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Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX (UK Stock, not Grey Import) - £158.15 Sold by Amazon
Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX  (UK Stock, not Grey Import) - £158.15 Sold by Amazon

Nikon 55-200MM F/4-5.6 AF-S VR DX (UK Stock, not Grey Import) - £158.15 Sold by Amazon

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Price is for supply by Amazon. This will be genuine UK stock with a Nikon Warranty. This means that you will also be able to claim the £20 cashback from Nikon (http://www.nikon.co.uk/sites/promotions/christmas-cashback/products_uk.html).

There are cheaper sellers (eg £112.90 from expeditelectronics through Amazon) but these will be Grey Imports and therefore do not qualify for the cashback and come without a UK warranty.

If the warranty is important to you, make sure you select Amazon as the supplier and not one of the cheaper sellers.

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Good find, very very tempted.

Only just got my D3200 with stock lens. Must resist buying lenses so soon ....

Original Poster

I caved - I got myself a D5300 for Christmas so I'm already overspent but I couldn't pass this one up. It was £240 at Jessops last night.

Birthday is not 'til March though so I'll have to be a good boy and put it away until then.

I am now wondering if it will turn out to be a grey at this price. Nikon do accept Amazon (direct) purchases for cashback so I'm reasonably confident it will be UK stock. I'll update the thread when it arrives.

if be looking for a 18-270 lens tbh, you'll soon get annoyed swapping them all the time

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mrmazz

if be looking for a 18-270 lens tbh, you'll soon get annoyed swapping … if be looking for a 18-270 lens tbh, you'll soon get annoyed swapping them all the time



I know - I had the same issue with my Minolta 35mm but I couldn't quite stretch to the 18-200 right now.

This gear holds its value well in the second hand market so I might look to upgrade in a year or two but, until then, I'm resigned to having to swap them.

How good is this lens with nikon D3200 for recording video?

mrmazz

if be looking for a 18-270 lens tbh, you'll soon get annoyed swapping … if be looking for a 18-270 lens tbh, you'll soon get annoyed swapping them all the time

the larger the range the worse the performance at each end... my preference is two lenses, and the 55-200 is a good one for general coverage alongside the 18-55 stock

Sid Harper

the larger the range the worse the performance at each end... my … the larger the range the worse the performance at each end... my preference is two lenses, and the 55-200 is a good one for general coverage alongside the 18-55 stock


Have the 18-55mm and a Tamron (non vr) 70-300mm . By all accounts this is a better lens than the Tamron so it tempting or should I go for the Nikon VR 55-300mm grey import for £175?

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Sid Harper

the larger the range the worse the performance at each end... my … the larger the range the worse the performance at each end... my preference is two lenses, and the 55-200 is a good one for general coverage alongside the 18-55 stock



My preference is the 18-200 with a UV filter on the end

Just kidding - sure the 18-200 is a compromise but it's handy for situations like days out with the family when the rest of them don't have the patience for repeated lens changes
Edited by: "Dr_Al" 17th Dec 2014

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Sorry folks, looks like the price just went back up to £196.34 :(:(:(

Hope some of you managed to catch it in time.

Dr_Al

Sorry folks, looks like the price just went back up to £196.34 :(:(:(Hope … Sorry folks, looks like the price just went back up to £196.34 :(:(:(Hope some of you managed to catch it in time.



£133 now and chances are very high it is a grey import, may be uk stock but it was sent to them from the seller, who more than likely is a chinese seller.

I see it being sold by Amazon directly for the original £158.15

theshabster

Only just got my D3200 with stock lens. Must resist buying lenses so soon … Only just got my D3200 with stock lens. Must resist buying lenses so soon ....



Likewise, but a bargain 55 - 300mm would be very hard to resist.

saintscouple

Likewise, but a bargain 55 - 300mm would be very hard to resist.



I have no idea about lenses to be honest, as I'm new to SLR's. I just know that I would like a little more range than the stock 18-55. I assume that if you buy a lens that begins with 55, that's the same zoom at its minimum as the stock is at its maximum? So no good for shots where you're close to the subject?
Edited by: "theshabster" 18th Dec 2014

theshabster

I have no idea about lenses to be honest, as I'm new to SLR's. I just … I have no idea about lenses to be honest, as I'm new to SLR's. I just know that I would like a little more range than the stock 18-55. I assume that if you buy a lens that begins with 55, that's the same zoom at its minimum as the stock is at its maximum? So no good for shots where you're close to the subject?



