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Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM

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Reviews and Problems with Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM

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REVIEW: Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM

8 November 2006
  • Conclusion: Overall, for the price of the lens, it is an adequate performer although the over reliance on autofocus and the all-plastic construction do raise a few concerns. At the short end, and focussed on infinity, there is virtually nowhere to grip the extending part of the barrel for manual focussing.
  • Pros: Light weight and simple construction, Good control of aberrations and distortion
  • Cons: Poor build quality, No dedicated manual focus ring, Plastic construction throughout, including mount., No lens hood supplied.
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Overall 8
Design 8
Value for money 9
Features 8
Performance 8
Picture quality 8

Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM review

What Digital Camera
6 October 2006
  • Excerpt: Canon's EF 55-200mm digital SLR lens has an Ultrasonic Motor (USM) for fast and quiet autofocus and provides an imaging circle suitable for full frame and APS-C sensors.
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EF 55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6 II USM

30 September 2007
  • Excerpt: Originally posted 2006-02-07 on Optyczne.pl The kit lenses that come with most DSLR cameras have focal length ranges starting from 17-18 mm and finishing at 55-70 mm. Most photo amateurs come to the conclusion that it is worth upgrading and getting a zoom lens. To meet the demand, designers have prepared many zoom class lenses whose focal length ranges start at 55-90 mm and finish at 200-300 mm.
  • Cons: the lens is not completely sharp for f/8 diaphragms, poor aperture, visible chromatic aberration at 55 and 200 mm focal length, for a USM motor-equipped lens, it missed too many times
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Overall 5
Value for money 6
Overall quality 6
Build quality 2

Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM II - Review / Lab Test Report

18 October 2006
  • Conclusion: The Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM II is a lens with "potential". Unfortunately it is wasted due to a very poor mechanical quality based on very cheap plastics. The lens has been simplified to a degree where even the focus ring has been abandoned. Thanks to the unambiguous aperture and focal length range the optical quality of the lens is very good or at least it could be.
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Expert Review

7 February 2006
  • Summary: Na rynku jest mnóstwo także tanich szkieł 70-300 mm, których światło zmienia się od 4 do 5.6. Canon więc przegrywa z nimi w każdym zakresie ogniskowych. Żeby nie być gołosłownym można przytoczyć kilka liczb. U Canona, dla ogniskowej 55 mm i przesłony f/4.5, czynny otwór zbierający światło ma średnicę 12.2 mm, a dla obiektwu 70-300 mm ustawionego na 70 mm przy f/4 mamy już 17.5 mm. W Canonie ustawionym na 200 mm, przy f/5.6, apertura wynosi 35.7 mm.
  • Pros: Mała różnica jakości obrazu pomiędzy centrum a brzegiem pola., Znikoma aberracja chromatyczna dla ogniskowych w okolicach 100 mm., Małe winietowanie dla całego zakresu ogniskowych., Mała koma., Mała dystorsja., Napęd USM w obiektywie tej klasy cenowej., Nieduża waga i niewielkie rozmiary., Przystępna cena.
  • Cons: Obiektyw nie jest idealnie ostry nawet dla przesłon w okolicach f/8., Słabe światło., Widoczna aberracja chromatyczna dla ogniskowych 55 i 200 mm., Jak na napęd USM, autofokus mysli się zbyt często.
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