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2.0 out of 5 stars A very dissapointing lens, July 29, 2008
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This review is from: Nikon G ED-IF AF-S DX VR 2159 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 Zoom Nikkor Lens for Nikon F (Camera)
As ap semi-pro with photography, I moved from Canon equipment to Nikon specifcally for this lens. In the last two months I have shot over a thoursand pictures with my D300 and this lens. Several years ago I had a Nikon 8800 as a secondary camera that provided stunning pictures all be it an extremely slooooooow camera. I kept asking myself, what is wrong with this highly sofisticated camera and lens? I found that shooting with spot metering provided the best results but still not as sharp and popping as I am use to getting. I finally went back to Amazon and read the 1 and 2 star reviews only to learn that so many have experienced what I have come to realize. This is truly a soft focus lens good for 4x6 famly pictures but do not attempt to blow them up at all. I do a lot of macro photography and would say that 90% of the photos I shot were unusable! I moved to the Nikon 16 to 85 and it is a night and day difference. If you are interested in large format printing and want to see the veins in the pedal of a rose - run from this lens as fast as you can!
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Initial post: Aug 27, 2008, 9:10:28 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Aug 27, 2008, 9:12:03 AM PDT
K. Mosbarger says:
Thanks for your comment, but I do think it is important to let other readers know that this is NOT a macro lens. This is just a general use zoom lens, and for that it works beautifully. I did buy the 60mm Nikkor micro lens for my close ups and it works great!!! If you are looking to shoot macro photography, you are right; this is NOT a macro/micro lens. It isn't suppose to be.

Posted on Sep 22, 2008, 4:47:27 AM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 22, 2008, 4:48:58 AM PDT
Dan says:
This is the silliest review I have ever read!
Buy the right lense for the right purpose! Don't expect this lense to do what it is not supposed to do.
Plus this is not meant to be a professional lense my friend! If you are a pro then look at pro lenses!
Plus if you are interested in large format prints, take into consideration the resolution of your cam dude!

Posted on Sep 9, 2009, 12:42:59 PM PDT
Last edited by the author on Sep 9, 2009, 12:46:55 PM PDT
J. Moro says:
The 18-200 is NOT a Macro lens. I'm sure you already knew that but yet you posted this. I use the 18-200 VR, and I also use the PRO level Nikon 17-55 F2.8 2.5 lb beast. Quite frankly, I shoot with my 18-200 whenever I can!
Oh. and BTW I have 30 x 20 enlargements made from using this lens, and my (old) Fuji Finepix S2 Pro (6.1megapixel), that when I took to be matted and framed the owner of the shop swore it was a poster print. It all depends on if you know what you are doing or not.
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