AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
Fantastically versatile with expected limitations
This is a fantastically versatile lens, perfect for travel. It goes from a very useful moderate wide-angle (27mm eqv) to a nice telephoto (300mm eqv).
The Vibration Reduction system is very useful; it really does extend usable shutter speed by a couple of f-stops.
Unsurprisingly, the lens has a certain amount of geometrical distortion, but it is well-corrected by software like DxO.
The one big complaint I have about this lens is that it seems to suck lots of dust into interior lens surfaces.
April 14, 2011
Excellent and highly versatile product. Good price considering the high level of quality.
April 14, 2011
I purchased an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II to use with my new Nikon D90 and it has been an outstanding combination! This camera and zoom lens allow me to use one lens for all my needs, affording me great flexibility for travel and carrying. I love this lens and its clarity, functions and professional characteristics! Thank you NIkon!
April 14, 2011
One word. WOW!
I purchased this lens today with some reservations about the price. I'd read from several reputable sources what a performer this lens is regarding sharpness and contrast. I tried the lens and took some photos and when I saw them on my computer monitor, all I could say was WOW! WOW! WOW!
Amazing sharpness, amazing crystal clarity, and amazing contrast. Beautiful capture of light and superb fast accurate focus.
I recommend this product to anyone wanting to have a "do it all" lens. With range from 18-200, I think this lens will have a long nest on my all so fantastic d7000.
I now see that the price tag that concerned me was absolutely justified and worth it.
April 11, 2011
Awesome and very fast, the focus is sharp, the zoom mechanism feels good and the lens is constructed with a solid an rigid material.
April 6, 2011
Broken after 2 weeks!
Not very impressed!. I just upgraded my d90 to a d7000. Sold one of my off brand lenses (18-200) and bought the Nikkor 18-200. Brand New. I shot with it about 4 or or 5 time since about March 14th, 2011. Yesterday (March 30th, 2011) I put it back on my camera and the Auto focus is broken. It works off and on at different focal lengths then quits all together. I tried taking it of and on and a bunch of different focus options all unsuccessful. Called Nikon and they said to take it into a one of their servicing centers. Made in Thailand! Unbelievable! And my main reason for switching to a Nikkor 18-200 was I heard there were quality issues with off brand lenses! This is quite embarrassing for Nikon in my opinion. I had my off brand lens for over 3 years and never had an issue with it. Maybe this Nikon is just one bad lemon out of the bunch. Hopefully the service center can resolve the issue.
April 2, 2011
I am totally in LOVE with this product. It gives me the ability to capture beautiful photos just the way i like..i totally recommend this product.
March 27, 2011
This one does it all
So far I have Nikon 18-200,Nikon 70-300 w/out vr,
50 mm1.4,which is great lens! and this one has become my personal favorite walk around lens.The picture quality is awesome,and VR comes real handy when taking children pictures, its little heavy
but lets not forget ,its 28-300 and every oz is worth the weight, I'am happy and satisfied with my
March 14, 2011
Great Lens! Great Price! Great Company!
I love Nikon, you can always count on getting a great product that they will stand behind with great service. I like this lens very much. It steadies quickly and always takes crystal clear pictures. I've paired it with a D7000 for most use, but my wife can use it on her D3100 too. It is fantastic! Check out these pictures and you decide. Thank you Nikon!
February 14, 2011
Good for everything
This lens is good for everyday. Both outdoor and indoor. Yet, probably still need one with larger aperture for better creamy bokeh portraits or low light environment.
February 9, 2011
Good lens, some compromises
This is a nice all purpose lens, in fact, I don't take it off the camera! I take a lot of photos on vacation and this lens is good for that. It does have some issues with distortion when photographing buildings but the effect is not hideous for vacation shots. The VR feature is fantastic. I've taken pictures out of cars and had clean, crisp pictures. I've taken pictures at night without pushing the ISO and had great pictures. The "auto" mode on the VR does seem to suck the camera battery, so use judiciously. Manual focus is easy to use, although I use the auto focus most of the time. It is sometimes slow to focus, but not a show stopper.
