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

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For the price, this light-weight consumer lens has a very good optical performance. Wide open, the corners are a bit soft, but stopping down improves things. Centre performance is excellent throughout the range. Some vignetting at the wide end. Low distortions for a zoom lens. Flare is well controlled.

VR is first generation, claimed to provide three stops improvement. Unlike Nikon's professional lenses, there is no switch to set “Active“ VR.

Build is consumer quality with most parts made of plastic, including the mount. The manual focus ring is thin and undampened and there is no focus indicator and no aperture ring. Autofocus uses a micro-motor, and is slow and noisy.

Rating: Ed: -, User: - (normalized, 0=useless, 50=average, 100=excellent).

Mount: Nikon F.
Format: DX/APS-C.
Aperture range: f/4-5.6 to f/32.
Optical zoom: 3.6x.
Close focus distance (CFD): 110 cm / 3.61 ft (from sensor plane).
CFD magnification: 1:4.3 / 0.23X.
Focus: AF (built-in, gear-type).
Groups/elements: 11/15.
Filter diameter: 52 mm.
L x D, W: 100 x 73 mm, 335 g.
Approximate street price: USD 225 (new, w/o tax).
Production: 2007-today.

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Nikon is a multinational corporation headquartered in Tokyo, Japan specializing in optics and imaging. Its products include cameras, lenses, flash units, scanners, binoculars, microscopes, measurement instruments, and steppers (used in semiconductor fabrication). The company was founded in 1917 as Nippon Kōgaku Kōgyō Kabushikigaisha (Japan Optical Industries Corporation), and renamed Nikon Corporation, after its cameras, in 1988. Nikon Corporation is one of the companies of the Mitsubishi Group.

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