Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II AF-S DX
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NIKKOR 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR II
3 June 2010
Excerpt: Nikon’s new AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR II lens (27–300mm 35mm equivalent) is an updated version of their popular 18–200mm lens that covers a significant 11.1x focal-length range and probably most of a photographer’s shooting needs. This iteration adds a new locking mechanism and VR II, the second generation of optical vibration reduction that can now compensate up to four stops of camera movement.
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: 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