Upgrading to Nikon 18-300 zoom

by Betty Crokker   Last Updated January 14, 2018 01:18 AM

I've got two lenses for my Nikon DSLR (the D5100) - the 18-55 zoom it came with, and a 55-300 f4.5-5.6 zoom that I really enjoy for wildlife. The problem I'm running into, is that I often find my self in situations where I'm swapping back and forth between the two lenses which is (1) risky and (2) annoying.

I'm thinking to keep the 18-55 zoom for everyday use, and sell the 55-300 and get one of the 18-300 zooms. On nikon.com there are two flavors of 18-300 zoom, the only difference I see is that maxes at f6.3 and the other at f5.6.

  1. Is there any difference between those two 18-300 zoom lenses other than the maximum aperture?
  2. Is there any downside to what I'm planning, other than that the 18-300 zooms let in slightly less light than my 55-300 (and everything that entails)?
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Answers 1

The one with the dimmer aperture is the newer one. The main difference is that it is built to be much lighter at 550g vs 839g. It also has a newer stabilization system which is rated at 4 stops, vs 3.5, so that balances against the aperture difference.

There is no point keeping the 18-55mm once you have the 18-300mm which is in fact a better lens optically, although it is an ultra-zoom which compromises on ultimate quality in favor of versatility.

January 14, 2018 01:05 AM

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