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Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom Lens for Nikon DX-Format Digital SLR Cameras
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- One-lens solution adept in a wide variety of situations
- Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
- Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements; three aspherical lens elements
- Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
- Focus to 20 inches for extended versatility
- Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
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|Aperture Control Design||Aperture controlled by camera|
|Compatible Lens Hood Part Number||HB-35|
|Compatible Mountings||Nikon F (DX)|
|Image Stabilization||Vibration reduction (VR II) up to 4 stops|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 3.03 x 3.82 inches|
|Item Display Weight||565 grams|
|Item Weight||1.25 pounds|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens|
|Macro Focus Range||0.50 m|
|Material Type||Plastic barrel, Metal mount|
|Maximum Aperture Range||F3.5 - F5.6|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 mm|
|Maximum Format Size||APS-C / DX|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 mm|
|Minimum Focal Range||18 mm|
|Number of Diaphragm Blades||7|
|Number of Elements||16|
|Number of Groups||12|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 mm|
|Shipping Weight||1.6 pounds|
|Style Name||Lens Only|
|Zoom Type||Motorized Zoom|
From the Manufacturer
The Nikon 18-200mm VR II lens is remarkable one-lens solution--adept in a wide variety of situations. It delivers 11x zoom versatility, for a picture angle equivalent of a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format.
|Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization |
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.
Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at wide aperture settings.
Three aspherical lens elements
Virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide apertures.
Zoom lock switch
Secures lens barrel at its minimum length.
Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.
|Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM) |
For fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.
Rounded 7-blade diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.
Focus to 20 inches
M/A focus mode switch
Enables quick response to changing situations between manual and autofocus operation.
Flower-shaped lens hood
Included HB-35 lens hood shades the objective from unwanted, image-degrading light.
Style: Lens Only
Top Customer Reviews
This is what I would term a prosumer lens. It certainly is not cheap yet it does not have the build quality of Nikon's top-of-the-line. The barrel, for example, is plastic rather than metal. I fear that a drop would be catastrophic and even a hard bang on the edge of a table might do serious damage if the lens was fully extended. On the other hand, this lens is a lot less expensive than those in the Nikon pro line. In addition, the lens is much lighter and easier to carry than it would be were it made entirely of metal.
It is my understanding that the only meaningful difference between this lens (the VR II) and its immediate predecessor is the addition of a cam lock to prevent lens creep. My own sample doesn't creep at all, even with the cam unlocked but apparently that has been a significant irritant for a number of buyers.
The use of "VR II" in the name is potentially misleading because it may lead shoppers to believe that the VR system has been improved over the original model. This is not the case. Both the original 18-200 and the new version contain Nikon's second generation VR system. Some have suggested that Nikon's marketing is a bit shady on this point while others counter that the "II" simply designates a new model.
Sharpness is less than absolute across the entire range but more than adequate for anything that an amateur, or even most professionals, is likely to need. There is mild to moderate distortion, more marked at the focal length extremes but scarcely visible in the vast majority of images and readily correctable in Photoshop, DxO, or other post-processing software.Read more ›
Let's say you a typical amature photographer. You take all kinds of pictures in all kinds of conditions. So what lense would be the best?
You can probably live with some minor distortions but nothing gives you as much freedom as a wide range zoom. If you shoot inside a room, you really need 18 m on a low end. The smaller the number the wider the angle and the more people you can squeeze into the frame from the other side of party table. Every mm here makes a big difference. So 18 mm on the low end is pretty much a must have. On the longer end, well, the bigger the better. However, if you that also means heavier and it also means much harder to take good pictures because on a long zoom range the camera gets less light, it's sensitive to shaking hands and the lense distortion is getting worse. Also it's more expensive.
So bottom line is - if you can afford the Nikon 18-200 mm lense - go for it. That will be your single all around lense and you won't feel sorry. If it's too pricey - check out the 18-105 mm one. Think about it this way - there are a lot of specialized lenses but really only a few all-around ones. So 80% people really need to choose between only 3: 18-55, 18-105 and 18-200 and the biggest factor here is how much you can afford. So it's actually not that complicated.
I few side notes.
It's tempting to buy a couple lenses instead of one. It looks like you're getting more for less, but in reality changing lenses is not something people do often.Read more ›
1. Low light. This is a problem that plagues any reasonably priced long-range zoom. If you're going to be doing much shooting indoors, at night, or twilight with this lens, invest in a good quality flash.
2. Bokeh. The majority of the out-of-focus fields look great. However, if you're shooting wide open (low f stop) and there's a lot going on in the background (long grass, trees, etc) some of the finer details can be blurred or occasionally have a weird halo look to them. It's not that big of an issue, but it does happen from time to time.
3. Distortion. Very manageable and hardly noticeable for the most part, but when you shoot things that are obviously supposed to be very straight (buildings, roads, etc)at less than about 50mm there is some pincushioning. This is easily correctable in photoshop.
4. Light falloff. In low-light and long-exposure pictures, you can clearly see some falloff in the corners. Again, hardly a big deal for most photography.
5. Weight. If you're not used to big lenses, this will take some getting used to, especially if you're upgrading from a kit lens.
6. Filters. The 72mm size is getting more popular, but there still aren't nearly as many filters available as some other sizes. There are resizing rings to compensate if you already have some larger rings, or are eyeballing something in particular.Read more ›
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Versatile all around lens. It won't be as good as primes or professional zooms, but it is significantly less to carry around and deal with. Read morePublished 5 days ago by Kai Kloepfer
Great lense for beginners. I am not able to do very good bokeh but pictures come out nicePublished 11 days ago by TeeCee
Great everyday lens. Not as sharp as my primes (but sharpness is controlled mostly by me, not the lens). Excellent, for street work or general outdoor stuff. Read morePublished 27 days ago by RonV2
Nice versatile lens. Very happy with my purchase and particularly with the image quality.Published 1 month ago by Nick
Have been using it non-stop. Great all purpose lens from wide angle to zoom lens. Its on heavy weight side of lenses. I had to buy the lens cap separately. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Reetu Bok
Great lens for general use. This is the lens I have on my camera 90% of the time, very versatile. Auto focus is very quick.Published 1 month ago by Michael Link
This is the lens I use 90% of the time. I tend to use tripods more than most but I have found this lens lets me go hand held way more often than before. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Husband
I avoided buying a Nikon kit with several inferior lenses. Rather, I bought a body (Nikon 7100) and this lens separately. I'm sure glad I did. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Virginia Reader