Review of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM has a very long name, so for simplicity I will call it in abbreviated form - 'Nikon 55-200 VR'. This is an inexpensive zoom telephoto lens for Nikon DX cameras. Nikon 55-200 VR has a built-in focus motor, and therefore is suitable for all Nikon cameras. At one time, it became a replacement for the older version - Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor ED 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G SWM, which did not have an image stabilizer, and in 2015 was itself replaced by an updated model - Nikon DX AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II, which has a lens parking mechanism.

In total, there are three such lenses:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED SWM, was produced from April 2005 to 2007.
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM, from this review, was released from March 2007 to 2015.
  3. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR IIAvailable since January 2015.
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR I Lens Overview

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM Lens Overview

The focal length of the lens is 55-200 mm, which will allow using it for a large number of photo tasks. For example, with this lens you can shoot not very shy animals, sports, various events. It is no secret that a telephoto lens, in general, is suitable for shooting portraits, since it has a small distortion, does not distort the geometry, respectively, the faces are not distorted in the pictures, while a large focal length helps to achieve a small depth of field. True, the Nikon 55-200 VR still has a small level of distortion, but on the other hand, 200 mm focal length can be easily blur the background, which is sometimes very important for portraiture.

Rear view of the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM lens

Rear view of the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM lens

Main technical characteristics of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM:

Review Instance Name Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM 1760879
Basic properties
Front Filter Diameter 52 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 55-200 mm, EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 82.5-300 mm
Zoom ratio 3.64 X (usually rounded to 4)
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels focal lengths for 55, 70, 85, 105, 135, 200 mm, bayonet mount mark and hood mounts
Diaphragm 55 mm from F / 4 to F / 22. 200 mm from F / 5.6 to F / 32. The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera menu (G - type of lens)
MDF (Minimum Focus Distance) 1.1 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 4.3
Stabilizer features 3 stops by CIPA standards (for 200 mm focal length). The stabilizer monitors the movement of the camera while shooting panoramas.
The weight 335 g
Optical design 15 elements in 11 groups, including 1 low dispersion element (shown in yellow on the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the body by the abbreviation 'ED'.

Optical design Nikon 55-200mm f / 4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor

Image of optical circuit clickable

Lens hood Nikon HB-37, bayonet type, plastic
Transportation With a soft cover CL-0815
Manufacturer country China (PRC), the inscription on the lens: “MADE IN CHINA”
Period From March 2007 to the present. In January 2015 was supplemented / replaced by a version Nikon DX AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II
Instructions View–>
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Current prices in modern online stores

Nikon 55-200 VR refers to the lens itself low price range, because you should not expect stunning results from him. The lens is designed for use by amateurs, for the pros there are much better lenses. Depending on the set focal length, the lens has a maximum aperture from F / 4 @ 55 mm and F / 5.6 @ 200 mm, and the minimum value can be set to F / 22 and F / 32, respectively.

Lens designations Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM

Lens designations Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM

The advantages of the lens and their impact on shooting and photo quality:

