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Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR

6 November 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

10. Autofocus



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The Nikkor 55-200 mm VR is equipped with the SWM motor which is supposed to guarantee silent work without any problems -that much was stated in an advertising brochure, anyway. When it comes to practice, though, the notion of silence proves to be relative. During focusing you can hear creaking sounds which are perhaps not very loud but noticeable. The speed is also far from blinding. At 55 mm running the scale from infinity to macro or otherwise takes almost two seconds. At 200 mm the lens is a bit quicker but it gets lost from time to time and starts the whole procedure again from one of the ends – it prolongs the proper focusing significantly.

Autofocus is perhaps neither very quick nor absolutely silent but, what’s the most important thing, it is very accurate. During our test session the lens practically didn’t miss at all (1% of misses) and we didn’t notice any front or backfocus tendencies.

Nikon Nikkor AF-S DX 55-200 mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED VR - Autofocus