February 8, 2011
Two lenses in one
My previous, and excellent camera was the D5000. Along with the 18-55, and 55-200mm lenses. I just upgraded to the D7000, and bought the 18-200mm VRII lens. One word sums it up, Excellent! This lens is so fast, and the optics are just wonderful. I dont think this lens will ever come off the camera. Picture quality is absolutely perfect. Albeit a bit pricey, but worth every penny. Highly recommend everyone to upgrade from two lenses, to this great single lens.
December 26, 2010
I cannot believe how impressed I am with this lens. I loved the underrated 18-135 for it's light weight and small size (I am a small person and needed a light, yet versatile lens). After 24 hours with this lens, I am so completely in love! It's a little heavier than I 'd like, but it's a fair trade in what you get in quality. Fast focus, quiet, small for range. Images are super clear!. The lock is nice too. Usually leave it unlocked, but good to have if you are walking around town.
December 22, 2010
True Winner All In One "Go To Lens"
Exceptional Lens. This lens offers flexibility with the quality you would expect from Nikon. I have used the previous VR lens until recently switching to the newer VR II version. I pair it up with a Nikon D300 camera to produce great Images. My forte' is automobile photography for Amos Auto Enthusiast, Collectible Automobile, AutoTrader Classics and others.
With the 18X200 VR lens I took nearly 150,000 images with zero problems. The new 18x200 VR II has continued this trend with superior quality and worry free use. This lens produces great car to car action shots and dynamic static stills. I use it for most everything including interior, engine and details. Great lens and worth the money. I have shot over 10,000 images with the 18X200 VRII lens.
This lens can replace many with it's wide angle, telephoto and VR II design features.
December 18, 2010
Excellent overall lens
I purchased this lens as an interium replacement for two lenses that were stolen along with my D80 intending to replace the stolen lenses. However with extended use I have come to really appreciate this lens. It is somewhat heavy and that takes time to adjust to. Also I've noticed some minor creep when shooting vertically, but not a major problem if you are aware of it.
I have used this for photographing everything from active grandchildren, to work situations and landscape photograpy in both harsh conditions - construction and Yellowstone in the dead of winter and it has performed great.
December 15, 2010
I traded a Nikon 18-105mm and a 55-200mm lens in for this lens, and I wish I had my old lenses back.
The 18-200mm works great at the wide angle end, but when I zoom out farther than 100mm the images are very soft. I am very conscious about what my shutter speed is when hand holding my Nikon D90, but still the images are just not sharp.
December 7, 2010
Lens takes brilliant photos, very versatile - BUT
I loved this lens when I first got it, and was amazed by the photos it took. But already it's in for repairs. Apparently it's so complicated internally, that it's very delicate, and will break easily. I hear a screw loose internally and sent it in for a free estimate, but because I bought it on ebay without a warranty, I'm probably screwed for the repair costs, even though I think the lens has only been out a year or so. If you buy this lens, GET THE EXTENDED WARRANTY.
December 3, 2010
Great Beginner/Travel Lens
This is a great lens to start with if your new to a DSLR it gives you great coverage that can handle almost every situation that presents itself. This is also a great lens to travel with. It lessens the amount of gear to carry while traveling which is ideal if you want to carry as little gear as possible. Although be warned after you move to a faster and better lens like the 17-55 f/2.8 or the 70-200 f/2.8 you will not want to use this lens as much as you did before due to it's slow speed and quality.
One thing I don't like about this lens is that unlike other lenses the zoom and focus rings are placed on different areas from other lenses which can get annoying if you used another lens before this one.
October 18, 2010
Ultimate Backpack Lens
I've owned this lens for well over 2years and it was an amazing purchase. This lens essentially lives on my camera and covers most shooting situations i encounter. The 18-200mm range covers 99% of my shooting needs, build and picture quality are terrific. After i purchased this lens my need for frequent lens changes while traveling virtually vanished. Unless im shooting in the studio...this lens lives on my camera and i have to have a pretty specific reason to do a lens swap while mobile. Also I have not had the lens creep issue that some others have mentioned, mine is rock-solid and operating perfect!
