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Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 is an old and very cheap 3.6x zoom lens for Nikon DX cameras. Native telephoto lenses for cropped cameras can be counted on the fingers of one hand and the Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 was the first of them. Now even a used variant. it is rather difficult to find.
Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 was introduced back in the spring of 2004. Since 2005, it can be seen as a lens from the delivery kit to Nikon D50and later to Nikon D40 (in addition to the regular Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM Aspherical) To silver Nikon D40 и D50 a silver version of the lens was supplied. From spring 2007 replaced with a new version - Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM, which in turn in January 2015 was replaced by another new model - Nikon DX AF-S NIKKOR 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II.
Funnily enough, with the introduction of the Image Stabilizer, the new 'VR' version has removed one 'ED' element from the optical circuit. Therefore, on the Internet you can find rumors that the old version of the lens is optically better than the new one. You can view and compare optical schemes of lenses in the section 'Optical design for all Nikkor DX lenses'. What's even stranger is that instead of the excellent 9-blade aperture found in just a few Nikon DX lenses, the new 'VR' version has been fitted with a conventional 7-blade aperture. In addition, the old version has an MDF equal to 0.95 m, which allows you to shoot 'macro' with a magnification ratio of 1: 3.5, and in the 'VR' version, the MDF was increased to 1.1 meters (accordingly, the ratio increased to 1: 4.3). We treat one, we cripple the other.
Main technical characteristics of Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor ED 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G SWM:
|Review Instance Name||Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor ED 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G SWM 3172853|
|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||9 rounded petals|
|Tags||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 - lens type)|
|MDF (Minimum Focus Distance)||0.95 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 3.5|
|The weight||255 g|
|Optical design||13 elements in 9 groups, including 2 low dispersion element (shown in yellow on the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the body by the abbreviation 'ED'.
Image of optical circuit clickable
|Lens hood||Nikon HB-37, bayonet type, plastic, comes standard. The same lens hood is used:|
|Transportation||With a soft cover CL-0815|
|Manufacturer country||China (PRC), inscription on the lens: “MADE IN CHINA”. But, the first lots of lenses were made in Japan.|
|Period||From March 2005 to 2007. In March 2007 a new version was replaced Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM|
|Current prices in modern online stores|
Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 has a built-in focusing motor (SWM - Silent Wave Motor), and therefore will work on all Nikon DX cameras (see exact list), while its EGF will be 82,5-300 mm. In fact, the Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 is an analogue of the same simple, but full-length Nikon AF Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4-5.6G when used on Nikon FX cameras. It is bad that Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 has low speed auto focus. 'VR' version focuses a little faster. When focusing, the trunk of the lens lengthens (the lens does not have full internal focusing as such), but the front lens does not rotate. Also, the front lens does not rotate when changing the focal length.
Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 has a 'A-M' focus mode switch (no continuous manual control). For manual focusing, the lens must be set to the 'M' position, otherwise it may be damaged. The focusing ring is plastic, not rubberized and, moreover, very narrow, rotates 90 degrees. Manual focusing is not very convenient. Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 uses the commonly used 52mm front filter diameter. The lens aperture closes down to f / 22 @ 55mm and f / 32 @ 200mm. The lens comes with a plastic hood HB-34, which can be installed backwards (with complete loss of access to the focusing ring). The lens handles side light well, but it's better to use a hood.
The lens is very compact and lightweight, weighs only 255 grams (in size it resembles the usual Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX Nikkor) But for the lightness you have to pay with the build quality - the case and the mount are made of plastic. To the touch Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 does not cause much confidence. The zoom ring is rubberized when zooming, the rear lens of the lens moves. On the copy from my review, the trunk of the lens does not spontaneously protrude.
Almost all Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6 lenses were manufactured in China. Nikon is not really worried about Nikon DX lenses and pretty much everything is stamped in China and Thailand. At the time of writing this review, the lenses of the Japanese assembly include only:
- Nikon AF Fisheye Nikkor 10.5mm 1: 2.8G ED DX
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 17-55mm 1: 2.8G ED IF SWM DX
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 12-24mm 1: 4G ED IF SWM DX
- Nikon AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical DX (only first batches)
- Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor ED 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G SWM (lens from the review, only the first lots)
Sometimes the prototypes of the Japanese assembly immediately fell into the hands of browser sites, which created confusion between the country of the manufacturer of the experimental batch and the strange mass production.
Petite aperture lens and long focal length requires basic handheld shooting skills, so working with the new version - Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF with a stabilizer - much easier. True, on a sunny day I had no problems when shooting handheld and without stabilizer on the Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6.
Image quality is directly proportional to the cost of the lens :) The sharpness of 200 mm is noticeably worse than in shorter ranges. You can squeeze out a lot from the old Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6, just important how to take pictures.
All original Nikon DX telephoto lenses
- Nikon DX AF S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED SWMarel 2005
- Nikon DX AF S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6G ED VR IF SWMMarch 2007
- Nikon DX AF S Nikkor 55-200mm 1:4-5.6GII ED VRIIJanuary 2015
- Nikon DX AF S Nikkor 55-300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED VR SWM HRIAugust 2010
- Nikon DX AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1:4.5-6.3G EDAugust 2016
- 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.Comments on this post do not require registration. Anyone can leave a comment. Many different photographic equipment can be found on AliExpress.com.
An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses
- 10.5 mm/ 2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
- 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
- 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
- 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
- 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
- 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
- 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
- 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF S VR [gold ring]
- 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
- 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
- 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
- 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
- 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
- 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
- 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
- 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
- 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
- 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
- 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
- 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
- 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
- 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
- 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
- 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
- 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
- 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
- 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
- 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
- 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
- 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor ED 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G SWM is a cute little telephoto lens. Very lightweight and cheap, the image quality is adequate. In general, the newer version is preferable - Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF.