The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II is a telephoto zoom lens that supports the 55-200mm*1 range of focal lengths and maximum apertures of f/4-5.6. Adoption of a retractable barrel mechanism has made a smaller and lighter lens possible. The total length (distance from camera lens mount flange when the lens is retracted) is approximately 16.5 mm shorter, the maximum diameter is approximately 2.5 mm smaller, and the lens weighs approximately 35 g less than the AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED. When used with a Nikon DX-format digital SLR camera, this significantly smaller and lighter lens makes the camera system even more portable and agile. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED VR II design follows in the footsteps of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II, the standard kit lens for D3000- and D5000-series cameras, offering an integrated look and feel.
In addition to a vibration reduction (VR) function offering compensation equal to an approximately 4.0-stop*2 increase in shutter speed, an ED lens element that maximizes the superior optical performance of this lens has been adopted for very little chromatic aberration. This single lens responds to a wide variety of photographic subjects and scenes, from everyday snapshots to portraits, moving subjects, and distant subjects. It is the optimal lens for those planning to embrace full-scale photography with a digital SLR camera, and those who wish to record memorable moments with beautiful photos.