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Old 01-05-2014, 11:24 PM   #1
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200mm vs 300mm quality

Hey guys, looking to possibly sell my nikon 55-200mm VR lens for a 300mm to get more range for my shots at work (airport). Just curious is the quality will drop at full zoom.

Might get this

http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._4_5_5_6G.html

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http://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/produc..._70_300mm.html
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Old 01-07-2014, 12:45 AM   #2
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From what I read, I would go with the VR version. On that full range you will definitely need VR if you are shooting handheld.
I am also contemplating on these two, but I saw a 80-210mm f4 on Craig's list. Very tempted to buy that one but I don't know if I should buy used one not knowing much about it.
How much are you planning to sell the 55-200 VR for? I might buy it if I don't like that one.
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Old 01-07-2014, 07:31 PM   #3
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That 70-300 is probably one of nikon's worse lenses sold in the past decade, imo. At 300 its properly bad...
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Can't find the review right now, but the af-s with vr version of that 70-300 is pretty good. Don't know anything about the version posted though.

Check out photo forums for better deals on used gear. Fred miranda and dpreview are two.

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Old 01-13-2014, 11:56 AM   #5
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Probably a bit late to this party but here's some light reading:

70-300 - http://www.photozone.de/nikon_ff/620...70300f4556vrfx

Can't find a similar review on that site for the 55-300 but to answer your question, no. If you hold the quality of both lenses equal, a lens at 300mm will have the same quality as one at 200mm. Obviously if you change the quality of the lens, your image quality will improve or degrade accordingly as well. Lenses with a larger range between wide and telephoto will typically have worse quality than one with a smaller range (again, holding quality equal) as there are more compromises in lens design with a larger range.

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