The type of photography that you are planning to use is an important decision factor. Here we have evaluated the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 VC USD and the Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G VR for their suitability to various photography scenarios:
Size and Weight Comparison
Size of a lens is an important deciding factor when comparing two lenses.Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G VR is the longer of the two lenses at 144mm. The Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 VC USD with a length of 143mm is 1mm shorter. On the other hand, the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 VC USD has a larger diameter of 82mm compared to Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G VR's 80mm diameter.
Weight of a lens is as important as its external dimensions, especially if you are planning to hand hold your camera and lens combination for longer periods. Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G VR weighs 745g, 2% (20g) lighter than the Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 VC USD's weight of 765g.
Below you can find the dimension and weight table of the 'Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for size comparison purposes.
Telephoto Zoom Lenses in Nikon F (FX) Mount for Size Comparison
Both Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 VC USD and Nikon 70-300mm f4.5-5.6G VR has the same Nikon F (FX) lens mount. Some of the latest released cameras that are compatible with the Nikon F (FX) lenses are Nikon D6, Nikon D780 and Nikon D3500.
Tamron 70-300mm f4-5.6 VC USD is also available in Canon EF mount.