Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S DX Autofocus Zoom Lens - U.S.A. Warranty

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About Nikon 55-200mm

AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED A compact, lightweight and affordable 3.6x high-power telephoto zoom DX ideal for use with Nikon digital SLRs

This ultracompact, lightweight telephoto zoom lens has a 3.6x 55-200mm focal range and offers a remarkable cost-to-performance ratio. Its optics are optimized for use with Nikon digital SLRs, and it is ideally suited to the new Nikon D50.

The compact zoom lens offers powerful zoom performance of 55-200mm (providing a picture angle equivalent to an 82.5-300mm lens in 35mm format) and is suitable for everything from candid portraits to sports, nature and wildlife photography. The newly developed compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) has given rise to an ultracompact, lightweight design with excellent handling characteristics. Including the new compact SWM, the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED measures a compact Ø68 x 79mm (2.7 x 3.1 in.) and weighs approximately 255g (9 oz.).

For optics, two ED glass elements achieve high resolution and contrast while minimizing chromatic aberration and other forms of distortion. The new compact SWM built into the lens offers the smooth and quiet autofocus performance that users have come to expect from our existing SWM.

By using this lens and the new AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens, photographers have a focal length range from wide-angle 18mm to telephoto 200mm (providing a picture angle equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format), covering an extremely wide variety of subjects and shooting situations. The range of these ultracompact, lightweight lenses, combined with its high-quality performance, will expand the photographic horizons of Nikon Digital SLR owners. The AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED lens will be simultaneously released with the AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED lens.

Note: This lens is not compatible with 35mm [135] or IX240 format film cameras.

The Nikon 55-200mm is commonly used for Art, Fun, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Sports/action, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 55-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Casual user, Enthusiast, Photo enthusiast among others.The Nikon 55-200mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 55-200mm: Clear glass, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easily mounted, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Rugged, Simple controls and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Fast / accurate auto-focus (158),Lightweight (150),Easily interchangeable (141),Consistent output (118),Durable (79),Strong construction (63),Rugged (31),Easy to use (30),Improves picture quality (22),Compact (20),Easy to clean (16),Nice bokeh (15) Easily mounted (13),Quiet (11),Simple controls (10),Clear glass (6) View All
Weak casing (19),Poor in low light (16),Slow focus (14),Plastic mount (6),Lens creep (4),Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Sports/action (104),Landscape/scenery (80),Wildlife photos (72),General purpose (65),Wildlife (45),Portraits (36),Weddings (33),Shooting outdoors (27),Upgrade (21),Low light (20),Travel (19),Night photography (18) Landscape photography (13),Macro photography (11),Fun (10),Shooting indoors (8),Back-up (7),Special effects (6),Close up filming (6),Art (5),Professional work (5),Panoramic filming (5),Photojournalism (3),Video (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (52),Photo enthusiast (52),Casual photographer (31),Semi-pro photographer (24),Semi-professional (20),Tech savvy (16),Beginner (14),Parent (8),Pro photographer (7),Casual user (6),Technically challenged (6),Professional (5) Photography student (3) View All

Nikon 55-200mm Features

  • Offers a high-power 3.6x, 55-200mm zoom to ensure close composition (equivalent to a 82.5-300mm lens in 35mm format)
  • Two ED glass lenses minimize chromatic aberration and other forms of distortion to achieve high resolution and contrast
  • Ultracompact dimensions of 68 x 79mm (2.7 x 3.1 in.) and just 255g (9 oz.) in weight make it easy to carry and use
  • Incorporates a newly developed compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet focusing
  • Delivers high-level optical performance that is specially designed for use with the Nikon digital SLRs
  • Employs a nine-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements
  • Enables focusing from as close as 0.95m (3.1 ft.) from the subject through its entire focal range

Nikon 55-200mm Specifications

13 elements in 9 groups (two ED glass elements)al lens element)
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX, Nikon FX in DX Crop Mode
Note: DX lenses are not recommended for use with 35mm, "full-frame" digital, or APS SLR cameras
Angle of view
28 degrees, 50 minutes (@55mm) to 8 degrees (@200mm)
F stop range
Maximum Aperture: f/4-5.6
Minimum Aperture: f/22-32
Closest Focusing Distance
0.95m (3.1 ft.)
Maximum Magnification
Max Reproduction Ratio 1/3.5
Filter Size
Dimensions (Length x Diameter)
Approx. 79mm x 68mm long (3.1 in. x 2.7 in.)
Approx. 255g (9 oz.)
AF Nikkor G-Type lenses feature more compact lens designs and include D-Type technology that provides the camera with precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes

Nikon 55-200mm Reviews

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Most Liked Positive Review


Can't beat the price!

