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TOPIC: Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000

Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000 4 years 9 months ago #1113

I own a D5000 with the kit lens 18/55. I want to buy a zoom 55/200.
I'mm not sure wich is the right choice, between Nikon AF-S DX VR 55-200 f/4-5.6 or Sigma 50-200 f/4-5.6 DC OS HSM Nikon, or Tamron AF 55-200 f/4-5.6 Di II LD Macro Nikon.

Wich one is a better overall performace ?

thanks.
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Re: Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000 4 years 9 months ago #1123

Most likely the Nikon is the better lens. If you are unsure try testing each one out at a camera store if there are any in your area.

Also be sure you understand the pitfalls of an f/4-5.6 lens. That means when you zoom in you will lose a whole stop of light which could ruin a photo. If you can I'd suggest saving up a while longer to buy a fixed aperture lens.
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Re: Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000 4 years 9 months ago #1127

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Another option to think about is looking into used lenses. As much as I'd like a little more distance out of my kit 18-105, I choose not to invest in another slow lens. I've been looking into a few fast prime lenses. I won't get length but I'll get something fast, which to me...is a little more important with where i'm at with my photography. But for most, the bottom line is $$$. If you still need length, maybe think about used lenses and look into a fixed aperture. Nothing sucks more than loosing light at the end of your lenses reach.
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Re: Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000 4 years 9 months ago #1128

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I use to own the exact combo your thinking of getting. The 55-200 and 55-300 are extremely slow to focus so if your thinking of trying to take pictures of birds or anything related to sports its not going to be easy.

For a descent lens that focuses faster I recommend the Nikon 70-300 VR, yes it's double the price, but it's well worth it.
D800 w/grip, D700 w/grip,V1,14-24mm F/2.8, 24-70mm F/2.8, 70-200mm F/2.8, 200-400mm F/4, 105mm,F/2.8,35mm F/1.4,35mm F/1.8, 85mm F/1.4,1.7x Tele
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Re: Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000 4 years 9 months ago #1131

Thanks for the tips. Greg: I now understand well the pitfalls of an 4/5.6 lens.Good lenses are too expensive for my pocket...
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Re: Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000 4 years 9 months ago #1132

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Nikon users are really spoiled, it isn't until you try to use another brand that you realize how spoiled you are using Nikon lenses and a Nikon camera, even if it's not a rugged general use field camera, but a compact DSLR for street/casual/candid use, the ease of use and quality of the glass is generally top notch.
Same goes for the 55-200 DX VR, it's not a rugged general use workhorse lens, but it is light and discrete and it focuses fast (faster than a 70-200 f2.8, which is too slow for street in AF), and the contrast, colour depth and sharpness are unrivaled in the same class by any competitor.
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Re: Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000 4 years 9 months ago #1133

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Zoltan Martel wrote:
Same goes for the 55-200 DX VR, it's not a rugged general use workhorse lens, but it is light and discrete and it focuses fast (faster than a 70-200 f2.8, which is too slow for street in AF), and the contrast, colour depth and sharpness are unrivaled in the same class by any competitor.

Let me make sure that I'm reading this correctly?

Your saying that the 55-200mm will focus faster than the 70-200mm?

If that is what you're implying I'm calling you out as wrong. The focus on the 70-200 is almost instant while the 55-200 will take its sweet time finding the spot, and if you want to shoot anything moving you might as well forget about it.

I use to own the 55-200 and now have the 70-200 and have real world experiance with both.

Now the sharpness is fine with the 55-200, not going to argue there.
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Re: Zoom lens 55/200 for a Nikon D5000 4 years 9 months ago #1135

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All I can do is share my experience: D7000/D3100 + AF-S 55-200 ED DX VR kit lens = instantly in focus, like milliseconds, while D700 + AF-S 70-200 f2.8 VR is also milliseconds but just a tad slower in my hands, whereby my F100 seems to me a little bit faster in focus with the same lens.
But to be honest I don't really want to discuss all that, they are very different lenses for very different applications, they are simply not comparable, and it would be discussing milliseconds anyway. I think noone buys either lens for focus speed alone, either you need a light compact unassuming street/casual/candid lens with tele range or a rugged high performance field lens, just like one would get a light compact street/casual/candid DX DSLR or a rugged high performance FX field DSLR. Two completely different applications in my opinion. I don't really see the use of an AF-S 70-200 f2.8 on a D5000 to be honest, I think that someone that finds the 70-200 f2.8 is the right tool for him/her, would get a D700 with battery grip/D3 and up, just like someone that thinks the D800E is the right tool for him/her would probably prefer an 85 G f1.4 and 200 f2 instead of a zoom.
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