Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G ED DX - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Sample Shots

Finally some sample shots taken with the Nikon D200 and RAW-converted via Raw Shooter Premium 2006.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 85.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/400s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 120.0mm
Exposure Data: f/4.8 @ 1/4000s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 145.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.0 @ 1/1600s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 185.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/640s
Size 2613x3898

Verdict

The Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED DX delivered a more convincing performance compared to its kit companion (18-55mm DX). The resolution is very high throughout the zoom range (best at 55mm) and there's only a slight decrease in contrast at large aperture settings (200mm). Vignetting at large aperture is quite pronounced though and there're very pronounced distortions towards the long end of the zoom range. CAs are very low. Corresponding to its price tag the build quality is quite a bit less impressive due to the extensive usage of rather cheap plastics and accurate manual focusing is next to impossible. All-in-all it is a good choice for casual users but the rather small max. aperture is a limiting factor for creative tele photography.

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