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

(based on 817 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (488)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (292)

  • 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 (488)
  • 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 (236), Semi-pro photographer (77), Enthusiast (47), Casual user (18)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (384), Yes (79)

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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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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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        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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • 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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • 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

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                                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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