Nikon 55-200mm f/4.-5.6 AFS DX VR Lens £119 @ Jessops - HotUKDeals
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Excellent price for the 55-200 with VR, £40 cheaper than anywhere else according to CameraPriceBuster

A high-quality compact 3.6x DX zoom. The 55-200mm lens features Nikon’s cutting edge Vibration Reduction stabilisation system and exclusive Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet and precise auto focusing.

Considered to be the pioneer of innovative camera technology, Nikon is constantly seeking ways to make it possible for photographers with any level of experience to get striking results. With optics designed for the Nikon DX Format digital SLR cameras, this high-performance compact lens delivers a picture angle equivalent to that of a 35mm format, 82.5-300mm zoom lens, which enables users to get close to unapproachable subjects.

Nikon’s Vibration Reduction function compensates for camera shake to produce sharper, clearer pictures in unsteady or poorly-lit conditions.
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#1
Great lens, best price i have seen.
#2
whats this lens best used for? is this good for shooting weddings etc?
#3
parad1gm
whats this lens best used for? is this good for shooting weddings etc?

The standard Nikon lens is fine for weddings etc, this one can be used for better closeups of faces etc. This is far better suited to distance subjects, very good for wildlife and landscape. I personaly would find it a little obtrusive at a wedding and rather bulky.
#4
Excellent lens, would have picked this up if it had not been for the 70-200 F2.8 VR AF-S they had in the clearance section for £300 the other day….
#5
Excellent price for an excellent budget lens!

I've been using this lens for over two years now. It's light, compact, the VR is excellent and it's cheap - I use it outdoors for wildlife (butterflies mainly). I would say it's not the best for weddings unless you need a zoom to shoot from far away. The 55mm minimum is quite restrictive for closer portrait/group shots.

Edited By: dpfletch on Nov 25, 2010 12:28
#6
I think its the cheapest price I've seen for this lens.
Pretty good value for adding to kit lens on Nikon DX bodies.
#7
GeoffAngela: 70-200 f2.8 for £300??? On jessops?
#8
flikmy
GeoffAngela: 70-200 f2.8 for £300??? On jessops?

Yep, I know. Just a one off in the clearance section - grabbed that pretty fast I can tell you. Had an TC-17E teleconverter for £18 (!) as well. Best bargains of the year for me!
#9
GeoffAngela
flikmy
GeoffAngela: 70-200 f2.8 for £300??? On jessops?


Yep, I know. Just a one off in the clearance section - grabbed that pretty fast I can tell you. Had an TC-17E teleconverter for £18 (!) as well. Best bargains of the year for me!


Wow and wow!

This online or instore (and which store?)

Edited By: dhope on Nov 25, 2010 12:35
2 Likes #10
This was the online clearance section discussed a couple of months ago. Empty now, but stuff pops into it at random times. Worth checking from time to time. Last week they had binoculars for £3, Sony compact cameras from £10-30, and a Nikon D3 for £899 (should have purchased that, and been kicking myself since).

http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/Current%20Offers/Clearance/Show.html
#11
GeoffAngela
This was the online clearance section discussed a couple of months ago. Empty now, but stuff pops into it at random times. Worth checking from time to time. Last week they had binoculars for £3, Sony compact cameras from £10-30, and a Nikon D3 for £899 (should have purchased that, and been kicking myself since).


http://www.jessops.com/online.store/categories/Current%20Offers/Clearance/Show.html

Thanks for that pointer
#12
thanks for the tip so whats the best one recommened for parties, wedding
#13
Thanks! Bought it, seems like a brilliant price. Dont forget 6% quidco, bringing it to about £108 (if it comes through!)
#14
pbassek
Thanks! Bought it, seems like a brilliant price. Dont forget 6% quidco, bringing it to about £108 (if it comes through!)


I'm heading to store to pick up at lunch - shalln't give them the opportunity to spot a misprice if it is :D
#15
No problem, moorjock.

Just a gentle warning though that some of the stuff they list may be missing accessories such as chargers or batteries – what’s in the box is detailed on the second tab from the description, or may be marked. But it’s all warranted and you can return it to store if not happy. Not something I’ll be doing, of course!
#16
Thanks! Bought it, seems like a brilliant price. Dont forget 6% quidco, bringing it to about £108 (if it comes through!)
#17
Bad guy!
#18
BAHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I purchased this the other day from Amazon for £139!!!!!! It's just been despatched! Damn!!!!

