Just took the plunge with 55-200

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Truman Prevatt
Truman Prevatt Veteran Member • Posts: 9,053
Just took the plunge with 55-200

The 50-140 f2.8 is all anyone could want from in a lens.

It is a fixed aperture zoom

It is fast for a zoom in that range

All the zooming is completely internal - the lens does not extend.

All the things I look for in a zoom.  On the other hand it is heavy and not the type of lens I would consider throwing in a bag and walking around with.  My 50-140 I use a lot but I often don't take it along because of the size and weight. Lugging that thing around on a hike would require either renting a Sherpa or buying a Yak  

I have looked at the 55-200 a couple of times. The faults I find with this lens are

Variable aperture

It is slower than molasses - outside on a cold day in Maine

The zooming is external - namely the lens grows as you zoom out.

All three of these I detest in a lens.

However, I just got mine and tried it out.  The huge benefit of this lens is it is about the size of my 90 f2 - even the same filter size.  From what I seen here and in testing of it is sharp enough (maybe not to the standards of the 50-140 but still very good) and has a nice rendering (for a slow lens).  This lens I will throw in my bag and take it with me a lot more often.

I took a shot of the light switch indoors at 1/10s using my H1 and the OIS/IBIS combination works quite well.  Outdoor shots were sharp with good contrast.

Given the price at B&H I decided to take a risk with it.  I'm quite pleased and I don't have to worry about what to feed a Yak 

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