Excerpt: I use this lens as a convenience lens on my backup camera: When the main body has a wide lens it gets me some reach with good results. When the main camera has my long lens the 55-200 gets me a bit closer and yet still some reach.
Pros: Consistent Output, Easily Interchangeable, Good Image quality, Inexpensive, Lightweight
Excerpt: Maybe I expected too much of this lens, but I can't say I'm thriled with the results. If I had it to do over, I think I would try the Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm. I went with this lens because of a personal recommendation - he said he got tack sharp photos with the lens.
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.