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Canon EF 55-200 mm f/ 4.5-5.6 USM Lens

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Canon EF 55-200 mm f/ 4.5-5.6 USM lens

Canon EF 55-200 mm f/ 4.5-5.6 USM lens

Canon EF 55-200 mm f/ 4.5-5.6 USM lens

Optical design

Canon EF 55-200 mm f/ 4.5-5.6 USM optical design

Canon EF 55-200 mm f/ 4.5-5.6 USM optical design

Format: 35mm SLR

Type: Zoom lens

Focusing: Auto Focus (AF)

Lens mounts: Canon EF, EF-S

First year of production: 1998

Last year of production: 2003

Optical design: 13 elements in 13 groups

Features: Ultra-Sonic Motor
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Focal lengthMax. apertureMin. apertureBladesMin. Focus (m.)Filter Ø (mm.)Weight (gr/oz)Length (mm/in)
55mm - 200mmf/4.5 - f/5.6f/2261.252310/10,997/3,8

Additional information:
  • diagonal angle of view 32°11' - 8°15'
  • horizontal angle of view 27° - 6°50'
  • minimal aperture  32-45
  • max. magnification 0.25
  • diameter 78.5

The Canon EF 55-200mm f/4.5-5.6 USM  is a telephoto zoom lens for 35 mm SLR Canon EF cameras. The lens was announced in March 1998. This lightweight and inexpensive tele zoom lens was first designed for EOS IX 240 cameras, but it is compatible with EOS EF cameras. The lens was also supplied in a double lens kit for low-end SLR cameras.

The lens is equipped with an AF micro-motor. It has no focus ring. Zooming is performed by three groups. The lens barrel extends while zooming. Focusing is performed be the front group of elements. The bayonet mount is plastic.

In 2003 the second model of the lens was introduced.  It featured the same optical scheme, optimized for digital photography, but with a faster autofocus.

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Posted by: dv   Date of publication: 18.05.2013

Mechanical quality2.673
Optical quality2.333
Pricing / Value2.673
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