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

Nikon’s range of col­lapsi­ble lenses con­tin­ues to grow with the ad­di­tion of this telephoto zoom

NPhoto - - Test Team -

We first saw a col­lapsi­ble DX­for­mat lens around this time last year, in the guise of the Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II kit lens for the D3300. That lens is avail­able with the new D5500, and now Nikon has launched the AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II, of­fer­ing users a com­pact telephoto op­tion.

Like the 18-55mm, the new lens has a but­ton on the bar­rel that must be pressed as the zoom ring is ro­tated in or­der to ex­tend it ready for shoot­ing. When fully re­tracted the lens is just 83mm long – 16.5mm shorter than the non-col­lapsi­ble Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/45.6G IF-ED VR.

On DX-for­mat cam­eras the 55-200mm fo­cal length is equiv­a­lent to an 82.5-300mm lens, of­fer­ing a ver­sa­tile telephoto range ideal for shoot­ing dis­tant sub­jects and por­traits. The VR sys­tem is also claimed to en­able hand­held shoot­ing at shut­ter speeds up to four stops slower than nor­mal.

£1640, $1997

www.nikon.com Fres­nel lens el­e­ments are much thin­ner and lighter than con­ven­tional

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