Reviews and Problems with Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II AF-S DX
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Good lens - Bad support from Nikon!!!
5 July 2013
Summary: A good all-purpose lens. Performs reasonably. Unfortunately as with all Nikon products...you just cannot buy parts from Nikon. They are not in the least customer savy.Unlike their competitors.
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.
Summary: I started using this lens recently taking it on vacation and signing up for a digital photography class. While the photographs turn out very clear, you MUST lock it when carrying. Even if you put it on a tripod and point the camera downward, gravity takes over and causes the lens to fully extend which is very frustrating.
Summary: Problem with all Nikon lenses is the rubber rings for focus and zoom. They do not stand up to heavy use. They become stretched from heat and sweat. A serious design change would be welcomed such that those rings (and other rubber/vinyl parts) be replaced with checked surface plastic/acrylic.
Summary: I have a Nikon D80 with an 18-135 mm. lens. It takes good photos, but not super sharp. I thought about this lens for sometime because of the high price. I purchased this VR lens along with the Nikon D5100, hoping to upgrade my sharpness. The 18-200 may do slightly better in low light, but it is still not all that sharp. We have 2 Canon SLRs also. I did comparison shots at many focal lengths with the Canon lens (which are also much cheaper) and the Nikon 18-135.
Summary: I rarely use mine. It's just way too heavy for toting around all day. The camera becomes a ball and chain around your neck with this thing attached to it. If the camera winds up at an angle and the lens points up of lown you'll get creep unless you're paying constant attention to adjusting for that.
Summary: When puchasing my Nikon D90, I evaluated the options and came down to either buying 3 lenses for $1200+ dollars (for the ideal shots) or choosing a single lens and making some sacrifices, namely weight & performance. The lens was the right choice for my family since they can take the camera and get great shots without having to think about the lens.