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Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Camera Lens - 2166

Abt Model: 2166 | UPC Code: 018208021666
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3.6X Zoom/ 55 - 200MM/ Vibration Reduction/ Silent Wave Motor For Quiet Autofocusing/ ED Glass Element
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Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Camera Lens, Model 2166

A compact telephoto zoom lens with VR system for Nikon digital SLRs.

Features:

  • A compact telephoto zoom lens featuring VR and SWM at an affordable price.
  • Vibration Reduction (VR) offers the equivalent of shutter speeds 3 stops faster for more flexible hand-held shooting.
  • A wide 55-200mm (picture angle equivalent to 82.5-300mm lens in the 35mm format) 3.6x zoom range offers high quality images.
  • An ED glass element.
  • Compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet autofocusing.

Specifications:

  • Lens construction: 15 elements in 11 groups (1 ED glass element)
  • Picture angle: 28°50' - 8°
  • Focal-length scale: 55, 70, 85, 105, 135, 200mm
  • Number of diaphragm blades: 7 (rounded)
  • Minimum f/stop: 22-32
  • Closest focusing distance: 1.1m (through the entire focal range)
  • Maximum reproduction ratio: 1/4.3
  • Zoom control: Manual, via separate zoom ring
  • A-M mode switch: Available
  • Lens cap: Snap-on
  • Lens hood: HB-37
  • Lens case: CL-0918
  • External front filter attachment frame: Rotatable
  • External front filter: 52mm
  • Circular polarizing filter II: Usable, even with dedicated Lens Hood HB-37.

Supplied Accessories:

  • 52mm Snap-on front lens cap (LC-52)
  • Rear lens cap (LF-1)
  • Bayonet hood (HB-37)
  • Flexible lens pouch (CL-0918)

Optional Accessories:

  • 52mm screw-in filters

Approximate Dimensions:

  • Diameter: 2.9" (73.0mm)
  • Length: 3.9" (99.5mm)

Approximate Weight:

  • Unit: 11.8 oz. (335g)
  • Shipping: 1 lb

* We do not recommend the use of DX NIKKOR lenses with 35mm (135) or IX240 format cameras.

Features and specifications are subject to change without notice

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Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory
 
4.3

(based on 79 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (51)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (3)

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    (6)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (5)
  • Easily interchangeable (4)
  • Lightweight (4)
  • Compact (3)
  • Consistent output (3)

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/scenery (3)
    • Shooting outdoors (3)
    • Sports/action (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Casual photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes (3)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Quality and Value for the Price

    This review is about model 2166 with the VR feature, not the older version 2156. I bought this lens as part of a kit when I bought my D5100. That turned out to...Read complete review

    This review is about model 2166 with the VR feature, not the older version 2156. I bought this lens as part of a kit when I bought my D5100. That turned out to be the right decision and I am very happy with the lens. I have a set of autofocus lenses from earlier experiences with Nikon cameras. They certainly work well with the D5100. But the new lineup of lens â€" such as this one â€" are so improved that this lens outperforms the others. The EG and VR features are sterling features. Comparing this lens with other, similar zoom lens, one sees how small and compact it is; a definite plus for carrying around all day and for packing in suitcases. If you bought the 18-55 mm lens, then you will notice both are about the same length when zoomed to 55 mm. The lens is nicely matched with the D5100. Siting on my deck, getting acquainted with the two, I was able to do pin-point focus of a bird without the camera’s computer being distracted by tree limbs and foliage. The picture came out so well that I entered it in a photo contest. Nikon did a super job of giving us a quality lens at low price, so that we can enjoy inexpensive and quality photography. Here are two pictures to show the extent of the zoom of the lens. Both were taken at the same time and place, about four miles from Grand Teton Mountain. One is at 55 mm, the other at 200 mm. The lens works best for outdoor pictures when the zoom has ample space and light to work. I carry it and the 18-55 mm lens (either one fits nicely in my outdoor shirt pocket). I get most pictures from the 55-200 mm. I use the 18-55 mm for indoor photography and for close ups. From time to time the pictures may seem grainy. That can be fixed by changing the ISO to lower numbers, making best use of the scene settings, choosing the right focus method, and turning on the flash (even outdoors!) since zooms require more light. Best features: Value and quality for the price. Compact size. Worst features: No distance makers on the barrel. I miss this feature doing manual focus. Recommended accessories: If you want to get a filter to protect the lens and improve colors, then check the camera’s manual to find those filters compatible with the camera’s computer.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    right quality for price, but that's it.

