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Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G

VR version of the 55-200mm

The 55-200mm AF-S lens is a medium telephoto zoom lens manufactured by Nikon for use on Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras. It comes in three variants:

  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED, released in 2005[1]
  • AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR IF-ED, released in 2007, adds internal focusing (IF) and, most notably, vibration reduction (VR).[2]
  • AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II, released 2015 introduced VR II [3]

Like all lenses in the DX format, the 55-200mm casts a smaller image circle than lenses for full-frame 35mm cameras and is therefore only compatible with cameras having APS-C-sized sensors (or vignetting will result).[1]

Nikon introduced the 55-200mm in 2005 and refreshed it in 2007. As an inexpensive, compact, and lightweight telephoto, it complements the D40 and D60 entry level digital SLR cameras Nikon brings to market. Photozone noted the newer VR model has a better build quality than the earlier non-VR model.[4]

Some reviewers praised its value and optical performance, but criticized its handling, noting a stiff zoom ring, diminutive focus ring, and difficulty switching to manual focus.[5] Because the lens has a completely plastic body, including the mount, as is usual for lenses in this market segment, it is much lighter, but also less sturdy, than more expensive lenses of comparable size and capability which belong to a higher priced, and more professionally oriented, market segment.


Attribute AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6 ED AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G VR IF-ED AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
AF   Yes
Image Stabilization   No   Yes
Maximum aperture f/4-5.6
Minimum aperture f/22-32
Weight 255g 335g 300g
Maximum diameter 68mm 73mm
Length 79mm 99.5mm 83mm
Filter diameter 52mm
Picture angle 28°50' - 8°
Groups/elements 9/13 11/15 9/13
# of diaphragm blades 9 (rounded) 7 (rounded)
Closest focusing distance 0.95m 1.1m
Release date 2005 2007 2015
MSRP $ $170 $250 $350

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED (3.6x)". Nikon Corporation. 2005. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
  2. ^ "AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED (3.6x)". Nikon Corporation. 2007. Retrieved 2010-06-22.
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  4. ^ "Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED DX VR - Review / Test Report". Photozone. Retrieved 2008-11-22.
  5. ^ Hogan, Thom. "AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED 55-200mm f/4-5.6G DX and DX VR Lenses". Retrieved 2008-11-15.