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5.0 out of 5 stars Very impressive for the price!, 30 Mar. 2009
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This review is from: Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Black Lens (Camera)
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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Initial post: 22 Jan 2011, 14:56:23 GMT
Z W. Leong says:
Which seller did you buy from? Was the lens hood complimentary or is it included in the lens packaging itself.

In reply to an earlier post on 2 Apr 2011, 19:40:42 BST
Last edited by the author on 2 Apr 2011, 19:41:18 BST
Josh says:
It wasn't a PowerSeller or a store, as far as I know it was just someone getting rid of their old lens. The lens hood was included in the auction and it will be included with the retail box (as well as a pouch as far as I'm aware).

Regardless, this lens is so cheap you may as well buy it new - it's only about £30 more at current eBay rates.

Thanks!

Posted on 10 May 2011, 18:41:11 BST
Butch says:
The hood comes with the lens. A flexible lens pouch is also included

Posted on 14 Dec 2011, 09:02:25 GMT
E. chirita says:
Hi, I am just a beginner. I have a Nikon D3100 with the kit lens 18-55mm. From your review I understand that I can attach this lens on top of the 18-55 and get a total of 10x zoom. Is this right?
Many thanks,
Mihaela

In reply to an earlier post on 14 Dec 2011, 13:47:46 GMT
Josh says:
The two lenses are used separately - you can either use the 18-55 or the 55-200.

If you want a lens that does have 10x optical zoom then the 18-200mm (sold also on Amazon) is what you should get. The 18-55mm + 55-200mm combination of lenses is functionally the same, but you need to switch them over when you cross 55mm.

Sorry for any confusion!

Posted on 17 Aug 2012, 17:31:49 BST
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Posted on 12 Oct 2014, 10:15:03 BST
As someone who owns the 70-300mm VR you mentioned, I find it a disappointment especially given the price tag. Sharpness really falls off around 200. I was very disappointed in that lens. I am however considering the one you are reviewing here and may just buy that as reviews so far have been pretty good.
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