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Key Features

Offers broad 18 - 200mm focal range for use in a variety of situations, equivalent to a 27-300 lens in 35mm format.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superb color reproduction while minimizing ghosting and flare.

Delivers a high-level optical performance designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX digital format.

Enables focusing from as close as 50cm (20 in.) from the subject through its entire focal range.

Flower-shaped lens hood (HB-35) provides greatly reduced stray light.

11x zoom coverage offers a perfect compact and lightweight “one lens” solution.

Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast.

Incorporates a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) allows for fast, quiet focusing.

Employs a 7-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements.

M/A mode for rapid switching between auto focus (A) and manual focus (M) operation.

AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED 4.1 5 185 185
I like this lens I was impressed with the performance of this lens.The sharpness even held up in very low indoor lighting. This lens is fast, has very good clarity. I would recommend this lens to anyone looking for a good DX all around lens. If you only have one lens this should be the one to have for most of your shooting needs. August 4, 2010
All around great lens Good balance for all around use and excellent photos. August 2, 2010
Superb I have owned this lens for 5 years and it is the only one I use on my D70. Image quality is excellent and VR works so well that only pictures with a shutter speed below 1/15 run the risk of blur. After 5 years, the lens developed a small fault and wouldn't focus. It felt like a small gear had lost a tooth. I sent it back to Nikon and repaired it for free - after 5 years! Lens is better than new. I am constantly amazed that my 6 year old camera and 5 year lens still takes better pictures than anyone else I meet. August 2, 2010
Excellent Lens I use this lens for travel, mostly in Europe, and for shooting portraits and the occasional industrial setting. It works perfectly and allows me to travel with just one lens. In Europe, I have shot landscapes and then immediately switched to people in the street shots. I also have the Nikon 17-35 f2.8 and when shooting the same scene, the 17-35 produces crisper edge to edge sharpness. But carrying that lens around town for hours is no fun. I am very pleased with the 18-200. August 1, 2010
awesome lens, minus two problems I do not own any other lens. this is all I need for 90% of what I would l like to shoot. I'm a bit more sophisticated than an amateur, shooting weddings, friends, babies, engagements, and stuff for my own pleasure. between the range of this lens, and the VR it is nearly all that one needs in most lighting situations. I do wish it had macro. Two minor problems. The rubber on the zoom is stretching out of shape and that seems inconsistent with Nikon material quality, and there is 'lens creep' for lack of a better word: meaning, when walking with the camera pointing down, the lens extends due gravity. seems that could be prevented. I shoot on the D-80 and between the two and post production sophistication, they are an awesome, awesome combination. July 31, 2010
Great All Around Lens I first purchased this lens with my D200 4 years ago and continue to use it with my D300s--I passed on a D700 to retain the versitility of this lens. I have traveled across North America and Europe with this lens. It has the versitility to cover a wide range of settings: broad landscapes, close-ups of art in dim museums/churches, event photography, protraits, everyday family pictures, and video. The image quality is excellent, and I have never had a problem with the lens electrically or mechancially. I have traveled a lot on a motorcycle with it stuffed in my tank bag, and I had it take some tumbles. It has proven to be rugged standing up to all conditions. The things that I like most are: (1) versitility, (2) sharpness, (3) accurate/fast AF, and speed (VR helps). July 31, 2010
Best Coverage from one lens If your traveling lite This one covers it all. A bit pricey but you get what you pay for. I had it for 2 years now with no problems. July 31, 2010
Fantastic! This is the ultimate all-around lens for shooting everything from family snapshots to professionals images. July 31, 2010
Great Lens, for most serious non-professionals. This lens lives up to every other Nikkor that I own. One lens does all when I travel: indoors, outdoors, from the air and even under water. I never intend to, nor was it built for dropping onto a hard surface. This is an instrument, not a tool....as all fine lenses are. Its sharpness, contrast, weight are superb. I am a scientist and use the scientific method in everything. However, testing a lens in a lab vs. using it in the real world are two different things. Hand held, I put this lens up against anything remotely in its price range. Enjoy. July 31, 2010
A great all-around lens This is the lens I selected for use with my D300 when I first acquired the camera. It has always been a benefit to have it in my camera bag. Sharp results across its entire range. It seems to take better images than I can do on my own. July 30, 2010
