Reviews and Problems with Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX
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Lens Test: Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G DX VR AF-S
26 January 2008
Excerpt: Here's a deal: An upgrade of Nikon's original digital-only tele kit zoom, this new 55-200mm f/4-5.6 ($250, street) adds Vibration Reduction and a number of optical improvements for only $70 more. A 3.6X 82-300mm equivalent zoom, it's not expected to be bundled in Nikon DSLR kits any time soon.
Summary: The Nikkor DX 55-200mm VR is one of the best value lenses around right now for Nikon DSLRs. It’s compact, light and perfectly complements the DX 18-55mm kit lens, extending the effective range to 300mm for useful telephoto coverage. The addition of Vibration Reduction effectively reduces camera shake and in order to support AF on its entry-level DSLRs, Nikon’s had to equip the lens with a quick and quiet SWM focusing motor which gives the DX 55-200mm VR a degree of...
Pros: Great value telephoto zoom., Effective VR anti-shake facilities., Fast and quiet SWM focusing., Perfectly complements DX 18-55mm lens.
Cons: Softness and fringing in corners at 200mm., Build quality is fairly basic., Basic manual focusing facilities., Range less compelling for other kit lenses.
Conclusion: Despite its lightweight construction this lens does not have a ‘cheap’ feel to it and the overall performance, although not stunning, is certainly not in the milk-bottle category. The autofocus performed satisfactorily and the manual mode proved usable. Supplied with both a hood and a soft bag for protection in the camera bag, it does seem good value for money.
Pros: Smallest and lightest in class, Good performance in centre., Usable manual focus ring, Good value for money
Cons: Pincushion distortion at the long end., Edge performance not as good as the centre.
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G AF-S DX VR Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
Conclusion: The summary of this lens’s tests results is going to be very positive for one reason - the Nikon company adjusted its price well to its possibilities. The optical properties seem to be one of the better in the amateur class of 55-200 mm instruments; in addition the autofocus works efficiently and so does stabilization – perhaps the results are not on the level of the best VR mechanisms but still they allow to extend the exposure time even 7 times.
Cons: average sharpness at 200 mm,, significant vignetting at all focal lengths,, weak work against bright light,, a lot of plastics in the barrel.
Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED Lens
1 August 2005
Summary: Purchasers of Nikon DSLR cameras that come with 18-55mm or 18-70mm lenses will probably want a long zoom to extend their shooting capabilities. The recently-released AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED has been designed specifically to meet this need. Available in black or silver (to match the D50), it can be used for subjects as diverse as candid portraits, sports, nature and wildlife photography. . .