Sell The One Without The VR
And Get This One
An all around ultra-compact
tele-zoom offering a zoom ratio of 3.6x, ideal for
wildlife photos. It has a 82-300mm 35mm equivalent focal length, when mounted on a
DSLR DX Sensor cameras, It's the logical companion for the DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G kit zoom.
The non VR lens is extremely compact and weighs very little, and makes excellent images, but the just a little larger VR lens is way more functional. Sell the one without the VR and get this one. You'll never think about the other lens. The VR functions as promoted and allows you to shoot photos at up to 3 times or less shutter speed than the model without the VR.
Thought of as the pioneer of ground-breaking camera engineering, Nikon is constantly looking for new methods to allow the
photographers at any experience level to obtain striking photos.
Yep, it's made of plastic right down to the lens mount, it looks and feels like the label should say
Fisher Price and not Nikon. However, looks can be deceiving. There's a pioneering Vibration Reduction (VR) system which allows for handheld zoom telephoto photographs even in poor lighting situations. Image blur created by camera shake is minimized, and features the equivalent of photographing at shutter speeds of 3 stops (8 times) quicker speed.
It's a G Nikon lens designed without aperture rings, and allows simpler, virtually error-free operation as there's no need to set an aperture to the minimum.
You'll become addicted to (VR) Vibration Reduction because it's significant to getting crisp images with telephoto lenses. VR diminishes camera shake, the main cause of blurry images obtained using telephoto lenses.
The 55-200mm Nikon VR is substantially better for shooting hand-held than telephoto lenses without VR, including the prior non-VR Nikkor 55-200mm, as the VR helps in ensuring crisp images that are often otherwise blurred. VR is not nearly as important with standard lenses, and especially important for telephoto lenses. Take a look at Image Stabilization for additional information.
Unlike much of the alphanumeric drivel on lens bodies, VR is crucially important. Although VR can not stop your subjects from moving, however it does an impressive job of letting you shoot in poor light without using a tripod.
The Nikkor 55-200mm VR precisely and easily zooms with the zoom range being well spaced, while VR does the job. It focuses reasonably fast, but not as quickly as more expensive zoom lenses. I have no issues tracking subjects in action when mounted on my D90. Although the VR 55-200mm doesn't provide instant MF override: you most flip a switch, but hey, for the price, it's hard to complain
Forget about the the older non-VR Nikkor 55-200mm. This Nikkor 55-200mm with the VR costs just a little bit more, while the VR makes a big difference.
Announced Aug 2010
The lens focus system is so slooow. I tried to acquire the Blue Angels in flight over the San Francisco Bay and every shot was missed as the lens did it's focus hunt. There was lots of excellent light for fast shutter speeds (middle of the, f/4, 1/2500s), however because of the time for the lens to do it's focus thing, the subjects had moved so much the photo was missed.
Sep 24, 2011