  1. Nikon 55-200 VR weighs only 335 grams. On younger cameras (used on Nikon D3000, Nikon D40As well as Nikon D90) It provides a normal weight distribution and holding the camera in your hands is quite simple and convenient. The lens does not pull the camera down.
  2. Zoom is 3.6 x, which is a normal indicator for such optics. The larger the zoom, the more complex the optical design and the more difficult it is to get good image quality. Also, keep in mind that the viewing angle of 55 to 200 mm on DX cameras is equivalent to the viewing angle of the lens 82.5-300 mm for full-frame cameras. More details in the section on crop factor. I used several Nikon 55-200 VR lenses and did not observe spontaneous focal length changes on them under my own weight (the trunk itself did not protrude).
  3. Built-in ultrasonic focusing motor SWM (Silent Wave Motor) - allows you to focus on all Nikon digital SLR cameras. This factor is important to owners of non-powered cameras by type Nikon D5200, Nikon D3200 etc. since they can easily use this lens on their cameras.
  4. Internal focus - when focusing, only the internal parts of the lens move, which means that the front lens and its frame do not move. This will allow you to use different filters without problems. I recommend immediately get protective filter, a filter diameter of 52 mm, filters of this diameter are considered the most common and easiest to find.
  5. The Nikon HB-37 lens hood comes with a lens. It is very pleasant that Nikon has not been stingy of additional accessories such as blends or caps for its lenses recently. The hood is quite large and with it the lens looks very solid. You can also wind the hood in the opposite direction and always carry it with you. With this installation method, the lens hood does not take up extra space, always on the lens. But if the hood is wound in the opposite direction, then it covers the focus ring and you cannot use the lens in manual focus mode until you remove the hood.
  6. VR ('Vibration Reduce') - this is how Nikon stands for Image Stabilizer. it the most important aspect in this lens. The stabilization system will allow you to shoot without grease from your hands at slower shutter speeds. The instructions say that you can reduce the shutter speed by 3 steps, which is 2 ^ 3 = 8 times, that is, if you shot with shutter speedequal to 1/160 s, then now the same can be repeated with shutter speed in 1/20 s without loss of sharpness (for stationary objects). This is an indispensable function in the dark. For TV, image stabilization is a very useful feature. Of course, in the instructions everything is a little exaggerated and in reality it will turn out to shoot at shutter speeds no longer than 1/60 s per 200 mm of focal length. There is a button on the lens to control the operation of the stabilizer 'VR ON / OFF'.
  7. The image quality is acceptable, it is useless to hope for something super-good, for it alone says its price.
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM with hood installed

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM with hood installed

What did not like:

  1. The lens is almost all made of plastic. The bayonet mount (attachment point) is also plastic. The lens itself is made in China :(.
  2. Autofocus speed is average. It's funny, but the Nikon 55-200 VR focuses faster than a more advanced model - Nikon DX AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm 1: 4.5-5.6G ED VR SWM HRI. The focus ring, unlike the zoom ring, is not rubberized and rotates only 60 degrees.
  3. The lens does not have any additional marks on its body.
  4. When changing the focal length (zooming), the rear lens moves, creating a “vacuum cleaner effect”, which can lead to rapid contamination of the inside of the camera.
  5. The lens shows good sharpness at f / 7.1 apertures
  6. Nikon 55-200 VR has a weak macro, with a maximum magnification of 1: 4.3.
  7. Lens lacks continuous manual focus control 'M / AM'. Attention: To focus manually, be sure to set the lens to 'M' position. With auto focus, the focus ring rotates and cannot be touched. Alas, the focus is not the quietest.

Here link to the archive with the originals - 294 MB, 37 photos in .NEF format (RAW) from the camera Nikon D80.

From personal experience using:
The built-in image stabilizer can sometimes buzz and jerk the image in the viewfinder - this is due to the fact that the stabilizer still works for some time after pressing the shutter button and when you move the camera, the stabilizer holds the picture, and then it turns off and the picture “twitches” due to moving the camera. This is absolutely normal. To check the stabilizer, you need to turn off autofocus, turn on the stabilizer and press the shutter button halfway at this time, the noise from the operation of the hybrid gyroscopic drive should be heard.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM with hood installed in transport mode

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM with hood installed in transport mode

If shooting at long focal lengths, it is advisable to use excerpts no longer than 1/300 - 1/200 s (if you shoot without the stabilizer turned on) and always remember that the stabilizer only helps lower the level of vibrations, but does not completely remove them - therefore, you will sometimes need to use a tripod. I highly recommend reading the article as take offto prevent blurry pictures.

View of the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM lens on the camera

View of the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM lens on the camera

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View of the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM lens on the camera

View of the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM lens on the camera. The special enlightenment of the lenses is clearly visible.

All original Nikon DX telephoto lenses

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED SWMarel 2005
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED VR IF SWMMarch 2007
  3. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6GII ED VR IIJanuary 2015
  4. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED VR SWM HRIAugust 2010
  5. Nikon DX AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.3G EDAugust 2016
  6. Nikon DX AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.3G ED VRAugust 2016

A list of absolutely all lenses of the Nikon DX series, as well as a lot of useful information on lenses and cameras Nikon will find here.

