The Lowly 55-200 Kit Lens.

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When the late Galen Rowell had to climb a mountain and needed to travel light instead of his professional 80-200 f2.8 he used to carry the cheap 80-200 f4-5.6 plastic lens.
I bought a 55-200 non VR kit lens with the purpose of traveling light. It is cheap, made of plastics, light, convenient and it fits anywhere in a camera bag.
This past winter, early this year, while visiting Key Byscaine here in Miami, my favorite sunset spot in winter, I spotted these fishermen returning to port. They were feeding the gulls throwing pieces of bait into the air that were expertly caught by the birds.
The exposure, previously set when I saw the boat approaching, was taken using center weighted metering from a bright area. I used curves to warm the picture slightly more than offered by the late afternoon sunlight.
How good is the little lens? You tell me.


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William Rodriguez
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Hi William,

this very nice picture speaks for the skill of the photographer rather than the quality of the lens, since it draws attention because of a good composition and exposure choice.

Nevetheless, I agree the IQ of the 55-200s is surprisingly good.

In the end it's the skill of the photog that makes the difference...

Thanks for sharing.
 
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this picture is wonderful!!!
 
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Thank you Luis for your comments. Indeed mediocre lenses can shine when sound photographic techniques are used. All lenses improve when the camera is placed on a tripod.
I like the little lens and its mate the 18-55. Both are great for traveling and both offer very good image quality. Amazing what can be bought today for pennies!
Thank you Nuteshack for your comments.
William.
 
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Too often we focus on the tools and not the photographer....posts like this bring us back to the reality....Skill is a human trait....Very nice image.
 
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Great work William, as Jeff mentioned above in the hands of a great photographer any lens can really shine.
 
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Very nice picture, the 55-200 VR is one of Nikon's optical bargains.. small discrete, plasticy.. but the optics are great. And thats all the counts.

And the photographer off course :)
 

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