Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Lens, £142.99 @ Amazon
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Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Lens, £142.99 @ Amazon

£142.99
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Found 9th Sep 2010Made hot 9th Sep 2010
A good price for a Nikon AF-S VR zoom lens, at least 190£ everywhere else.

EDIT: sold by some market seller, fulfilled by Amazon. Free delivery with Amazon Prime too.



I wish I had money for it, but i just bought a Nikon 35mm f1.8 AF-S....
You can only buy Tamrons in this price range in other shops.

43 Comments

Original Poster

i really hope this one will go hot as all my other ones have failed miserably. ive added heat myself, but when i refreshed it went back to previous temp.
Edited by: "MajorCockUp" 9th Sep 2010

It's a martketplace seller, but FULFILLED by Amazon
It's good though coz Amazon take care of the shipping and supposedly the after-sale support.

I posted this 3 months ago and didn't get hot :P Linky
I got myself this lens too...works quite good but not as fast as u'd expect from Nikon
Edited by: "wnofal" 9th Sep 2010

Oh for the love of god will people stop posting staggeringly tempting deals!!!!!

My wife's going nuts (so's the freaking postman!)

HOT!

[/quote]Have you tried the Nikon 35mm f1.8? Really fast lens, took a lot of good pictures in dim light in museums with no flash, places I wasnt supposed to bring a camera in....give a sec, il add pics[/quote]

I have this lens and haven't taken it off the camera since!

Original Poster

Ive recently descovered Sony DSLRs are in fact Konica-Minolta therefore pretty decent. They also fit most old Minolta lens you could pick up cheap on ebay, like under 50£.

Shall I gor for a cheap Sony Alfa? My other option is buying a Nikon d90 body and get some cheap AF lens on ebay.
Edited by: "MajorCockUp" 9th Sep 2010

Excellent price for the VR version of this lens. Wasn't that long ago I got the non VR for £150.
H&R

The new 55-300mm is coming out soon so are probably going to push some of these out cheaper. That said, its a cracking 2nd lens thats light and easy to carry around. Have some heat.

Paid this around 3 years ago but most camera gear now is significantly more than then so this is an excellent price.

WIth reference to purely gadgets which someone mentioned earlier, they were also the cheapest when I purchased mine but I rung them up and enquired about the warranty and it turned out they imports. Not saying they are now but just a note of caution. Got Dixons to price match them at the time anyway!

It's a very good value lens by the way. Sounds a bit long but it does super portraits at around 100-150mm - I have a couple on my wall

Original Poster

quatermass

Paid this around 3 years ago but most camera gear now is significantly … Paid this around 3 years ago but most camera gear now is significantly more than then so this is an excellent price.



Yeah, sounds about right. 2yrs ago my D40 with kit lens was 217£ on amazon. It is fascinatingly more expensive now as i try to get rid of it.

To be honest..I've been using this lens quite heavily recently... outdoors, in weird light conditions and in very demanding situations, and it's been doing quite good...

Enough said that I used it this year for an air show on an overcast day and i got brilliant results from a very very simple body (D60)

The D90 is an awesome cam no doubt. and screw-type focus is fairly ok if you want to use cheap lenses (although not as fast as the SWM) but it all depends on what you intend to do with it.

Landscape: doesn't even need AF, you can do all the composing on your own;
Shooting moving objects will require AF, but the type of focus mechanism will determine how fast your cam "locks" on the object.

the 70-300 AF-S DX VR is brilliant but you'll have to pay!
obviously you can opt for the fastest ever (super fast 2.8f) but you will pay...A LOT!

if you're looking for an all-rounder and can tolerate softness in your mid-range (~135mm) then you can go or the 18-200 which is a good lens to... or you can go Sigma's 18-250 HSM....

@Darth : it's a magnificent lens, but you're stuck with the fixed focal distance!

Sony/Minolta have built-in shake-reduction (image stabilisation/vibration reduction/optical stabilisation or what you name it) so lenses should be on the cheap side...and they do a good job too from the results i've seen on alpha-200 and alpha-580?!

I guess it's a matter of personal taste... because, in the end, you can't find a camera that does all what you want for the price that you want, and even if you do, you're in the same pickle with lenses
All I can say is go kill yourself researching on DPREVIEW and see what happens then

Original Poster

wnofal: I heard a proffesional saying that all DSLRs are mostly the same and the price difference between them only reflects how hard it is to get a good picture out of them.
So if I can get my lens at a fraction of the price without sacrificing the quality, why not?
And maybe I wont sell my D40 after all. I simply love it. But with Sony Alpha200 I cant go wrong.


http://i1032.photobucket.com/albums/a410/majorcockup/DSC_0417.jpg

Edited by: "MajorCockUp" 9th Sep 2010

Well, the only drawback the D40/40x D60, D300 and D5000 is the lack of built-in focus motor, which can be compensated, but is not economic though, as the the addition of a SWM makes the lens expensive (AF-S and AF-I types)...whereas with a body with built-in focus motor, you can use the screw-type focus mechanism..it works, but not as fast as the SWM.
I use D60 (almost typical to the D40x),with the 18-55 VR II, this baby and an old 28-80 (3.3f)

the only bad thing about it is having to change lenses, so it's not the best thing if you're travelling or in a hurry...unless you have two bodies :P


MajorCockUp

wnofal: I heard a proffesional saying that all DSLRs are mostly the same … wnofal: I heard a proffesional saying that all DSLRs are mostly the same and the price difference between them only reflects how hard you get a good picture out of them.So if I can get my lens at a fraction of the price without sacrificing the quality, why not? And maybe I wont sell my D40 after all. I simply love it. But with Sony Alpha200 I cant go wrong.

Bought this lens in 2008 for £130.79 from Amazon, sold it on E-Bay in June 2010 for £133! It certainly did a very good job coupled with the Nikon D40, however I got frustrated with constantly changing lenses betwen 18-55 and 55-200. So when Jessops had a sale on I bought a Tamron 18-200mm for £160.
The Tamron isn't the greatest lens but works very well within the limitations of the D40.

Original Poster

Yeah lack of autofocus in D40 body makes lens expensive, that is if you want them to autofocus. This is why i will either go for D90 or Sony Alpha200.
D40 and its 18-55 on their own mak a great kit, you will only feel the pinch when you start buying lens. Also only 3 autofocus sensors can be tricky to work with at times.
It makes it up by being the smalles and lightest DSLR ever
Edited by: "MajorCockUp" 9th Sep 2010

3 focus points are quite annoying to be honest..and real buggy thing is the small buffer...I could only take like 4~5 consequent shots then wait till the buffer empties before I can start shooting again..
that's with the D60...
this's why I want to upgrade..but still thinking which one is worth it...you can go forthe Canon 550D and it's quite good and if you compare it to the D90 (almost same price tag), you may want to go for Canon.....

Original Poster

I cant justify buying expensive gear when my primary hobby is not photography. The 600£ D90 is the cheapest Nikon that will autofocus AF lens, this is why my only choice at the moment is Sony Alpha200.
And also telephoto is not very apealing to me, I would rather go for wideangle and fisheye. Which are still exepnsive really, no matter how you put it.
And yeah, small buffer is annoying at times.
No one has yet congratulated me for my silly photo? youre looking at it wrong

Edited by: "MajorCockUp" 9th Sep 2010

I have this lens and was very interested to read what you guys have said
- so thanks and heat added for that!

BTW - it'd be great to see some of your pics in the photo thread - linky.

Is there a 18-55mm version of this? My lens broke and need a new one

nick64

Is there a 18-55mm version of this? My lens broke and need a new one



amazon.co.uk/Nik…8-3

Also, this is a fantastic lens. Took these with it:

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4114/4830868271_6e3cc977b4.jpg

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4095/4891440802_d3bc8ef17c.jpg


Edited by: "carlosftw" 9th Sep 2010

Beware, if you add this to your basket it says that the lens is:

Sold by: RD Imports Ltd

Might be an import then

This is a great lens and that's a damn good price for the VR version.
I've got one and coupled with an 18-105VR for £180 that's a great pair of lenses for reasonable money capable of grabbing some great shots and handling most subjects.
With the overlap I'm not having to switch all the time either!
18-105 VR here: castlecameras.co.uk/pro…637

Its a superb lens! Ive used for a few years now and cant rate it highly enough.

