I'm a bit short on time, so I'm going to have to throw in an annoying request for advice without properly searching the thread, sorry about that.
The Nikon 55-200mm VR seems to be a pretty good price at Amazon UK right now. Do you guys and gals think it would be worth getting as a small, light lens for hiking around, given I already have a Nikon 80-200mm f/4.5-5.6? The latter is supposed to be capable of some decent results.
The extra range would be nice but it's not something I'm too bothered about. The VR is more enticing but I do have a 70-300mm VR for that; I just don't always want to carry it.
I did try the Nikon 55-300mm VR at one point but didn't get on with it. I found the AF a bit slow and prone to hunting. The VR didn't always settle satisfactorily at lower light levels. At the 300mm end I found the lack of permanent manual focus override to be limiting. This may be less of an issue at 200mm.
The 55-200 is supposed to focus better but it will be a slower lens (as in f/5.6 at 200mm; that said, ISTR there wasn't a lot in it).
So, any advice? Is there any real benefit over the 80-200mm other than VR? Is the 55-200 too good a price to pass up?
Of course, my budget for this may get wiped out in the next week!
Edited by anoobis - Yesterday at 12:06 am