Edited By: Blasphemous on Nov 25, 2010 16:20
#19
parad1gm
thanks for the tip so whats the best one recommened for parties, wedding


Assuming that means portraits (i.e. shallow depth of field to eliminate distractions) and situations where light might be variable, some kind of fast fixed focal length "prime", perhaps? 35mm or 50mm?
#20
Would this compatible with my D40?
#21
Mr_Hat
Would this compatible with my D40?

Yes, would be a very fine lens for this camera.
#22
Anyone buying this lens for Weddings better think twice. At f5.6 it would be way too slow. Outdoors in good light, it would work well but as soon as you step indoors its a big no-no im afraid. Thats why Nikon and Canon charge an arm and a leg for their f2.8 zooms.
2 Likes #23
Took these at Le Mans MotoGP using D40 and this lens. The bikes were passing at around 120mph.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/ShfHatMK5rI/AAAAAAAACYo/HZ8gXjxx5zc/s720/20090520_160.JPG

http://lh3.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/TO6VGGdgw5I/AAAAAAAAETs/ZR-Ashk23Cw/s720/DSC_0127.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/TO6U3EcG3cI/AAAAAAAAETo/y_6DVBErxSM/s720/DSC_0117.JPG
#24
nice shoots : )
#25
I bought a new one off ebay a few months ago cheaper.
#26
Good price, i own 18-200 VR but paid three times that, it does save you shifting in between the lenses.
By the way anyone had any business with those guys?
http://www.onestop-digital.com

seems cheap, maybe someone used them?
#27
I use one of these with a D40 for taking shots of my son's rugby matches. Brilliant budget kit.
#28
nice lens for those with non motorised bodies - I had the non VR variant with my D40 and it took some smashing shots.

Have now got the all singing D7000 and picked up the 70-300 lens for about 80 notes which is far better construction but won't work with the cheaper nikon bodies.
#29
As an addition to a 18-55 or 18-70 standard zoom the 55-200 VR is a great second lens, but obviously it isn't professional kit. It is capable of capturing great images and at £119 it's a real bargain.

hsuffyan
Anyone buying this lens for Weddings better think twice. At f5.6 it would be way too slow. Outdoors in good light, it would work well but as soon as you step indoors its a big no-no im afraid. Thats why Nikon and Canon charge an arm and a leg for their f2.8 zooms.


Actually I'd expect you to be using the wider end of this lens most of the time if you wanted to use it at a weddings, and there it's closer to F4, so it wouldn't be completely useless. That's only 1 stop down from f2.8. It's unlikely that you are going to be the official photographer with a lens like this but it can still get a few good shots. The VR will help as well.

Of course it also depends a lot on the venue. A well lit registry office or a modern church with lots of light might not be too much of a problem, especially if you're willing to bump the ISO a bit. A dark old church in winter would need something better! Mind you if it's that dark you'll probably need additional lighting anyway.
#30
As an alternative try the Tamron 18-200 lens for £169, for the budget Nikon cameras it is superb. The limitations of the cheaper optics don't have significant impact when used with the lower spec Nikon bodies. You don't need to keep switching lenses.

http://www.jessops.com/ce-images/PRODUCT/PRODUCT_LARGE/ATAMRLE405015989.jpg
#31
just ordered for collection at store, not sure quidco will count that.
#32
Great Price have been looking for this lens for cheap Lots of Heat
#33
pugw$sh
Took these at Le Mans MotoGP using D40 and this lens. The bikes were passing at around 120mph.

http://lh4.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/ShfHatMK5rI/AAAAAAAACYo/HZ8gXjxx5zc/s720/20090520_160.JPG
http://lh3.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/TO6VGGdgw5I/AAAAAAAAETs/ZR-Ashk23Cw/s720/DSC_0127.JPG

http://lh5.ggpht.com/_E-uMO7sRXzA/TO6U3EcG3cI/AAAAAAAAETo/y_6DVBErxSM/s720/DSC_0117.JPG


Great shots. Interested to know what settings you used and if you did any editing?

