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Nikon 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX IF-ED Nikon 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX IF-ED Hot

 
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Overview

nikonVR.gifA compact and lightweight high-power zoom lens for Nikon digital SLRs, featuring enhanced Vibration Reduction
2005 Release

 

Main Features

  • Offers the broad 18-200mm focal range (11.1x zoom) for use in a variety of situations (equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format)
  • Enhanced Vibration Reduction (VRII) offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 4 stops faster
  • Two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements
  • Incorporates a compact SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for quiet focusing
  • Enables focusing from as close as 50cm (20 in.) from the subject through its entire focal range
  • M/A mode for rapid switching between autofocus and manual focus operation
  • Seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening

Lens Specifications

Generic Lens Specifications

Lens Type Zoom
IS / VR / OS VR
Nikon DX lens Yes
Min Focal Length (mm) 18
Max Focal Length (mm) 200
Number of Elements 16
Element Groups 12
Max Aperture 3.5
Minimum Aperture 36
Diaphragm Blades 7
Closest Focus Distance (m) 0.5
Filter Type Screw In
Filter Diameter (mm) 72
Diameter at widest (mm) 77
Lens Length (mm) 96
Weight (g) 560

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Editor review

Nikon 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G VR AF-S DX IF-ED

Overall rating: 
 
3.5
Sharpness:
 
3.0
Build Quality:
 
4.0
AF Speed:
 
3.0
Value for Money:
 
4.0
Reviewed by lee
December 12, 2007
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This lens is Nikon's latest offering in the superzoom category where one lens tries to do the job of many. With an 11.1x zoom ration is certainly packs a lot into a small body.



Features and handling.

The newer version of Vibration Reduction VR II - is fitted to this lens and has clamed to have a four stop advantage when handholding. We found no reason to dispute this claim, managing to shoot sharp images at 1/20sec at the 200mm end of the range, very impressive indeed. The optic is lightweight for its capabilities but manages to retain a solid and durable feel. As with the vast majority of Nikkors, all the controls feel smooth and well weighted.



Performance

Optics with this sort of zoom range are a compromise and this is no different, with the need to close it down a stop or so to get the best results. Performance as the wide end is slightly better that at the longer focal lengths. What is pleasing about the lens is contrast, witch is good to excellent thought-out the range. Another area that has been well controlled is that of chromatic aberration, which, although it does exist, has been evened out well enough for it not so show any great extent at any point.

For an all round lens with the ability to cover most subjects without the need to lug a tripod around, this optic fares well.

Conclusions at a glance

Would you recommend this Item Yes
Pros lengh of zoom, VR II
Cons none realy for this price and coverage.
 
 


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Average user rating from: 579 user(s)

Overall rating: 
 
4.3
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4.3   (579)
Build Quality:
 
4.3   (579)
AF Speed:
 
4.3   (579)
Value for Money:
 
4.3   (579)
 
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Overall rating: 
 
4.5
Sharpness:
 
5.0
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4.0
Value for Money:
 
4.0
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I am TOTALLY pleased with this lens! While I rarely switched out my 18-105mm lens, there were still times where the wrong lens was on my camera at a critical time. No longer! From wide angle landscape panoramas to the quick shot of a bird landing in a tree, this lens does it all! I had expected to see some loss of sharpness with the larger range zoom lens, but that has not been the case either! This lens is sharp! Am I pleased? You betcha!!! Frank Leonard, Frank Leonard Photography.

 

I am TOTALLY pleased with this lens

Overall rating: 
 
4.5
Sharpness:
 
4.0
Build Quality:
 
5.0
AF Speed:
 
5.0
Value for Money:
 
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I love this lens.

 

Great lens.

Overall rating: 
 
5.0
Sharpness:
 
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Build Quality:
 
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I really fell in love with this lens. It is a very good lens. Takes great pics.

 

Five Stars

Overall rating: 
 
4.5
Sharpness:
 
5.0
Build Quality:
 
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AF Speed:
 
4.0
Value for Money:
 
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Reviewed on: February 18, 2015
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Five Stars

Overall rating: 
 
4.0
Sharpness:
 
4.0
Build Quality:
 
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AF Speed:
 
4.0
Value for Money:
 
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Bearing in mind that 18-200 translates to 27-300 in full-frame, at least on my D90 camera, this is a versatile lens, and I've never had to swap it for anything, so my sensor is clean. The lens is wide enough to shoot a bedroom for a home sale, and has almost enough zoom for the kids' soccer pics. I once shot a lunar eclipse, and saw this bright "star" in the frame. On closer examination, it had straight edges and an odd shape - probably the Space Station. Pretty exciting to have picked that up with a regular camera lens. Of course you probably give up some definition for that flexibility, but this serves amateur purposes as I define them. Cautions: (a) It doesn't do macro very well: you need a minimum subject distance of about a metre, and a $200 Canon Powershot or even a Blackberry often take better close-ups. (b) The lens or hood can get in the way of the built-in flash, happens on all longer lenses particularly when extended. (c) You have to turn the bezel the "wrong" way to zoom in/out. But that's like driving in UK - you get used to it soon enough. (d) When pointed down, there's enough weight on the screw that it unravels the lens (screws the lens out, zooming in, no damage, but more likely to bump into stuff). ALWAYS buy a filter, usually a UV filter, mostly to protect the original lens.

 
 
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