Great all in one I have used this lens on a D50 and on my D5000 for about 3 years. The original lens (18-55) that came with the D50 body was not useful and I tossed that quick, then tried another lens that wasn't too bad but then I saw and tried this one. It was love at first try. Gorgeous pics, good features and does wide angle and zoom! I hardly ever change lenses and it handles almost all I do. It has been the best lens EVER! I'm not a pro, but photography has been a serious hobby for me and I have a great eye for it, but have only had 1 lesson. I have used this lens for heavy action sports, school and competitions, leisure, nature, vacations, portraits and have even been hired for several weddings, and recently been asked to start selling some of my pics. The schools have used almost all of their photos for their yearbook from my pics! I trust this lens for almost all of my needs. I do use uv/cpl filters and my SB800, which I do recommend as well. Like any lens, you do need to learn the capabilities but also the limitations! I have noticed mainly that sports with poor lighting that needs more zoom can be more challenging. Also, I have noticed some drifting while hanging from my neck (somewhat normal), factory dust (normal) and little vignetting at full zoom (probably due to filters/hood). I would not hesitate to purchase this lens, especially if you are an enthusiast or even a casual user. It is not difficult to use at all and does have VR. Pros would probably need a better lens depending on use, but would still enjoy this lens. It is not as heavy as I thought it would be (on my camera body) and have no problem walking around with it at all. It is definitely the best bang for your buck and saves time/space for swapping lenses! July 30, 2010
This lens is perfect for photographers who want or need to carry minimal equipment. The sharpness is consistent with lenses in this category. However, with high ISO's on the newer Nikon SLR's, the range of aperatures is greatly expanded, so getting a sharper photo is more likely. I have no negative comments on the lens. It performs well. July 30, 2010
The 18-200 mm lens is a great lens I loved the 18-135 mm lens, but I wanted greater telephoto capability for wildlife photography. I have used the 18-200 mm as my standard lens for over a year, and find it just what I needed. The image stabilization function is excellent. My only complaint is that the lens, when pointed down, frequently extends to full open position by gravity which is inconvenient. Overall, it is a great lens and is exactly what I wanted. July 30, 2010
Meets most of my needs I shoot product photography at my work and need various angles and closeups. I've tried my 105mm and a few other Nikon lenses I own however, I always seem to end up going back to my zoom. I get beautiful shots that are used for both the webb and print. I love this lense and especially it's vesatility. One of these days I'll be purchasing another just like it as a backup lense. Note: Most of the time the camera, Nikon DSLR, is mounted on a tripod with a couple of SB-800's in small softboxes, but there are times I've used it hand held with good results. July 30, 2010
I LOVE this lens! This lens is the one that's usually on my camera. It is very versatile, taking great macros and wonderful zoom-ed photos as well. I have a teleconverter of 1x4 on it, just to get a little closer at a reasonable cost. I also love the fact that because it has VR most of my pictures can be hand-held, even in low light. I have used it a whole bunch the past year I've owned it and it has consistently performed well. July 30, 2010
Very nice lens! I love this lens and made it my all around lens it takes very good and sharrp pictures. The only problem with this lens is when your camera is pointing downwards, the lens would crawl out. I understand that they corrected this problem on the VR 11. I paired this lens with my Nikon D80. July 30, 2010
best lens I ever had for over two years I have this lens after my old 24x135 was knocked off a table and died. Once I got over the pricetag I never looked back. I use my D80 every day and have several lenses for it but this lens is the one who almost never comes off the camera. It's amazing how sturdy these delicate things actually are. Don't expect me to give a run down of technical virtues. I'm not that kind of person and you can find those reviews all over the net. Where I was looking for was a reliable tool what can take a beating and this is one of them. On top of that, I can now shoot handheld almost anything anywhere from any angle. You would think that by the numbers the zoom function and the amount of lenses inside takes a lot of light away but really not to my experience. If according to the camera computer the light is too low then I switch to manual and take the shot anyway with great results. I have a nikkor 50mm 1.4 for special passion of mine: the dof and bokeh but after I got this lens I figured out that I can get the same results without having to switch lenses. So i'm a happy shooter with this toy. One minor issue is when I carry the camera by the strap over my shoulder, the lens hangs down and slowly the zoom extends. I think Nikon realized their flaw and fixed that with the new 18x200 lens in their catalogue. That one seems to be identical but comes with a lock. July 30, 2010
