|AF-S||The lens is equipped with ultrasonic motor to provide very fast and virtually silent autofocus. Learn more|
|DX||The lens is designed only for Nikon APS-C digital SLR cameras.|
|G||The lens has no aperture control ring and only supports electronic aperture control from the camera. G lenses provide distance information to the camera as D-type lenses.|
|ED||The lens incorporates one or several low dispersion elements to minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.|
|Position in the lineup|
|Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm F/4-5.6G ED VR II||Jan 2015||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm F/4-5.6G IF-ED VR||Mar 2007||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm F/4-5.6G ED||Apr 2005||⊗|
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|Diagonal angle of view:||28.8°-8.1° (Nikon APS-C)
|Lens construction:||13 elements in 9 groups, including 2 ED|
|Closest focusing distance:||95 cm|
|Number of diaphragm blades:||9|
|Type of autofocus motor:||Ultrasonic (Nikon F)
|Full-Time Manual Focus:||No|
|Maximum diameter x Length:||Ø68 x 79 mm|
|Materials:||Plastic barrel, plastic mount|
|Filter size:||52 mm|
The lens barrel is of moderate weight, made of plastic. The lens mount is plastic.
The lens features A - M focus mode switch.
|A||Autofocus mode without manual override.|
|M||Manual focus mode.|
The lens uses front filters with standard size of 52 mm which are easy to find. They are also inexpensive.
It should be noted that most lenses of the system have such diameter of the filter thread, that is why if you will purchase additional lens with similar focal length and/or speed, you probably will be able to share filters between them.
The filter thread does not rotate during focusing which allows convenient use of different types of filters (including but not limited to polarizing and gradient).
Low dispersion elements (AD, ED, LD, HLD, SD, UD etc) and fluorite elements minimize chromatic aberrations and ensure excellent sharpness and contrast even at maximum aperture.
The lens does not feature optical image stabilizer. It is a significant disadvantage for a lens of such class - the need for image stabilization only grows with increasing of focal length. In order to obtain sharp images with this lens, you will need to use a tripod or shutter speeds not longer than 1/200 second (at focal length of 200 mm) which may require in some cases increasing the ISO setting and will lead to noisy images.
|Sensor size||23.6×15.8 mm|
|Distortion at 55 mm||+0.03 %|
|Distortion at 200 mm||+1.48 %|
|Vignetting at 55 mm F/4.0||-0.98 EV|
|Vignetting at 200 mm F/5.6||-1.1 EV|
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|User Manual. Multilingual, Adobe PDF, 5 MB|
Alternatives (AF, 48-224 mm)
|Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm F/4-5.6G ED VR II||2015||⊗|
|Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm F/4-5.6G IF-ED VR||2007||⊗|
|Sigma 50-200mm F/4-5.6 DC OS HSM||2009||⊗|
|Sigma 55-200mm F/4-5.6 DC||2003||⊗|
|Tamron AF 55-200mm F/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro A15||2005||⊗|