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Nikon 55-200mm VR Opinion

What do you guys think of this lens as being a primary use lens on a D50?

http://www.dpreview.com/news/0703/07...kon55200vr.asp

I'm thinking either that guy or the 2 kit lenses the Nikon 28-80mm Zoom Lens
and the Nikon 70-300mm Zoom Lens.
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VR is an awesome tool to improve your steadiness. Just make sure the lens has a panning mode or it will constantly fight you while panning and taking action shots




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honestly I want a general purpose lens. I want to be able to take pics of bikes on the parking lot, but at the same time I want to be able to photograph a moving atv from a distance. Also pics around the house. Thats why the 55-200 looks appealing.
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VR is an awesome tool to improve your steadiness. Just make sure the lens has a panning mode or it will constantly fight you while panning and taking action shots
No idea how to check that.
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Couldnt tell ya on a Nikon. My canon vr zoom, has 2 modes, mode 1 compenstates for vertical and horizontal movement and mode 2 only compensates for the vertical for panning shots etc.




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honestly I want a general purpose lens. I want to be able to take pics of bikes on the parking lot, but at the same time I want to be able to photograph a moving atv from a distance. Also pics around the house. Thats why the 55-200 looks appealing.
55-200 is more of a zoom lens than anything. Getting pics closer up of a group of people might be challenging... you'll be back pedalling a little bit to get everyone in.

It sounds like a nice lens, but not for me.

Go into a wolf camera with your D50 and ask to put that lens on your body, they should let you get a feel for it
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Yea not a good primary lens. 55mm is pretty far for your basic "say cheese" photo's. Get the 18-70mm with no VR...at the distance you use it, you shouldn't need VR for that range, but it is good once you start going above there since the camera shake becomes magnified.
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Its not a bad lens. For its price, its pretty good, considering the AF-S motor and VR.

Here is a review on the lens:

http://www.photozone.de/8Reviews/len...56vr/index.htm

If it were me, I would not make this my primary lens. Its just not wide enough for everyday shooting. The 18-55 kit lens inst too bad, and its relatively inexpensive as well. I think used copies can be had for $125 or something like that.

If you want a lot of range and still need to meet your budget, you could look at either the Nikkor 18-135 AFS, the Sigma/Tamron 18-200. Of the three, I would take the 18-135 Nikkor, because 1) its a Nikkor and will retain a greater value, 2) it will focus faster due to its AFS motor, 3) optically it is superior, and 4) quality control of the lens optics are generally greater with first party than third party lenses, leading to a greater quality product.

You wont have image stability on either of the lenses above, but the wide angle is covered, and a moderate telephoto is there as well. While the build quality of the Nikkor 18-135 can not be compared to the professional lenses, it is probably on par with the 55-200 VR you were looking at, which isn't that bad.

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Like other's have said, not a good walkaround, everyday lens.

I've taken a ton of photos with my 18-200 now and I find that I use focal lengths under 55mm much more than above. The 55-200 lens is a good compliment to the 18-55 kit lens, but I think you'll find yourself swaping lenses more than you care to.

A 18-70 or the 18-135 above will be better do-all lenses than a 55-200. Ideally the 18-200 is right there, but it's 3x the cost of the lens you are looking at. What lens do you currently have? I still plan to get the 70-300VR anyways, so I'd think a 18-70 and 70-300 would be good coverage and wouldn't require too much swaping, depending on what you are shooting.

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