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Nikon 55-200MM F4 - 5.6G AF-S DX Lens - Black

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  • Product Dimensions: 0.3 x 7.9 x 7.9 cm ; 254 g
  • Boxed-product Weight: 907 g
  • Item model number: 2156
  • ASIN: B0009HN57Y
  • Date first available at Amazon.co.uk: 27 Oct 2006
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)

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Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6G AF-S DX Black Lens

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96 of 96 people found the following review helpful By Cat loving photo gal on 9 May 2006
I am impressed with the image quality of this lens. Previously I was using an ultrazoom camera with a x10 optical zoom, which was the equivalent of a 300mm lens on a 35mm. This lens gives far superior image quality at full zoom. The details are clearer and sharper and there is less chromatic aberration. I have used this lens with my Nikon D50 for handheld shots and camera shake is not evident at 200mm. Forget all the critics who say that this lens is not as good as the expensive high-end Nikkors. It's a good deal for the money, and is a big improvement on the all-in-one ultrazoom digital cameras.
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60 of 65 people found the following review helpful By Chang K. Park on 15 Aug 2007
I'm sure this is a good lens but DO NOT BUY IT, there is a new identically priced version with VR shake reduction, make sure yours has this feature as it will make all the difference at telephoto.
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36 of 39 people found the following review helpful By Bahi on 25 Sep 2007
This is an old, discontinued version of a decent, lightweight lens that was recently improved significantly, with revised optics and the addition of optical vibration reduction (VR, like Canon's IS) that offers you about a two-stop advantage in low light. That means that a picture that would have required a shutter speed of, say 1/200 second on this old lens can generally be taken at about 1/50th of a second on the new version. (Unless your subject itself is moving.) The result is that you can use lower ISO settings for equivalent results or, at maximum ISO, get sharp pictures that you otherwise wouldn't have been able to manage. Look for the version that includes VR in its name - today (26 Sept 2007) it's retailing in many places, including Amazon UK sellers, for less than this older one. See Thom Hogan's pages - bythom.com - for more detail and a comparison between the two lenses. The new one justifies one extra star for its performance.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Gerry O'Brien on 8 Mar 2014
I bought the lens to take picture of church architectural features that were high up and inaccessible. The lens was perfect for this and I am very pleased with the quality of the results. I would have preferred a black lens rather than a silver one to match my camera body but functionality was the most important issue.

Excellent service with prompt dispatch of ordered goods in original packing which was more than adequate to protect the lens.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Mr Baz #1 REVIEWER#1 HALL OF FAME on 7 May 2014
Often sold as a "twin kit" lens with camera bodies and the also respectable 18-55mm kit lens.
For the modest asking price, it will certainly meet the needs of users who wish to experiment with longer focal lengths, but want to do so in a wallet friendly way. Do note this version does not have VR (the newer version does) Optics wise they are pretty much the same

I've used a few of these over the years and they've all been good overall. But I'll list my pro's and cons and I usually do to help highlight the main points quickly for buyers.

Pro's:
+ Good price/affordable even if you're on a limited budget
+ Overall good optical performance, the lens is good over it's range delivering decently sharp images. (Useful 82.5-300mm equivalent)
+ It's lightweight as you expect for a kit lens (around 255g)
+ 52mm filter size is common for Nikon lenses, filter thread does not rotate during focus.
+ Comes with a hood and bag as per usual Nikon bundle (take note some other makers)
+ Distortion is minor and mostly well controlled (some slight barrel at 55mm, moving to some pincushion above 120mm, but again not that much)
+ CA not really an issue, again well controlled and minimal

Cons:
- No VR (get the newer version if this is important)
- Plastic build and lens mount (usual for this type of lens though)
- Small focus ring for manual focus, no full time manual focus over-ride
- Autofocus not as fast as some AF-S lenses it's not horribly slow, but it's no speed demon either (acceptable for the price I would say)
- Some vignetting at 55mm wide open and appears stronger again at around 130-200mm.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Ned on 28 Jan 2013
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This is a first class Nikon Kit, Budget Type Lens. If you want to shoot home studio portraits where you can control the light it's sharp with a nice bokeh around the sweet spot. You need to exercise control as with all photography. Its a great lens to experiment and practise with in other areas as well. You can shoot wildlife and easily (see my image in the customer gallery ) hand hold in bright light. Use a tripod if you want to use small apertures in dimmer conditions. The 200mm reach is really 300mm in 35 mm terms on cropped Nikon sensors. This means you can fill the frame from a distance, depending on subject of course.

Ok it doesn't have VR and the couple of stops advantage when hand held this brings. Make sure you have enough light for hand held shooting and you'll be fine. It's not forgiving if you don't. But then correctly exposing is required whatever equipment you use.

There can be some vignetting wide open at full reach- 200mm (in low light) but if you shoot raw it can be corrected fairly easily.

These lenses are what you would expect because they are cheap. It won't perform like an f2.8 or brighter (faster) lens because it isn't one. However if you use a tripod and your subject doesn't move fast then you'll be fine. Auto focus can hunt in low light. You can always use a higher ISO if you want to hand hold in not so bright light.

The construction is typical consumer plastics so be careful. I broke the mount on the first one I owned but that was because it dropped of a tripod, straight onto the lens. The glass remained intact and I took a shot holding the lens in place on the camera, the optics still worked well. I reckoned it was nearly as cheap to replace as to repair!

For £99 you get what you pay for. I love it.
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