I just received the AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm 4-5.6 refurbished lens and used it for the first time this past weekend. A good companion to the 18-55mm 1.8-5.6. I primarily do portraits, but also enjoy documentary shots. The lens gives a feeling of being able to reach out and touch someone, even if at a distance. Light weight, and easy to use. I was also going to purchase a hood and lens bag, but to my surprise, the lens came with both. With a name like Nikon, I felt comfortable purchasing a ref...

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I just received the AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm 4-5.6 refurbished lens and used it for the first time this past weekend. A good companion to the 18-55mm 1.8-5.6. I primarily do portraits, but also enjoy documentary shots. The lens gives a feeling of being able to reach out and touch someone, even if at a distance. Light weight, and easy to use. I was also going to purchase a hood and lens bag, but to my surprise, the lens came with both. With a name like Nikon, I felt comfortable purchasing a refurbished lens. How could I go wrong. At present time I can't afford to fork out too much and so "Thanks Nikon". You made it possible.


Most Liked Negative Review


The lens is not very ...

The lens is not very sturdy. The autofocus broke after about 6 month. It was a fun lens to use, but never produce the crisp sharp images I expected from a Nikon lens. It seems that the real focus is a little behind the subject. When the autofocus failed I was unable to get the lens repaired, because I purchased the lens on-line. It seems that these lenses are not from Nikon.USA and the four year warrantee is not honored.

Reviewed by 371 customers

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Its pretty good but watch out at full zoom


from Kansas, USA

I purchase this lens when I purchased my camera about 10 months ago. The lens works fine unless you are at full zoom then things get a little sloppy. I would recommend a tripod with the VR function turned off if you are going to shoot at full zoom. Otherwise this lens works great.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


A Wonderful Complementary Lens


from Port Washington, WI

When I purchased my new D3300 camera with 18-55mm VR II kit lens, the photo opportunities were immediately rewarding. However, in some situations I desired more than the available 55mm maximum focal length of the kit lens. The Nikon 55-200 VR lens has become a perfect complement. It matches my "normal" zoom lens in both image quality and ease of use, yet gives up to 3.5 times more reach. It is compact enough to fit in the same carrying case with the D3300 body and the original zoom lens, without the bulk and weight of older lenses owned in the past. I highly recommend it!


Decent Lens


from CT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Lightweight, sharp and a good value. Not f/2.8, but in good light it matches up well with the big guns.


Lens fell apart


from Baltimore, MD  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I had high hopes for the lens, I bought it as a lens for my nikon d200. I have another camera so I wasn't too interested in a high end lens, I just needed a lens. I took a few shots and they were pretty decent. I had the lens less than a month, I set the camera down on a desk to load into my bag and when I picked it up, the lens was hanging off the camera, yet still attached. It broke at the focusing ring, exposing the electronic. My lens was a refurbish by Nikon and the entire lens is plastic. I have been in photography now for well over 25 years, and this is the first time that has ever happened. I have even dropped a few lenses in my time, too, but this just fell apart. Thankfully Adorama took it all back and gave me a refund, although I also was still under Nikon warranty too. I will pay the extra money for a non plastic lens next time.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Nice blurred backround with sharp focus.


from Canton, NY 13617, USA

The lens is relatively cheap, takes amazingly sharp photos and blurs the background well. The lens is great for nature as well as portrait photography. I mainly use it for portrait photography.


Fabulous deal


from San Diego  -  Pro Photographer

Love the lens! Love the price! Fast, incredible service....


great features in a small package.


from Houston, TX, USA

Worth every penny. A great pick up, if you are in the market for lens, look no further.


Excellent carry around lens


from Southwest Missouri  -  Photo Enthusiast

This is a great lens as far as kit lenses go. I really struggled with either buying this or going for a used in great condition on a Nikon 80-200 2.8 lens. I wanted to try out Nikon VR lenses and as far as that goes it's O.K. I probably just need to cut back on the coffee and pay attention better when I use it. When price is your primary concern, this lens it a good way to go. Good, not great.


Not Good


from NY  -  Photo Enthusiast

Takes lousy, blurry shots.


Great value


from Texas, USA

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!


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
ROBERTO C  En realidad lo elegi para complementar el que venía con el kit y agregar un poco de zoom.
Mary A  What does the f/4-5.6 mean?
JOHN M  The f/stop, opening in lens that allows light into the camera, varies according to the focal length use for the photograph. Generally, the closer to the lower focal length (55) the more open the f/stop, in this case f/4. The closer to the maximum focal length (200) the f/stop changes to the f5.6, the lens is receiving less light. Luckily is the world of digital cameras and automatic settings the compensation for this shift is handled by the camera as opposed to the old manual cameras were you would have to slow your shutter speed to compensate for the change.
Shopper  Can you use this with the Nikon 5100?
HOWARD C  yes, I use it as my shooting lense .
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