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Nikon55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens
 
4.6

(based on 215 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (139)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (64)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (164)
  • Easily interchangeable (147)
  • Lightweight (146)
  • Consistent output (108)
  • Durable (85)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (16)
  • Slow focus (12)
  • Weak casing (6)
  • Lens creep (4)
  • Difficult to clean (3)

Best Uses

  • Sports/action (82)
  • Landscape/scenery (81)
  • Wildlife photos (66)
  • General purpose (47)
  • Weddings (37)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (56), Casual photographer (42), Enthusiast (34), Semi-pro photographer (20), Semi-professional (12)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (76), Yes (17)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is the best money I spent

This last weekend I was at the Rincon Surf Championship. This lense was the best. The shots I took were amazing. Later at the Seal Rookery I also took pictures of the baby...Read complete review

This last weekend I was at the Rincon Surf Championship. This lense was the best. The shots I took were amazing. Later at the Seal Rookery I also took pictures of the baby seal pups. This lense allowed me to take the shots I just thought about.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent budget lens

A good lens that is very beneficial for the novice. You don't really need VR on a lens this size unless you're doing photography in semi-low light locations.

I love this...Read complete review

A good lens that is very beneficial for the novice. You don't really need VR on a lens this size unless you're doing photography in semi-low light locations.

I love this lens. If I were a pro, I'd go for the VR.

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4.0

Affordable yet Effective Zoom Lens

By CSURam

from Denver

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight
  • Nice Bokeh
  • Rugged
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

    I purchased the lens specifically to photograph my son's HS tennis team. It works great for that but I am looking forward to outdoor and wildlife picture taking as well.

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    • No

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    5.0

    Great Lens for a Reasonable Price!

    By Sharkbait

    from Pacifica, California

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

      This product is great for outdoor shots during the daytime as well as reasonably well lit indoor shots. I Have found all of my photos to be crystal clear even without the VR. This lens is not a professional lens and has a slightly inexpensive feel to it, but its performance is incredible and with proper use this lens is an indispensable tool in the inventory. It performs well enough to take it out on trips but isn't too expensive to be scared of taking it out of the box. It is worth every penny. I haven't had it too long so I don't know about the long term durability of the lens. The only thing which I'm not in love with is the zoom action; I know that most of the lenses that I use have somewhat stiff zoom rings making it hard to shoot smooth videos and make minute adjustments. I knew coming in that most slr lenses are like that (especially at this price point) and I can't take a star off for that because 1) I expected that before making the purchase 2)Video isn't my main use or an advertised intended use of the lens and 3)the lens is not advertised as having special smooth zoom action. I also can't dock a star because it really doesn't bother me considering I don't make many videos; I just wanted to mention it for the budget video aficionados out there looking for a video lens. (Even with that said, with a firm hand its possible to get some decent smooth zooms, it just takes some good form and steady twist pressure). In conclusion, for this price, I really don't think you're going to find a better lens. It performs better than I anticipated and is already becoming one of my favorites. Props to B&H for the quick shipping; free shipping arriving on the fourth business day across the entire continental US is not shabby at all!

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Maidbyshania

      from Provincetown ma

      Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

      Perfect in every way

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      5.0

      great lens

      By gq

      from illinois

      Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

      Great lens for an intermediate user. Nice focus and easy to use

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      5.0

      good lens, as I was expecting!

      By Mariano J

      from Mar del Plata, Argentina

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

            very good zoom considering the cost!

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            4.0

            No Complaints

            By _FreezeFrame_

            from Anderson, Indiana

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Reviewer

            Pros

            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

              Have no negative comments. Used it for 1 1/2 years and am upgrading to the 55-300.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Don't judge the cover by its book

              By Rey

              from Downey, CA

              Verified Reviewer

              Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

              ...but tripod is needed.

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              4.0

              Nikon 55-200mm Lens

              By Lisa

              from San Diego, CA

              Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

              Great lens for the price. Lightweights and compact. B&H offers a great price compared to [@] and expedited shipping is very reasonable.

