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Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR Vibration Reduction Lens F/DSLR Cameras - U.S.A. Warranty

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Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED-VR: Picture 1 regular $246.95

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED-VR Features

  • Versatile and compact 3.6x Zoom-Nikkor approximates the picture angle characteristics of an 82-300mm lens in the 35mm format.
  • Brings subjects closer to the photographer fills the frame with portraiture, sports, wildlife and more.
  • Nikon's exclusive Vibration Reduction (VR) reduces the effects of camera shake allowing photographers to shoot hand-held at as many as 3 shutter speeds slower* than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images in challenging conditions
  • New compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation.
  • An ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element minimizes chromatic aberration, contributing to superior optical performance.
  • Focus Mode switch enables quick-switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).
  • 9-blade rounded diaphragm for more natural out-of-focus highlights.
  • An excellent companion to the 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED II AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor.
  • Engineered exclusively for use with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras.

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED-VR Specifications

15 elements in 11 groups (with 1 ED glass element)
Format Compatibility
Nikon DX / Nikon FX in DX Crop Mode
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
3.6 feet through the entire zoom range
Maximum Magnification
Max Reproduction Ratio 1/3.5
Filter Size
Approximately 11.8 ounces
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
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Most Liked Positive Review


New lens!

Just got my DX VR 55-200 today and will be trying it out on the rodeo today. If its anything like the other lens I have then I should enjoy it also. I hope to get my new tripod (motorized mechanical) very soon because I tend to shake some on the longer timed shots. Oh did I mention I love my Nikon.............


Most Liked Negative Review


Looks can be deceiving

I purchased this lens with a D40 around 3-4 years ago. I purchased this set up because of the positive reviews it had received as being a good value and a quality product. It was a replacement to a point and shoot digital camera with a long lag time. The 55-200mm lens has never been up to snuff in my opinion, say with low light focus, or the speed of focus. By the time the lens had focused my child’s sports moment had passed. Now the lens will not focus at all in auto mode, and it appe

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I purchased this lens with a D40 around 3-4 years ago. I purchased this set up because of the positive reviews it had received as being a good value and a quality product. It was a replacement to a point and shoot digital camera with a long lag time. The 55-200mm lens has never been up to snuff in my opinion, say with low light focus, or the speed of focus. By the time the lens had focused my child’s sports moment had passed. Now the lens will not focus at all in auto mode, and it appears that is because the lens’s aperture is broken. I would not buy this lens again

Reviewed by 278 customers

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)


Its pretty good but watch out at full zoom


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


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


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

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Lens fell apart


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.


Excellent carry around lens


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.


Great value


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!

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)


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.


good value


Bought used. Quick delivery. Very good consumer lens. Light weight for travel to use when need more reach than my primary walk around lens (17-70 sigma).


great lens


Great lens... if you have a 18-55 keep it since you will need it ..


solid lens


I got this lens primarily for use for portraits and based on some test shots so far, I am impressed. I did a quick setup with a Nikon SB600 flash and a Westcott softbox and was very happy with the results. Really nice bokeh. Background was soft but the person's face was shockingly sharp. I say shockingly because I didn't think a lens this inexpensive would give such great results. FYI, I got it used for $100.


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Junior S  What's best telephoto lens for my D90 Nikon camera. I will be attending a track meet abroad and need a very capable lens?
MICHAEL A  It depends where you will be at the track meet. I suggest you visit Ken Rockwell's website, which provides a very detailed analysis of all of Nikon's DX lenses. For sure you will want something with vibration reduction.
Junior S  I appreciate your response very much. My distance from the finish line will be about100 feet.
Shopper  is this lens compatible with nikon D700?
MARK S  Yes, it would be compatible. I had heard that the lens was slow to focus but that has not been my experience. I think it is a very good value.
abhijit n  Will this lense work in D40?
TOM H  i use it with a d40 all the time, it works great.
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