October 17, 2010
Replaces two lens with one.
Great for walking around Manhattan afterwork.
From taking street level shots to images of gargoyles thousands of feet up on skyscrapers.
No lens changing, 1 lens, 1 small bag and lots of great images.
Fast focus and image stabilization.
Crisp shots at all lengths.
October 7, 2010
great all around purpose lens
I have used this lens with great results in many shooting situations all with great results.
Below are 3 shots taken at the Marine Air Show/I have used it at football games/museums/landscape/sea scape/portraits/driving in vehicles/flowers etc.
Never once did this lens fail me.!!!
September 29, 2010
Excellent lens with only one flaw
I love this lens which because of its wide zoom range, suits my needs to the extent that it's now my primary lens. And the VR feature gives me sharper shots in low light and at tele settings.
The only flaw is that the lens barrel creeps (slips) if pointed down or if extended and held upwards, creeps down. I come to expect tighter tolerances from Nikon since I've been a user for over 30 years.
September 27, 2010
A versatile, sharp lens.
I bought this lens new nearly two years ago and have used it on my Nikon D300. I find the image quality extremely sharp. The 18 - 200 mm zoom capability lends itself to many applications and is the first lens I select when I am traveling. The VR image stabilization feature is an added bonus. I highly recommend this lens.
September 22, 2010
Favorite all around lens
I really like the zoom range of this lens, the 18-200 means that for 80+ percent of what I need it suits my needs. The optical quality is pretty sharp, I have seen better but for less than a grand you can’t beat it. The auto focus is not super fast, but I find to be well within reasonable quickness. Only during moving wildlife shots do I wish for a quicker focus(and a few more mm as well). I have used this lens for landscape panoramas to extended exposure stair pics, this lens performs well in most lightning. My only real complaint is that while shooting strait up, say birds or rock-climbing the lens has a tendency to collapse to 18mm; likewise for carrying it by neck strap or shooting down the lens expanses to 200mm. Simple solution is to hold to focus, but the susceptibility to gravity is annoying sometimes.
Bottom line is I really like this lens, its not perfect but for the price it’s pretty darn good. The positives defiantly out weight the negatives and I would recommend this lens to anyone.
September 16, 2010
images are rarely sharp
I have to say I am fairly disappointed with this lens and camera (D300). Out of 9000 images very, very few are sharp and suitable for production.
I have produced a couple of focus tests and they are off slightly. I do realize the problem may be I don't know how to operate the focusing properly but even with manual focus the photos are just not sharp.
September 15, 2010
great lens the only problem is the drifting when shooting up at the sky or tall buildings motor is not strong enough to overcome the weight of the lens could not focus on airplanes and birds i was trying shoot. that is the only complaint i have missed some great shots
September 6, 2010
This lense is all around, very good lense for my D500..
September 6, 2010
Used it in a trip to France and was able to take pictures in all kinds of conditions, both indoors and outdoors. It's versatile, strong ( metal barrel ) and very quick oudoors.
August 28, 2010
I'd read the reviews and thought this was a versatile performer. Little did I realize how versatile. How about a tack sharp portrait at 50 feet at 200mm, F5.6 at 1/25th" handheld. The VR is unbelieveable. I've put this lens through its paces at every focal length and lighting condition and it's incredibly sharp, fast focusing and easy to use. I've been leaving my tripod at home unless I want HDR or panoramic shots. It's the only lens on my Nikon D90 since I got it in my hands.
August 27, 2010
Lens Creeping when pointing down
This is a great overall lens. The only thing that keeps me from giving it a 5 star is that is creeps when pointed down. I sent it back to Nikon for repairs, now it is doing it again and it is out of warranty.
August 25, 2010