AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Great in concept, not in practice
I love the broad range this lens covers, shooting with it offers everything you need on travel shoots and outings with the camera. It easily switched from wide angle room shots, to landscapes, and then decent close-ups of birds. The photo quality was great, the autofocus silent, nice lens....
...then I took it on a winter day shoot. The autofocus stopped working completely around 30F and the lens creep was ridiculous, I'd frame my shot, go to adjust it slightly with the polarizer, or manual focus and everything in the shot would have changed. It wasn't a well made lens, and I so wanted it to be. I also use a UV filter with a polarizer (UV for lens protection) and the vignetting was horrible at 18mm unless I took a filter off. That might be true in all the DX wides though... Not sure.
Anyway, had to return it, in the end for the lens creep, can't work with that.
February 20, 2013
If Nikon improves the problems I would recommend with more stars
Since the lens came with my D300 back in June 2010 I have owned it and used it as my primary lens. It is a great action lens, as well as a portrait lens. Just very good over all.
So why do I give it lover marks? Becuase after the first year of usig it it started to have "Lens Creep" meaning if I was pointing up or down (other than level) it would start zooming on its own. I checked with other professionals with nikon equipment to only hear the same thing and that Nikon would not fix it as a defect. So I have a wide black rubber band around the barrel to hold the zoom in place.
Also when I zoom it all the way to 200mm it now goes out of focus.
So it is now a lens with limited uses for me. I have had to purchase other lens to replace it as a daily use lens.
I'm still a die-hard Nikon user, have been for over 40 years. Just not happy with this lens.
January 28, 2013
My second time purchasing this lens. First purchase as brand new.
Sold original to help finance purchase of a Tamron 70-200 2.8 (non-VC). Love the Tamron, but it's slow focus motor, and sometimes hunting for focus, and also it's big size and no image stabilization, had me longing for this lens again.
So bought this lens once more, as refurbished, direct from Nikon's outlet store online.
My first one had lens creep...where if you face it down, the lens will extend from the weight...this is a common complaint from lots of people, so I just accepted it as is...
Also on that first lens, when I start zooming, the zooming feel was not consistent...where
a. ...when I first zoom out from 18mm it was nice and "sticky" a little bit, but not enough to prevent lens creep.
b. ...then became super loose
c. ...then became "sticky" again
d. ...then at far end loosened up just for a little bit of the last zoom
...also a common complaint by others....
Now with this refurbished lens, there is NO CREEP at all, and the "sticky"-ness of the zoom is pretty constant throughout!
Much happier with this lens this time around!
December 18, 2012
One lens to rule them all
Did anybody say this lens isn't sharp? Mine sure is. I have a whole series of Nikon AF-D prime lenses and under normal lighting conditions there is barely any difference in the color or detail. I like the 18mm lock switch which makes for easy carrying between shots. You'll never again miss an opportunity while changing lenses and internal camera dust is minimized. Oh and by the way, leave the tripod at home.
December 4, 2012
Excellent!! Must have as first lens!!
I bought this lens along with my first D-SLR an year ago. Being a point-n-shoot type of a guy till my D-SLR happened, I wanted the ease of not changing lens to take different pictures, and have wide angle and zoom at the same time. This lens looked most versatile. And it lived up to its reputation. I am very happy with my decision to have it as my first lens.
- It takes great pictures in daylight
- It is very good for portraits. I love the bokeh it renders
- It has a nice zoom
- I love the wide angle it provides
With my lens I haven't noticed any lens creep. It worked wonderfully, right out-of-the-box. I found few reviews complaining about the sharpness, but I have no complains. I am very happy with my lens.
Even though it is expensive compared to the basic 18-55mm lens offered in most D-SLR/lens bundles, I would recommend all first timers to buy this lens. It's worth every penny!!
November 17, 2012
Lens is not sharp
Very versatile lens. Love wide range, BUT it is not a sharp lens. I've never abused the lens but I was never happy with results. Sent to authorized service center and spent $250 for servicing. It came back well serviced, but is still not sharp. It cannot compare to the old AF NIkkor 80-200 1:2.8 lens I've had forever.
November 1, 2012
Excellent! Great walkabout lens that rarely leaves my camera!
This lens came with my D200 when I bought it in 2006. I was skeptical at first, doubting that a single lens covering such a wide range of focal lenghs could possibly provide the quality results I needed. I fully expected to be buying a "real" lens within a few months.
