Reviews and Problems with Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX
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Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G ED
1 August 2007
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.
Summary: 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.