'The Nikon 55-200mm VR is very inexpensive. It's the telephoto lens bargain of the decade at only about $230.'
'Sharpness and performance are extraordinary. A lens this inexpensive never used to have the right to be this embarrassingly good'
I put these in because I think exactly the same. Compared to anything else in the same range this is a very good lens. When you factor in the price it is as Ken says, pretty much the bargain of the decade. So you get a light, cheap lens capable of great results. No the build quality isn't great, but as Ken says in another part of his review, at this price if it breaks just buy another one. And that of course is one of the reasons its so cheap. Just like the 50mm f/1.8 its not the most well-constructed, but and its a big BUT, Nikon make an lot of these, and they sell a lot as well, so thats why its cheap. When I bought mine on Amazon they had 60 in stock currently, so you can see that they are expecting to sell a lot too.
Now I've been selling shots taken with previous versions of the lens I have owned for years, shot on a D3X. Plus its easily sharp enough to do justice to the D800E sensor. Below is a 100% crop of the FX files, and I don't see much to complain about there.
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