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NikonAF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens
 
4.5

(based on 814 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (487)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (290)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (554)
  • Easily interchangeable (534)
  • Lightweight (487)
  • Consistent output (378)
  • Durable (256)

Cons

  • Poor in low light (106)
  • Slow focus (76)
  • Weak casing (51)
  • Heavy (29)
  • Lens creep (12)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (393)
  • Wildlife photos (363)
  • Sports/action (356)
  • Weddings (158)
  • Low light (91)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (280), Casual photographer (235), Semi-pro photographer (77), Enthusiast (47), Casual user (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (383), Yes (78)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Upgraded my walk-arond Zoom!

I bought this with the D7000[body only].I'd never owned a VR lens and it complimented my current walk-around kit; Tokina 11-16mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8G, 50mm 1.4[night shoots/portraits and...Read complete review

I bought this with the D7000[body only].I'd never owned a VR lens and it complimented my current walk-around kit; Tokina 11-16mm 2.8, 35mm 1.8G, 50mm 1.4[night shoots/portraits and the extra creamy bokeh].I have an 70-300mm 4-5.6 and a 80-200mm 2.8 but the 70-300 doesn't have VR and the 2.8 is rather heavy for everyday use, so I thought this would work nicely for that purpose. I'm glad I did.It's perfectly light, the zoom is fast enough for my needs as I don't shoot sports regularly or for profit and it actually fits inside my smaller bag with the rest of my gear.It's not a fast lens @f/4-5.6, but for the price it's suits me just fine. With a tripod and the VR feature it's perfect for my night photography when needed. So I only carry my 80-200 2.8 when I reallllly need it; like events and such.I did my research and it was a toss up between this and the 55-300mm VR. I went with this one and used the money saved for a few other items I could really use; over the extra 100mm. I'll proably try to sell the 70-300mm for cheap, as it's been made redundant.I've check 'Poor in Low Light' as a con, only cause it is unless you pump up the ISO. Then it's a trade off. But in reality, if your need a fast glass that zooms, your looking at the wrong lens at the totally wrong price.Also, if your looking to shoot sports/action [kids playing, etc..] for fun, you should be ok. Getting paid for those shots[?], look elsewhere and open your bigger wallet!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

A fair price for a versitile teliphoto

Wildlife and scenery are two things I commonly photograph. This lens does a fine job capturing detail in whatever you photograph. The VR feature on this lens is very reliable when shooting hand...Read complete review

Wildlife and scenery are two things I commonly photograph. This lens does a fine job capturing detail in whatever you photograph. The VR feature on this lens is very reliable when shooting hand held. The sound from the VR function is hardly noticeable. Although because of the lenses moderate speed you may want to have a tripod handy for shooting at max zoom. Especially when shooting moving or highly detailed objects when the lighting doesn't allow a faster shutter speed at max aperture (1/200 is generally the slowest speed you want, hand held, when zoomed to 200mm, full zoom). This lens preforms well outdoors but in doors due to lack of lighting you may find yourself using a tripod frequently. The lens is smooth and easy to adjust when zooming. the auto focus on the lens works great. Manual focus on this lens can be touchy so if your not used to manually focusing stick to auto focus. The Lens isn't overly noisy when the lens is auto focusing but its not a sound that you will miss. Even though it is noticeable the sound is not overbearing. The AF and VR switches on the lens are easily accessible and quick to use. This lens is an excellent starter for any aspiring photographer. The quality is defiantly worth the price.

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4.0

Great Lens

By Rob F.

from New York, NY

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

Great Lens

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4.0

Great Lens

By photosbyiy

from Israel

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

    I've been using this lens mostly for landscape scenery photos. The photos are coming out clear, focused and overall just great. Handles bright light and dark photos equally well and it's very quiet.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Does the Job! Happy!

