Hi I am a photography hoobyist. At the moment I am using a Nikon D3100 with the standard kit lens (18-55mm). I am interested in taking photos of the moon. I am debating whether to buy a 55-200mm lens or a 55-300mm lens. Which one would be better?

P.S I am on a tight budget and I am looking for a lens for personal use, not commercial.

Would appreciate any answers!

Thank you!


If you want to come anywhere close to filling the frame when photographing the moon focal length is everything. Get the longest focal length lens you can afford. Unless you can afford a 1000mm+ lens, you will still need to crop your images for the moon to fill most of the frame.

  • I can only just fill the sensor on my 5dmkiii with a 2800mm telescope attached - so yes, 1000+ indeed :) – Luke Peterson Jun 16 '14 at 12:32