AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
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
This lens is awesome.I took pictures of water falls,kids,pets.I had no lens creep what so ever.The photos were crisp and clean.
September 5, 2011
Bought the lens, wanted a great multipurpose lens for my D90, and bought it after reading other commentary here. I found the lens to be a massive disappointment, for the following reasons;
Most importantly the images were not very sharp.
Really performed poorly in low light
Did not respond as smoothly as the stock lens that came with the D90
The VR reduction made a ridiculously loud clicking noise when engaged and took a second to actually make the click
The autofocus just would not work well with this lens
Not sure if I bought a lemon or if the lens just generally has issues.
I could not return it because I bought it and immediately went on a long vacation with the lens, I had become so used to Nikon quality that I also failed to bring the warranty, and since you need to mail it back within a set period of days, I blew past that as well. BTW, why do they make you mail the warranty!?!? You should be able to fill it in online, ridiculous in this day and age.
Bottom line is that I have an expensive paper weight at the moment instead of a great multipurpose lens, for this amount of money, I am profoundly upset.
September 1, 2011
versatile all-time-the-time-carry-around lens
This lens serves its purpose: versatility. It is expensive, to begin with. But, takes the hassle of bringing several lenses to the location. Lens lock switch is useful, prevents lens damage during work and storage.
August 24, 2011
I started using this lens recently taking it on vacation and signing up for a digital photography class. While the photographs turn out very clear, you MUST lock it when carrying. Even if you put it on a tripod and point the camera downward, gravity takes over and causes the lens to fully extend which is very frustrating.
With taking a digital photo class this past month I was told this is not something that should occur and the unit is probably defective. Something I would of rather heard when the warranty was active. They said some people use a rubber band to hold the unit. For what it cost it should stay stationary at least on the tripod.
August 23, 2011
Not rugged enough
Problem with all Nikon lenses is the rubber rings for focus and zoom. They do not stand up to heavy use. They become stretched from heat and sweat. A serious design change would be welcomed such that those rings (and other rubber/vinyl parts) be replaced with checked surface plastic/acrylic.
August 8, 2011
My lens came with a D200 camera. In 2009 it stopped functioning; the autofocus quit.
Nikon took it back in 12.2009 and finally returned it in 3.2010 which was an inordinately long time.
It is now broken again. Same issue.
The repair department doesn't seem to be very responsive thus far and I cannot say that I'd be another buyer for a Nikon product at this juncture.
Still awaiting a reply
July 26, 2011
very good general purpose lens
On a D300s. Rating VERY GOOD +
This lens is perfect for it's intended purpose. . Good optics, minimal vignetting.
Stabilization works well.
Useful zoom range.
Excellent candid shot lens.
Very good lens if you are traveling light, and or you want to keep the camera sealed against the elements as much as possible, not changing lenses back and forth.
Unless you are a Pro looking at things on the pixel level, you likely won't have any complaints about this lens.
I took mine to Southeast Asia for six months, took thousands of photos of everything. It can focus close enough at zoom to get reasonable macro.
Add a fast standard and wide angle for very adequate coverage.
Downside..... zooming in and out sucks air, humidity and what goes with it, into the lens. After about five months, I noticed there was an ecosystem growing inside the lens, and it had to be serviced.
I was careful, keeping everything as clean and dry as I could, carrying in a bag, but 32*+ and the humidity was too much.
This coming trip I'm taking desiccant to put in the storage/overnight container to remove any humidity from the equipment, see how that works out.
July 19, 2011
Great Standard Lens
This is a great lens which I use as my standard lens. It covers a wide range of focal lengths and enables me to be a distance away and still take great close-ups,
The quality and clarity are excellent and I would recommend this lens to everyone.
July 11, 2011
Great clarity. VR phenomenal. Auto-focus exceelent although auto focus function just died and required trip to Nikon repair
July 5, 2011
Nice lens when it's working...
When this lens is working, it is a thing of beauty, taking some of the most brilliant photos I've ever seen or taken for that matter. However, the auto-focus on mine stopped working only after about three(3) years... Lens is well kept in cool and low humidity environment, in a specialized suitcase/gadget carrier... I paid about $800.00 for the lens and to get it fixed is going to cost me $145.00... Go figure... It's a great lens for vacations, given that the focal length is so great thus negating the need to switch lenses frequently, if at all... The vibration resistant feature is a thing of beauty, allowing for photos in lower light conditions, without the need for any flash enhancement to ambient lighting...
July 4, 2011
after spending over 7299 dollars and being loyal to nikon im very upset that the lens is poorly made and the tab broke while camera was on tripod, even though it was under warranty nikon said the tab wasnt. so loyalty means nothing so im hoping that canon will supply my needs from now on
June 30, 2011
Great all around lens
The nice thing about this lens is the focal range is such that it is on the camera the majority of the time. The VRII is nice, this is the first lens I have had with VR so my comment is more related to the VR in general but it is nice to be able to handhold the camera in situations where previously it would not be possible.
June 30, 2011
I am impressed!
I shoot nature, birds, animals and landscapes. I used to shoot commercially, people, events, a lot of things. Now, I only shoot what I want.
I'm a recent convert to digital. Most of my history involves film, in Nikons, Hasselblads and a whole range of other film cameras. I spent a number of years away from this passion, but I'm back!
About 3 years ago, I purchased a little P80 for a trip. It worked well, but wasn't up to the expectations that I have for cameras. Last December I purchased a P100. I was very happy with that camera. I still use it, but when the P500 came out, I got one. I've worked that camera hard and kind of fell in love with the capabilities of a camera that almost fits in a pocket. But, I needed better for some websites that my wife and I are developing. So, we went for a D7000 and one lens. That is all the budget we have for a while. The lens chosen is the 18-200 VRII and I've now run about 400 shots with the combo.
