get more tele­photo reach

When you need to really cover the dis­tance, you’ll need to up­grade your tele­photo lens

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Some­times a sin­gle kit lens with a new cam­era just isn’t enough, and deal­ers of­ten tempt you with a bonus tele­photo zoom to seal the deal. With Nikon DX cam­eras, the bonus lens in ques­tion is likely to be the AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED, or the newer Mk II edi­tion that fea­tures the same re­tractable de­sign as the 18-55mm VR II kit lens.

Thanks to the 1.5x crop fac­tor of DX for­mat cam­eras, the max­i­mum ef­fec­tive fo­cal length is a use­ful 300mm. How­ever, if you up­grade to an FX-for­mat 70-300mm lens, you’ll get a mas­sive ef­fec­tive tele­photo reach of 450mm. This ri­vals the range of a big su­per-tele­photo lens on an FX cam­era, while keep­ing size and weight well un­der con­trol.

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