    By Everyday user

    from The Garden State

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday Use Traveling

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

        Excellent lens for the everyday picture taker. If you need just a little more zoom that your standard lens with Auto focus, this is the product.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Nikon 55-200 review

        By Jimmy

        from Ohio

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

        I absolutely love my new lens. It takes AMAZING shots, as well as the filters that came with it.

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        5.0

        good buy

        By klaus

        from Monza, Italy

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

        This item was suggested to me as opposed to the kit offer I intended to buy. For a few dollars more I got a stabilized zoom. Great!

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        5.0

        Excellent, no complaints

        By Ty

        from New York City

        About Me Beginner

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

            I'm in love with this lens, it gives me great quality shots and I can control the images. It's highly recommended.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Surprisingly good

            By Bill from Kansas

            from Kansas

            About Me Value Oriented

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Powerful

            Cons

            • Slow Aperture

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

              For a kit lens, this one performs quite well. Happy to have it.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal

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              5.0

              Great Purchase

              By Thunder

              from land o'lakes - tampa

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Video

              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

              i use it to take pictures from action spots .
              light and easy tto change witha quiet motor and a fast autofocus

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              • No

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              5.0

              Brilliant Photos

              By Nathan

              from Long Beach, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Sports/Action
                • Video
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                Excellent zoom capability and a lot of settings. Very durable and comes with a bag for the lens. Great for sports and action shots.

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                • Yes

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                3.0

                55-200 f/4/5.6

                By dgetgood

                from Connecticut

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Output
                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Good Image quality
                • Inexpensive
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Poor in Low Light
                • Slow Focus
                • Weak Casing

                Best Uses

                • Inexpensive Convenience F

                Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                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.

                The 55-200 AF-S DX VR is a small, light and inexpensive convenience lens that can get great results in a small, inexpensive package.

                The things that aren't great about it are the result of what is GOOD about it:
                The build and image quality and as good as a pro level lens because it costs so little.
                It is neither wide enough or long enough, really, but to get something that does both of those extremes in one small package will cost 3 or 4 times as much.
                For my needs the 55-200 covers about 80% of my backup camera shots decently in a light, inexpensive package.

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                • No

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                3.0

                It's okay

                By ohheckyeah

                from Virginia

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                • Less Than Sharp

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                  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.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great Price and Great Value

                  By skip

                  from South Florida

                  About Me Casual Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                    Hobbyist, birds, buildings, details

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Good for the price

                    By Demitri Maximov

                    from México

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Image quality
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Lens Creep
                    • Poor in Low Light
                    • Slow Focus
                    • Weak Casing

                    Best Uses

                    • Outdoors
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                    Image Quality and sharpness 7 of 10
                    Slow and inaccurate autofocus about 10-20%
                    Feels a bit fragile
                    Decent image quality in lighted locations
                    Bad in low light situations
                    For that price is not bad at all.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Perfect

                    By Jalie

                    from Sacramento, CA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                      I wanted a zoom lens and a friend recommended this lens. I was not disappointed, it is perfect for my needs.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      it works awsome!

                      By yesi

                      from cali

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Nice Bokeh

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                        I love how the background gets that blur when I do a close up!

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Perfect

                        By Vero

                        from Montevideo

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                        Absolutly perfect, expectative completly full

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                        5.0

                        Altamente Recomendable

                        By Elcolchitas

                        from México DF

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                              Excelente zoom

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great purchase

                              By MC

                              from San Diego

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                              I haven't had this lens for too long yet, but it has performed very well so far. The pictures look great and for the price, the quality is excellent! I would highly recommend this lens to others.

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                              5.0

                              Excited!

                              By XAPKIB

                              from Charlotte, nc

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                              This is our 3rd purchase from B&H and 2nd time opting for the VR lenses.
                              Love them and worth the additional expense.

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              Great all-purpose lens!!

                              By Louis

                              from CT

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens:

                              We've been slowly building our arsenal of lenses and, so far, this one has proven to be great for all-around use.

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