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Nikon 18-200mm Nikkor lens.. VR vs VRII - what's the difference?


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Initial post: Feb 6, 2008 7:17:59 PM PST
justgiver says:
I'm trying to figure out the difference between the VR and the VRII. While I'm at it, does anyone have a comment on the Sigma OS versus the Nikon VR? My camera is a D40x

In reply to an earlier post on Feb 25, 2008 3:28:38 PM PST
D. Holt says:
VRI can shoot 2-3 stops faster at lower shutter speeds. VRII is 4 stops faster so this means you can shoot at even lower shutter speeds then VRI. Sigma OS is the same as VRI from Nikon. The Sigma 18-200mm OS I here is a good lens, but the Nikon is a little faster on the 200mm end. Sigma f/6.3 vr's Nikon f/5.6. I would get the Nikon. Hope this helped.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 9:36:22 AM PDT
Actually I just called Nikon yesterday and asked this very question. They told me that the new VRII lens is better than the VRI because it rectifies some issues that the VRI had, and it has better glass, among other things.

Posted on Sep 9, 2009 9:36:38 AM PDT
Actually I just called Nikon yesterday and asked this very question. They told me that the new VRII lens is better than the VRI because it rectifies some issues that the VRI had, and it has better glass, among other things.

Posted on Sep 13, 2009 10:08:44 PM PDT
Miguel Moore says:
There are two versions of the 18-200mm lens. The first one was released in 2005, and the last one is being released on Sep. 2009.
The 2005 version packs 18-200mm, with VRII technology, and the 2009 version, packs 18-200mm with VRII technology as well. What seems to be the difference then?
Actually, this new version of the lens doesn't change its VR technology. What changes, on the other hand, is the fact that the 2009 version has a lock switch (in order to prevent barrel creep), and (supposedly), some better glass.
Some websites name the 2005 version "18-200mm VR", and the new version "18-200mm VRII", which makes you think the first one has VRI technology and the second one VRII technology, however, BOTH have VRII technology. The "II" stands for second version, or second generation of that lens (again, the only visible change is the lock switch).
If you look at the specs, the old lens is actually named "AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED", whilst the newer version is named "AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6GII ED". That explains the "II" part.

However, if you want to quickly differentiate between both lenses, the 2005 version doesn't have a lock switch, and has "VR" engraved in RED. The 2009 version has a lock switch, and has "VR" engraved in GOLD.

For more info check the following website: http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18-200mm-ii.htm

Cheers.

Posted on Dec 20, 2010 5:06:49 PM PST
i heard that the only difference is the vr2 has the lens lock on it.

Posted on Nov 3, 2011 10:26:31 AM PDT
Unhappy says:
The local dealer says the main difference other then the VRII has better Glass is that it stablizes in both the horizontal as well vertical plane. The VRI only did it in one plane.
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