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DX Nikkor 55-300mm VR vs. Nikkor 70-300mm VR

Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX NIKKOR Lens for Nikon Digital SLR
AF-S NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR

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.

Nikon 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S VR Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR Cameras

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.

Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens for Nikon Digital SLR

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.

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