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How to achieve full zoom with a Nikon 55-200mmf/4-5.6G ED lens?!

So I just got this lens and I have it on automatic. When the zoom ring is at the highest number, it seems like that's as far as it'll zoom and that's not very far. Seems to me that it should be able to zoom a good distance away.
When I was using it the other day on automatic, it automatically zoomed right in on something that was VERY far away! So it obviously can zoom in that far away, I just need to know to how make it do that when I want it to thank you!

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1) What camera body are you using?

2) I do not understand your assertion that it automatically zoomed in. Zooming is a manual function. The automatic functions of your lens pertain only to focusing on of the subject so that your picture is sharp and ensuring that the correct amount of light is admitted so that you have a correct exposure.

3) Are you sure you were turning the zoom ring and not the f-stop ring? The zoom ring is labeled 200 on one end of the scale and 55 on the other. It is also the widest ring on the lens barrel. When you rotate it, the physical length of the lens will lengthen as you rotate it clockwise (viewed from behind the camera) and shorten as you rotate it counter-clockwise.

4) For reference, at 200mm the angle of view on your lens should be 10 degrees and at 55mm about 40 degrees.

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