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Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II


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Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII


In short

The Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII is an inexpensive telephoto lens for Nikon"s DX-series crop cameras. Is a logical improvement on an older lens Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR IF SWM... Lightweight, compact enough for transportation (has a new lens parking system), with built-in image stabilization, và most importantly - with normal / good image chất lượng (as for a lens of this class). It has good performance in terms of price / unique ratio. I"m not kidding - this is a really usable albeit "dark / plastic" zoom telephoto. Of the serious shortcomings, only slow focusing, a drop in sharpness at 200 mm focal length and poor macro capabilities are striking.

Often such a lens can be purchased with the camera as one of the two lenses included in the so-called double kit. In this set, the total cost of the camera, Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII & Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6GII VRII significantly lower than all three pieces of equipment purchased separately.


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Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII


History

Nikon has been making cheap televisions for Nikon DX cameras since 2005. In total there are 3 versions of the lens class Nikon DX 55-200 / 4-5.6:

You can find its name on the lens case with golden lettersNikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED", where the pointer" II "stands near the letter" G ". In the name of the lens, written near the front lens, in a surprising way, the pointer "II" has already moved to another place, & the lens began khổng lồ be called "Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR II"(+ swapped" DX "/" VR "/" AF-S "prefixes). Usually, in my review, I indicate the name of the lens exactly as it is written on its body, in this case it became a mystery to lớn me how to indicate the name correctly (the same situation with Nikon 18-55mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII VR II AF-S DX Nikkor) In brochures, and on the official trang web the name is used "NIKON AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f / 4-5.6G ED VR II", since it is customary to lớn write the modification number there after the lens name. In fact, there is no difference, but it is worth noting that in the case of two similar lenses Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical и Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical manipulations with the designations "GII" and "VR II" misled people, forcing them to lớn believe that the new version 18-200 / 3.5-5.6 has a new generation stabilization system. As a result, in the review, I named the lens "Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II".


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Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII


Main technical characteristics of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II:

Review Instance NameName near front lens: Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED VR II ∞-1.1m / 3.61ft ø52. Name in gold letters Nikon DX VR AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED. Inscription on the other side of the case: Made in xứ sở của những nụ cười thân thiện 20484906
Basic propertiesII - the second generation of such lensesDIH (Nikon Super Integrated Coating) - Special Integrated Super Enlightenment OpticsL (Lock) - a special lock for parking the trunk of the lens during transportationLightweight and compact telephoto lens with plastic mount
Front Filter Diameter52 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length55-200 milimet EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 82.5-300 mm
Zoom ratio3.64 X (usually rounded to lớn 4)
Designed byfor digital cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades7 rounded petals
Tagsfocal lengths for 55, 70, 85, 105, 135, 200 mm, bayonet mount mark & hood mounts
Diaphragm55 mm: F / 4-F / 2270 mm: F / 4.2-F / 2285 mm: F / 4.2-F / 25105 mm: F / 4.5-F / 25135 mm: F / 4.8-F / 29200 mm: F / 5.6-F / 32

The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera thực đơn (G - lens type)

MDF (Minimum Focus Distance)1.1 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 4.35 (Kenny made a mistake in MRR)
Stabilizer features4 stops by CIPA standards. The stabilizer monitors the movement of the camera while shooting panoramas. The second generation stabilizer.
The weight300 g
Optical design13 elements in 9 groups, including 1 low dispersion element (shown in yellow on the optical diagram). The presence of such elements is indicated on the body by the abbreviation "ED".

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Image of optical circuit clickable

Lens hoodNikon HB-37, bayonet type, plastic, same as lenses:

TransportationWith a soft cover CL-0915
Manufacturer countryThailand, inscription on the lens "Made in Thailand"
PeriodFrom January 5, 2015. In August 2016, supplemented by a mã sản phẩm Nikon DX AF-P Nikkor 70-300mm 1: 4.5-6.3G ED VR
InstructionsSee
Current prices in modern online stores

In the very first version Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6G ED SWM used 2 low-dispersion elements in the optical scheme, in the next two versions - only one.


