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Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200mm Lens

Zoom lens with vibration reduction for compatible Nikon SLR cameras

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Our take on the Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200mm Lens

Fans of telephoto shooting will appreciate the high-quality optics and zoom power of this Nikon lens. Pair it with your compatible Nikon digital SLR camera for crisp, vibrant photos of all your favorite subjects. Its ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass element ensures accurate, razor-sharp images, and a built-in Silent Wave Motor makes autofocus quick and quiet. Plus, this lens's Vibration Reduction technology lets you shoot in-focus photographs in all sorts of lighting conditions. Here's how it works.

Fans of telephoto shooting will appreciate the high-quality optics and zoom power of this Nikon lens. Pair it with your compatible Nikon digital SLR camera for crisp, vibrant photos of all your favorite subjects. Its ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass element ensures accurate, razor-sharp images, and a built-in Silent Wave Motor makes autofocus quick and quiet. Plus, this lens's Vibration Reduction technology lets you shoot in-focus photographs in all sorts of lighting conditions. Here's how it works.

We've all taken a picture and had it turn out blurry because our hands moved a little while we were capturing the shot. Vibration Reduction works around this problem. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

From the review Playing with the Nikon 55-200mm lens
"Overall, I found it to be a handy, lightweight lens that was ready to capture images with all kinds of focal distances. I regularly shoot with a 50mm prime lens, so I really enjoyed still being able to shoot portraits with a lens that I could also crank out to get photos of more distant subjects. And it was certainly compact enough for me to grab and run with, as is necessary when you're taking pictures of kids or animals!"

— Julie Govan, Crutchfield Brand Manager

Nice lens to add to my Nikon D3200 to get different pics than the stock lens with more detail. Like the VR aspects which allow me to not bring a tripod or other stabilizer along with me on the go.

David H, Dundee, IL

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What's in the Box:

  • 55-200mm AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor lens
  • HB-37 Bayonet hood
  • LC-52 lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Nikon CL-0918 flexible lens pouch
  • Instruction Manual
  • Accessories Product Registration
  • Warranty form
  • Nikkor AF/IX lens extended warranty information

Product Highlights:

  • 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor lens with 35mm equivalent of 82-300mm
  • compatible with Nikon digital SLR cameras
  • Vibration Reduction allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to three shutter speeds slower)
  • built-in Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet autofocusing
  • ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass lens element for superior optical performance
  • minimum focus distance: 3.6 ft.
  • maximum aperture: f/4-5.6
  • minimum aperture: f/22-32
  • lens construction: 15 elements in 11 groups
  • attachment/filter size: 52mm
  • weight: 11.8 oz.
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens pouch
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Features and Specs

General
Brand Compatibility Nikon
Image Stabilization Yes
Focal Length 55-200 mm
Maximum Aperture f/4-5.6
Weight 11.8 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

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Features
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Warranty Information

Features

Product Overview: The Nikon AF-S IF-ED Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm, f/4-5.6G IF-ED lens is compatible with Nikon digital SLRs and other Nikon cameras. The lens includes a 52mm snap-on front lens cap (LC-52), a rear lens cap (LF-1), and a bayonet hood (HB-37).

Optics: The Nikon Extra-Low Dispersion (ED) glass element delivers superior optical performance for both digital and 35mm photography. ED glass minimizes chromatic aberrations, contributing to superb contrast and resolution performance. The non-rotating front element allows you to easily use circular polarizing filters and the Nikon Wireless Close-Up Speedlight System.

Built-in CPU: The lens has a built-in CPU which allows it to communicate with the camera body for focus and exposure functions. A set of CPU contacts is located on the lens mount for interfacing with the camera body.

Zoom Control: This high-power 3.6x Super Telephoto DX Zoom-Nikkor lens approximates the picture angle performance of an 82-300mm lens on 35mm SLR. The lens features a large, textured manual zoom ring for ultimate zooming control.

Auto/Manual Focus: Auto-Focus operation is possible with select Nikon Auto-Focus cameras; Manual focus via the focus ring possible with all Nikon SLR cameras. A Silent Wave Motor (SWM) enables fast and quiet auto-focusing, along with quick switching between auto-focus and manual operation. Note: Because there is no aperture ring on this lens, the aperture must be set on the camera.

Internal Focus (IF): Internal Focus (IF) provides fast and quiet auto focusing without changing the length of the lens, retaining subject-working distance through the focus range.

Vibration Reduction: Vibration Reduction minimizes the effects of camera shake allowing you to shoot handheld at as many as 3 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images. You can turn vibration reduction on or off with the switch on the side of the lens.

Flash Compatibility: This lens is compatible with all Nikon cameras having built-in flash. No vignetting occurs when a built-in flash is used. Note: It is recommended that you do not use the lens hood when taking flash pictures.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a fully-automatic, 9-bladed diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture. Out-of-focus images in front of or behind the subject are rendered as pleasing blurs.

Bayonet Hood: The supplied HB-37 bayonet hood extends approximately 1-3/4" beyond the front of the lens, and shades the aperture opening from direct sunlight that causes flaring. When not in use, the hood can be stored on the lens by mounting it in reverse position.

Specifications

  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor lens with a built-in CPU
  • Type of Mount: Nikon bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 52mm
  • Focal Length: 55mm to 200mm
  • Closest Focus Distance: 3.6 feet (1.1m) at all zoom settings
  • Maximum Aperture: f/4 to f/5.6
  • Aperture Range: f/4 to f/22 at 55mm; f/5.6 to f/32 at 200mm
  • Lens Construction: 15 elements in 11 groups with 1 ED glass element
  • Focal Length Scale: 55mm, 70mm, 85mm, 105mm, 135mm, 200mm
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Without Lens Hood or Lens Caps: Length=4.228" to 5.605", Diameter=2.853"
    • With Lens Hood and Lens Caps: Length=6.253" to 7.598", Diameter=3.319"
    • Weight: approximately 11.8 ounces

Warranty Information

Warranty Terms: Nikon offers a 1-year parts and labor warranty on this lens. An additional 4-year Extended Service Coverage is available at no charge if you register the product with Nikon within 10 days of purchase.

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