I have a Nikon D90 and currently use the following lenses:

  • Nikon 70-300mm VR Ed IF
  • Nikon 55-200mm DX AFS
  • Nikon 18-55mm DX
  • Sigma 70-300mm APO Macro

My question, is the Nikon 55-200mm unnecessary since I use the Nikon 70-300mm more often. Would these lenses fit a Nikon D3100?

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    Your title says "lenses upgrade". What do you mean by that? Or are you referring to whether your lenses will work if you upgrade the body to a D3100? – MikeW Dec 7 '14 at 18:16
  • All of your lenses are unnecessary if you don't even understand what they are or what they do. If you aren't sure what they are, get rid of all of them then don't buy anything until you understand with complete clarity why buying another lens would be necessary. – dpollitt Dec 7 '14 at 19:50
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    As an aside, assuming your looking to upgrade to the 3100... I wouldn't. In terms of specs the 3100 may look better on paper, but in terms of usability it's a step backwards. All the on camera controls on the D90 are replaced with menus on the 3100. There is no top LCD. You need to be looking at anything from the D7000 up. – ElendilTheTall Dec 7 '14 at 20:07
  • You do not need two 70-300 lenses. The Sigma is not a true macro (1:1 resolution). Looking at your lens collection, I would suggest you sell all your lenses and get a Nikon 18-200 or Tamron 18-270 (I had a Nikon D90 and bought a Tamron 18-270, and was happy for long 4 years). If you need macro, get a dedicated macro lens (Tamron 90mm f/2.8). Nikon uses same F-mount on all its DSLRs and hence, your lenses will fit on D3200. But, getting a D3200 is not an upgrade over D90, to me that is a downgrade. Nikon's D3xxx and D5xxx are entry level cameras. Get a D7xxx series for a true upgrade. – Niranjan Dec 8 '14 at 2:41

You have three telephoto zoom lenses, which to me looks like two too many.

But I think that it depends on you, and you should know which of the three you don't need.


I would say you certainly don't need TWO 70-300mm lenses. I

The 55-200 is half the weight of the 70-300, so might be worth keeping (and the 55-70 range would be useful too - but if you only had 18-55 and 70-300, the "gap" is nothing to really worry about)

The Sigma 70-300 isn't a true (1:1) macro, but if you're happy with it as a macro lens then keep it, but I'd consider trading that for a smaller, true macro lens like the Nikon 60mm - you'll get more magnification and sharper pictures.

All the lenses would work on a D5100.

The Nikon 70-300 VR will work on a full frame camera should you ever upgrade to one. The 18-55 and 55-200 (DX lenses) will not.

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