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Nikon - AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II Telephoto Zoom Lens - Black

Designed for use with Nikon DX-format DSLR cameras with an F-Mount, this Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 20050 telephoto zoom lens features an SIC (super integrated coating) and ED (extra-low dispersion) glass to help you capture sharp photos and videos.

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    What's Included

    • AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR II Telephoto Zoom Lens
    • Owner's manual
    • Rear lens cap (LF-4)
    • Snap-on front lens cap (LC-52)

    Ratings & Reviews

    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (249 out of 254)


    Compatible with most Nikon DX-format DSLR cameras with an F-Mount

    For use with your existing model.

    VR (vibration reduction)

    Reduces the effects of camera shake and vibration for clear shots and steady video footage.

    Retractable design

    Helps simplify storage.

    Auto/manual focus mode switch

    Allows you to choose how you bring your subjects and scenes into clear view.

    55-200mm focal length

    Enables versatile shooting.

    f/22-32 minimum aperture and f/4-5.6 maximum aperture

    For optimal light gathering, resulting in clear, detailed images.

    ED (extra-low dispersion) glass

    Helps prevent optical distortion.

    SIC (super integrated coating)

    Reduces the occurrence of ghosting and lens flare and creates vibrant colors.

    Rounded 7-blade diaphragm

    Provides natural-looking out-of-focus elements.

    Customer rating

    Rating 4.7 out of 5 stars with 254 reviews

    would recommend to a friend

    Expert rating

    Rating 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Buy in kit, or buy something else

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite Plus MemberElite Plus Member

      I've bought both versions of this lens (with and without the lock button). I prefer the version without the lock button. It feels better and seems to have less vignetting and a sharper picture overall. Bokeh is negligible, though I wasn't looking for it specifically. Both lenses came with the kits I bought. If you're brand new to digital photography, on a tight, disciplined budget (my hat's off to your restraint-- I wish I had it!), or looking to do relatively simple things, you've got a good lens. An uncle of mine has taken excellent pictures with this lens on his D40 or D60. If you want to photograph skylines, sweeping vistas, artwork, work well in low-light situations, capture and develop minute events, or see appreciably far away this lens is insufficient to your goals. That said, a kit lens is a great way to "get your feet wet and learn". If you're looking at buying the lens separately, a used one in good working order might serve you better. If you know you need more, it is only $100-$200 right now to jump up to the Nikon 55-300mm version, which has better glass, greater range, and feels better in the hand without being too heavy. Don't make the jump unless you're comfortable-- $100-$200 is groceries for a month to some people, and for others it is a nice dinner for two-- do what's comfortable for your budget. Nikon has been in business for about 100 years-- something good will be there when you're ready.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Very Light Weight - Great Photos


      This very light weight zoom lens covers the traditional 35mm film camera range of 85mm to 300mm. At the wide end, using f/4 to blur the background, it is a fine lens for close up head and shoulders portraits. Fully zoomed out, you can get a great photo of the runner stealing second base or details on the bell tower of an old church 200 feet above you. The sharpest results are at f/5.6 and f/8 at the wide end and at f/8 and f/11 when fully extended. The VR II vibration reduction lets you take sharp photos of non-moving subjects using very slow shutter speeds, such as 1/50th of a second. For sports action or a running deer, you need a fast 1/1000 or 1/2000 shutter speed as VR II vibration reduction helps only to correct minor camera movement: it can NOT "freeze" the movement of your subject. The plastic build and plastic mount make this a rather fragile lens. Take your time to carefully mount the lens correctly to avoid damage to the mount. Avoid using it where the wind is blowing lots of dust or salt spray. If you are gentle with it, this lens will provide years of good service. It has a very low price, but when used correctly, it will provide photos that match the quality of lenses that cost five times as much.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great lens. Was blown away!

      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I was skeptical about buying this lens at first, but boy was a blown away by it. I am not a professional photographer but love taking shots whenever I can. I was either gonna but the 55-200mm or the 55-300mm, but I narrowed it down to the 55-200mm cause I wouldn't need that extra reach for what I was doing. Plus I didn't want that extra bulk a 300mm would have. I bought this lens about 2 weeks ago I'm glad I purchased it. This lens is compact and lightweight and takes great pictures. The auto focus on it is on par. The only bad thing is that it didn't come with a lens hood or a nikon bag to store it in but I don't use those anyways. The shots I took below are on my Newley purchased D5500. And was taken at the Desert Museum in Tucson, AZ. I can't praise this piece of glass enough. Good job nikon.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Get telescopic/zoom lens for a begginer

      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I just got this lens for my birthday. I have a D5500 and I got bored with my 18-55mm and wanted to shoot farther distances. For the price, this lens cannot be beat. I believe that a good picture is all about good glass, and in my opinion, Nikon has some of the best glass out there. I love the fact of how light this lens is, (easy to travel with) and the design of the telescopic zoom- how it retracts in the barrel of the lens. For a 55-200mm, the bokeh is pretty darn good. It's a super fast lens and it also shoots really really well in low light settings. I'm so happy with this lens! If you're on the fence about buying it, do so! I'm a beginner photographer and with this lens, I feel like a pro.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Nice zoom lens for daylight

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Bought this for high school sports photography and in good light it works great. It also integrates with the anti-vibration nicely. Get to know the settings as the focal area/type really influence how the pics come out. Autofocus is a little slow but if you hold the main button down halfway while tracking the action it will focus almost instantly. Didn't take great pics while zoomed at night but this isn't a very expensive lens and that's to be expected.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Decent lens for beginner

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      I bought this lens hoping it would come in handy on my crop sensor D3300 when I first got it. I quickly realized the focal length wasn't really something I would use, and when I upgraded to my D7200 with the 18-140mm lens kit, it pretty much did away with me using this lens at all. I would say it's a great lens for a beginner just starting out, but you will quickly realize you want to upgrade to a longer focal length or something with a bigger aperture.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      worth the upcharge

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I decided to go with this instead of purchasing the bundle for less that included the 300mm lens. This lens is just a little shy of the 300 for distance , but it does not require a tripod whenever I use it since it can stabilize itself and help not blur photos. It costs more but I didn't want to haul a tripod around every time I put the zoom lens on. works nicely and got some really good close up action shots at some sporting events.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great lens got lucky

      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      Great lens and got it for a steal was literally the last one Best Buy had in stock at any stores in the us. And I was able to get them to sell me the floor model which was in perfect condition. Lens zooms in perfect has sharp clear images and is defiantly one of the better ones in my camera bag. Plus 120 for a 399 lens I'll take that deal 7 days out of the week all day.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    What experts are saying

    Rating: 3 out of 5 stars with 1 review

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    • ePHOTOzine (UK)Rating, 3 out of 5Gary Wolstenholme on March 26, 2015
      Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR II Review
      Gary Wolstenholme puts Nikon's new telephoto zoom lens with a collapsible design to the test.Full Review

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