Excellent Lens I use the 18-200 exclusively on my Nikon D-300 and the two were made for each other. I get excellent indoor photos without using any flash and I love the wide angle for inside candid shots of parties and the grandchildren playing. Outside I use the zoom to get the close-ups of wildlife that was impossible with my previous 10 to 1 zoom camera. With the VR active, zoomed photos are sharp even though I don't have a very steady hand. I have taken several hand-held photos of the moon, and Venus and they were all very clear. The auto focus is also quick and accurate and my action/motion shots always come out just as I planned them. The 18-200 is worth every penny paid for it as I would need at least three separate lens to do the same job. July 30, 2010
nice kit lens This was the kit lens with my D200. I find it fast enough and sharp enough but I am not happy about the zoom creep when it is tilted up or down and there should be a zoom lock July 30, 2010
Great do everything lens. This lens produces great images from wide angle to zoom. There may be sharper lens's but I don't know of any that zoom this wide. I use it all the time as my carry lens, swapping to more specialized lenses as the need arises. The only down side is that when tilted up or down at steep angles, it will creep in or out somewhat. when hand held this does not happen, only on a tripod. The VR system works wonders, keeping images sharp when the camera is hand held in low light. I dig it, as we used to say. July 30, 2010
Versatile Quality Lens My primary studio lens; suiting most of my studio requirements. A little curvature at 18mm, but acceptable because my primary studio usage range is 35-180mm. July 30, 2010
Versatility...! Clearly, this is one of the best lenses I have used in the last 1 year. I am not a pro and do not claim to be one, but have been doing photography for over 15 years now and have realized what you can do with little tweaks to the camera and lens settings. This lens brings out the best of all the worlds. Very versatile and easy to manage by a tech savvy and a regular photographer. I don't want to confuse folks with tech specs but basic knowledge of physics and light functions is all you need to accomplish great pics with this lens. A good suggestion - always use the viewfinder to take pics, not the camera LCD screen - you will get great pics. This lens performs very well in low light and short to medium distances - of course if you expect to take pics that are mile away, expect the resolution to go down a bit - just like looking with bare eyes where distant objects are hazy. At the end of the day, one should see what they are going to do with the lens, i.e. purpose and use. If you are not sure - just get this lens - you will not go wrong..! July 30, 2010
If you can only take one lens this is the one Great for everything from scampering children to fireworks to classic cars. You may find yourself leaving the other lens in your bag. Only issue is remembering that you can go high ISO with low light. July 30, 2010
Great lens-very flexible in the field This is only lens I have on my D200 and I love it. With features on the D200 I can cover different lighting situations and of course great optics wide angle or tele! July 30, 2010
Great features, covers most situations Seems to have high quality, good light gathering, minimizes lens changing, now carry only 2 lenses counting the one on the camera which is normally the 18-200 mm, occasionally use a 75-300 mm, minimizes dust and dirt on my Nikon sensor on a D100 with fewer lens changes, particularly when photographing conferences. Have not fully tested it yet, but so far the quality and handling appear to be excellent. July 30, 2010
Great Travel & Landscape Lens I used this lens for travel in the Canadian Rockies. It covered all of my needs without having to change Lens, July 30, 2010
Excellent lens which does 99%+ of what I need. This was my first and could me my only lens if necessary. I have been to Europe and on several photographic trips with only this lens. I do have other Nikkor lenses, but not any which I use anywhere close to this one. I am an experienced amateur photographer, but the quality and versatility of this lens is not anywhere close to what I have seen in any other lens of comparable price. July 30, 2010
I Love The Versitillity I love my 2.8 24-70 and 70-200 and cannot replace the quality incorperated in those lesnses but I am very glad I now have the 3.5 18-200 VR lens. It is a great addition to my other lenses. It is an outstanding walk arround lens and it gets some great shots. It is clear and easily focused and presents good clean images. July 30, 2010
Best overall lens. The versatility of this lens, it's quick focusing ability makes it a joy to use. Great for close up and for zoom shots of birds, other animals. This lens can be used in a wide range of settings makes it very handy. Being compact also makes it easy to travel with. My favorite lens July 30, 2010
Great lens If you're going to travel with only one lens, this one is hard to beat. Very versatile. July 30, 2010
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AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR is an older lens. Can you still purchase this new? If not, then can you please tell me what the next comparable lens would be?

