hobby and I take alot of pictures of my children. I like to take outdoor pictures and nature pictures.

TCav Nov 11, 2010 5:48 PM

The Nikon 70-300 G AF-S VR is a very good lens, and it's stabilized. If that's outside your price range, the Tamron 70-300 Di LD is good and costs a lot less, but it's not stabilized. As long as you can keep the shutter speeds fast, image stabilization won't matter.

Wizzard0003 Nov 11, 2010 8:03 PM

If you're on a budget and just a hobbiest that Tamron 70-300mm f/4-5.6 Di LD that
TCav mentioned is a real decent bang for buck lens... It will also let you see what
a lens in this range is like without too much of a financial investment... ;)

AFcable Nov 11, 2010 9:47 PM

Thank you all for the advice it has helped alot.

simple Nov 18, 2010 12:47 AM

im thinking of getting the tamron 18 - 270 mm as it will cover most of my shooting still undecided at the minute though , i have a 55 - 200 nikon but always need to change the lenses when shooting buildings to a 18 - 105 for the wide angle

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