Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II review

Now discontinued, the Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II makes a good used buy

Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

With its compact retractable design, this lens is the ideal telephoto counterpart to recent Nikon 18-55mm kit zooms, which also retract to save stowage space. It’s nicely lightweight at just 300g, although part of the weight-saving is down to having a plastic rather than metal mounting plate. Even so, build quality feels pretty good and the lens is crisp and sharp throughout most of the zoom range, only dropping off noticeably at the long end.


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    Compact and lightweight

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    Retractable design

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    Good overall performance


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    Plastic mounting plate

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    No focus distance scale

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    Hood sold separately

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Designed for DX (APS-C) DSLRs, the Nikon AF-S DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II has an ‘effective’ zoom range of 82.5-300mm, neatly picking up the baton from Nikon’s DX 18-55mm kit zoom lenses. Both of the standard and telephoto zooms have a similar space-saving retractable design but, unlike the latest ‘AF-P’ versions of the 18-55mm standard zoom, the 55-200mm is compatible with older Nikon DSLRs.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.