AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED
A Great Lens for the Price
This lens is the one that's on my camera 80% of the time. The main reason is that it performs great, is very clear and the Auto Focus and VR options perform above what one would expect from a $250 lens. The second reason is that I frequently bang my camera into stuff. So if I damage a lens, better it be a $250 lens than a $1000 lens.
May 12, 2014
I purchased this lens to be a companion to my 18-55 and I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the glass and the function of the lens. I highly recommend this lens to the beginner or seasoned veteran!
April 29, 2014
Excelente telefoto para principiantes
Este lente es excelente para los principiantes que estamos comprendiendo apenas las técnicas para la telefoto. Es el lente que llevo cuando salgo a algún parque u otro sitio familiar para fotografiar animales y gente en movimiento. 200mm es suficiente para fotos de "fauna fácil" (así le llamo yo) como perros, gatos, ardillas y aves en el suelo. El VR ayuda muchísimo al usarlo con el zoom máximo y para los que todavía no logramos estabilidad máxima o no estamos acostumbrados a cargar el tripié.
Personalmente he conseguido imágenes muy nítidas y congeladas con este lente; lo recomiendo mucho, especialmente para principiantes y aficionados. Además, es barato para la calidad que ofrece.
April 5, 2014
Light, compact and very usable for a very reasonable price.
I'll preface this review by detailing what this lens isn't:
- It obviously isn't on par with Nikon's top-of-the-line lenses in terms of build quality and clarity, and obviously shouldn't be reviewed as such.
- It isn't the best option when you need ultra-fast focusing speeds for action shots.
- It isn't terribly responsive in low lighting.
- It isn't going to impress a photographer who expects miracles from it.
However, what it is:
- It is extremely lightweight and, even at 200mm, stays relatively compact.
- It is capable of producing surprisingly sharp photos (wide angle and close-up) of still subjects when given enough light.
- It is very respectable for portraits and gives a nice, dreamy bokeh.
- It is a quality lens equipped with a very usable VR at an extremely affordable price.
I have an assortment of lenses at my disposal, so I won't go so far as to say this is one that I rely on frequently or use as a daily walk-around. But, don't get me wrong, if you are relatively new to photography and/or don't have much of a lens budget to play around with, this would make a fine lens for most general use. I do use mine and haven't been disappointed with the quality of the shots I get from it.
I don't use it constantly and so I can't attest to its ability to take a beating, but with several thousand shots through mine, I don't have any reason to believe a malfunction is lurking around the corner. The VR still works great when I want to use it, the AF is still as responsive as it was when I got it new, and the focus/zoom rings are still light and smooth.
Again, don't expect miracles from it and you won't be disappointed with it. Trust me, you can spend ten times as much on a lens and you still won't get miracles, especially if you don't have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of photography itself. Once you learn how your camera actually works, and the role lenses play in getting the perfect shot, you can take an 'entry-level' lens like this one and get some pretty amazing photographs with it.
April 3, 2014
A lente tem ótimo alcance e faz belas fotos. A qualidade dos produtos é o que me motiva a usar Nikon.
November 25, 2013
Lente de excelente qualidade e alcance; Isso sem contar no visual elegante que completa o charme no corpo das câmeras fotograficas. O zoom é perfeito e atende super bem em fotos de esportes, pessoas e natureza. Dou um 10 (Incluindo o preço). A Nikon se superou mais uma vez.
November 14, 2013
Serve more than you payed
Good lens, good image quality, used more than 9 months.
May 25, 2013
un buen teleobjetivo
Es un muy bien lente, para fotos a distancia lejana, no es muy recomendable en condiciones de poca luz, pero funciona muy bien, tiene motor de enfoque rápido.
October 31, 2012
you get what you pay for
Being a long time enthusiast, I bought this lens for two reasons, as a supplement to use before going to FX and to just try a low end (cheap) lens from Nikon. It didn't take long to realize the results reflect it. The lens is not very sharp at full zoom and has noticeable distortion. It is average at best on the other end. The lens performs at an acceptable rate for basic day to day shots, but for quality and critical photography one needs to pay the price.
October 9, 2012
Definitely a bright light lens, but detail is promising.
I tried this at home at night after I bought it, and it has a hard time focusing in low light, but it will be AMAZING in bright light situations. I still have my basic 18-55 that works a little faster in the low light shots, and I'll probably be using a tripod for anything shot at night, but I do like this lens!
