Excerpt: I purchase this lens when I purchased my camera about 10 months ago. The lens works fine unless you are at full zoom then things get a little sloppy. I would recommend a tripod with the VR function turned off if you are going to shoot at full zoom. Otherwise this lens works great.
Excerpt: Needed an inexpensive medium telephoto. It's a shame this lens doesn't have a metal mount and a little more strength in the body construction because it takes pretty good looking photos and works OK for the money. But, don't expect it to take any amount of rough handling.
Summary: I've read endless reviews on this lens where others have said that it is great for portraits and pictures of children. But, they were all wrong! This is a wonderful zoom lens and pictures are clear when zoomed in however it does not allow you to take a picture standing within inches of your subject,...
Excerpt: I needed a lens that would give me some range for Portrait work. I have been using my 50mm 1.8 exclusively and love it. The 50mm is super fast and so sharp! Rarely get a bad photo! The 55-200mm was weak right out of the box.
Excerpt: This lens is horrible when it comes to autofocus. When the lens hood is on, it blocks the autofocus assist, making it completely worthless. Manual focus is much better. Otherwise, the lens is a great addition to a 18-55 kit lens.
Conclusion: I got this lens as part of a package along with a 18-105mm lens. I'm finding that I tend to use the 18-105 a lot more. The 55-200 gives a bit more zoom but to keep it light it is quite a bit smaller. Still seems like a good lens and the package made it a great deal.
Pros: Easily Interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus