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Thursday, September 10, 2009

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Zoom Nikkor Lens

The newest addition to Nikon's world-class Nikkor lens lineup, the DX Nikkor series was developed for professional and advanced amateur digital SLR users who demand high optical performance. This 55-200mm lens offers such features as two extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration, an exclusive Silent Wave Monitor that allows for accurate and quiet high-speed autofocusing, and a nine-blade rounded diaphragm. And thanks to the 200mm maximum focal length and 3.6x zoom, you can shoot everything from close-up sports shots to national park wildlife without standing right next to your subject. Other details include a super-integrated coating that minimizes ghosting and flare; a nine-blade rounded diaphragm for more natural out-of-focus highlights; and a focus switch that lets you easily switch between autofocus (A) and manual (M) modes. All Nikon lenses carry a five-year warranty.

Technical Details :
- 55-200mm zoon Nikkor lens with f/4-5.6 maximum aperture for Nikon digital SLR cameras.
- 2 extra-low-dispersion (ED) glass elements for minimized chromatic aberration and superior optics.
- Super-integrated coating minimizes ghosting and flare for more vivid images in dim lighting.
- Silent Wave Motor produces quick and quiet high-speed auto focusing;weighs 9 ounces.
- Measures 2.7 inches in diameter and 3.1 inches long; 5-year warranty.

- Focal length: 55-200mm.
- Maximum aperture: f/4-5.6.
- Minimum aperture: f/22-32.
- Picture angle (Nikon DX format sensor): 28 degrees (at 55mm) to 8 degrees(at 200mm).
- Maximum reproduction ratio: 1:3.5.
- Lens construction: 13 elements in 9 groups (with 2 ED glass elements).
- Lens drive: Silent Wave Monitor.
- Dx type: DX Nikkor (for use with Nikon digital SLR models).
- Minimum focus distance: 3.1 feet.
- Filter/attachment size: 52mm.
- Included accessories: LC-52 snap-on front lens cap, LF-1 rear lens cap, HB-34 lens hood, CL-0815 lens case.
- Dimensions: 2.7 inches in diameter, 3.1 inches long.
- Weight: 9 ounces.

This lens is sharp even at wide apertures, the VR (image stabilization) works great, autofocus speed is more than acceptable, and it it is very light and compact. As for image quality, search the various internet photo sites, such as dpreview and nikonians for sample photos taken with this lens by real users. The results are impressive.
Of course, the lens is slow (like almost all consumer zoom lenses), in that its widest aperture is smaller than a professional zoom or prime lens, so it's not a good choice for action photography in lower light conditions (like indoor sports without flash or outside sports at dusk). But a fast telephoto zoom will cost at least three times as much and weigh a ton.

Nikon 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR [Vibration Reduction] Zoom Nikkor Lens

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