The Nikon 55-200mm is commonly used for Back-up, Close up filming, General purpose, Landscape/scenery, Landscape photography, Low light, Macro photography, Night photography, Panoramic filming, Portraits, Professional work, Shooting indoors, Shooting outdoors, Special effects, Sports/action, Travel, Upgrade, Weddings, Wildlife, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 55-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Beginner, Casual photographer, Enthusiast, Parent, Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer, Technically challenged, Tech savvy among others.The Nikon 55-200mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 55-200mm: Compact, Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Easy to clean, Easy to use, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Improves picture quality, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Quiet, Rugged and Strong construction
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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 Ã¢â‚¬" such as this one Ã¢â‚¬" are so improved that this lens outperforms the others. The EG and VR features are sterling features. Co...View full Review
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 Ã¢â‚¬" such as this one Ã¢â‚¬" 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 cameraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢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 cameraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s manual to find those filters compatible with the cameraÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s computer.
Most Liked Negative Review
right quality for price, but that's it.
I am one of those who cannot get a perfect focus at 200mm. All photos are soft or hazy when examined on a pixel level, even when tripod mounted. Most casual photographers will not notice this, but I am very particular. I found it to operate smoothly and was quick enough to focus for all but a few extreme cases on fast moving subjects. The VR has no effect, as far as I can tell. I get the same results with it on or off. I would recommend it for a casual "vacation pictures" photographer, but th...View full Review
I am one of those who cannot get a perfect focus at 200mm. All photos are soft or hazy when examined on a pixel level, even when tripod mounted. Most casual photographers will not notice this, but I am very particular. I found it to operate smoothly and was quick enough to focus for all but a few extreme cases on fast moving subjects. The VR has no effect, as far as I can tell. I get the same results with it on or off. I would recommend it for a casual "vacation pictures" photographer, but this is not the lens you want for serious sports or landscape stuff. It's relatively light weight make it decent for carrying around for long days.
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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.
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!
Lightweight, sharp and a good value. Not f/2.8, but in good light it matches up well with the big guns.
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.
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.
Love the lens! Love the price! Fast, incredible service....
Worth every penny. A great pick up, if you are in the market for lens, look no further.
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.
Takes lousy, blurry shots.
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!