Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 G ED VR IF Lens (f/4-5.6)
Review of the Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm 1:4-5.6 G ED VR IF Lens (f/4-5.6).
This lens replaced the Non-VR version. It is 15 years old. It cost $250 USD at its debut.
The Vibration Reduction (VR) is nice making this inexpensive, slow lens into
a top hand-held performer, allowing one to get sharper shots at lower shutter
speeds. The VR does not perform as well as the
It has to be refocused after zooming, and focus speed is not bad but not instant
and is faster than the 55-300mm VR.
There is an A/M switch on it that must be turned to M to enable manual focusing.
Attempting to manually focus the lens when this switch is set to A will damage it.
The front element does not turn while zooming or focusing and the lens has an internal
focus design. Features ED glass.
This very compact lens has a 35mm equivalent range of 83mm-300mm on the
DX/APS-C sized sensor.
It is all plastic, but don't believe that these lenses can be taken apart by grabbing the
camera by the lens. There's really nothing wrong with it being all plastic.
This lens lacks a focus scale and depth of field scale and therefore no
infrared focus index. Clearly, these features are not found to save costs.