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              5.0

              So far so good - very pleased

              By wslineberger

              from Oakland, FL

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Lightweight construction

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Portraits
              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

              Bought to shoot portraits, slow "action" shots and have found it to be just as advertised. Light, very accurate, quiet and even through out it's f 4 - 5.6 range. My only concern is the construction. I have no misconceptions, it's a $ lens if you treat it gingerly it should be there for you - that's my plan.

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              • No

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              5.0

              zoom zoom...

              By Dean

              from Everett, WA

              Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

              Amateur family photographer: mainly kids and sports moments. I like the fact that I can capture my subjects without them knowing which makes for more natural snapshots in time.

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              5.0

              Great Addition to my Nikon Lense Selecti

              By PhotoJim

              from Southwest Florida

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Lightweight
              • Rugged

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Weddings/Events
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                I shot "film" for years and the transition to digital was an obvious step. My 35MM camera was a Nikon and since I had several lenses, my new digital was going to be a Nikon also. After getting the new camera, I determined that a new lense would benefit my work. I did a lot of reading and research and the 55-200 Nikon zoom stands out as the right choice. I've used the lense on quite a few production shots and it is an excellent and versitle lense for my camera. Great Auotmatic Focus, super quality, and an outstanding product!

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                • No

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                5.0

                Excellant! MHL - Must Have Lense

                By John M

                from SC

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Sports/Action
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                Can't beat it for the $.Everyone should have this lense...unless you already have the faster version.

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great value for features

                By Panoramic Fanatic

                from Idaho Falls, ID

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clean Design
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                Compact and lightweight design is welcome for extensive field work. Would recommend using a tripod for low light conditions. Worth the price.

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                • No

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                4.0

                55-200 mm f/4.5-5.6G Autofocus Lens

                By Beagle Person

                from Wilson, NC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                  Multi-purpose lens that provides consistent output, is easily interchangeable, and provides clear images at an affordable price.

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                  5.0

                  Another superior NIKON Product.

                  By shawn the photo student

                  from Virginia Beach, VA

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                    I cannot say enough about this medium focal length Zoom lens. I have used it in a number of natural lighting conditions and found it amazing in helping me to isolate wildlife, take field pictures, and provided superior sharpness in all these situations.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Fantastic Lens! Perfect for 18-55mm.

                    By The Photo Guy

                    from Washington

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors/Low Light
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                    I received this lens as a gift and love it. It goes perfectly with my 18-55mm lens that I got with my camera. It takes really nice photos and the zoom on it is incredible. The only downside is that it can be a bit slow at times. Other than that I would recommend it to any beginning or intermediate photographer.

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                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    AMAZING!!

                    By Braeden

                    from TN

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                      I have a NikonD5100 and this lens is amazing. It fit nicely and the pictures are amazing!!!!!

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      exactly what I ordered

                      By photo for fun

                      from East Texas

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light

                      Best Uses

                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                      I bought my camera a few years ago but didn't have the money to buy a zoom lens. Up to now I only used the wide angle lens that cam with it but, now I am able to do so much more. I photograph many things but the most important is my children. It is great to now be able to zoom on them from a distance and capture those precious moments!!

                      THe lens was absolutely what I expected. I love the zoom range and the smooth focusing.

                      The only thing I didn't like is the bulky hood that came with it...but that's because I now have to buy a larger camera bag for it all to fit in.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Bang for the buck

                      By R10

                      from Inglewood, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Great Zoom
                      • Lightweight
                      • Outdoor Events
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Poor in Low Light
                      • Slow Focus

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Video
                      • Weddings/Events
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                      This lens is really a complimentary to the 18mm-55mm lens that my D3100 came with.

                      Pros: Light Weight, Great Zoom, GREAT for outdoor events/sports, BEST with good lighting

                      Cons: Not so great under low lighting.

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                      • No

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                      3.0

                      Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX lens

                      By The ad guy

                      from San Francisco, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Inexpensive
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                      • Not made in Japan

                      Best Uses

                      • Cityscape
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Lens:

                      The 55-200mm lens is an extension to my 18-55mm lens, perfect for outdoor photography. It's light, compact and pretty fast. I am amazed at what it produces with merely 32mm in (glass) diameter (within the 52mm outer ring diameter) – a good value for the price.

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                      • No

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