An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5 mm/2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF-S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR

Conclusion:

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM is one of the most affordable telephoto lenses for Nikon DX cameras. The lens creates image quality comparable to its value. Me aboutI liked very much its lightness and the presence of a stabilizer. Due to its low cost, I recommend it as a good addition to a standard class lens 18-55 / 3.5-5.6.

In 2015, this lens was replaced with an updated model - Nikon DX AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II.

The material was prepared by Arkady Shapoval. Take a look to the Radozhiva group on Facebook.

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Comments: 564, on the topic: Review Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM

  • Vladislav

    Good day to all! I have long wanted to say this. I really liked the test photos of this lens made by Arkady. He also likes many of his test photos taken by whale lenses with plastic mounts, and at the same time simple old cameras - nikon d40, nikon d80,90. These test photos of Arkady happen, well, just a masterpiece. Do not understand that with this praise of Arkady, he does not need praise - he is a pro. These simple whale lenses with simple old cameras give such a result that you begin to doubt the objective assessment of these lenses. Arkady, do not be offended, but your words in the summary that these lenses do not give anything outstanding give rise to the opposite decision to purchase such lenses, while viewing your test photos.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Photo as photo. If you take modern cameras and reduce the photo to the same 6-10-12 MP, it will be approximately the same.

  • anonym

    Who will tell you which screws go to mount the lens mount of this lens and where to find them. Thanks.

  • Anna

    Good afternoon! Tell me if such a lens is suitable for Nikon D3100. I came across the opinion that such a device does not extend this lens

    • Valery A.

      Good evening. I can say that cameras from D40 to D3100-5100 normally “pull it”, I don’t know how on modern MP-crop.

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      I don’t know how the camera does not extend the lens, but the lens fully pulls the 24 megapixel d3200. But the focus is pretty slow. Changed to 70-300. But why do you need it? If you only want the camera to not crank your neck. Then 18-55 + 55-200. But can one take 18-105 or 18-140?

      • Valery A.

        Well, why, in the near nature to walk with him, dragonfly butterflies from 1,1m to 200mm to shoot, blue ticks from 5m or even eagles in the sky and airplanes: (crop)

      • Anna

        There is 18-55, now I’m thinking about Nikon 18-200mm f / 3.5-5.6G, because it’s more universal. Now I'm sitting - wise. Needed for outdoor shots. Maybe advise?

        • Denis

          the most useless lens. a new one is very expensive. for b / y they ask from 18 to 28 sput, while 18-55 gives a better picture

        • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

          It was not in vain that I wrote about 18-105 and 18-140. The latter is not far from 200 in the focal length, but you do not need to carry two 18-55 and 55-200. And in quality they are better than 18-200, no matter how much they praise it. And if you need a telephoto, then take 55-300 or 70-300.
          But at the same time, 18-55 and 55-200 have their own advantages with good image quality: 18-55 is light and small and has a small MDF (for macro), 55-200 is probably the easiest of televisions. But both have a common drawback - the rotation of the front lens when focusing. You can’t take pictures with a polarizing filter. But in due course it will be desirable.

          • Denis

            however, Arkady writes that the 55-200 front lens does not rotate when focusing
            Well, when zooming in on the first and VR II versions, nothing exactly rotates. I don’t know about ordinary VR

            • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

              Maybe I don’t remember anymore - I sold it.
              Anna, do not sell only 18-55. Sometimes there are times when you need it - a simple macro or make a “soap box” for small dimensions. When I remove the battery pack from 3200 and change it to 18-105 to 18-55, I am amazed at its transformation)))

              • Anna

                Thanks for the advice. All the best.

          • Anna

            Would you advise 18-140

            • Denis

              Well then, at the same time, change the carcass to d5200 or even d7100-d7200

              • Denis

                in general, 18-140 is much rarer on hand than 18-105, so it’s better to take the latter 2 times cheaper (for about 7 thousand rubles), and you can still choose a copy

          • anonym

            vitalik. held in his hands and carried a blizzard.

