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. The 55-200 is a consumer lens and so does not provide quite the responsiveness, image quality or robust build as a pro lens, but it DOES do quite well, actually.
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. I don't find that to be the case.
Summary: OK.....I am not a professional photographer. I do not have a lab to test this lens in. I shoot wildlife and Landscape in Alaska. There are so many variables when testing a lens, lighting, settings, camera. operator . I use a Nikon D40, Nikon D90, Nikon D7000. I have the Nikon 70-300mm, Nikon 35mm, Nikon 18-55mm, Nikon 18-105, Nikon 85mm, Tamron 28-300, Sigma 150-500mm. For those who only shoot for fun and need a good inexpensive lens to complement a Nikon 18-55mm.
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. Autofocus is a bit noisy and not very fast but seems pretty accurate.
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, Instead the lens will continue to auto focus in and out making a blurred picture.. The zoom is perfect but not what i wanted.
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. The focus hunted a lot and there was a lot of purple fringing at the longer focal length. I tried a semi macro shot on a pink rose and the camera would not focus on it! It needs way too much contrast to focus.