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

by Nikon
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (441 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 details

  • Product Dimensions: 254 x 185.4 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 (441 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.

Product Description


Nikon is pleased to announce the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5
6G IF-ED, a compact, lightweight 3
6x zoom lens featuring a host of state-of-the-art optical technologies such as the Vibration Reduction (VR), Nikon ED glass element and SWM (Silent Wave Motor)
The AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5
6G IF-ED has been specifically designed to complement the D80, as well as the D40 and upcoming D40x cameras
And it delivers outstanding performance at a remarkably affordable price

 
 Product Description Nikon Zoom-Nikkor telephoto zoom lens - 55 mm - 200 mm 
 Lens System Telephoto zoom lens 
 Intended For 35mm SLR, digital SLR 
 Mounting Type Nikon F 

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317 of 324 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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187 of 195 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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121 of 127 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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200 of 213 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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125 of 134 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Lens! 9 July 2007
I was immediatly impressed with this lens. It feels well made and sturdy. The image quality seems impressive, and the Vibration Reduction works extremely well, making telephoto shots a pleasure to take. I would recommend getting this over the non-VR version anyday, it really is worth the extra money.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Fab Lens!
Great lens and well worth the buy! I am a newbie to photography and recently purchased this after much toing and froing! I am glad I did as it's a great addition to my kit! Read more
Published 22 hours ago by Ben Correia
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A great zoom lens, although I now wish I had bought to zoom to 300 mm.
Published 1 day ago by Neil
5.0 out of 5 stars and produces some beautiful shots.
A little noisier than the lens that came with my Nikon D5200, but very effective, and produces some beautiful shots.
Published 1 day ago by Benjamin G
4.0 out of 5 stars Great Nikon Purchased
Works fine - Excellent service.
Published 6 days ago by tedc
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
very good value
Published 10 days ago by michael shiells
5.0 out of 5 stars I couldn't be happier.
This was my choice of replacement for the original kit lens that finally gave up on me and it is such an improvement!

A great lens!
Published 11 days ago by Robert Charman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great lense
I used this lense on holiday to shoot wild life. Very good lense. Would recommend .
Published 13 days ago by R. Lawson
5.0 out of 5 stars Why buy anywhere else
Just as described and unbelievable speed of delivery
Published 13 days ago by dave jordan
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Prompt delivery no problems
Published 17 days ago by Mrs S A Fletcher
1.0 out of 5 stars Genuine, fake or faulty?
The SWM mechanism was so loud you could hear it across the room. The zoom action on the lens felt cheap and the autofocus actually changed the zoom on the image. Read more
Published 17 days ago by M. Edwards
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