            • Vitaly N

              Will you decrypt?

  • Paul

    Something here everyone is faulty 18-200 VR, I have all the lenses 18-55, 55-200, 18-105 and 18-200. So, I’ll tell you honestly about the quality of the picture (sharpness, color) of 18-200 in the focal range of 18-90, it is no different from 18-105, I can provide photos from that and from that. Further, sharpness at infinity suffers. Those. if you take a picture of a flower 7 meters away from you, it will be clear, if the plane is in the sky, then not very. But this effect is manifested on all universal zooms, including 55-200, but on it less. But I decided that it is better to drag 1 lens on vacation than 2, because the frame itself is more important, and not its pixel-by-pixel quality, everyone decides for himself what is more important to him, I chose 18-200.

    • Valery A.

      Not very soapy at 200mm (55-200 VR, crop, 55-300 no worse). https://ibb.co/h7080S

      • Paul

        Yes, I’m not saying anything bad about 55-200, I use it myself when I need to fly planes or ships, but on vacation I take 18-200 and 50mm, for all tasks like a station wagon. Especially now prices for it are 13 tyr and less, you can find here link https://www.avito.ru/sankt-peterburg/fototehnika/nikon_18-200mm_nikkor_vr_1361698905
        and 55-200 sell for 5500-6000 but at least 18-55 is needed for it, in short, everyone will decide for himself))

    • Charles

      If at 55-200 you hide behind at least f8, the sharpness is decent (at least on my cameras).

  • Sergei

    Good day! I have been using the lens of this model for 2 years. The Nikon D5200 camera does not cause any complaints. At first, he did not attach much importance to focusing when shooting with DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR lenses; DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G VR However, over time, I noticed that the level of quality of focusing in automatic and manual mode differs significantly with the tripod or without focusing quality when photographing with other lenses (World; jupiter-9) . An amateur-class camera and lenses would be unfair to make high demands, but nevertheless, easy disappointment cannot be avoided.

    • Valery A.

      What do you mean by focus quality?

    • Vadim

      Sergey, I agree, automatic on Jupiter 9 works much better

    • Vitaly N

      55-200 was, 18-55 still use for macro. I did not notice problems with focusing. Especially with their large depth of field, compared with fixes. There are micro lubricants from the stabilizer, maybe you take them for a problem? Try turning off the stabilizer when shooting with a tripod.

    • Vitaly N

      And the question is - focus on one point or with automatic selection?

  • Sergey Vladimirovich

    Arkady! Thank you for your reviews and articles on photographic equipment. With great interest and attention I read and look at materials. I recently bought such a lens. It is brand new and at a reasonable price. Of course, I immediately tested it and was very pleased with the purchase. I put it instead of the standard one on the Nikon D3000. The impression is very good, portraits, good zoom, color rendering, everything was very pleasing. I recommend everyone instead of the regular one, well, or an addition to it. I want to share a photo that I think was a success. https://ibb.co/nb0qvJ

  • Vitaly

    Glass will really like it, especially with good colors and aperture (but I can only compare with 18-55 whale). Not enough versatility. I would like to travellerzum analgic for color rendition and aperture ratio, but with less focal length. What can you advise on d5400?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      D5400 does not exist. Good options from relatives 18-105, 18-140, 18-200

  • shorymn

    Viprosal ointment

  • Vladimir

    Hello! I admit right away that I'm not a very experienced amateur photographer in terms of digital devices. So, looking at the pictures I can’t get rid of the impression that they were made by another professional lens.
    Maybe I’m very unlucky with the lenses - this and the whale (18-55), but I can’t get such sharp pictures, which are given in the article. And not only in this, but also in articles devoted to other lenses.
    I put about the same aperture, about the same short shutter speed, white balance is not auto, but according to the situation, I tried both JPG and RAW format, focus in the center and distributed - in general, everything seems to be very close to what is written under the pictures, and the pictures are noticeably not too sharp. D3000 camera, 10MP sensor. Maybe it’s not the lens, but the device itself?
    I would like to see an answer / advice. By the way, about the same, but in other words, Vladislav noted in the comment of 03.12.2017/XNUMX/XNUMX.

