AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Lens creep solution...maybe!
I just bought this as a refurbished lens from a Nikon dealer on eBay. The price was reasonable and I have had good experience with a Nikon refurbished D7000. The reviews have only good things to say about the lens' optical performance. The only complaint is the mid-range zoom creep. So I checked this out and sure enough my unit also exhibited this behavior when it was held almost vertically up or down. This is no problem for me. For fun I tried a solution that seems to work.
Right behind the lens there is a non-rotating tube that slides inside a rotating tube as the lens zoom position changes. Zoom the lens to the 200mm position. Attach a 1¼-inch piece of black electrical tape lengthwise on the bottom of the non-rotating tube. The tape's thickness seems to provide enough friction within the rotating tube to prevent zoom creep. Make sure the tape lies flat with no wrinkles.
With the camera on its back and the lens cap on, of course, I placed a 3.3 oz. weight and the lens started to creep back from about the 100mm position. So, it seems, that little piece of tape is just right. It is hardly noticeable because it's the same color as the lens. Now let's see if this fix lasts after long lens use. Incidentally, the lens cap and shade weigh 1.1 oz. and cause no creep.
On another matter, I notice that this is referred to as a "walk-around" lens because of it's zoom range. Well, a D7000 with this lens, an MB-D11, lens cap and hood weighs 3 lbs. 13.5 oz. A lot of weight to just "walk-around." That's what I like about Nikons...solidly built!
April 12, 2014
covers my zoom needs
heavier than expected, but, really does the job. i am very pleased with the quality of pix across all ranges
April 6, 2014
A Wonderful All In One
By far I have taken the most pictures (Thousands) with this lens. It is my go to when on vacation. I like this lens so much I kept it when I bought my D800. As you may be aware the D800 is excellent at showing you any inconsistencies or mistakes in your equipment or skills.
Attached are recent photographs taken with this lens on my D800. Prime example, the middle picture showing the the Green Monkey was shot handheld at 1600 ISO, 80mm, f/5, 1/60 sec. in a fairly dark environment and is sharp with excellent color. Hope this helps remove any concerns you may have with this lens.
January 2, 2014
I love this lens.
I have been using this lens for about a month and find it to be great. I've had to do a little reading to learn how to focus with this lens but I'm learning quickly and am delighted with my photos. They are very sharp - even on shots that are at the end range of the lens. My Nikon D5100 came with two lens as a package but I found that having to switch lens every time I wanted to do a close-up was a nuisance. I also didn't like having to carry the two lens around. I had been going to sell the whole kit but when I read about this lens (all very positive by the way) I bought the lens and am very glad I did.
May 21, 2013
Este lente no funciona con la D7000
Me compre la camara D7000 y el lente 18-200 VR II, pero con tanta distancia focal no se puede ajustar el foco con la camara, al hacer pruebas con una plantilla y la camara en tripie y a 45° , pude ajustar por ejemplo a 200 mm pero si el lente lo ponia a 18 mm no salian las fotos enfocadas y vicerversa si ajustaba el foco con el lente a 18 mm despues al hacer pruebas con el lente a 200 mm ya no enfocaba, en servicio Nikon me dicen que cada ves que cambie la distancia focal DEBO hacer el MICRO AJUSTE en la camara (que impractico para tomar fotos, no creen.....??????????), mejor me compre un 35 mm fijo que ya ajuste el foco y ya no se lo quito a la camara, y el lente 18-200 una lastima lo tengo guardado y todavia con su garantia.
April 3, 2013