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Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Black Lens

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4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)
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  • Versatile and compact, this 3.6x zoom lens is ideal for portraiture, sports, nature and wildlife
  • VR (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to three shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element minimises chromatic aberration, contributing to superior optical performance
  • New compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high speed auto focusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation
  • Focus mode switch enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus)
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.6 x 5.1 x 5.1 cm ; 336 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Batteries Lithium Metal batteries required.
  • Item model number: 2166
  • ASIN: B000O161X0
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 1 Jan 2001
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (397 customer reviews)

Product Description

Manufacturer's Description

A high-quality compact 3.6x DX zoom lens that features Nikon’s cutting edge Vibration Reduction (VR) system and exclusive Silent Wave Motor (SWM). With optics designed for the Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras, this high-performance lens delivers a picture angle equivalent to that of a 35mm format, 82.5-300mm zoom lens.

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In Verwendung mit: VBA240AE - Nikon 55-200 4.0-5.6 IF-ED AF-S DX V
In Verwendung mit: VBA230K001 - Nikon 55-200 4.0-5.6 IF-ED AF-S DX V
In Verwendung mit: VBA230AE - Nikon 55-200 4.0-5.6 IF-ED AF-S DX V

Kompatibel mit:

Nikon SLR - D40
Nikon SLR - D40x
Nikon SLR - D5000
Nikon SLR - D60
Nikon SLR - D90


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309 of 316 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive for the price! 30 Mar 2009
By Josh
As a D40 owner, i was somewhat disappointed to find that i was limited by which lenses i could buy. Thankfully most of the zoom lenses that Nikon produce are AF-S and thus will autofocus fine.

Now, i was sorely tempted by a 70-300mm VR lens, but the price was simply to high to justify (as a keen amateur!). So, i ended up getting one of these instead - and it's possibly my favourite lens at the moment (i also have a Sigma 28-70mm f/2.8, Nikon 50mm f/1.8 and the Nikon AF-S 18-55mm kit).

I didn't have much chance to mess around with it at home (not much to shoot) so i took it with me to London this week to see how it performed. The first thing i noticed was how sharp my pictures were coming out. I've had a lot of use focussing manually with the 50mm, so nice automatic focussing was a pleasure! It's not the fastest in the world to focus, but it's good enough to get a bird in flight without too much of a problem.

The actual zoom range is great, if you hunger after something a bit longer than your kit lens then you won't be disappointed. With a zoom of around 4 times, if you own the 18-55 kit lens you'll have 10x optical zoom to play with, (200/55 = 3.6). Whilst the actual magnification isn't a large number, the actual focal length trounces most consumer cameras. Put simply, i was getting a bit of flak from my friends about "only having 3x optical zoom and not being able to 'get in further'". This lens shut them up nicely.

Get VR if at all possible, it compensates for your hand shaking slightly when you take your photos and lets you get down to slightly lower shutter speeds/smaller apertures if you need them.

Size wise it's small, a bit longer than the D40 kit lens and it comes with a handy lens hood. You'll need to get a clear filter to protect the front element - it'll take a 52mm diameter filter.