    • Valery A.

      Hello. If there is no front-back focus, then this is what these lenses are capable of. It remains to sharpen (possibly contrast) in the editor. The 55-200vr I was quite comfortable with, the 18-55vr is not so, unlike the 18-55 EDII. Applying 3000 / 35g, 1,8 / 50g lenses, as well as Tamron 1.8-28 / 75 lenses (as well as Nikor 2,8-70vr) on the d300, he noted a noticeable improvement in the picture. I’m not calling for anything, just thinking out loud.

  • Irina

    Good day! I can not decide whether to sell the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm or not. For several years now she has been idle: I photograph mainly on 35 and 50 mm fixes. But I’m thinking, what if children need to be photographed on the street ... For these purposes, the lens is perfect. What do you think?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Let it lie, it’s not expensive.

  • Elena

    There is a D5200 with a whale of 18-55 (it costs most of the time on the carcass) and a fix of 50 (when shooting small things at home in poor lighting and in a burst of creative enthusiasm it is used).
    At work, once a month - once every two months, it is necessary to film sports events (athletes at performances and awards, sports reports). 18-55 for this, of course, is not enough. I had experience using the D5300 complete with 18-140 for the same purpose in another job - I liked everything, but that’s the employer's technique.

    There is a choice: buy yourself 18-140 (used), sell 18-55 and live in peace. Use for personal purposes and at work without unnecessary troubles. True finances for these purposes need more, and they somehow feel sorry, because photography is not my main work, just a hobby that I use sometimes to the glory of a good employer :)
    Or buy 55-200 VR (also used) and use it at sporting events and when traveling in nature? Then it turns out to be half the price, but in this version I am confused by the park of lenses with plastic lens mounts that I will regularly rearrange here and there - there is more chance that something will break sooner rather than later, and throwing it away will be easier than giving it up.

    In general, there is no superfluous money, and something with a longer telephoto distance caught fire, in order to benefit both ourselves and the employer. And it seems like I liked everything from 18-140, but a rational worm sharpens “do you need these 100+ once a month, in the summer - three times a month, is it worth it - how much to spend?”

    That suggest?

    • Denis

      plastic mount will not break
      cheaper than 18-140, it will be 18-105 (but the plastic mount). picture quality, in my opinion, is noticeably better than 18-55. I sold it to my colleague from work on 18-105 - gave him to make test shots of his 18-55BP2 and 18-105 ...

      • Elena

        Thank you for your reply!
        My last camera broke on the day when I changed my lenses 3 or 4 times in an hour, the shutter of the mirror jammed or the brushes .. in short, repairing this on the D60 turned out to be equal to the market value of the used D60: D And before that, I with my purchased used \ I happily lived with the camera for 3 years, changing the lens rarely, rarely. So now it’s a phobia that from a frequent change of “dust-bosh-gets-jammed something” - something is not concrete ...
        I think that I can’t live peacefully from 18-105, after I used 18-140 for almost a year at work :) In the sense of the practice of using focal length there are more than 105 and I will think about it in similar shooting situations - that's why I suffer from your choice.
        I spent three days from morning to night studying the reviews here at Radozhiva, and the market for used lenses to sell, to choose the most optimal options for your needs and financial capabilities.

        • Roman

          In two hours of shooting, I can change the lenses a dozen times if necessary. I don’t always want to carry two cameras with me. The DSLR is sharpened for changing lenses, so if something broke, then something was malfunctioning.

          And for indoor sports you need something like 70-200 / 2.8 with a high ISO camera. There, even a stub will not help, at normal shutter speeds, the lubrication will only be from the movements of the athletes. Colleka has 24-105 / 4, you have 5.6, this is a whole stop. Another stop by ISO and he definitely has a percentage of rejects that will be less.

          • Elena

            Thanks for the reply.
            Options 70-200 and 80-200 do not suit me at the price, I thought about them, but alas, it’s too much for me.

