Conclusion: Just occasionally, the old cliches are still the best, and with the 18-200mm VR the phrase 'jack of all trades, master of none' springs immediately to mind. It's a lens which delivers somewhat flawed results over its entire zoom range; where it's sharp, it has heavy distortion, and when that...
Pros: Huge 11.1x focal length range, ideal travel lens, Decent build quality - much better than Nikon's 18-55mm kit lens, Very effective vibration reduction system, at least 3 stops benefit, Excellent fast, silent autofocus with manual override, High image quality in the normal to short telephoto range...
Cons: Pronounced distortion across much of the range, Extremely soft at 135mm, Rather average close-up performance, Zoom creep
Conclusion: As a general lens that covers a large focal range, this one produced nice results and the quick, silent autofocus along with the upgraded Vibration Reduction made it a joy to use. While not really up to producing big enlargements, it did well enough up to A4 from a desktop printer and the advantages...
Pros: Good VR system, Fast focussing, Good to excellent contrast
Cons: Resolution not outstanding., Bigger and heavier than the opposition (but not much for extra features), Pricey and hard to source (at time of writing)
Excerpt: The competitive heat in the digital SLR camera market is felt nowhere more keenly than it is in the regular battles waged between Nikon and Canon: DX sensor vs. full frame sensor, the Nikon 'look' vs. the Canon 'look', Nikon ergonomics vs.
Pros: The Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED-IF AF-S VR DX Zoom-Nikkor lens is well made, operates smoothly and works in a range of lighting and subject conditions that makes a lot of other lenses look very bad indeed by comparison. This is a terrific lens which can provide you with the help you need to cap...
Cons: Could we please get this one in an f/2.8 version? Nikon did not anticipate the enormous demand for this lens and still has order backlogs around the world. In Nikon's defense, it would have been difficult to predict the kind of wild popularity generated by the development and release of this lens...
Summary: But while the update here is modest, it doesn't diminish the overall impact of the DX 18-200mm VR II lens, which remains one of the most compelling options for owners of Nikon's DX format DSLRs.
Pros: Very flexible and convenient 11.1x zoom range., Optical stabilisation with four stops of compensation., Quiet autofocusing on all Nikon bodies., Decent build quality and zoom-lock switch.
Cons: The most expensive super-zoom for cropped bodies., Suffers from zoom creep between 28 and 135mm., Suffers from zoom-shrinkage at close range., Beaten on price and quality by twin lens solutions.
Excerpt: This 11.1x super-zoom lens for Nikon DX format SLRs costs around £590, sports silent internal focusing and Vibration Reduction II, which promises to allow hand-held shots to be taken at shutters speeds up to four stops slower than would be possible otherwise.
Pros: Excellent sharpness at 18mm, Effective VR II system, Zoom lock switch prevents the lens from extending in transport, Fast AF for a super-zoom, Decent build quality
Cons: Compromised quality at longer focal lengths compared to shorter zooms, Zoom creep beyond 35mm
Conclusion: Of all the large focal length range lenses that we tested (Sigma 18-125, Nikkor 18-135, Tamron 18-200) the Nikkor 18-200 mm had the best results. Despite a few flaws, which are hard to avoid with such a complicated construction, their level is not significant (maybe except the vignetting and...
Cons: weak picture quality in the edges of the frame at 200 mm focal length, poor performance of manual sharpness adjustment, clearly visible coma, high vignetting, large distortion
Stabilizowane superzoomy - część 3, AF-S DX VR Zoom-Nikkor 18-200 mm F3.5-5.6G IF-ED oraz podsumowanie
16 September 2014
Summary: Hm, żeby Nikkor nie poradził sobie z Sigmami? Pamiętajmy jednak że obie, zwłaszcza 18-125 mm to nowsze konstrukcje, a Nikkor liczy sobie już kilka latek. Jego wadą jest duży, największy w teście rozrzut jakościowy w poszczególnych konkurencjach, a przy tym najwięcej razy przegrywa on z konkurentami.