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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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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||—||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Micro-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Auto/Manual||Ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||2.87 x 3.94 x 2.87 in||2.8 x 3.27 x 2.8 in||2.76 x 2.09 x 2.76 in||3.07 x 3.1 x 3.1 in||3.07 x 3.82 x 3.07 in||3.03 x 4.84 x 3.03 in|
|Item Weight||0.74 lb||0.66 lb||7.05 ounces||0.56 lb||1.08 lbs||1.28 lbs|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||standard-prime||Zoom lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||35 millimeters||200 millimeters||140 millimeters||300 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||55 millimeters||55 millimeters||35 millimeters||55 millimeters||18 millimeters||55 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||52 millimeters||55 millimeters||52 millimeters||55 millimeters||67 millimeters||58 millimeters|
Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Zoom Nikkor Lens.What’s in the box: Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens, 52mm Snap-On Lens Cap, LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses, HB-37 Lens Hood, CL-0918 Soft Lens Case and 5-Year Warranty (1-Year International + 4-Year USA Extension).
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
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Remember that this is good for well lit environment and hence indoor photos may not come great unless properly lit. Cranking up ISO would requite a lot of post-processing of the image to improve the look. VR for high zoom is very helpful since I can use a slower shutter speed to increase the exposure. The main problem I face is the inconvenience of carrying and changing lenses. But I do recognize that a 18-200 mm lens would cost much more (more than 4 times the cost of this for Nikon brand and quality. Also it supposedly won't give as much quality as individual lenses).
Bottom line: If you are a budget photographer and not into hi-fi photography, this would be sufficient to take nice pictures in well lit environments. Buy a bigger bag for carrying it around with your camera.
+ It's thoroughly manageable to carry. This lens is ridiculously light and reasonably compact for a telephoto zoom. If you get a chance to handle its bulkier cousins, the 55-300mm and the 70-300mm (or third party equivalents), you'll appreciate just how little the plastic 55-200mm weighs. It also takes up next to no space in just about any gear bag, whether you bought it or improvised. You know what they say about the best camera, right? Same goes with lenses-- if you didn't carry it with you, it's not doing you any good! Even with the hood, it's compact.
+ Versatile zoom range. The 55-200mm reach gives you the ability to take shots while walking around without trouble. The wide end (55mm) is a medium telephoto in DX terms, but you can still be reasonably close in before having trouble fitting something in the frame. 200mm isn't going to get you near exotic wildlife, but you'd be surprised at how well you can grab birds or other small creatures with "just" 200mm. With the increasingly high-resolution sensors DSLRs are fitted with, you're also likely able to crop inwards a bit further if needbe.
+ Quiet. Focusing and vibration reduction are both very discreet, enough so that I'm more than comfortable using this lens during events. Audible? Sure, but not enough to bug anyone more than your standard shutter. Speaking of vibration reduction though...
+ Vibration reduction. It works. And it's completely worth it. You must remember that you're still going to get subject blur at lower shutter speeds, but for all intents and purposes I've been able to forget about handheld shake for daily shooting with this lens. It's really quite remarkable. On the other hand, don't think you're going to be doing much shooting during a car chase or anything.
+ Image quality is excellent. The lens is sharp with no particularly nasty characteristics, and no distortion that can't be fixed by your average post-processing RAW developer (or indeed, in-camera JPEG correction).
+ Beautiful compliment to the 18-55mm kit. Its aperture at the wide end (f/4) handily beats the kit lens' f/5.6, which can give you a little more breathing room if you need it without overlapping enough to make the kit lens superfluous.
+ Precise build and functional, tactile controls. The zoom ring is well damped, not prone to creeping, and turns with a great degree of precision for such a cheap lens. Sure, the manual focusing ring is tiny, but if you do need to use it I've found it works just fine (although a bit on the looser side). Infinitely better than the kit 18-55mm's ring, in my opinion.
+ Internal focusing. The lens doesn't extend unless you want it to, and the filter ring doesn't mess about if you're into polarizers or graduated ND filters.
+ 52mm filter size. This makes it a great companion to the kit lens (you can swap filters), and it's a common size that's easy to provide for.
+ Autofocus doesn't mess around. The lens isn't any more prone to hunting than you'd expect, and usually locks on quickly and silently.
- Focusing ring is a bit slim. If you do really want to take advantage of manual focus, you'd be better served by a lens that's ergonomically designed for it. In a similar fashion,
- Dedicated manual/autofocus modes. Nikon's more expensive lenses (or their newer primes) generally have a M/A mode which allows you to override the autofocus by simply grabbing the focus ring and turning. This lens requires that you switch the lens into manual before you make such adjustments (at the risk of damaging the lens otherwise).
- 200mm maximum reach means that more distant subjects may leave you wishing for "just a little more." That said, take this with a grain of salt-- I upgraded to a 300mm lens recently, and while I appreciate the additional range it's hardly a revolutionary change.
- Slower speeds. It's an f/4-5.6 lens, so it's not going to be pretty if you're shooting indoors or at night. Your camera will need to have a solid higher ISO performance if you want these kinds of shots; even with vibration reduction, you'll either hit the VR system's limits or run into subject blur unless you can shoot at at least ISO 800/1600.
This lens was my second, and while I've moved on since I will miss it dearly. Amazing lens and a wonderful, wonderful place to start with photography.