Both my wife and I have again fallen in love! I'm going to have to fight to keep my hands on the D7000. The lens makes this camera ready for almost anything and is proving to be very fast focussing, sharp as a tack and light enough to carry all day. The images produced while testing this outfit have satisfied both of us beyond expectation. I would like more reach than we currently have, but I think there may be an 80-400 in our future. I was looking at price points for other lens manufacturers, but after a week with the 18-200 I've resolved that there is no need to look beyond Nikkor lenses. They may cost a bit more than something from an aftermarket maker, but there is a harmony that seems to run with a full Nikon outfit. Yes, I still have other maker's lenses in my bag, but they will be replaced with Nikkor as the budget allows. We're taking our websites to a commercial level and we're receiving very nice comments from people around the world. Our websites are image based and we like to offer the best that we can. The next few weeks will hold some tough subjects and I am confident that we can do justice to them with just the one lens. I never thought that I'd be able to say that, but even a shot that needs to be heavily cropped will stand up to high standards. The lens has an amazing range and it is providing fantastic images of whatever I've pointed it at. We're also compiling a microstock site and have no hesitation to recommend both the D7000 and the 18-200 VRII for serious photography.
June 29, 2011
This lens is a great lens if you are looking for a DSLR and don't want to have to keep changing lenses and risk missing a shot. Wonderful!
June 24, 2011
super one-lens solution almost all the time
The 18-200 has lived up to and surpassed my expectations. The images are crisp and nicely saturated, the focusing on my D5100 is incredibly quick and accurate, and silent! The VR feature really does work as described. I rarely use a tripod, and I have yet to be bothered by camera shake,even at 200mm. Sometime in the future I may add a very fast Nikkor lens, or a very wide zoom, but for now this lens does it all for me.
June 19, 2011
Should you want an all around lens attached to your camera, this is the one!
June 16, 2011
I purchased the AFS DX 18-200mm ED VRII to pair with my D5000 in May of 2010. I found that the lens is good for use during daytime photography under good lighting. Using the crop factor of my camera sensor I get an equivalent 27mm to 300mm. Using the attached camera flash with the lens causes dark spots along the edges. Auto focus for medium to still moving objects are good. I had to send the lens in for repair because it stop auto focus at full length. Awaiting return of lens. Nice clear pics and wide focal length.
June 13, 2011
Great multipurpose lens!
This is the only lens that I take on vacation with me, it is wonderful!
June 8, 2011
Nice overall lens if you are taking one lens
This lens covers most of the range that you could use on a trip. Distortion was minimal and easily corrected in Lightroom. It is fast enough to capture good quality images and with the VRII it does well in low light situations. It is heavier that I would have liked but then it is only one lense. It can lock in the 18mm postition so that when it is being carried the zoom does not extend out. I would really like to be able to lock it in different focal lengths as well - such as 35, 50 and 85 but we can't have evereything.
June 3, 2011
Incredible lens !!!
Incredible lens with fantastic range...If there is a "one size fits all" lens, this is it. Its versatility is well worth the price. I'm still blown away with this lens and the D7000.
May 30, 2011
Purchased this lens as an add on to my 18mm-55mm lens.This lens takes better pictures all around. Great Lens for the price.
May 30, 2011
Excellent lens for one-stop/shop application.
I have taken this lens as my only lens for my D60 on numerous trips to SEAsia, India, Australia, New Zealand and Italy. I don't think there is a better single lens to have when traveling. It has adequate zoom and range to cover 95+% of my needs and works well in low to modest light allowing for great photos inside museums with no flash. I have just purchased a D7000 and the first photos were stunning. I do recommend this lens to friends and thank my buddy Dan for letting me try his.
May 26, 2011
The 18-200mm is my go to lens. It covers a great range. I shoot a lot of group settings. This lens allows you to get right in for the close up, without have to be next to the subject. It's great for capturing lots of activity!
May 26, 2011
Terrific multi-purpose lens!
I got this lens as I didn't want to swap lenses while on vacation and travelling. I did that on my old setup and it drove me nuts. This lens I find works fantastic is most situations when lighting is good. The only time I have had issue is when lighting is bad and flash is not an option for whatever reason.
If I could change 2 things (without compromising quality) would be to make it lighter and not have the lens roll-out to full zoom on it's own when slung over my shoulder.
But if you want a great all-purpose lens this one is a dream in my opinion.
May 26, 2011
Best all-in-one zoom lens
There are many alternative all-in-one zoom lens in the market. But the Nikon 18-200 VR II is the absolute winner and the best all-in-one zoom lens in the world. No other competitors can catch the 18-200 VR II in terms of image quality and sharpness. If I had only one lens, this would be the one.
May 25, 2011
Ignore the negative reviewers.
I had to say that in the title. Wanna know why? It's because there is no other lens with these features at this price. A Nikon glass, with VR II, DX format sure, but with zoom range from 28-300 equivalent in this compact size at this price range? The Tamrons and Sigmas may have similar types, but they're not Nikon glass, know what I mean? The VR absolutely trumps the others. This is the perfect all around lens for the DX format, and you can't go wrong. From a nice wide angle to a really decent zoom option, it'll give you plenty of options to do all around photography.
May 25, 2011
Great lens, learned about it from Costco Kit
If you wnat a versatile lens, this is the one. You do not carry a lot of lens in your bag. Just this one does the enitre job.
May 24, 2011