Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

A re­mark­ably tiny and light­weight tele­photo that doesn’t come up short on im­age qual­ity

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By far the small­est tele­photo zoom in the group, the orig­i­nal DX-for­mat 55-200mm mea­sures a measly 68x79mm and weighs just 255g. To put that into per­spec­tive, it’s even smaller and lighter than the first in­car­na­tion of the Nikon 18-55mm VR kit lens. It’s also just half the weight of the Nikon 55-300mm lens, and a mere third of the weight of the Nikon 70-300mm. Suf­fice it to say that if you want a tele­photo zoom that’ll fit into a lit­tle cor­ner of your gad­get bag, or even a spare pocket, this will fit the bill.

De­spite its tiny build, this lens of­fers the same ‘ef­fec­tive’ zoom range of 82.5-300mm on DX bod­ies as the phys­i­cally longer 55-200mm VR lens. As with most com­pet­ing lenses, the fo­cus ring ro­tates dur­ing aut­o­fo­cus, but it’s small and out of the way at the leading edge of the lens, so doesn’t ad­versely af­fect han­dling. The front el­e­ment ex­tends at shorter fo­cus dis­tances but doesn’t ro­tate dur­ing fo­cus­ing, mak­ing it easy to use ro­ta­tion-spe­cific fil­ters like cir­cu­lar po­laris­ers.

Per­for­mance

Aut­o­fo­cus speed is quite slug­gish and this is the only Nikon lens in the group that lacks Vi­bra­tion Re­duc­tion. How­ever, im­age qual­ity is pretty good in all re­spects, mak­ing this lens some­thing of a mini marvel.

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