Monday, September 15, 2008

AF-S Zoom Nikkor DX 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 VR Lens on a Nikon D80

AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED notes below are taken from

This 3.6x zoom, designed exclusively for use with Nikon’s DX-format, features Nikon’s VR image stabilization and is perfect for portraits and action.

Purchased about a year ago in Singapore ... costs about RM$1K. Best value medium-long zoom, not your typical bomb-proof Nikkor construction, but at this price, the performance is nothing short of excellent. It does feel "plastic" though.

Versatile and compact 3.6x Zoom-NIKKOR brings the action to the photographer.
Ideal for portraiture, family, sports, nature and wildlife. Nikon's VR (Vibration Reduction) reduces the effects of camera shake, allowing hand-held shooting at up to 3 shutter speeds slower than would be possible for dramatically sharper images.
An ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass element minimizes chromatic aberration, contributing to superior optical performance.
New compact rod-type Silent Wave Motor (SW) enables ultra-high speed auto focusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation.
Focus mode switch enables quick switching between A (Autofocus) and M (Manual Focus).
The lens is constructed with 15 elements in 11 groups.
7-blade rounded diaphragm provides more natural out-of-focus highlights

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