I could not have been more wrong. I fell in love instantly. I now have 30+ years of Nikon lenses I have aquired over the years that I could use but this lens is on my camera 99% of the time.
The range, of course, is wonderful. I can walk through the forest and shoot everything from wide angle get-pulled-into-the-woods shots to a close up of bird without changing lenses. My wife has a D60 with an 18-55 and 55-200 and is often frustrated that whichever lens she has on, she sees something that requires the other! I have gotten shots that she has missed because all I had to do is shoot and not worry about changing lenses.
The quality is excellent. One of my first projects was to shoot photos of my son's soccer games. I walked the sidelines shooting the action at a wide range of focal lengths. When I assembled them for presentaion I included wider shots of the team in action, but also included shots of individual players that I pulled out of the center of wider shots. Even those were great and everyone loved them.
Nikon has sharper lenses available but the difference in sharpness is not going to be noticed by most of us in most applications. When I do need that difference, I use another lens. But that is rare and I would rather capture a beautiful image with an almost perfect lens than miss a great shot with the perfect lens!
A note on LENS CREEP: Yes, if you are not paying attention while pointing up or down, the lens can be pulled down by gravity, changing the focal lengh. This has never been a huge issue for me and I think it is because of the way I hold my camera. I use the classic -read "old guy"- style of holding the lens and not the camera. I place the camera along the heal of my left palm, my thumb and middle finger in position to focus and change aperture. Well, used to anyway when everything was manual! But the same finger placement will adjust focal length and hold it in position. If you are used to holding a smaller camera by the edges your fingers won't be in position and will allow the lens to creep.
August 24, 2012
A dependable and versatile workhorse
This is my travel lens, and I travel a lot! It has proven durable and reliable, and the images are stunning. I haven't noticed any lens creep at all. The VR gives me the option of hand-holding to reasonably slow shutter speeds (or upping the ISO a bit - I shoot on both a D2X and my newer D7000). The 1080p HD video shot with this lens also looks great!
All in all I'm very happy with this product and totally recommend this lens, particularly if you need a versatile workhorse while on the road. Even though the range is very good, I'm thinking of getting the 10-24 to give me a bit more wide angle and provide a two-lens complete kit.
May 22, 2012
I have used this lens for years - since the D2X - never had a problem with creep - especially when comparing it to my old creepy Leica 90 mm - If it wasn't so heavy, I'd put it on and never need to change lens. I gave away my old 18-200 and just bought a new one. After taking it out of the box and going upstairs, I dropped it and watch it bounce down 2 flights of stairs. I had no expectations that I would remain alive and well. However it is working perfectly since the accident. Just one more anecdote that will keep me loyal to Nikon Forever.
May 16, 2012
Zoom relativement puissant
Excellent rapport qualité/prix. Images nettes, facile d'utilisation.
May 3, 2012
The lens started creeping within a few weeks of purchase ,I didnt worry about it too much at the time ...Nikon...A fine reputable company will be able to repair this lens when I return home to Australia,
OK here goes nothing ,I am about to return the lens to the store ...wish me luck....!!!!!!
April 16, 2012
lens creep on the 18-200 mm lens (VR I)
I hate this creep (!). It is difficult to take pictures aiming the camera up or down. I checked the technical support and was told that there is nothing I can do about it. I am getting rid of this lens. Does the VR II creep similarly? Perhaps I should go to another lens manufacturer.
March 25, 2012
Solid All Around Lens
This is an overall solid lens. It has a good heft to it. But like many have complained about, there is quite a bit of lens creep in the mid-range of the lens, but I just put a rubber band where it turns, and it fixed up quite nicely. Because of the 18-200 range, it's a lens that I rarely take off of my d7000, although on occasion I do remove it for my 50mm 1.4G.
Photo quality wise, I'm very happy with it, although this is coming from a guy who upgraded from a 55-200. The photos were sharp, and I was quite pleased with the quality. Just change the aperture a bit, and you really won't be able to complain about sharpness. There is some distortion at the extremes, but that's to be expected. The only real complaint I have is the fact that I had to fix the lens creep, but it really is no big deal.
The photo of the puppy was shot at ISO 400, 135mm, f/5.6, 1/320 sec.
March 24, 2012
Very versatile in a variety of situations
I have now used this lens on my D7000 DSLR for almost a year. I am amazed at how versatile it is, from portraits to landscapes, action shots to movies. For my amateur photography, I do not need any other lenses.
