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

6 November 2009
Arkadiusz Olech

5. Chromatic aberration

In the Nikkor’s 55-200 mm construction there were two low-dispersion ED elements which performed really well – the chromatic aberration was negligible at all apertures and focal lengths, amounting to the level of 0.04% or lower. The picture below helps us assess how the stabilized model fares in this category.

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

Taking out one ED element was not a good move, especially that the instrument became more complicated and the stabilization was included. The aberration increased significantly – its level reaches low and medium borderline only at 125 mm; on slight stopping down, it is medium at 55 mm and at 200mm. The worst situation we notice at maximum relative aperture and maximum focal length where the aberration is in the vicinity of high level.


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