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Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Nikkor Zoom Lens
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- 55-200mm zoom Nikon lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture for Nikon digital SLR cameras
- 2 extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration and superior optics
- Super-integrated coating minimizes ghosting and flare for more vivid images in dim lighting
- Silent Wave Motor produces quick and quiet high-speed autofocusing; weighs 9 ounces
- Measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 3.1 inches long; 5-year warranty
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Devices||Nikon DX|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-37|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Image Stabilization||Vibration reduction up to 3 stops|
|Included Components||LC-52 Snap-on Front Lens Cap - LF-1 Rear Lens Cap|
|Item Dimensions||2.87 x 2.87 x 3.94 inches|
|Item Display Weight||0.35 Kilograms|
|Item Weight||0.74 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||1.10 m|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||1 YEAR|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, plastic mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F4.0 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||55 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||15|
|Number of Groups||11|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 mm|
|Real Angle Of View||28.5 Degrees|
|Shipping Weight||1.37 pounds|
From the Manufacturer
This versatile and compact 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR lens brings the action to the photographer. Ideal for portraiture, family, sports, nature and wildlife.
AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens Highlights:
- An ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element minimizes chromatic aberration, contributing to superior optical performance
- Focus mode switch enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus)
- 7-blade rounded diaphragm provides more natural out-of-focus highlights
- Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture
- New compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SW) enables ultra-high speed auto focusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation
- The lens is constructed with 15 elements in 11 groups
Package Type: Standard Packaging
Top Customer Reviews
As for image quality, search the various internet photo sites, such as dpreview and nikonians for sample photos taken with this lens by real users. The results are impressive! My copy produces similar results. The previous reviewer must have a bad sample.
Of course, the lens is slow (like almost all consumer zoom lenses), in that its widest aperture is smaller than a professional zoom or prime lens, so it's not a good choice for action photography in lower light conditions (like indoor sports without flash or outside sports at dusk). But a fast telephoto zoom will cost at least three times as much and weigh a ton.
I give the lens 5 stars based on a combination of image quality, value, and compactness/lightness.
Times sure have changed. There's hardly a metal camera to be found and you can carry a bag full of equipment in one hand. The Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Zoom Nikkor is the latest lightweight from this heavyweight of the camera industry.
Plastic construction right down to its lens mount. This thing looks and feels like the label should say Fisher Price and not Nikon. However, looks can be deceiving as I soon found out.
My only reason for buying this lens was that I needed to fill a void in my kit until I saved up enough for a 70-200mm f2.8. I had no intention of keeping the 55-200 VR once the 70-200 arrived.
After shooting with the 55-200 for a few months I've come to appreciate what it can do. It's limited to use in good light as even VR can't change the laws of physics. In this case, it's not even the current VR-II but the original VR that Nikon developed a few years ago.
With sufficient light and good technique, the 55-200 is capable of very good performance. No, it's not as sharp and contrasty as the 70-200. It's also not going to survive the bad weather or a few solid knocks that professional use would expose it to.
Where the 55-200 excels is in its portability and above average performance. For travel or just walking around, it would be hard to beat this lens if it's used within its limits. I use mine on a D80 and have no problem getting excellent 13x19" prints.
As an added bonus, it works very well with the Nikon CL3T closeup lens and does double duty as a macro zoom.Read more ›
One problem a lot of people are going to have with this lens is its feeling of cheapness. It is very light and feels insubstantial and, for a Nikkor, cheaply made. It is a high quality item - the quality of the plastics used is good, and it is put together well enough to function as well as it does, after all, which is not to be taken for granted - but it is not a good "feeling" lens. The zoom ring has a light feel combined with a bit of static friction, the combination of which makes it easy to overshoot your intended framing when adjusting, and often you will need to go back and forth several times to get exactly the framing you want, which takes extra time and effort - and which, for me at least, reminds me of the lens' cheapness each time it happens. The focus ring is hard to find and too fast for fine control, and it doesn't have any range markings or depth of field markings at all. In addition, you have to flip a switch to go between manual and auto focus, unlike most other AF-S lenses. Other reviewers have concluded that the lens just wasn't really intended to be used much as a manual-focus lens, and I tend to agree. It is workable, but not intuitive and slower than it would be with most lenses. Since manual focus is necessary for many types of telephoto shots, this is a real factor for some buyers.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The VR I version of the Nikon 55-200mm zoom lens is being sold for half the price of the VR II version, making it a best buy. Read morePublished 4 days ago by alanhouston
I bought this for my daughter for Christmas and she loves it. Has taken her photography business in a new direction.Published 8 days ago by Louis Short
It's just what I needed,for what I do. Freelance photographer.Published 12 days ago by Amazon Customer
These lens was to replace the lens I currently own. Well here the issue, the lens stop operating the way suppose to. The photos that were taking with this lens are horrible. Read morePublished 16 days ago by Amazon Customer
Kicked myself for not buying the zoom lens years ago when we bought the camera, so when I came across this one, I had to give it a shot! WHAT A DIFFERENCE! Read morePublished 17 days ago by Beth