            Photography is not a profession for me, and my shooting at work is a nice bonus to leadership and help me later in my main job (I keep social networks, news about athletes are monotonous, and you need to accompany them with diverse and, preferably, interesting photographs. Good photos on the Internet you won’t find acceptable permission for athletes on any subject, and you don’t want to fly in with copyright, athletes buy photos for their portfolios from professional photographers working at events and also don’t share them later for a great life, stock nobody pays :), parental quality photos with your phone do not shine ... In short, he took (the base amassed the necessary variety of pictures) - you also easier. )

            On the 18-140 working past, I got used to it and the lubricant was an acceptable moderate amount, I recruited 500-200 normal reporting pieces from 250 frames, we load it on social networks: for grandparents and parents, they are for happiness. Of these, a dozen 4 were selected for my needs. I shoot in the same halls at work, when I have to do this, slowly under lighting and ceilings, I somehow learned how to adjust how much this is accessible to an amateur, to the extent that it is accessible to an amateur. But it’s ripe that I want something stupidly bigger than the FR: once a month I’ll shoot the competitions for them, but in the summer on weekends every two weeks I’m butterfly birds (besides work, I photograph 80% of nature, 15% of subject matter for personal purposes, 5% of family )

            In general, I already realized that most likely I will buy 55-200 and I will master it for my amateur needs. Everything else is more expensive and such costs are not rational in my case. Colleagues working in other areas do not understand why I bother with photographs so much ...

            • Ivan

              And why "slowly under the lighting"? Try the flash. Ask your friends or rent. And you can try to rent lenses, otherwise buy and be disappointed.

              • Elena

                With ceilings in the halls of 8,5 meters, no flash will help. I have a simple SB600. Tolu from her in huge halls - what to spit in the sea.
                And for rent in our city there are no lenses. Friends also don’t, they either have 18-55 or only fixes ...

            • Ivan

              I also have an SB-600. Great flash! Yes, it’s useless to shine on the ceiling for large rooms. Need to "beat" in the forehead. You can also raise the ISO to reasonable limits. It’s a pity that you have a D5200, and not even a D90. In conjunction with the SB600, we could experiment and put the flash closer to the shooting location and shoot with two flashes in conjunction with the built-in flash (it’s also the control for the 600th). Well, or buy more flashes and arrange them, controlling from the camera.

      • Elena

        Changing 18-55 to 18-105 \ 140 because of the quality of the picture on the same for 18-55 is not my motive. As a long-standing reader and reader of this blog and a modest photo-amateur, I believe that you need to pump up the skills of setting up settings and the general photographic skill to get better and more beautiful shots :) there’s simply not enough range - having shot three flash drives of 16 GB of competition I want to bite rhythmic gymnastics from resentment - there are very few successful shots, so that the athlete is close-up and acceptable sharply ... From the whole series of continuous shooting, you have to choose the “best of the mediocre” and then the sharpness of the chosen small raise in the editor :(
        A colleague with a lens on Canon with a FR 105 ceiling has a better result. From 18-140, I was better at his other job than him, I remember ...

    • BB

      18-105 from 2011, with a plastic mount went about 100k. Of the problems - a little dust inside (almost no effect on the photo), and the "trunk" began to spontaneously leave, if you lower the lens down. Lenses changed relatively often (while there was one carcass until 2015) - 18-105 / 70-300 / 50 with a bayonet mount nothing happened. So you want to save - save. After the purchase of 18-140, the old man 18-105 went to the spare shelf, but did not notice a big difference in the picture between them.

      • Elena

        Thanks a lot for your answer! Reassured a little :)
        And why bought 18-140 to replace 18-105 despite the fact that there are 70-300?

        • BB

          Firstly, the outgoing trunk is a little annoying, and secondly, sometimes you need two devices with 18-105 / 140, and friends, as usual, also need their own lens for these dates, and they can’t borrow it.
          From experience, if you shoot solo performances from a distance of at least 5 meters or more, then 70-300 is usually better suited, 105/140 is not enough.