Since I am not a perfectionist, I am not 100% sure of the benefit of Vibration Reduction although I have used it without any problems, even in movie mode. Pictures are very sharp.
Note - when subject is over 8 metres away, and the lighting requires a flash, the built-in flash on the D7000 is inadequate for this purpose.
March 18, 2012
The one lens solution
No, its not the equal of a half a dozen prime lenses. It's not the equal of Nikon's holy trinity of fixed aperture zoom lenses covering the same range. But its remarkably robust compared to the competition, its plenty sharp, and its distortion is acceptable in all but the most critical applications. Five stars for a lens that's good enough for all but the 99th percentile. The only lens I need in my bag.
March 3, 2012
Alaska - Juneau Humpback Whale, May 2011
This pic was taken on a purchased used 18-200 VR. I also have new one. the 5000 has the old 18-200 and the 7000 has the newer model. The newer model is a little sharper, tighter and better sized rubber grips. Either of them will do the job. My other lens is a 80-400 VR.
Anyway, there were 14 people on the boat, the only picture of the whale came from the 7000/18-200 setup. Whales are only out of the water for a moment, as they weight 30 tons, and you have to focus, and get the pic taken in milliseconds.
That is my testimony to Nikon and i am sticking to it!!
January 18, 2012
Overall a good lens
I bought this lens last year and I am pretty much happy with it. Here is what I have found within this year
1. It's an excellent all purpose lens, you don't have to switch lenses back and forth.
2. Focus within 0.5 meter (I think good for beginner macro shooters, my opinion does not count because I am not a big fan of macro)
3. It has a focus ring (which is a plus)
4. Autofocus is okay (it is not the fastest one but acceptable)
5. I love the bokeh of this lens
The most important feature of this lens is its versatility and a very good choice for beginners when people are not sure which focal length is perfect to photograph what.
1. The lens creeps, it is a big problem if you point it upward.
2. It has a lock button but it locks only on 18mm, so basically you can use lock button it you want to hang it on your shoulder.
3. The images are not crisp sharp! but the images are still very good. If you are the guy who swear on sharpness then it might disappoint you but for me it is okay.
I am not sure why it's worth $100 more than its previous version, apparently there is not much difference except the lock button which is not very useful anyway.
December 20, 2011
I usually steer away fron lenses with a wide range of focal lenghts and own several f2.8 pro lenses. After reading test result on this lens in Popular Photo who found that this lens has amazing optical qualities for a lens with this focal range, I decided to buy one. This lens will be perfect for when I don't want to carry around several heavy pro lens. I can mount this lens on My DSLR and go. I will still use my other lenses for specific needs, but this is the lens that I will use most of the time.
November 21, 2011
After 4 years, I say:
First of all, I mention what everybody already knows, this lens exudes Nikon quality. So precision, clarity, operation is flawless, and has been for me for the past 4 years.
This is a great starting lens. with 18mm being the shortest focal length it outstrips other telephoto lenses in the wide-angle field. 200mm is a good zoom for many people, especially those who at higher fl display a shakey hand.
I bought this for my wife, who asked for a point and shoot. Reasoning that this would be the most amazing point-and-shoot in the world, I remembered an old adage my dad used to say: "The bitterness of poor quality remains long after price is forgotten."
November 17, 2011
I had been using both the 18-55 zoom and 55-300 zoom on my D3100with great results but I wanted something a little easier to carry when traveling. This lens does the job. Smooth control, great sharpness and a generous zoom range. A bit heavier than my long zoom fixed lens camera, but a lot more detail and sharpness
November 14, 2011
my do everything lense
this lense does everything! portrait, landscape anything with my D7000!
i don't know why the lense creep could really be an issue? if you set it at 200 and you shoot up, it does not creep down, however any settings below 200, it will creep, but at that point you should be holding the barrel while shooting either up or down or any other position (that is the normal way of shooting long barreled lense anyway)... my only complaint is when i forget to lock it at 18mm and the camera is dangling down from my waist (my normal way of carrying it using a sling-type camera strap), then barrel will extend down, real heavy creeping... but i can live with it! i just need to keep reminding myself to lock it when not in used...
the IQ is so much better than the 18-55 and the 18-105 for sure! those lenses are for the low-end dx bodies, like d3x00 and d5x00 variants... if you are buying a d7000, you would want this lense, especially if you do not like the idea of missing a shot while changing lenses, do remember a moment happens in a split-sec, once the moment is gone, it can not be repeated again!
i have used this lense in weddings, sports events and church activities among others... although it does not render the bokeh compared to the 80-200 or a 50 f1.8 prime, the flexibility is simply amazing, and it is as sharp and IQ is pretty much the same...