If you can afford it then i'd say get the 70-300, but this is stonking value for money!
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119 of 123 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Impressive performance for the money 19 Jun 2009
I am strictly an amateur photographer who likes to record my real passion, travel, so I bought this lens 2 months ago. I can't comment on long term durability, however I have just come back from 2 weeks travel in Alaska where it performed faultlessly. It was constantly swapped with the standard lens on my D40 which I used to shoot over 1100 images of landscapes and wildlife. The lens coped well with experimental shots of birds in full flight at maximum zoom and produced suprisingly sharp images. Bears, seals, moose and other more static subjects filled the viewfinder nicely and left me in no doubts that I had done the right thing to buy this in addition to the standard 18 - 55 lens (which is great for the huge landscapes and close shots of plant life). My only regret is that I can't afford the 300mm VR Nikon lens but for half the money this is a real bargain.
Lens changes were quick and the plastic lens mount won't be a problem if you are careful and patient with your equipment.
The bigger lens does add some weight to the camera but I found the VR system worked well to stabilise camera shake even on maximum zoom. The lens' AF worked well even on the camera's auto settings; I am still exploring the manual settings being a DSLR newbie. Overall I am really happy with the lens and would recommend it to other amateurs looking to extend their camera's (and their own) repertoire.
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181 of 189 people found the following review helpful
If you own a Nikon D series SLR with its stock autofocus DX series zoom lens rated at 18-55mm new style (equivalent to 27-83mm old style), this is the obvious next step purchase. Rated at 55-200mm new style (83-300mm old style) it's small, light and really does cut out camera shake to allow genuine "point & shoot" at its higher focal lengths, giving you a "tripod-less", perfectly matched combination of two autofocus Nikkor lenses covering a full 18-200mm (27-300mm old style). Just perfect... and, for the price, stunningly good value.
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199 of 211 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A good performer 26 May 2007
Announced in March 2007, this is one of Nikon's latest DX lenses for digital cameras. I have been using this lens on my D40. Compared with the 18-55mm kit lens, this lens not only extends the zoom range, but it also delivers sharper photos. As far as I can tell, it is the same lens as the previous 55-200mm lens, but with Vibration Reduction (VR) technology which is essential at high zooms. When you press the shutter half-way, the VR is activated and you can actually see a visible difference through the viewfinder! The lens makes a humming sound while the VR system is active. I would recommend that you don't go for the old non-VR lens - pay 100 extra and get one like this with VR. It will make a big difference. The only problem is that now I have experienced the 55-200mm VR, I have started to crave for the 70-300mm VR! The VR system does drain the battery life, so be careful about this when you are out and about - every time you depress the shutter button half way to focus, the VR is activated. Also, I have noticed that when the VR does kick in, it causes a degree of camera shake which may be significant if you have perfectly framed your shot. So for these reasons I have given 4 stars rather than 5.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Does what it says on the box 1 Jun 2009
Having been away from 'serious' amateur photography for many years I had recently purchased a Nikon D60 dSLR and was looking for a lens to supplement the standard 18-55mm lens. I would have liked the 70-300mm (Nikon AF-S VR 70-300 f/4.5-5.6G IF-ED) but the price was prohibitively expensive; this lens is a steal at the price. The image is sharp, the autofocus is quick, it's not heavy - what more could you want?
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic quality lens
Got this for my husband to go with his new Nikon ds 3200 camera, he says its a great lens and takes some really beautifull pictures, he is very happy with it.
Published 11 hours ago by Emma j
3.0 out of 5 stars Yeah, but...
I should explain that I bought this as a possible replacement for my previous Sigma, an 18-200mm jobbie that had been with me for some time now dating back to my D3000 prior to its... Read more
Published 15 hours ago by Chika
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good at f8
Superb delivery service. The light weight is a great plus - it replaces a 70 300vr which got very heavy after a few hours. At f8 on a sunny day the IQ is very good. Read more
Published 3 days ago by Bill Mac
5.0 out of 5 stars Seems to be what it says!
I am far from being an expert, and there are many expert reviews already. Suffice to say it works well for me. I will report if I encounter any issues over time.
Published 5 days ago by Alan Gifford
5.0 out of 5 stars For the price, an excellent value for money lense.
I recently bought a D3100 with a 18 - 55mm kit lense and wanted to extend the range of photographic capability. Read more
Published 8 days ago by R. J. de Bulat
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lens
Great lens, especially if it's your first telephoto lens, yes its not the strongest build quality but for a beginner its a good lens for your kit bag
Published 9 days ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Value for money.
Got this two days earlier than I expected. I am still playing with it but so far it does what it says on the item details. Good value for money.
Published 10 days ago by V. Crabtree
5.0 out of 5 stars lens
Bought as a christmas present and my husband has attached it to his camera and been clicking away, it was exactly what he wanted.
Published 11 days ago by sandie
5.0 out of 5 stars great
it is what it says on the box. why do i have to wright an esay about every thing i do not no.
Published 13 days ago by stephen bray
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent purchase
Excellent purchase, should have bought this long ago for my camera. The action shots I can now take at sports events are way beyond what I imagined. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Colin J. Mclean
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