          • Elena

            I looked - at an affordable price for me, Nikon 70-300 mm 1: 4-5.6G, autofocus will not work for me.
            Thank you, your answers helped me to formulate a solution, I will study another 55-200 and 55-300 as an option (although according to reviews, including Radozhiva it is somehow ambiguous) and I will buy separately one of these amateur telephoto lenses, instead of replacing 18-55. Fortunately now there are kind of good offers on these two models.

            • BB

              You can also look for Tamron or Sigma 70-300. Although 55-300 on a crop is a little more convenient.

              • Elena

                Thanks for the advice! Tamron 70-300 f4-5.6 there are two in the district, I will study information about them.
                There are instances close in price among all 3 options (55-200 \ T 70-300 \ 55-300), it remains to make the final choice

            • Ivan

              Autofocus from 5200-70 will not work on D300? Like this?

              • B. R. P.

                This is the one with a screwdriver.

            • Denis

              4-5.6D, and not G, you will not have focus. and 55-200 will probably be cut
              and 4.5-5.6G VR will, but it's expensive)

              • Elena

                Well, I’m writing - “on accessible to me”. Only the Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6G as in this review will be available to me for the price: https://radojuva.com/2014/04/nikon-af-70-300-mm-4-5-6g/ and it also says that it will not be autofocus on my 5200

              • Valery A.

                I liked 55-200 VR. But I changed it to 55-300, and then I took 70-300 VR (there was a craving for televisions), by and large - an extra waste. For the street - a thing (55-200).

              • Denis

                Elena, of course, forgot about this)

  • an256

    Hello, how best to check this used lens, especially the stabilizer. At Novaya Poshta, where he will arrive, there are no special conditions, a small dark room and staff standing above the soul and repeating five minutes for you to check.

    • Trueash

      At a minimum, send staff in the ass. If their internal documents provide for “five minutes,” they do not concern you — you are not their employee.

    • BB

      They never drove me to the NP, I checked the camera and optics for about 15 minutes. But when I took one of the cameras, the NP employee said that it was forbidden to insert your memory cards into the devices. I inserted it anyway, he was indignant but did nothing (I tried to explain that the camera can’t be fully verified without a memory card, but he repeated “we have such rules”). This was once (and I bought, it seems 4 pieces fotik for the last 3-4 years).

      • an256

        They also didn’t let me put a memory card on the NP, but the card came with the camera, it was just lying separately, so I convinced them that the card had to be checked, but the problem arose in another, the camera was practically without a run, the girl took off once, the battery ran out , said the camera itself can’t take pictures, the smartphone is better, so it sent it, it barely convinced the NP to allow its battery to be put, and I argued that the charge sent with the camera was sealed in a plastic bag and I said that I would charge p one battery will have to tear the packaging, and then suddenly I will not buy!

  • an256

    I’ll have to swear, but how can I check the stabilizer by the sound when the autofocus is off, or can it somehow be possible in the video mode?

    • Ivan

      Turn on the stabilizer and look into the viewfinder. Slowly move the direction of the lens to the side. The image is slightly “frozen” (slows down). You can turn off the stabilizer and do the same again. You will see the difference.

    • BB

      Unscrew the zoom to the maximum, shake the camera down a bit and look into the viewfinder - with the stub turned on and off. At 200mm, it is not difficult to see the work of the stub.

  • an256

    Got it, thanks for the tip.

    • Ivan

      Yes, I forgot, I need to keep the shutter button pressed halfway.

  • an256

    Thanks guys, I checked how you prompted with the included stub slows down the picture. Here is a photo of the first stub turned on, the second not: 200 mm. 1/30, F16

  • an256

    photo with a stub.

  • an256

    Another such question, it makes sense to buy a protective glass for this lens, the lens cost 800 UAH., Well, it is clear that expensive glass is not a horse feed, but within 250 UAH, the glass will greatly affect the picture, given that the lens itself is far from top-end .

    • B. R. P.

      A cheap filter can affect not for the better.

    • Ivan

      Use a lens hood as protection in addition to its intended purpose.

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