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$199 Nikon 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor VR Vibration Reduction Lens - Refurbished by Nikon U.S.A. - Adorama

lintmail 137 50 September 12, 2016 at 02:35 PM in Other (3)
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This [adorama.com] lens usually runs for $50 more on Amazon [amazon.com]. (In fact, I just bought it there ... sigh.)

I'm just a novice photographer and wanted to get this to take picture of the kids' sporting activities. In my one week of testing, I really like it. My understanding is that the 70-300 mm Nikkor is a slightly better lens but I couldn't justify the price.

I've only bought a handful of things from Adorama but I believe it's considered a reputable company.
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Nice. Not sure if to get this or a 55-200mm vrii
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Quote from themisfit1222 View Post :
Nice. Not sure if to get this or a 55-200mm vrii
The 55-200mm is a very light and cheap feeling lens, but it is also much more compact. I purchased both this and the 55-200mm vrii and ended up giving the 55-200mm to my brother. Even with the compact and weight savings, I couldn't justify using the 55-200mm. The extra range is significant if you think you'll make use of it. If not, save the money and weight with the 55-200mm. Last few deals I've seen have the 55-200mm at $89 I believe vs $200 for this
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Any comments on this vs a 70-300VR for $400 refurbished?
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Any comments on this vs a 70-300VR for $400 refurbished?
The difference is the weight (70-300mm is heavier and larger) and the 70-300mm has significantly faster autofocus. If you are planning on shooting fast moving subjects, you'd probably have to consider the step up to the 70-300.
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Any comments on this vs a 70-300VR for $400 refurbished?
The best price I've seen for the 70-300VR is $300 refurbished.
At the $300 point for the 70-300, I'd probably go for the 70-300 since it's full frame and has faster focus than the 55-300mm. (But that's also because I have a "bought used" D700 that can't use the DX lens.)

With the 70-300 at $400, I'd just go for the the the 55-300DX lens if I had no plans to purchase an FX body in the future. Especially since 70 is 105 equivalent on a DX body and is too far in the telephoto range to allow the lens to be on the camera for most out and about nature/landscape situations. (I was out today shooting with my DX body with a 35mm and the 55-300VRII lenses, and the 55-300 was usable for most wider shots at 55, but I still had to swap back the 35mm for a few shots... it's quite a pain to be changing lenses in a strong breeze near the coast... If I had the 70-300, it would have required me to switch a lot more since I was able to back up a bit to get some shots with the 55 that I would not have had room for with the 70.) It all depends on how you shoot though.

Oh, I got my 55-300 with the package deal with the 18-55 and the D7100 refurbed for $700. So didn't acquire it separately, and was just too lazy to sell the lens from the package and ended up using it. (My 18-55 spends most of its time in the lens bag at home.)
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Quote from darkclownjoe View Post :
The 55-200mm is a very light and cheap feeling lens, but it is also much more compact. I purchased both this and the 55-200mm vrii and ended up giving the 55-200mm to my brother. Even with the compact and weight savings, I couldn't justify using the 55-200mm. The extra range is significant if you think you'll make use of it. If not, save the money and weight with the 55-200mm. Last few deals I've seen have the 55-200mm at $89 I believe vs $200 for this
89 for the 55mm-200mm???? where? i have been seeing it new at 149.
i have almost jumped on the 149 price.

http://www.adorama.com/l/Lenses/N...phen-200mm
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Quote from themisfit1222 View Post :
89 for the 55mm-200mm???? where? i have been seeing it new at 149.
i have almost jumped on the 149 price.

http://www.adorama.com/l/Lenses/N...phen-200mm
I guess more recently the deals have been coming up as $99 for refurb, but before they used to be coming out nearly every month at $89
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