AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Versatility in a Tube
I bought a D3300 DSLR, and while I found the 18-55mm kit lens to be great in its own respect, I needed to get some glass which would be a bit more versatile for what I typically shoot, which is our beautiful mountains of Northern California. The 18-200mm has a great range of zoom, and will be perfect for vacation shots, and flora/fauna images. I also purchased a 35mm-f1.8 for indoor and low light applications. Between the three lens choices, I pretty much have all my bases covered. Also, the D3300 takes some VERY sharp 24mp images, especially with the 35mm lens.
April 5, 2015
I found a easy solution that has worked for years. I took a 2'' elastic strip found at a sewing counter and made a band around the lens, just snug enough to allow manual turning, but will not let the lens creep.
Easily removed, but I keep it on all of the time. It is black so it is barely noticeable Good luck.
July 11, 2014
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