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Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II


Assembly

Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII assembled in Thailand. The lens uses a plastic lens mount (onfoto nakosyachili in their review), such a mount is the first sign that a user from the simplest Nikon Nikkor line of lenses is in front of the user.

Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII - lightweight, compact, with parking system to lớn reduce physical size during transport.

The focus ring is plastic, without rubber inserts, the zoom ring is coated with rubber.

The retractable part of the frame of the case consists of the spirit of the sections (actually three, but it takes a long time khổng lồ explain). I have not noticed spontaneous lengthening of the frame of the case, but perhaps this can begin khổng lồ occur when the zoom mechanism is worn out.

When changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens toàn thân like a pump - it draws in & pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called "vacuum cleaner effect", which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera. From the side of the rear lens (when it is deepened), the lenses are visible loops, boards and other filling of the lens.

There is a bayonet mount mark & a mark on the case for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses a very strong (!) Plastic hood Nikon HB-37 (Made in China), which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access khổng lồ the focus ring is lost. The lens hood moves with the trunk of the lens.


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Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II


Stabilizer

Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII has a second-generation Nikon VR image stabilizer that can compensate 4 stops by shutter speed. In values excerpts this means that you can shoot at shutter speeds 16 times longer than what a lens without a stabilizer requires.

Important: VR II (VRII) marking has nothing to bởi with the generation of the stabilizer. The "II" prefix simply indicates the second version of this lens. Due khổng lồ the fact that the abbreviation "VR" is the last abbreviation of the full lens name shown near the front lens, there is a false impression that the prefix "II" refers to the abbreviation "VR". The situation is further complicated by the fact that the lens, as evil, still uses a stabilizer of the second generation. At the time of this writing, the vast majority of Nikon lenses use a second generation stabilizer. The third generation could only be found in Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G и Nikon AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 2.8E. The first generation can only be found in very old televisions, for example in Nikon ED AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm 1: 4.5-5.6D.

To enable / disable the stabilizer on the lens there "VR ON / OFF" button. I was able to lớn take pictures without grease & hard work at 200 milimet focal length & 1/15 of a second. Unlike more advanced lenses, such as Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 16-85mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED VR SWM IF Aspherical, this lens does not have the ability to switch stabilizer modes.

There may be some twitching in the viewfinder when turning the Image Stabilizer on and off, this is normal & should not be feared. The stabilizer is activated by pressing the focus activation button (usually half-pressing the shutter release button).

The lens can track the movement of the camera during panorama shooting. In this case, the stabilizer will suppress vibration only in the direction perpendicular to lớn the movement of the camera.

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The stabilizer works well, but during real shooting it seems that the Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII stabilizer practically nothing in comparison with the previous version G vr (which also uses a second-generation stabilizer, but can only compensate according lớn the instructions for 3 steps shutter speed).


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Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 55-200mm 1: 4-5.6GII ED VR II


L button

To start using the lens, you must first unlock it. To vị this, you will have khổng lồ press a special button that holds the lens in the "L" position ("Locked" - "Locked"), located on the zoom ring & rotate it toward the 55 milimet mark, after which a slight click will be heard. Lớn fold the lens, just press the button in exactly the same way and turn the zoom (zoom) ring in the opposite direction. When folded, the lens is shorter than in the working one.

On camera Nikon D80, D90, D700 and, most likely, on many other old cameras, when folded, the camera “does not see” the lens, but in the value field aperture "F—" error blinks. Also, when folded, nothing is visible in the viewfinder.

On camera Nikon D3400, and most likely, on many other modern cameras, when the lens is folded, the camera displays the message "Before you start taking pictures, rotate the zoom ring khổng lồ lengthen the lens."