November 6, 2011
Nice Lens for all purpose
I just bought this lens about 3 months ago and Im glad I did. I use this in almost everything... Landscape, portrait, party, and I even use it as micro (Flowers & Insects). It does a good job so far, sharp and fast focus... Very happy with this lens...
October 13, 2011
Great lens for all pupose...
I use this lens for just almost everything... Landscape, micro (flowers or insects), and parties.. With my D7000, It doesn't disappoint me so far...
October 13, 2011
lens creep is an issue
I thought I had read enough reviews about this all-around great lens for non-pro enthusiasts. I bought the lens in New York City to go along with the D7000, however in NYC, your camera is pointed upwards a lot. When the salesman pointed out that there's a lock at 18mm, I immediately thought that Nikon knows about lens creep in the previous version of this lens and wanted to rectify the problem. Within several hours of shooting with this lens, it became apparent that lens creep is a big issue. I then came back home to and called Nikon The tech support person said this is a known problem and if severe, should be returned. Online there are plenty of reports and videos about this lens and it's "creep". One easy fix is a piece of black tape to the barrel, but with a brand new product, one should not be expected to "McGyver" it. This is probably the problem with all "super zooms" but I'm returning it for several shorter lenses.
October 11, 2011
This product fills an important void for handicapp
I have several Nikkor lenses obtained over 20+ years. This lens allows me to enjoy my photography from my wheelchair. It is very versitile. I am currently photographing flowers
including close-ups. I call my pics "blossoms from a wheelchair".
October 10, 2011
I bought the Nikon D5100 with the kit lens and then added the 55-200 kit add-on. I personally found it annoying to change lenses to have the higher zoom, so I did a lot of research and decided I really wanted one lens that did pretty much everything I needed. I looked at the Tamron 17-270 PZ, the Sigma 18-200 and after reading every review and user comment I could find, decided that as usual, the Nikon 18-200 VR II was the lens I wanted.
I'm extremely happy with the lens. It feels very solid and I'm much happier with the metal mount. I was prepared for some zoom creep as I had read that it was still an issue for many. But my lens has none. If anything, the zoom ring is more stiff than I would have expected, but there is absolutely no lens creep whatsoever.
The pictures I have taken with the lens at either end have been stunning. Much better than the kit lens for sure. And while there's supposed to be some sacrifice in distortion at the extremes, I've not been able to see any, even at 100% crop. At least for me, the lens is everything I could have hoped for and then some.
I know that $849 is not inexpensive, but then in the world of lenses, this is an absolute bargain. It's a Nikkor lens through and through. And even though the D5100 is a smaller DSLR, it feels more stable on my camera than the kit lens did.
As usual, I'm very happy with my Nkon products. I highly recommend this lens to anyone who is looking for one lens that will pretty much do it all, in one compact, yet highly versatile and well built package. If it also was a macro, that would make it the perfect lens for all situations, but that might be asking too much.
October 8, 2011
This Is a great product for the $'s
If your looking for a 2.8 you will be disappointed. SOFT no this is not a soft lens. Try using a better camera body. very quick and very versatile.
October 4, 2011
This lens is soft
I purchased this lens to accompany my D7000 body. Together they make a very balanced package and handle quite well. The overarching issue with the 18-200 lens is that it is very soft. I have never been so disappointed in the performance of a Nikon lens. A lens that lacks sharpness to this degree should not carry the Nikon nameplate.
September 21, 2011
Great 'all around' lens
If you are going out for the day with the kids, or just walking around in a new city and don't want to carry a bag-o-lenses, this is your go to lens. No it isn't tack sharp. No it isn't constant 2.8. No it didn't cost $$$$.
Light enough. Sharp enough. More than versatile.
Actually does suprisingly nice close-up work.
VRII really does give you 3-4 stops. (If you put it on a tripod, remember to turn off the VR. It is sharper without it.)
I haven't done any sports yet, but it seems fast enough at focusing.
Great all around lens for $$.
September 19, 2011
Went on my dream vacation, purchase this lens for my Nikon D300S. Took about 5000 pictures and only had to delete a dozen. All the pictures came out perfect, I'm happy I purchased this lens.
September 16, 2011