Would this Lens produce a good picture of the space shuttle launch from 6 miles away!?

MajorCockUp

Ive recently descovered Sony DSLRs are in fact Konica-Minolta therefore … Ive recently descovered Sony DSLRs are in fact Konica-Minolta therefore pretty decent. They also fit most old Minolta lens you could pick up cheap on ebay, like under 50£. Shall I gor for a cheap Sony Alfa? My other option is buying a Nikon d90 body and get some cheap AF lens on ebay.



I'd wait a bit longer, the D7000 is going to be announced on the 15th.
Edited by: "Sancho" 9th Sep 2010

vulcan903

Would this Lens produce a good picture of the space shuttle launch from 6 … Would this Lens produce a good picture of the space shuttle launch from 6 miles away!?



I'd have thought you'd want a far longer lens. You could consider hiring one if you want to get closer to the action.

Actually, if it's your first launch, it's probably best if you don't take any pictures. You can buy better pictures than yours will ever turn out to be, but you can not buy the memories of a shuttle launch. A good pair of binoculars would be far cheaper and would be better to experience it more fully.

It will be my third!
Last two I watched and bought a nice photo on E Bay. Might do that again actually.

Spod

I'd have thought you'd want a far longer lens. You could consider hiring … I'd have thought you'd want a far longer lens. You could consider hiring one if you want to get closer to the action.Actually, if it's your first launch, it's probably best if you don't take any pictures. You can buy better pictures than yours will ever turn out to be, but you can not buy the memories of a shuttle launch. A good pair of binoculars would be far cheaper and would be better to experience it more fully.

I have had one of these for a couple of years. I use it on a D60. Nice bit of kit and a good price....hot from me.

vulcan903

Would this Lens produce a good picture of the space shuttle launch from 6 … Would this Lens produce a good picture of the space shuttle launch from 6 miles away!?



Nope you need a much longer lens, something 500mm+ at least I'd say.

vulcan903

Would this Lens produce a good picture of the space shuttle launch from 6 … Would this Lens produce a good picture of the space shuttle launch from 6 miles away!?



Doubtful but it depends on what sort of shot you're after. The link below will show focal lengths.

See focal lengths here.


Edited by: "Sancho" 9th Sep 2010

Original Poster

has anyone got any nikon 18-55 kicking about? i broke 2 and i would like to give a shot to a third one.

Original Poster

Sancho

Doubtful but it depends on what sort of shot you're after. The link below … Doubtful but it depends on what sort of shot you're after. The link below will show focal lengths.See focal lengths here.



LOL even on their site Tamron are showing how soft are their lens between 70 and 120.....

Will this complement my 18-70 dx lens that came with
My trusty D70? Not that I have the money yet to buy.
But........if it's really good

I'm quite new to DSLRs. I bought myself a D90 to take photos for my work. Will this take photos of something about the size of a car about half a mile away?

rosco123

Will this complement my 18-70 dx lens that came withMy trusty D70? Not … Will this complement my 18-70 dx lens that came withMy trusty D70? Not that I have the money yet to buy. But........if it's really good



I'd say it's really good for that price. I'd prefer the 70-300mm VR for image quality but at this price you're getting a lot of "bang for your buck".

This is at 200mm.

Got this lens,great for me as i have a shaky hand,produces nice sharp photos and good for portraits when zoomed out for blurred backgrounds,not as sharp as my f1.8 but its very close to my sigma f2.8,excellent light weight lens for d40,also produces nice images on my s5 pro. buy it if you can afford it...

nick64

Is there a 18-55mm version of this? My lens broke and need a new one



Yes Nick, £88 from Amazon.

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