I'm completely new too, but yeah that's my understanding but will mean in theory you will only need 2 lens to cover all bases

An 18-300 would be even nicer. 1 to cover all bases

theshabster

An 18-300 would be even nicer. 1 to cover all bases



Have u seen the price of that lens! oO

saintscouple

Have u seen the price of that lens! oO



Holy moly mother of lenses - £600+!
I've seen some costing over double that though. What have we let ourselves in for? This could be dangerous!
Edited by: "theshabster" 18th Dec 2014

theshabster

Holy moly mother of lenses - £600+!



Yep...shocking!

So, the 18-300 being out of the question, I need to decide whether to go for the 55-200, 55-300 or 18-200.
Edited by: "theshabster" 18th Dec 2014

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theshabster

So, the 18-300 being out of the question, I need to decide whether to go … So, the 18-300 being out of the question, I need to decide whether to go for the 55-200, 55-300 or 18-200.



At £158 (plus £20 Nikon rebate) the 55-200 represents very good value. The other options are WAAAY more expensive. Remenber that 200mm on a DSLR is roughly equivalent to 300mm on a 35mm SLR in terns of image composition.

PS - back at £158.15 but I've seen it yo-yo as high as £200 over the past 24 hours. Not sure what's going on with the pricing but time it right and you should get it at the lower price.
Edited by: "Dr_Al" 18th Dec 2014

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Oh - and don't forget to use code PRICELES5 to get £5 off if paying with a Mastercard:
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Dr_Al

At £158 (plus £20 Nikon rebate) the 55-200 represents very good value. T … At £158 (plus £20 Nikon rebate) the 55-200 represents very good value. The other options are WAAAY more expensive. Remenber that 200mm on a DSLR is roughly equivalent to 300mm on a 35mm SLR in terns of image composition.PS - back at £158.15 but I've seen it yo-yo as high as £200 over the past 24 hours. Not sure what's going on with the pricing but time it right and you should get it at the lower price.



Thanks for that. You're right, the 18-200 is too expensive as well, but the 55-300 isn't too badly priced on Amazon, and also has cashback.

Have you ever used Tamron or Sigma lenses? I see quite a lot of these online, but unsure how good they actually are. I assume that Sigma is the better of the two brands?

I personally am saving the extra for the 300mm, at least then i get to see what the extra 100mm brings to the table, and have no 'what if's' if i got the 200mm.

My considerations are:-

The Tamron 70 - 300mm @ £239 amazon.co.uk/Tam…TIA
The Nikon 55 - 300mm @ £209.31 amazon.co.uk/Nik…NCC
The Sigma 70 - 300mm @ £267.99 amazon.co.uk/Sig…OQK

All these have the image stabilisation, and prices only reflect current Amazon prices.
I would have thought the Nikon would be the most expensive, but expect the others do go cheaper.
Edited by: "saintscouple" 19th Dec 2014

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PLEASE NOTE - "Fulfilled by Amazon" does not qualify for the Nikon rebate. To qualify for this, you need to buy DIRECT from Amazon.

To me, this suggests that buying from anyone on Amazon (other than Amazon themselves) will get you a Grey Import. This may have warranty repercussions because the warranty is only valid in the region that the item was originally distributed.

Although the retailer is responsible for honouring the warranty in the UK (someone will no doubt remind us of the exact consumer protection law), I have found that Amazom Marketplace dealers are not usually around for long and are particularly tiresome to deal with if you have a problem.

Original Poster

UPDATE - looks like my lens is being shipped from Madrid. I did buy direct from Amazon so hopefully it will come with an EU warranty. If not, I'm sure Amazon will be around for the duration of the warranty so I'm not too worried.

I used to have this lens, but I sold it, and bought a second hand Nikon 70-300 VR to replace it. The improvement in quality, and range is well worth the extra cost.
Edited by: "Seashore" 21st Dec 2014

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Arrived today with an EU warranty. Now to claim back another £20 from Nikon...

Original Poster

Price is back to £240 and now showing out of stock so I'm expiring the deal.
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