Nikon AF-S DX VR 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G IF-ED
Manufacturer: Nikon Inc. Part number: 2159
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CNET editors' review
price range: $569.99
- Reviewed by: Matthew Fitzgerald
- Edited by: Lori Grunin
- Reviewed on: 07/21/2008
- Released on: 11/15/2005
The good: Compact; broad focal-length range; Vibration Reduction for better handheld photos, especially at telephoto.
The bad: Suffers from lens creep.
The bottom line: Though you pay for the convenience, the Nikon AF-S DX VR 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 G IF ED covers a range that would normally take two lenses, yet remains compact with a solid build.
A worthwhile buy
by idapons on July 28, 2008
Pros: Nikon name, focal range, VR, resale value
Cons: Image quality trade-off for the convenience
Summary: Ever since it's announcement, this has been one hot lens. Convenience for the photog who wants to travel light without too much trade-off in image quality. Ok, it's ...
Summary: Ever since it's announcement, this has been one hot lens. Convenience for the photog who wants to travel light without too much trade-off in image quality. Ok, it's not a pro lens, no one said it was. But there is ample evidence on the web of countless fabulous shots, including many I would be proud to post. As for the creep, most owners report that it stays locked at 18mm, including mine. You can pay less for a similar range zoom (but it won't be a Nikon) or for several shorter lenses. But you have to have them with you, swap them and risk dust and other critters crawling inside your cam. I am very pleased with the 18-200VR.
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THE lens to carry
by Danä on July 28, 2008
Pros: Highly versatile, excellent VR, excellent image
Cons: A bit spendy
Summary: I’ve been using the lens on my D200 for a year and I rarely change out lenses as it is so versatile. It is excellent for activities like backpacking ...
Summary: I’ve been using the lens on my D200 for a year and I rarely change out lenses as it is so versatile. It is excellent for activities like backpacking where weight and compactness is important.
The lens creep has turned me off this lens
by FrancisM on July 28, 2008
Pros: Versatile, replaces multiple lenses
Cons: lens creep, expensive, heavy
Summary: I have had this lens for a year and have not used it for most of the year. While 18-200mm is a very versatile range, the lens creep is so ...
Summary: I have had this lens for a year and have not used it for most of the year. While 18-200mm is a very versatile range, the lens creep is so annoying that I can't use the lens. I can't point upwards or downwards without it creeping. I can't walk around with the camera at my side for more than a minute or two before the lens creeps out. I sent it in to Nikon. They had it for three weeks and returned it in the same condition. I am much happier with my 24-120mm full-frame lens. It's too bad I was swindled by Nikon into spending $800 on this lens.
If you want one lens, this is it
by bob.mcclenahan on July 24, 2008
Pros: Great performance, simplicity
Cons: Expensive, dark corners
Summary: I love this lens. It's why I went with a Nikon D300 over a Canon. I haven't had any problems with lens creep, but I have noticed a ...
Summary: I love this lens. It's why I went with a Nikon D300 over a Canon. I haven't had any problems with lens creep, but I have noticed a problem with dark corners. The zoom range and great operation make up for easy-to-fix issue, however.
Great travel lens
by gsuen on July 22, 2008
Pros: I have a D80 and purchased this lens/body combination new for the trip. The lens worked great and I took over 2000 shots.
Recently I used 18mm to take a large crowd, except for the edges, the shot was sharp across the entire frame.
Cons: Certainly there is a big compromise in the all in one lens, especially at 18mm where things are obviously distorted. The reviews say that the there is also considerable distortion at 70mm, which is hard to avoid using unless you pay close attention.
Summary: I took this to China with me. It was great to have one lens and not have to worry about changing lenses. Having the full focal range made life easy ...
Summary: I took this to China with me. It was great to have one lens and not have to worry about changing lenses. Having the full focal range made life easy when taking pictures on the run. Since I bought the lens and body specifically to take with me to on my trip, I had no experience with either as this was my first D-SLR. Though I could have used more of the capabilities of the combo, I think I came out with some terrific shots. I do recommend a tripod, remote, and a weatherproof bag if you attempt to do the same.
A top lens for the Nikon D300 camera
by ole byskov on July 18, 2008
Pros: ED glass, Aspherical lens, Silent Wave Motor (SWM), Internal focusing system, VR (Vibration Reduction)
Cons: None but none
- Manufacturer: Nikon Inc.
- Part number: 2159
- Description: This Zoom-Nikkor lens offers broad 18 - 200mm focal range for use in a variety of situations (equivalent to a 27-300 lens in 35mm format). 11x zoom coverage offers a perfect compact and lightweight, one-lens solution. VR II system offers the equivalent of using a shutter speed 4 stops faster. Two ED glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast. Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superb color reproduction while minimizing ghosting and flare. The lens incorporates an SWM (Silent Wave Motor) for fast quiet focusing and delivers high-level optical performance designed for use exclusively with Nikon DX format digital. The lens employs a seven-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements; it enables focusing from as close as 50cm (20 in.) from the subject through its entire focal range. M/A mode is delivered for rapid switching between autofocus and manual focus operation. Flower-shaped Lens Hood HB-35 greatly reduces stray light.
- Packaged Quantity 1
- Length 4 in
- Diameter 3 in
- Weight 1.2 lbs
- Lens System Zoom lens
- Special Functions Zoom
- Intended For Digital SLR,
- Focal Length 18 mm - 200 mm
- Lens Aperture F/3.5-5.6
- Optical Zoom 11.1 x
- Magnification 1 / 4.5
- Min Focus Distance 19.7 in
- Focus Adjustment Manual,
- Zoom Adjustment Manual
- Max View Angle 76 degrees
- Min View Angle 8 degrees
- Lens Construction 12 group(s) / 16 element(s)
- Filter Size 72 mm
- Diaphragm Blades 7
- Lens Coating Nikon Super Integrated Coating
- Mounting Type Nikon F
- Features Internal focusing system ,
VR (Vibration Reduction) ,
Silent Wave Motor (SWM) ,
Aspherical lens ,
- Included Accessories Dust cap,