[QUOTE="Michael"]\n[QUOTE="dullpain"]\nThe worst Nikon lens is the 55-200, in any flavor, followed by the\n18-200.[/QUOTE]\n\nBefore dismissing the 55-200mm VR, I suggest taking a look at a\nset of safari photos referenced here:\n\n[URL]http://snipurl.com/203a4[/URL] [www_nikonians_org]\n\nThe worst Nikon lenses I've ever used are the original 43-86mm\nf/3.5 and the 120mm f/4.5 macro out of the "fun fun lens set."\n\nThe worst constructed Nikon lens I've ever seen is the 30-60mm\nf/4~5.6 IX-Nikkor.\n[/QUOTE]\nI had one of those 43-86 zooms. It would be the worst Nikkor lens that\nI've ever used when it was in "original working order".\nSoft, lots of CA, crazy distortion for a 2x zoom. Forgetting the optics\ncompletely, it was pretty well made, except for zoom creep.\n\nAs far as the 55-200s go, the VR version is a gem. If it was to fall to\npieces in a few years, who cares? Optically it is quite good, and for\ndx, there's nothing smaller and lighter that gives 200mm reach.\nIt is miles ahead optically of any of the 70-300 AF Nikkors - apart from\nthe new VR, and even that is not very good at the 300mm end, quite\nexpensive, and only a fraction of a stop less slow at 200mm than the\n55-200 (F5.3 vs F5.6). I wish Nikon would make a 70-200 f4 VR, like the\nexcellent Canon lens. Half the weight of an f2.8, and 95% of the time\njust as good.