Excerpt: 3 stars for now. Still experimenting. Seems soft at 18 and 200. On the VR, I previously had a Tamron - the image would jerk and then stay still. Although the image for this lens jerks sometimes, it does not stay still like the Tamron. Don't know if that is just the way Nikon handles it, or if it actually is not as good a vibration control as Tamron.
Excerpt: Takes very good pictures compare to some higher end models of other brands. Video quality is a BIG NO NO. The video quality is too choppy and not very smooth when compared to other brand. Not recommending this camera because there are two newer model.
Excerpt: I suppose it is a fine walk aorund lens for those who are not real picky about results. It preforms ok for a entry level zoom lens. The 3.5 maximum aperture is slow to focus and not very efficient in low light. In good daylight the lens is fine. So I suppose as a walk aaround lens it works well enough. The lens is used for a photo class I teach and for beginners it is fine. They soon lean its shortcomings.
Excerpt: This replaced two lenses, an 18-55 and 70-200. Much easier than switching lenses. But beware, the new lens weighs as much as the older two combined. So the weight in the camera bag is the same, but the weight of the camera you are holding in your hand, or hanging around your next, is much higher.
If Nikon improves the problems I would recommend with more stars
28 January 2013
Excerpt: Since the lens came with my D300 back in June 2010 I have owned it and used it as my primary lens. It is a great action lens, as well as a portrait lens. Just very good over all. So why do I give it lover marks? Becuase after the first year of usig it it started to have "Lens Creep" meaning if I was pointing up or down (other than level) it would start zooming on its own.
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Nikkor Telephoto Zoom
M. Reynolds, Amazon
16 May 2012
Summary: I bought this lens for my D300 as a "walk around" lens. And while I won't say I made a mistake (it is a good lens for the money - especially on a DX camera) the camera is better than the lens - but you really discover that by using other lenses on it and comparing the photos on your computer - especially if shooting at high resolution (and/or in raw). So to keep this short and sweet, before you buy it - rent it.
Excerpt: The biggest advantage of this lens is versatility. What a range! Love the 18-200mm and a big plus to the VR II. My to go lens...I have had great shots and not so great shots. Can't lump it in the same class as the great lenses....but then again it is not supposed to be in that league. However, I wish it were sharper.
Excerpt: I am a Noob of a Noob .. just starting out on this DSLR path.. and my first lens is VR II. its awesome compared to digital camera for SURE.. but i don't know what is great about it yet.. its cuz i don't know how to use the camera yet. but ONE thing i notice was it is SO SO heavy.. other then that i'm still learning so no issues yet.