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Comments about Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200MM f/4-5.6G IF-ED Vibration Reduction Zoom Lens:
Compact for its performance, the quality is superb, very light weight, easy to use and great characteristics, works great under different conditions, the clarity of the pictures speak for the quality of this wonderful lens. All in all a great package of features in a light and compact lens, get one you will be rewarded by the excellent quality of the pictures taken and the focus is very fast.
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Never worked from the get go!
After much research I bought my first digital SLR camera, a Nikon D5200. To extend the camera's use I bought this refurbished model zoom lens based on its positive reviews. While using the lens it whirled and whined and would fail to focus but for the fewest times in bright light. I was unfamiliar with the use of the camera and thought the zoom lens not performing was a user error. I became so frustrated with it that I put the camera aside for months...my mistake. After attending a local photography course I was informed that the lens was not working right. Well it is too late to return it or get it fixed under the warranty period. I will say the tech service person at Nikon did clearly step me through some test and repair modes but, alas, the lens still failed. So sorry to have wasted my money and wonder what QC step was missed when this lens was sent out for purchase? I've learned my lesson I hope!
Bottom Line No, I would not recommend this to a friend
(1 of 6 customers found this review helpful)
Haven't used it yet. Only had it 2 days. Works good so far.
(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.
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!
(1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)
Entry level Zoom Lens
from Middleboro, MA
5 star reviews are a tad ridiculous for this lens. It is a decent entry level lens and gets the job done for beginning photographers. Not knowing what a great lens is and then giving this product 5 stars is ignoring what a great lens is. For the money, it is a great lens. As a lens in general (ignoring price) it is what it is. A cheap lens. It isn't very sharp. You are much better served with an inexpensive fast prime lens to get your photo juices flowing. A low Aperture f/1.4-1.8 prime lens will give you much better results. You just need to learn to move your feet.
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.
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.
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!
(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)
Light, compact and very usable for a very reasonable price.
from Atlanta, GA
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.
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