    I am one of those who cannot get a perfect focus at 200mm. All photos are soft or hazy when examined on a pixel level, even when tripod mounted. Most casual photographers will...Read complete review

    I am one of those who cannot get a perfect focus at 200mm. All photos are soft or hazy when examined on a pixel level, even when tripod mounted. Most casual photographers will not notice this, but I am very particular. I found it to operate smoothly and was quick enough to focus for all but a few extreme cases on fast moving subjects. The VR has no effect, as far as I can tell. I get the same results with it on or off. I would recommend it for a casual "vacation pictures" photographer, but this is not the lens you want for serious sports or landscape stuff. It's relatively light weight make it decent for carrying around for long days.

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    5.0

    Great value

    By pvc2112

    from Texas, USA

    Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

    I purchased this lens to be a companion to my 18-55 and I have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the glass and the function of the lens. I highly recommend this lens to the beginner or seasoned veteran!

    Comment on this review

    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

     
    4.0

    Light, compact and very usable for a very reasonable price.

    By HumblePhotog

    from Atlanta, GA

    Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

    I'll preface this review by detailing what this lens isn't: - It obviously isn't on par with Nikon's top-of-the-line lenses in terms of build quality and clarity, and obviously shouldn't be reviewed as such. - It isn't the best option when you need ultra-fast focusing speeds for action shots. - It isn't terribly responsive in low lighting. - It isn't going to impress a photographer who expects miracles from it. However, what it is: - It is extremely lightweight and, even at 200mm, stays relatively compact. - It is capable of producing surprisingly sharp photos (wide angle and close-up) of still subjects when given enough light. - It is very respectable for portraits and gives a nice, dreamy bokeh. - It is a quality lens equipped with a very usable VR at an extremely affordable price. I have an assortment of lenses at my disposal, so I won't go so far as to say this is one that I rely on frequently or use as a daily walk-around. But, don't get me wrong, if you are relatively new to photography and/or don't have much of a lens budget to play around with, this would make a fine lens for most general use. I do use mine and haven't been disappointed with the quality of the shots I get from it. I don't use it constantly and so I can't attest to its ability to take a beating, but with several thousand shots through mine, I don't have any reason to believe a malfunction is lurking around the corner. The VR still works great when I want to use it, the AF is still as responsive as it was when I got it new, and the focus/zoom rings are still light and smooth. Again, don't expect miracles from it and you won't be disappointed with it. Trust me, you can spend ten times as much on a lens and you still won't get miracles, especially if you don't have a firm grasp on the fundamentals of photography itself. Once you learn how your camera actually works, and the role lenses play in getting the perfect shot, you can take an 'entry-level' lens like this one and get some pretty amazing photographs with it.

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    5.0

    A must have

    By Jimc

    from Northwest Burbs of Chicago

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Weddings/Events
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Camera Lens:

      First zoom I have owned and find it hard not to use.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • Yes

      Comment on this review

      (11 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Serve more than you payed

      By mlnuwan

      from Sri Lanka

      Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

      Good lens, good image quality, used more than 9 months.

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      5.0

      An Excellent Lens

      By MrCobol

      from Northbrook, Il

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Consistent Output
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

        I use the lens primarily to take pictures of my 2yr old grandson and on vacation of landscapes.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        4.0

        Excellent lens

        By CP

        from New Jersey

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Heavy

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

        I bought the lens along with the camera and I loved it. The shipping was fast and I received the product within 3 days. Would definitely recommend anyone who would be buying Nikon D5100.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Great Prouct

        By Al

        from Lewiston NY

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

            Great company to deal with, very obliging, delivered before promised!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            Comment on this review

            (16 of 32 customers found this review helpful)

             
            3.0

            you get what you pay for

            By TimE

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

            Being a long time enthusiast, I bought this lens for two reasons, as a supplement to use before going to FX and to just try a low end (cheap) lens from Nikon. It didn't take long to realize the results reflect it. The lens is not very sharp at full zoom and has noticeable distortion. It is average at best on the other end. The lens performs at an acceptable rate for basic day to day shots, but for quality and critical photography one needs to pay the price.

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            (17 of 21 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Definitely a bright light lens, but detail is promising.

            By rightmeowsmith

            from Undisclosed

            Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

            I tried this at home at night after I bought it, and it has a hard time focusing in low light, but it will be AMAZING in bright light situations. I still have my basic 18-55 that works a little faster in the low light shots, and I'll probably be using a tripod for anything shot at night, but I do like this lens!

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            (36 of 44 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            It has great features

            By AmaturePhotographer

            from Omaha, NE

            Comments about Nikon VR 55-200MM Zoom-Nikkor Lens Accessory:

            I use it mostly for Nature pics but some times i use it for sports and it is really an amazing piece of work.

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