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  1. #1
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    Nikon 55-200 AF-S VR

    I'm thinking about buying this lens to replace my tamron 70-300. I know aparmley and George Riehm and some others have this lens. What do you all think of it? How is the AF speed and accuracy, sharpness, and effectiveness of the VR.
    My uses for it would be mostly outdoors in all types of lighting and the occasional indoor use. I want to replace the tamron because it's horrible. Very soft at 300, the worst CA I've ever seen in a lens before and slow autofocus.
    Nikon D700 | SB600 | SB-80DX | 2xSB-26 | 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 | 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G | 50 f/1.4 G | 105 f/2.8 VR | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR

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    reg has it aswell and is getting some fantastic results. i think from memory andy has it aswell ?? haven't seen a disappointed customer yet.

    btw: is the 70-300VR too pricey ?
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75
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    The 70-300 VR is about double the price of the 55-200. If I had the money I'd get the 70-300 but I don't think I can spend that much at the moment.
    Nikon D700 | SB600 | SB-80DX | 2xSB-26 | 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 | 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G | 50 f/1.4 G | 105 f/2.8 VR | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR

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    Camera Action in Elizabeth St have it on their web site at $399.00 (That's Australian dollars before anybody gets upset) which is only $50 more than what people want for the Sigma 70-300 APO.
    I'm sure you could get a few dollars off by standing in front of the salesperson and waving some bills so in that respect I think it's a great buy.
    If I were buying today I would probably buy it over the Sigma which really has been the main player in the budget telephoto lens area for some time now.

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    Thanks K1K1, but I know that Teds have it on sale for $318 at the moment, it's the cheapest I've found it for. It's on sale until July 7 so I've got a bit of time. I'm just wondering about the difference between 200 and 300, whether I'll miss having the reach of 300mm.
    Nikon D700 | SB600 | SB-80DX | 2xSB-26 | 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 | 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G | 50 f/1.4 G | 105 f/2.8 VR | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR

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    Quote Originally Posted by achuang View Post
    Thanks K1K1, but I know that Teds have it on sale for $318 at the moment, it's the cheapest I've found it for. It's on sale until July 7 so I've got a bit of time. I'm just wondering about the difference between 200 and 300, whether I'll miss having the reach of 300mm.
    $318 and retail at that...wow !

    1.4x tc will give you the extra reach with next to zero IQ loss when you really think you need it. besides, you can always crop a bit closer.
    D800e l V3 l AW1 l 16-35 l 35 l 50 l 85 l 105 l EM1 l 7.5 l 12-40 l 14 l 17 l 25 l 45 l 60 l 75
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  7. #7
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    I've played with both and here is what I have to say:

    If price or size is a major factor, than the 55-200VR is the way to go. The 55-200VR weighs about half the 70-300VR and about half the length.

    However, for double the price (and double everything else) the 70-300VR will give you that extra reach. The 70-300VR seemed to focus a little faster than its younger brother.

    That is all.
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  8. #8
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    There are some good 55-200VR photos on Flickr

    http://www.flickr.com/groups/nikkor/...5200mmf456gvr/

    There are also some interesting user reviews on Imaging Resource

    http://www.slrgear.com/reviews/showp...ct/1088/cat/13

    At $318 it has to be a worthwhile buy, I'm really tempted now there is always ebay in a couple of months if I don't like it.

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    I just went to Ted's and tried it out. I could hear this high pitch noise while using it. But the focusing and VR seemed to work pretty well. I only had a couple minutes with it so it's hard to say but for the price it's pretty good.
    Nikon D700 | SB600 | SB-80DX | 2xSB-26 | 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 | 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G | 50 f/1.4 G | 105 f/2.8 VR | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR

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    Thanks for all the advice and links everyone. Still deciding whether to buy it or not as I have about 1.5 weeks til the sale ends.
    Nikon D700 | SB600 | SB-80DX | 2xSB-26 | 18-35 f/3.5-4.5 | 24-85 f/3.5-4.5G | 50 f/1.4 G | 105 f/2.8 VR | 70-300 f/4.5-5.6 VR

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