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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
- Focal Length Range:18 -200 mm, Minimum Focus Distance : 1.6 ft.
- Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements; three aspherical lens elements
- Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM), Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
- Focus to 20 inches for extended versatility,Filter Thread: 72 mm.Maximum Angle of View (DX-format)76°.Minimum Angle of View (DX-format) 8°
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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|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description|
|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|
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|Compatible Camera Mount||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)||Nikon F (DX)|
|Focus Type||Ultrasonic||Ring-type ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Ultrasonic||Micro-type ultrasonic|
|Item Dimensions||3.03 x 3.82 x 3.03 in||2.76 x 2.09 x 2.76 in||2.8 x 3.27 x 2.8 in||3.03 x 3.82 x 3.03 in||3.27 x 4.72 x 3.27 in||2.91 x 3.5 x 2.91 in|
|Item Weight||1.25 lbs||7.05 ounces||0.66 lb||1.23 lbs||1.83 lbs||0.55 lb|
|Lens Type||Zoom lens||standard-prime||Zoom lens||Macro lens||Zoom lens||Zoom lens|
|Maximum Focal Length||200 millimeters||35 millimeters||200 millimeters||200 millimeters||300 millimeters||250 millimeters|
|Minimum Focal Length||18 millimeters||35 millimeters||55 millimeters||18 millimeters||18 millimeters||18 millimeters|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||72 millimeters||52 millimeters||55 millimeters||72 millimeters||77 millimeters||62 millimeters|
New ultra-high ratio zoom lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II for use expressly with Nikon DX-format digital-SLR cameras.Dimensions (DxL) Approx. 3.0 x 3.8" (7.62 x 9.65 cm).A number of unique Nikon technologies have been developed for, and applied to, including a high zoom magnification of 11.1x, a Vibration Reduction (VR II) image stabilization system that provides camera shake compensation equivalent to increases in shutter speed by four stops, and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), as well as a zoom lock switch. Designed expressly for use with Nikon digital-SLR cameras, exceptional image performance is assured. As the compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II covers an extremely wide range of focal lengths (18-200mm, equivalent to 27-300mm in 35mm format; a zoom magnification of 11.1x), it offers excellent versatility for various scenes that include portraits and landscapes. The addition of a zoom lock switch allows photographers to secure the lens barrel at its minimum length, eliminating the natural gravitational effect that can draw the barrel downward during transport. This lens offers superior optical performance in a compact size of just 77 x 96.5 mm, despite a high zoom magnification of 11.1x. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) assures fast and quiet autofocusing. The Vibration Reduction system (VR II) provides camera shake compensation equivalent to increases in shutter speed by four steps.What’s in the box: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Zoom Lens, 72mm Snap-On Lens Cap, LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses, HB-35 Lens Hood, CL-1018 Lens Case, 1-Year Nikon Warranty (5-Year Extension is Available After Registration with Nikon).
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.
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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. Contrast is crisp and I find the lens surprisingly free of flaring and ghosting.
No one should buy this lens thinking that it will make him/her a better photographer. Good photography is in the mind and the eye, not in camera. What the 18-200 will do, though, is provide a one-lens solution to the great majority of focal length needs, minimizing the need to tote a hefty bag full of lenses. It happens that, as a long time Nikon user, I have such a bag. Despite all the choices at my disposal, my 18-200 probably stays on my camera 85-90% of the time.
Folks who are obsessed with numbers, charts, and MTF curves will probably fret over the 18-200, taking delight in pointing out every little defect. For the rest of us, the only significant downside that I see is that the lens is not ideally suited for extended service in rough environments or adverse weather situations. Since most of us seldom shoot in such circumstances, this should not be much of a problem.
I heartily recommend the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G AF-S ED VR II (whew! what a mouthful) to any advanced amateur or professional seeking a highly usable wide range zoom.
the 70-300 mm lens is probably a bit better for IQ and has more zoom which comes in handy but its really nice to have one lens that will do for almost everything and not need to changes lenses if i want a wider angle or a zoom. the 18-200 has great IQ IMO.
I don't quite get the lens lock at 18mm and this is where the lens fails. How often do you point down at wide angle? You could but then you are forced to work with the camera instead of it working for you. Generally I am zooming in to frame the shot. So if I am using a tripod, which is a lot of the time, I have to watch for the lens creep. Actually, straight down it almost always does. So for that I deducted a star.
For the price to quality this is a great all around lens.