Nikon G vs D Lenses

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Kevin, Sep 4, 2007.

  1. Kevin

    Kevin Guest

    Looking at a telephoto zoom - a Nikon 70-300mm. I've seen some good reviews
    of this as a decent budget lens. Question is, whats the difference between
    the Nikkor 70-300mm f/4-5.6D ED in the $300 range and the Nikkor 70-300mm
    f/4-5.6G in the $140 range.
    Kevin, Sep 4, 2007
    1. Advertisements

  2. The 70-300mm ED has an aperture ring, whereas the $140 G version does
    not. This primarily matters if you use the lens with older film

    The 70-300mm ED has a metal lens mount, whereas the $140 G version
    makes do with a plastic lens mount. Both are built to favor lower
    weight over durability, but the G version even more so.

    The 70-300mm ED has a slightly better manual focus ring.

    Finally, the ED version has a single small ED element towards the
    very back of the lens, whereas Nikon makes no such claim for the
    G version. Whether this makes a difference in image quality depends
    on who you talk to.

    I own the ED version and have never shot with the G version. I
    find it a tricky lens to use. It's very light and lacks a tripod
    mount, so it seems only natural to handhold the lens. However,
    it's sufficiently slow that if you do handhold at any ISO less than
    400, chances are you'll either end up selecting too slow a shutter
    speed to avoid shake and/or shooting wide open, where this lens is
    not at its best.

    There's also a newer AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED,
    which is reported to be better (and more expensive) than either of
    the older models.
    Michael Benveniste, Sep 4, 2007
    1. Advertisements

Ask a Question

Want to reply to this thread or ask your own question?

You'll need to choose a username for the site, which only take a couple of moments (here). After that, you can post your question and our members will help you out.