Nikon DSLR cameras, Nikkor lenses and other related gear, that I have been using in the last 15 years (since year 2000).
Just a little over ten years ago I joined a small group of Thai journalists on a tour of the Nikon Factory, just outside of Bangkok, Thailand. Little did Nikon realize that this story would get international coverage on the internet and give a rare glimpse of their manufacturing process to Nikon fans around the world.
A Tour of the Nikon Thailand Factory Story and Photography by George Mann- www.georgemannphoto.com The Nikon D70 Digital SLR camera is manufactured in Thailand and promising to become the camera of the year worldwide for 2004.
I am looking for a new light weight telephoto zoom solution right now, hiking around in the jungles of South-East Asia, you don’t want to carry either too many or too heavy lenses with you. The AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR has been the accepted champion for some time, but Nikon also offers a smaller, lighter and less expensive, DX telephoto super-zoom, the AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR.
The AF-S Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED VR has the advantage of being designed for FX format cameras, which means it can be used on both FX and DX camera bodies and it seems to be a stronger build.
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR is lighter, less expensive and of comparable image quality, but can only be used on DX camera bodies. On a long trek in the jungle I will probably only take lighter weight DX camera bodies anyway, so this may be a better choice.
I haven’t made up my mind yet, maybe I will end up buying both of them.
The following is a comparison chart of the two lenses.