Edited By: charlie brown on Nov 25, 2010 18:01
1 Like #34
The first image was taken at 1/3200 sec at F7.1, ISO 800, 200mm focal length, matrix metering, exposure bias -0.67. (no editing)

The second image was taken at 1/100 sec at F22, ISO 200, 200mm focal length, matrix metering, exposure bias -0.67, shutter priority mode. (editing was to rotate image slight to give the "uphill" angle)

The third image was taken at 1/100 sec at F20, ISO 200, 200mm focal length, matrix metering, exposure bias -0.67, shutter priority mode. (editing was to rotate image slight to give the "downhill" angle and cropped slightly to get the bike more central)

There were hundreds of discarded and out of focus images as I struggled to get to grips with panning, The 125cc bikes (first image) are passing at around 100mph and braking heavily, I like the first image as you can see the front forks at full compression and the riding bracing himself) The second and third images were taken further up the straight before the braking zone so on a hot lap the riders were passing around 130-140mph. I used panning technique to blur the background to give an impression of the speed, however it was not easy to judge how quickly the bike was going due to the fairly close proximity to the track. I didn't manage to get one single usable image of the MotoGP, they were just passing far to quickly to use panning.
#35
Now £199.00
#36
good price
#37
Arghhhhhhhhh! Gutted I missed this as I'm buying one for Chrimbo :(
#38
GeoffAngela
Excellent lens, would have picked this up if it had not been for the 70-200 F2.8 VR AF-S they had in the clearance section for £300 the other day….

siqass
Good price, i own 18-200 VR but paid three times that, it does save you shifting in between the lenses.
By the way anyone had any business with those guys?
http://www.onestop-digital.com


seems cheap, maybe someone used them?


I actually bought this lens through them- all the kit's from HK, so you're risking it possibly WRT warrnaty. They do have a good rep with photographers though.

GeoffAngela
Excellent lens, would have picked this up if it had not been for the 70-200 F2.8 VR AF-S they had in the clearance section for £300 the other day….


you jammy @!&^!£$*$!!!! 8)
#39
knifewieldingmonkey
Arghhhhhhhhh! Gutted I missed this as I'm buying one for Chrimbo :(

+1.

Typical; the one thing that I really want for Christmas appears on HUKD on the afternoon that I decide to go and do my Christmas shopping! Proper gutted!
#40
pugw$sh
The first image was taken at 1/3200 sec at F7.1, ISO 800, 200mm focal length, matrix metering, exposure bias -0.67. (no editing)

The second image was taken at 1/100 sec at F22, ISO 200, 200mm focal length, matrix metering, exposure bias -0.67, shutter priority mode. (editing was to rotate image slight to give the "uphill" angle)

The third image was taken at 1/100 sec at F20, ISO 200, 200mm focal length, matrix metering, exposure bias -0.67, shutter priority mode. (editing was to rotate image slight to give the "downhill" angle and cropped slightly to get the bike more central)

There were hundreds of discarded and out of focus images as I struggled to get to grips with panning, The 125cc bikes (first image) are passing at around 100mph and braking heavily, I like the first image as you can see the front forks at full compression and the riding bracing himself) The second and third images were taken further up the straight before the braking zone so on a hot lap the riders were passing around 130-140mph. I used panning technique to blur the background to give an impression of the speed, however it was not easy to judge how quickly the bike was going due to the fairly close proximity to the track. I didn't manage to get one single usable image of the MotoGP, they were just passing far to quickly to use panning.


Thanks for info.

I tend to like using Shutter priority mode on my D90. Managed to get some very good shots of aircrafts at airshows (without tripod). I started with the 55-200mm Nikon then purchased an 18-200 VR II Nikon beginning of this year and very happy with results.

Pugw$sh, I'm sure I read somewhere the 55-200 gives sharper results on the D40, than on the D90

Still 55-200mm a great lens especially for those who got it for £100!

Did a quick search and found the VR version of this lens for £130 + 6 delivery from "Trade Cameras online" based in Scotland. Sorry can't vouch for company not used them.

http://www.tradecamerasonline.com/product.asp?ProductID=152

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