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Purchase the 18-200mm VRII lens. It is denoted with a Gold VR symbol. The Red VR symbol is the older generation lens and you can purchase them anywhere camera equipment is sold. Just make sure they are an authorized Nikon dealer.
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The new lens is the VR II. Almost the exact same lens with second generation Vibration Reduction.
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There's a new version for this lens that is VR II.
 
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Is the Nikkor AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II lens compatable with the nikon D7000?

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I have a nikon D7000 with an 18-105 lens
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Absolutely
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Yes. It's fully compatible.
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is there any teleconverter supporting this len,please?

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Teleconverters take away auto-focus capabilities most of the time and interfere with the way the lens is engineered to operate. If you need a longer distance, grab a lens with a longer focal distance for slightly more in price. You will be glad you did instead of getting a teleconverter, but if you are set on it, Nikon provides one in the Lens section.
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yes, but it's not made by nikon (it's made by kenko). not the best optical quality, but works.
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Afraid not no.
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Send it to Nikon. As soon as you do anything outside of being a general user, your warranty is voided.
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you might need special clockmaker's screwdrivers for that. they're usually cheap.
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18-200 locked in SP-AF

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My N 18-200mm is locked in Single Point - AF, despite the camera body (d300) being set to dynamic AF. I've tried resetting the body, de/reattaching the lens, manually resetting the lens settings...anybody have any thoughts?
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If this is the only lens with this issue, send it to Nikon for evaluation. If it's more than just that lens, send the camera to Nikon for evaluation.
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Please verify that the AF-Area Mode Selector is set to Dynamic area AF (see page# 64 of the user's manual). and the Focus Selctor is not lock (see page# 66 of the user's manual).
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Can you explain the three settings : M/A M ; VR on-off ; normal - active ?

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For VR read this 6 part explanation:
http://www.nikonusa.com/en_US/IMG/Images/Micro-Sites/VR/experience/tips/focusing/index.htm
M/A setting allows you to use auto focus and then fine tune the focus manually without using any switches on the camera body. You just grab the focus ring and focus manually. M- turns autofocus off and you manually focus with the focus ring.
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M/AM is manual focus and manual focus override. VR on/off does just that, turns VR on or off and Normal / Active is the VR type either Normal for most situatons rewuirong VR ot active for times, for example, when you are in a car or on a boat where you have up and down motion as well as side to side motion.
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Does this lens work well with the D80

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Yes, this lens is compatible with the D80.
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This lens is compatible with Nikon D60?

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How long is the warranty on this lens?

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I can't seem to find anything on the warranty for this lens. I bought it in 2007.

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Its one year, unless you registered it for the extended warranty.
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Is this lens compatible with the D50?

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