October 1, 2012
Zoom e estabilidade.
Sempre desejei uma lente com bom alcance de zoom e que permitisse capturar imagens de animais na natureza sem me aproximar muito deles. A mesma lente serviria também para fotografar meus filhos a distância enquanto brincavam distraidamente. Essa lente faz tudo isso. Embora a máxima abertura seja um pouco lenta (4.0) o resultado tem sido muito bom, sobretudo com a capacidade das câmeras atuais de aumentarmos o ISO, sem prejudicar a qualidade, e ainda mais com o recurso de VR que dá a estabilidade para fotos sem tripé. Vale o tamanho que ocupa na mochila, pesa pouco, boa para capturarmos detalhes distantes nas fotos de viagem. Custa relativamente pouco e dá a aproximação que eu sempre precisei. Não me arrependo e recomendo para amadores como eu. Só não consegui com essa lente bons resultados em objetos com movimentos velozes.
August 13, 2012
It has great features
I use it mostly for Nature pics but some times i use it for sports and it is really an amazing piece of work.
April 27, 2012
Great Cheap Lens!
I bought this lens as a hold over for myself until I would be able to get a 70-200 f/2.8 lens, but I have had this lens for two years and still haven't moved a finger for the 70-200. Although it obviously doesn't hold a candle to the legendary focal range, it does an extremely good job as my hold over. I'm very impressed with it.
Although you obviously can't expect this to be incredible for indoor, dark lightings, the VR can do a really great job. Its small form allows it to be carried easily in a nice small camera bag while still on the camera.
Even though I would of course rather have the 70-200, there is definitely a kind of pride that the user of the 55-200 holds. Saying that the photo is not about the lens, but the shooter, and being able to prove that for about $150-$250 is pretty darn cool. Very impressive performance to price ratio.
Buy this lens! Even if it's just a hold over ;)
March 6, 2012
let the photos speak for themselves....
this was a lens that came with a package deal at Best Buy. This lens works great. I'll post pics from 55mm all the way to 200mm so you can see what an amateur can do with this lens.
February 11, 2012
Overall Review: UNTOUCHED PHOTOS
I have had this lens for almost a year now, and there is definitely a lot I can say about it. Pros: I love the zoom. The detail this lens captures is absolutely amazing. It is perfect for daylight photos, you will have absolutely amazing results. However, once it hits night time, the photos range from good to bad (personally I am a no flash person though). So yes, wonderfully precise and accurate photos, no detected vignetting. However, the cons are that it is a little on the heavy side, and just one weak after buying it I turned the delicate zoom a little too hard and actually broke the lens all together. It just snapped and I couldn't take any more photos, 1 WEEK after. I got it fixed for $20 thank god, and still have used it without an issue until now. So overall I really do think it is a great lens, almost professional with great zoom. Amazing for still life, animals, landscapes, and profiles. CANNOT GET UP CLOSE it will not focus, you need to step back at least 20 feet. Last but not least, zoom is audible but not "loud".
February 2, 2012
Excellent low-price lens for everyday photography
I've been using this lens for more than a year, and It serves me well. Auto focus is not that fast, since it's using bundled servo, but if you're using manual focusing, you won't be disappointed. 4 stars because of slow auto-focus. Everything else -> 5.0
January 5, 2012
d3000 w/ 55-200mm lense
cant beat this pair or a unexpensive good picture takin camera and lense
December 21, 2011
af-s dx zoom-lense
i purchased this lense as an add on to a new d40x camera, i took approx. 100 shots with it and all are clear and in focus. it is a great lense for the money. i would recommend it for anyone
especially the beginner because it does all the calculating for u.
December 11, 2011
Its a real good lens,
light weight and impressively resistant.
so, it's a good deal whit this lens. ^^
December 8, 2011
I love my new lens! I'm just a recreational photographer but I really wanted this lens and I'm so glad I got it. I have a d3000 and they work great together. Awesome product.
October 12, 2011
Great lens, we tried the non VR lens and at a distance very blurry. We returned the non VR and got this one. Worked perfectly right out of the box. Very easy to use. This lens is worth the extra $...
October 6, 2011
Quality and Value for the Price
This review is about model 2166 with the VR feature, not the older version 2156.
