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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Cons: average sharpness at 200 mm,, significant vignetting at all focal lengths,, weak work against bright light,, a lot of plastics in the barrel.