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

(based on 831 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (495)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (299)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (556)
  • Easily interchangeable (536)
  • Lightweight (489)
  • Consistent output (379)
  • Durable (257)

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 (281), Casual photographer (237), Semi-pro photographer (77), Enthusiast (52), Casual user (22)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (396), Yes (79)
    • Primary use:
    • Personal (8)

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

 

55-200 f/4/5.6

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...Read complete review

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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4.0

A Camera Must Buy

By autohunter_us

from Newport, RI

About Me Casual User

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy To Use
  • Zoom

Cons

  • Bulky
  • Somewhat Weighty

Best Uses

  • Upgrade

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

One word description: amazing.
That's been my experience so far. I'm an automotive photographer, and sometimes it's hard to get close to the cars I'm trying to take a picture of. An 18-55mm lens works, but when I need zoom, I have this 55-200mm lens to cover me. I honestly don't know what I'd do without it.
There are a couple flaws, however. It is bulky and somewhat weighty. Not much you can do about that, though, and it's not that bad. It makes a high pitched noise, which I assume is the VR. Again, not much of a problem.
So far, best camera purchase I've made.

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  • Personal
  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Great lens

By landscapephotography

from DC

About Me Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Set Up
  • Easy To Use
  • Quality Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Perfect for landscape photography. B&H prices are the lowest I could find, and they are very helpful on the phone with questions.

      • Primary use:
      • Business
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great Lens

      By MissMac

      from Toronto, Ontario, Canada

      About Me Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Set Up
      • Easy To Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Replacement

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

        This is a great lens for every day photography. Times when I am not sure if I will use a zoom or not. Focus time is decent as well. I will get much use out of this lens!

        • Primary use:
        • Personal
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By Bahramjo

        from Boston,MA

        About Me Casual User

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Set Up
        • Easy To Use
        • Low Power Consumption
        • Quality Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Replacement

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

          I just want to say love it.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good enough

          By computer_freak_8

          from Des Moines area, Iowa

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Works as advertised

          Cons

          • Focus Ring Location

          Best Uses

          • Hobbist

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

          I've only used this coupled with a D3000 and D3300.

          The autofocus leave a little bit to be desired, but the VR is about what I'd expect from this class of lens.

          Overall, a decent purchase. You're getting about what you pay for.

          The biggest downside is that the focus ring is not available when you have the lens hood mounted backward for storage.

          • Primary use:
          • Personal
          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          4.0

          Good lense for beginners

          By Matias

          from Buenos Aires

          Verified Buyer

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

          It works great with my camera, and it's the perfect combination for my 50mm lens.

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          4.0

          Good

          By Joaco

          from Santiago, Chile

          About Me Casual User

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

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

              AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED Lens works fine.

              • Primary use:
              • Personal
              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Unbelievable lens for price

              By Sly

              from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

              About Me Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Set Up
              • Easy To Use
              • Quality Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

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

                I have used Nikon products for 40 years. I have never been disappointed with the quality. This lens has far exceeded expectations and for a phenomenal price. Highly Recommend the B&H website for your purchase. UPS was not gentle with the package, but the item was not damaged.

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Sharp fast

                By Czarshooter

                from Phoenix, AZ

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use
                • Low Power Consumption

                Cons

                • Flimsy Construction

                Best Uses

                • Upgrade

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

                Fast, sharp, accurate, intuitive

                • Primary use:
                • Personal
                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Just what I needed

                By J

                from Boston

                About Me Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Upgrade

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

                  Works exactly as it should, plus great shipping!

                  Great job B&H!

                  • Primary use:
                  • Business
                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Excellent Lens, Excellent Price

                  By Cheufe

                  from Chile

                  About Me Parent

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Interfaces Well With Camcorder

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Shooting Outdoors

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

                    I'm new in photography and its satisfied all that I wanted, great zoom, good quality image and good price.
                    The only things I didn't like were that the VR sound a bit louder than I expected and also when you shake the lens it sound a bit. But I think it is all normal.
                    I will recommended a 100%, considering that I have use it for just a month and not everyday

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Very good lens and an amazing value

                    By Sidney

                    from Southampton, PA

                    About Me Amateur Photographer, Parent, Technical, Tech Savvy

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact Design
                    • Convenient
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Focuses Consistently
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Shooting Outdoors

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

                      I use this lens mostly when photographing my son playing at a playground or the beach, or for portraits. This lens is surprisingly sharp especially given the price. I have three other primes, one of them being the Sigma 35mm f/1.4 Art prime lens ($). I figured I might be slightly disappointed in this lens given its present company. However, I was quite happy with the quality of the images and the capabilities that a zoom in this range gives. Now the fact that I got this lens shipped to my house in less than a day for under $ is amazing. Really. At this price you are crazy not to grab one if you are in need of a zoom lens in this range.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Nikon zoom lens

                      By hase808

                      from Hawaii

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

                      Received exactly what was described in a timely manner. Lens worked worked perfect. Will definately shop here again.

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                      4.0

                      Great Lens!

                      By Boris

                      from Utah

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

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

                      This was a great lens for the price. Use it on my Nikon D3200. Would recommend to a friend.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great lens

                      By CaitAS

                      from Ventura, Ca

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

                      For the price, this lens is fantastic. It does it's job well and I don't notice a difference between the pictures this takes compared to the more expensive zoom lenses. I'm not a skilled photographer, but it works well for what I need it to do.

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                      4.0

                      Good Lens

                      By steveB

                      from Seaford, NY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          Verry happy with this purchase. VR option is a must.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • Yes

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                          4.0

                          Nice bang for the buck

                          By Vidarr

                          from Colorado Springs, CO

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Consistent Output
                          • Easily Interchangeable
                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                          Cons

                          • Lens Extends As You Zoom

                          Best Uses

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

                            I purchased this lens because I needed one that could reach out to get pics of a graduation. While it's not as fancy as my 17-55mm, it does have VR and seemed to take some nice shots, despite me being handheld and not on a tripod.

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                            • No

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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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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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