Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR

Last updated (20 January’13):
- Review & Sample Photos @ CameraLabs

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR is a telephoto zoom lens features 55-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/4-5.6. The lens construction has 15 elements in 11 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 8 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 3.6 feet and has a filter size of 52mm. The Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR lens weighs 11.8 ounces and it measures 2.9 inches in diameter and 2.9 inches long.

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR
Overall Rating: ★★★★½


Expert Reviews

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Reviews

CameraLabs reviews the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR and writes;
“So overall, a good result here for the DX 55-200mm at 70mm, although with tests performed at the longer end of the optical range we noticed some softening and coloured fringing in the extreme corners compared to the 70-300mm… So the results here are testament to the quality of the DX 55-200mm VR – it’s a class act for the money.”


Rating: ★★★★☆

KenRockwell reviews the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR and writes;
“Get one! It’s the best deal in telephotos today. Canon has nothing similar; their 70-300mm IS costs $550. I don’t see anything similar with IS or VR from Tamron, Tokina or Sigma either in this price range.”
Rating: N/A

Photozone reviews the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR and writes;
“The build quality is actually pretty good and a clear step up from the older AF-S 55-200mm non-VR. That said it is still a consumer grade lens with a plastic body (down to the lens mount). The very broad rubberized zoom ring feels reasonably smooth.”
Rating: N/A

Bythom.com reviews the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR and writes;
“Still, for the price, getting any VR coupled with the excellent optics of this lens makes for a much better image than you could take with almost any other X-200mm non-VR lens.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

PopPhotoMag reviews the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR and writes;
“SQF tests found Excellent sharpness and contrast at all focal lengths — an improvement over the earlier, non-VR version of this lens. DxO Analyzer 2.0 tests found Imperceptible barrel distortion at 55mm (0.08%), and Slight pincushion distortion at 105mm and 200mm (0.24% and 0.19%, respectively).”
Rating: N/A

SLRGear.com reviews the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR and writes;
“Build quality is better than we’d normally expect from a “budget” lens, with smooth operation of both the manual focus and zoom rings, and no play between lens components. Another happy discovery was that this lens is an internal focus design, so there’s no rotation of the front element/filter threads during focusing, nor during zooming for that matter.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photoreview.com.au reviews the Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR and writes;
“For its construction and price, the review lens turned in a better-than-expected performance in our objective and subjective tests. Test shots were sharper-looking with better contrast and colour rendition than you would expect from the price of this lens and image quality was very even across the zoom range. “
Rating: ★★★★½

Features & Specifications

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR Specifications

Versatile and compact 3.6 Zoom-Nikkor brings the action to the photographer. Ideal for portraiture, family, sports, nature and wildlife. Approximates the picture angle characteristic of an 82-300mm lens in the 35mm format. Nikon’s VR (Vibration Reduction) reduces the effects of camera shake, allowing hand-held shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible for dramatically sharper images.

An ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) Glass element minimizes chromatic aberration, contributing to superior optical performance. New compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SW) enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation. Enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).


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