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Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens

by Nikon
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Price: $189.00 & FREE Shipping
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  • Ultra-compact 3x zoom lens made exclusively for use with Nikon Digital SLR models
  • 55-200mm focal length
  • f4-5.6 maximum aperture
  • Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare
  • Silent Wave Motor
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Important Warranty Information: All Nikkor autofocus lenses from Nikon Inc. USA include four years of Nikon Extended Service Coverage at no charge. Be sure to look for the Nikon ESC certificate with every Nikkor lens purchase you make.

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Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 3.1 x 3.1 x 3.1 inches ; 1 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0009HN57Y
  • Item model number: 2156
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (174 customer reviews)
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  • Date first available at Amazon.com: October 2, 2001

Product Description

From the Manufacturer

The Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Nikkor Zoom Lens is an ultra compact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens with a 3.6x and 55- to 200-millimeter focal range that offers a remarkable cost-to-performance ratio. Optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs, this lens is ideally suited for the Nikon D50 digital SLR camera.

This affordable and powerful zoom offers the performance equivalent to an 82.5- to 300-millimeter lens in 35mm format and is suitable for everything from candid portraits to sports, nature, and wildlife photography. Featuring a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) that offers smooth and quite auto focus performance, this lens comes in black and measures a compact 2.7 inches in diameter by 3.1 inches in length and weighs approximately nine ounces.

For optics, the lens employs two ED glass elements that achieve a high resolution and contrast while minimizing chromatic aberration and other forms of distortion. By using this lens along with the Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f3.5-5.6G ED lens (sold separately), photographers can achieve a focal length range from 18-millimeter wide-angle to 200-millimeter telephoto, providing a picture angle equivalent to a 27- to 300-millimeter lens in 35mm format. This range allows you to cover an extremely wide variety of subjects and shooting situations.

Note: This lens is not compatible with 35mm or IX240 format film cameras.

What's in the Box
Lens, snap-on front lens cap (LC-52), rear cap (LF-1), hood (HB-34), and semi-soft case (CL-0815).

Product Description


  • Versatile and ultra-compact with a powerful focal length range of 55-200mm designed exclusively for Nikon DX format SLRs, this is an ideal 3.6X zoom lens for portraiture, sports or wildlife
  • An excellent companion to the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED
  • New compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation
  • Nikon Super Integrated Coating minimizes ghosting and flare to provide even higher contrast and more vivid images, even in challenging light conditions
  • Two ED glass elements achieve minimized chromatic aberration and superior optical performance
  • Focus Mode switch enables quick-switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus)
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm for more natural out-of-focus highlights

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Customer Reviews

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With "Nikon" on the product what would you expect except excellent quality and service.
M. Wolfe
Speedy focus, light weight, and very good picture quality.
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews

334 of 352 people found the following review helpful By Nor'easter VINE VOICE on February 2, 2006
I bought this lens to complement the 18-55mm lens that came with my D50. The people who criticize this lens certainly have the right to their opinions but I don't feel they are keeping the price of the lens in perspective while reviewing the lens. One can spend thousands of dollars on a single Nikon lens. And to me, the fact that I can get a lens with great optics that's a little slow but is incredibly light for under $200 is nothing short of miraculous. If you would have told someone in 1968 that a lens of this quality would be available for such a low price, they would have laughed. Nikon is indeed the king of making lenses and they had made a lens that allows those that are beginners or who can't afford incredibly high priced lenses the ability to step into a very nice range lens with great optics for a pittance of what professional lenses cost. So what if it's a little slow? If I had the money, I guess I'd be spending $1500 on every lens but the fact is I don't have those resources and appreciate Nikon opening the door and letting me in on the fun too at a very reasonable price for a very reasonable quality lens. For those that dislike this lens, take it back and get a truly great lens for 10 times the price- they're available- no ones' stopping you- so why knock this lens down so badly? It services a certain market- those of us who want nice pictures but can't afford super fast super expensive lenses. These lenses are what they are. Quit all the whining and either just enjoy the lens for what it can do considering it's very low price or go out and buy that expensive lens that does everything you want it to. The super lenses are there for the buying. It's Not like they're not available and this is the only lens out there and Nikon is charging $700 dollars for it. I could understand some whining then. I got this lens on sale for $140. That's incredible. Enjoy this lens for all that it can do for such a reasonable price!
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104 of 111 people found the following review helpful By W. Reid on July 2, 2005
Just got this lens for my Nikon D50, which I bought because it is smaller and lighter than the D70s. This lens is amazing; it's the same size as the D50 kit lens (18mm-55mm zoom) and the same weight. For someone like me who values carrying around the least weight possible, this is exactly the right lens. And from the test shots I've made it looks to be plenty sharp enough for my taste. Autofocus is fast and silent. It amazes me that Nikon lens technology has progressed so much to produce such a lightweight and quality lens.
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63 of 66 people found the following review helpful By SBS on September 20, 2005
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I bought a Nikon D70s body only and put together a range of coverage from 10mm through 500mm including the 55-200mm Autofocus Nikkor Zoom. It is, as most of the DX lenses, a plastic based barrel and is light enough to travel and easy to hand hold in most lighting situations. Although I have not had the lens that long, it seems to be fast focusing and sharp optically. If it holds up as well as it appears from other reviews I have read, the price makes it a good general usage lens. The plastic construction should not be held as a negative as it seems to be sturdy nonetheless. The manual/autofocus switch is easy to use and the lens shade bayonets in and also stores reversed by bayoneting as well. The mount is plastic but, unless you abuse your equipment, seems to seat well and does not appear to be a negative factor.
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45 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Nick Tropiano on April 5, 2011
Amateurs bought Nikon's VR marketing (3 stop advantage!) hype hook, line, and sinker and jumped on the VR bandwangon, abandoning this non-VR version of the lens, flooding the used market with their old non-VR lenses leaving an astonishing value on the table. Couple reasons why this lens, the non-VR version, might be a better choice for you. 1. Pros don't use VR all that much! No. They shoot at higher shutter speeds and turn VR on only when absolutely needed. (Amateurs leave it on when it's not needed/does nothing but suck the battery all the time.) 2. To that point, shooting at 1/250 - 1/500 is as good/better than VR as VR /can/ negatively impact your image in a subtle way... Pros shoot teles on a tripod (low-tech, tiz true, but nothing beats it...)or at a min of 1/250 shutter speed or higher 3. Below 200mm? Truthfully, you really don't need VR at all - almost ever. Many/most of the pics you take with this mid-range tele will be below 200mm. 4. VR drains batteries - badly. Expect the life of your battery to be cut by 1/3 if you leave VR on... 5. It's a tele... most amateurs shoot these outdoors when there's plenty of light, which is how I plan to use it. Shooting with a tele in a church or other indoor events? By all means, get the VR version. But then again if you're an event photographer who shoots with mid-telephoto lenses indoors, you probably ain't using this slow consumer lens in the first place. So, here's the VR "work around" shoot shutter priority at the highest shutter speed you can get away with above 1/250 minimally or 1/500th (you don't really need to go much higher). And just shoot. In bad (low) light, shoot in RAW. Let the picture underexpose up to two stops. It will look dim and like crap in your LCD. Who cares?Read more ›
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50 of 57 people found the following review helpful By S. Misra on July 15, 2006
Nikon 55-200 AF-S DX makes a perfect complement to the kit lens for Nikon D50 (the 18-55 AFS DX). The size of the lens is similar to the kit lens and it weighs marginally more with the construction quality being all plastic consumer grade.

The autofocus is smooth, noiseless and fast in good light conditions. The 4-5.6 aperture of course makes it not suitable for any low light photography particularly without VR. The small size and weight means it's excellent for carrying around on trips unlike some professional quality lenses of similar range like the 70-200 2.8D.

The picture quality is all right for a consumer grade product. Though I must report some noticeable vignetting at the longer focal lengths which is a big dampener for an otherwise fine compact telephoto lens. Not sure how well it compares with the Nikon 70-300G model, though the jury is split in the middle about the verdict as to which one is better in the photography forums. However, the additional reach as well as lower cost of the 70-300G makes it worthy of serious consideration.
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