I bought this lens as part of a kit when I bought my D5100. That turned out to be the right decision and I am very happy with the lens. I have a set of autofocus lenses from earlier experiences with Nikon cameras. They certainly work well with the D5100. But the new lineup of lens – such as this one – are so improved that this lens outperforms the others. The EG and VR features are sterling features. Comparing this lens with other, similar zoom lens, one sees how small and compact it is; a definite plus for carrying around all day and for packing in suitcases. If you bought the 18-55 mm lens, then you will notice both are about the same length when zoomed to 55 mm.
The lens is nicely matched with the D5100. Siting on my deck, getting acquainted with the two, I was able to do pin-point focus of a bird without the camera’s computer being distracted by tree limbs and foliage. The picture came out so well that I entered it in a photo contest. Nikon did a super job of giving us a quality lens at low price, so that we can enjoy inexpensive and quality photography.
Here are two pictures to show the extent of the zoom of the lens. Both were taken at the same time and place, about four miles from Grand Teton Mountain. One is at 55 mm, the other at 200 mm.
The lens works best for outdoor pictures when the zoom has ample space and light to work. I carry it and the 18-55 mm lens (either one fits nicely in my outdoor shirt pocket). I get most pictures from the 55-200 mm. I use the 18-55 mm for indoor photography and for close ups. From time to time the pictures may seem grainy. That can be fixed by changing the ISO to lower numbers, making best use of the scene settings, choosing the right focus method, and turning on the flash (even outdoors!) since zooms require more light.
Best features: Value and quality for the price. Compact size.
Worst features: No distance makers on the barrel. I miss this feature doing manual focus.
Recommended accessories: If you want to get a filter to protect the lens and improve colors, then check the camera’s manual to find those filters compatible with the camera’s computer.
October 3, 2011
Wonderful 2nd Lense
I use this for my nature/wildlife photos and find it easy to use with very good results.
Great for close up shots as well.
September 17, 2011
Great Addition to my D60
I own a Nikon D60 with standard 18-55mm VR lens and have recently purchased this 55-200mm for outdoor photography/concerts. It's a wonderful addition to my camera bag letting you get in close for perfect shots. The focus is very quick compared to the 18-55mm I have become used to. It has a very sturdy lens and housing that doesn't have any unwanted movement than some of the lesser quality I have handled.
September 17, 2011
A must have for any new kid on the block.
I bought this lens the day after I got my first kit. A little to quickly maybe, but I got lucky. I am young and really don't have a fortune to get the crazy lens that I would like. While looking for lens that I could possibly afford, I stumbled upon this one. It looked to good to be true. Turns out that it is one of the all around best lens they sell, due to cost and bang for you buck. I was so eager to buy something with some zoom because of the wide angle on the 18-55mm in the kit. I honestly thought after getting it I would be switching out lens to get every thing in. Wrong! The 55mm is a great start, just take a few steps back to adjust if needed. Also if your lazy like me you don't want to move around the yard at the family BBQ to get pictures of every one... Perfect! Find a nice spot set up camp (get a drink and some food) and shoot away. You will get the affect that you will were every where as long as you move every once and a long time. This lens is not for group photos, but if you have time to arrange a photo change the lens while you boss people around. Great bokeh for portraits, perfect for the lazy family photographer, VR makes taking close up sports shots a snap, and everything else an amateur photographer might shoot. Buy it for your second lens. TRUST ME!
July 26, 2011
I love my new lense, my only wish... to zoom in further, but I could have spent the extra money for it. The vibration reduction is GREAT on this lense. I shot over 1200 pics with my new lense last week on my honeymoon and they turned out GREAT!
July 25, 2011
Fantastic zoom lens
I have taken nearly 50,000 photos using this zoom. Other than really fast motion, the VR (Vibration Reduction) is great. Any where from 85%-90% of those photos came out quite clear. Yes, in close quarters, I would recommend an 18mm-55mm. But elsewhere, this is the lens I use the most. I bought zoom 2 years after I bought my D-40, and wish I had found it sooner. My travels have never been the same. Thank you Nikon.
July 22, 2011
excellent close up view.
i took a picture of a hummingbird outside my window 10 feet away and the pic looked like i was right next to the hummingbird
July 11, 2011
OK starter lens
If I had it to do over, I'd have passed on this lens. It's slow to focus and on the soft side.
July 7, 2011
The zoom is great from any distance
Love this Lens. It's so small and not much bigger than the 18-55 that came with the camara. My old Cannon Rebel larger lense is very big and heavy! I'm very pleased with my Nikon Lens and D5100 camara
June 30, 2011