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Nikkor AF-S DX VR 55-200mm f/4-5.6 G ED Gordon Laing, August 2007

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Outdoor / Resolution / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting


Nikkor DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR shortest focal length geometry comparison


   
Nikkor DX 55-200mm geometry at 55mm f8
DX 55-200mm VR at 55mm f8
Distortion: 0.20% barrel
 
   
To measure and compare the Nikkor DX 55-200mm VR's geometric distortion we photographed a test chart consisting of a grid pattern, using it and a number of rival lenses.

The lenses were tested at their widest focal lengths with an aperture of f8 in Aperture Priority mode.

The images were analysed with Imatest using 5th Order line calculation and the full areas presented here at a reduced resolution.

The image left was taken with the Nikkor DX 55-200mm VR at 55mm f8. Barrel distortion was measured at 0.2% which is barely noticeable, and in fact fractionally superior to the 70-300mm VR at 70mm. Note the DX 18-135mm and DX 18-200mm VR show greater distortion when zoomed-out due to their much wider focal lengths. Their results are included here as an overall view. The comparisons below when all four lenses are zoomed-in is more relevant.


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Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
Nikkor DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikkor DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Nikkor 70-300mm geometry at 70mm f8
Nikkor DX 18-135mm geometry at 18mm f8
Nikkor DX 18-200mm at 18mm f8
70-300mm at 70mm f8
Distortion: 0.31% barrel
  DX 18-135mm at 18mm f8
Distortion: 5.48% barrel
  DX 18-200mm at 18mm f8
Distortion: 5.26% barrel



Nikkor DX 55-200mm f/4-5.6 VR longest focal length geometry comparison

Nikkor DX 55-200mm geometry at 200mm f8

DX 55-200mm VR at 200mm f8
Distortion: 1.27% pincushion

 

To measure and compare the Nikkor DX 55-200mm VR's geometric distortion we photographed a test chart consisting of a grid pattern, using it and a number of rival lenses.

The lenses were tested at their longest focal lengths with an aperture of f8 in Aperture Priority mode.

The images were analysed with Imatest using 5th Order line calculation and the full areas presented here at a reduced resolution.





The image above was taken with the Nikkor DX 55-200mm VR at 200mm f8. Pincushion distortion was measured at 1.27% which is roughly the same as the DX 18-200mm VR when it's also zoomed-into 200mm. The DX 18-135mm exhibits greater distortion when zoomed-in, even to just 135mm, but the 70-300mm VR delivers the best result here with the least distortion, even at its longer focal length of 300mm. Now let's finally compare the vignetting and light fall-off of each lens.

Nikkor 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 VR
Nikkor DX 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6
Nikkor DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR
Nikkor 70-300mm geometry at 300mm f8
Nikkor DX 18-135mm geometry at 135mm f8
Nikkor DX 18-200mm geometry at 200mm f8
70-300mm at 300mm f8
Distortion: 0.72% pincushion
  DX 18-135mm at 135mm f8
Distortion: 1.78% pincushion
  DX 18-200mm at 200mm f8
Distortion: 1.22% pincushion

Nikkor DX 55-200mm VR lens results continued...

Outdoor / Resolution / Corner sharpness / Fringe and macro / Geometry / Vignetting
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