Year: 2007

Which zoom telephoto lens?

Testing the Nikon 55-200mm f4-5.6 AF-S VR DX Before it was stolen out of my luggage at an airport when it was left behind with other luggage on a flight two years ago, I had a 180mm fixed focal length Nikon lens that was very sharp. Recently I decided to replace it and considered the heavy and expensive 70-200mm VR lens; the heavy 80-200mm AF-S lens (that does not seem to be advertised new anywhere now); the 80-200mm AF (non ‘S’ version); the 18-200mm VR, and the 70-300mm. The 70-300mm stretches further but 200mm was enough for what I wanted, so if weight and cost were not an issue, the 70-200mm would be top of the tree – but it is heavy. I tried all of them except the non ‘S’ version of the 80-200mm and decided that I just had to use the 55-200mm for a while because the images in the LCD didn’t look noticeably different from the 70-200mm. At less than £200 in the UK the 55-200mm is £1,000 cheaper than the …