Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II AF-S DX
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Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens
The Digital Picture
9 July 2010
Excerpt: While I hope to create a full Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S DX VR II Lens evaluation, my first priority is to include results from this lens in the lens comparison tools. This page currently exists because it is required by the database and content management systems for the posting of those standard test results.
REVIEW: Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II Lens
8 June 2010
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.
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. Like its predecessor, it delivers a huge equivalent range on DX-format bodies, taking you from 27mm wide-angle coverage all the way to 300mm for pretty serious telephoto reach.
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.
Summary: An extended range zoom for Nikon APS-C camera owners who want a single lens that covers most popular focal lengths.The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II is a minor redesign of a previous lens. It features a new zoom mechanism for reducing zoom creep (the lens slides forward when tilted). A new zoom lock switch has been added and the multi-layer Super Integrated Coating (SIC) has been improved to provide better image quality and contrast.
Pros: You want an all-in-one lens with good build quality., You'd like effective image stabilisation., You'd like a lens that requires no readjustment when you fit polarisers and graduated filters. Don't buy this lens if :, You want high resolution at all focal lengths, along with good edge-to-edge sharpness., You need true macro capabilities.
Summary: In klassischen Kleinbildwerten beträgt der Brennweitenbereich des Nikon immerhin 27–300 mm und deckt so nicht nur die meisten Brennweitenwünsche ab, sondern rechtfertigt mit einem Zoomspektrum von 11:1 auch das „Mega“.
Summary: It is sometimes argued that an 18-200 mm holiday zoom lens cannot be good due to the large zoom range. Our test shows that this assertion is partly wrong. The resolution is, especially in the center, very high in combination with the Nikon D3200 . If you are going to stop down a bit, the corner resolution becomes better at most focal lengths. The Nikon D3200 is partly responsible for the high resolution.
Pros: Wide zoom range, Highly effective image stabilization, High to very high center resolution, Low chromatic aberration in jpg files, Compact construction, low weight
Cons: Corner resolution is somewhat disappointing at most focal lengths, Sensitive to back light, Visible chromatic aberration in NEF file, Bokeh not that nice