Focusing

Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII focuses thanks to lớn "SWM"-motor (Silent Wbird Motor - quiet wave motor) và refers lớn the lens"AF S"type (with built-in motor focusing). Nikon 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VRII uses compact "swm" motor.

Important: this lens will automatically focus on all Nikon DSLR cameras.

Despite claims that the focus motor is silent, noise is present during actual operation. This noise will affect the sound unique during movie shooting using the microphone built into the camera.

Auto focus speed is highly dependent on the selected focal length. Focusing tốc độ at 55 mm focal length average, with an increase in the focal length, the focusing speed decreases significantly, the lens spends a lot of time focusing by 200 milimet of the focal length, and the focusing tốc độ at this value of the focal length can be considered low. The lens travel time for focusing from infinity to lớn MDF and back is about 55 milimet less than 200 mm. Focus speed is independent of camera orientation.

On the lens housing you can find focus switch "A - M". In position "A", tự động focus works, & in position "M" - manual focus. During tự động hóa focus, the focus ring rotates & cannot be touched. To lớn perform manual focusing, the lens must be switched lớn "M" mode. The lens does not have a constantly manual focus control mode M / A or A / m.

The focus ring is paired with the front retractable body frame. During focusing, the front và rear lenses remain stationary, as the lens uses internal focus. You can easily use any filters, for example polarizing or gradient. The focus ring rotates approximately 60 degrees. When extreme positions are reached, the focus ring abuts. The ring is narrow, not rubberized & quite uncomfortable.

When used on a camera Nikon D90 (with unpretentious Multi-CAM 1000 focusing system) the lens behaves well, rarely focuses incorrectly. I had no problems with focus accuracy & focus. On camera Nikon D90 I checked the presence of the back & focus front at different focusing distances và different values ​​of the focal length (infinity & MDF as well). Pictures taken using the Live View mode (which does not suffer from back / front focus) were used as a measure. Focusing accuracy using the central cross-shaped phase sensor completely coincided with the Live View mode.

The minimum focusing distance is 110 centimet (the distance from the sensor / focal plane of the camera to the subject). With such an MDF, the maximum magnification factor is 1: 4.35 (you can shoot a weak macro).

Features:

There is no depth of field scale, focusing distance và mark for working in the infrared spectrum. There is nothing at all, except for the focal length marks.During tests focus shift (shift-focus) was not noticed.There is a strong effect of "Focus Breathing" (changing the viewing angle during focusing).When changing the focal length, focusing is almost not lost.The lens does not have a hard stop (hard infinity mechanical stop) which allows you lớn accurately & quickly focus the lens to lớn infinity under any external temperature conditions.Unknown compatibility with teleconverters.

The main differences between 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VR & 55-200 / 4-5.6GII VR II

The GII VR II version is 35 grams lighter.Versions use different optical schemes. In general, the image unique of the newer version is significantly better than the previous one.The letters "IF" và "SWM" have been removed from the GII VR II hull.Versions use a different number of microprocessor contacts (most likely due to different compatibility with teleconverters and different stabilizer power).

Image quality

With image quality, almost everything is in perfect order. I was pleasantly surprised by the excellent sharpness at a fully open aperture of 55 milimet focal length in the center of the frame. With increasing focal length, the sharpness in the center on the open aperture drops slightly, but remains at a decent level. When you close the aperture, sharpness decently increases. The worst sharpness is observed at 200 mm of the focal length at the edges and corners of the image on the xuất hiện aperture.

Chromatic aberrationsVignetting and distortion are present, but their màn chơi is negligible.

In the blur zone, you get even circles of blur due khổng lồ the rounded diaphragm.

The lens, for both dark and budget televisions, shows good performance in terms of image quality.


Sample Photos

Pictures from Nikon D90. The photos in the gallery below are shown without processing, the conversion of the source RAW files by the original Nikon ViewNX-i utility without making additional adjustments.