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Im going on holiday to disney in june and new York in Jan and need a new lens for my Nikon D3000.

At the mo I only have a 18-55mm lens.

I need something that will zoom in a bit further.

I have been reading up on these but im still unsure

The 55 - 200 is about £127
the 55 - 300 is about £215

in realistic terms how far will each of these zoom in and is there a big difference between them?

Would i need the zoom factor of a 300?
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A lot would depend on the f numbers for them.
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G VR Lens

Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Black Lens
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post #4 of 6
I don't use Nikon, obviously, but it appears the 55-200 is the better deal here. From what I've seen by looking at a couple reviews, the 55-300 is extremely soft at 300mm, even when stopping down to f/8 and f/11.
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post #5 of 6
It's hard to beat the 55-200 VR for the price. Very light and very sharp, even wide open. I've not heard much good about the 55-300 VR. However, if you really need the extra reach, I highly recommend the 70-300 VR. Refurbished, it costs about the same as the 55-300 VR, focuses very quickly, has full-time override for manual focus, is deadly sharp at 70 mm, and substantially sharper than the 55-300 VR at the far end.

However, if you don't need the reach or want a lightweight lens to carry, the 55-200 VR is a fine choice.
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light weight would be better as i only have a d3000 which is a light body so don't really want a massive lens.

i'll probably just buy the 55-200 i don't think i'll need the extra range.
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