New ultra-high ratio zoom lens AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II for use expressly with Nikon DX-format digital-SLR cameras.
A number of unique Nikon technologies have been developed for, and applied to, including a high zoom magnification of 11.1x, a Vibration Reductiaon (VR II) image stabilization system that provides camera shake compensation equivalent to increases in shutter speed by four stops, and a Silent Wave Motor (SWM), as well as a zoom lock switch. Designed expressly for use with Nikon digital-SLR cameras, exceptional image performance is assured.
As the compact AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II covers an extremely wide range of focal lengths (18-200mm, equivalent to 27-300mm in 35mm format; a zoom magnification of 11.1x), it offers excellent versatility for various scenes that include portraits and landscapes. The addition of a zoom lock switch allows photographers to secure the lens barrel at its minimum length, eliminating the natural gravitational effect that can draw the barrel downward during transport.
This lens offers superior optical performance in a compact size of just 77 x 96.5 mm, despite a high zoom magnification of 11.1x. Nikon's Silent Wave Motor (SWM) assures fast and quiet autofocusing.
The Vibration Reduction system (VR II) provides camera shake compensation equivalent to increases in shutter speed by four steps. Two Vibration Reduction modes are available.
NORMAL VR mode: Reduces ordinary camera shake. Panning is also supported.
ACTIVE VR mode: Reduces extreme camera shake, such as that which occurs when shooting from a moving vehicle.
Optics, optimized for use with digital-SLR cameras, utilize two ED glass elements and three aspherical lenses for optimum balance of chromatic aberration, astigmatism and distortion compensation, allowing for capture of images exhibiting extraordinary fidelity, with vivid color, high resolution and crisp contrast.
Although DX NIKKOR lenses can be attached to 35mm-format and IX 240-format film cameras, the smaller image circle they project on the film plane prohibits compatibility with these cameras. When this (or any DX NIKKOR) lens is mounted on a Nikon FX-format digital SLR, with the Image Area option set to Auto DX crop (default), the camera recognizes that a DX NIKKOR lens is in use and the DX crop mode is activated automatically.
The Nikon 18-200mm is commonly used for Landscape/scenery, Low light, Night photography, Sports/action, Video, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The Nikon 18-200mm is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Casual photographer, Photo enthusiast, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Nikon 18-200mm is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon 18-200mm: Consistent output, Durable, Easily interchangeable, Fast / accurate auto-focus, Lightweight, Nice bokeh, Rugged and Strong construction
Most Liked Positive Review
one lens just do all
I had 14-24mm, 24-70mm, 70-200mm are all 2.8 I also had 50mm 1.4, 85mm 1.4 and 105mm 2.8. Most of above my lens are perfect, but 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED IF AF-S DX VR II is convenient, just one lens do all.
Most Liked Negative Review
Great lens when works - warranty a joke!
I rate this lens poorly as a knock on the actual product and manufacturer. I've owned this lens just over a year and a half and the focusing stopped suddenly and the lens no longer would adjust back to 18mm for locking in place. I sent the lens off for warranty repair and was actually charged for service. I was told that the Nikon service technicians were able to determine the internal components were damaged, but was also told they did not even open the lens to make this determination. SomehView full Review
I rate this lens poorly as a knock on the actual product and manufacturer. I've owned this lens just over a year and a half and the focusing stopped suddenly and the lens no longer would adjust back to 18mm for locking in place. I sent the lens off for warranty repair and was actually charged for service. I was told that the Nikon service technicians were able to determine the internal components were damaged, but was also told they did not even open the lens to make this determination. Somehow they knew exactly the cost, but couldn't explain to me the problem. They wouldn't know the "problem" until it is opened. How in the world does this make sense? With NO external damage, I asked how they know I am at fault and not a faulty product. "Our technicians are experts." Without this issue, the lens has been GREAT. I've loved it... until now.
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Lens is great. Description says "with 72mm wide UV" filter but picture shows 3 filters. I thought I would be getting 3 filters but only received 1. Don't assume from picture
I found this lens to be excellent when paired with the Nikon D7100. It is a fine all around lens. However, after 2 years, and not heavy use, the auto focus no longer works. Initial research indicates an expensive repair.
I believe the 18-200 is the best all around "normal" lens that Nikon has ever made. I own two of them
Extremely sharp lens, very versatile
Image quality not so good at full zoom and in low light. I usually stick to my focal length lens when I want crisp clean pics
Purchased for a China trip. I did not want to be changing lens when shot setup time would be limited. This lens solves that problem and it's ease of use in all aspects was great. And, the refurb. price saved $100. I have no negatives to report.
I found a easy solution that has worked for years. I took a 2'' elastic strip found at a sewing counter and made a band around the lens, just snug enough to allow manual turning, but will not let the lens creep. Easily removed, but I keep it on all of the time. It is black so it is barely noticeable Good luck.
Though you might need a flash at 3.5 often I find this lens per forms beautifully at parties, concerts and other low light events.
I bought this lens to replace the kit 18-55mm lens. My hopes for this lens were that it would be relatively compact and light and that it would outperform the kit lens as far as contrast and of course much better zoom. It meets most of my expectations. It is compact for a 200mm but is much larger and heavier than the 18-55mm. They talk about the silent wave auto focus. It is quieter than the kit lens but it clicks when focusing which is almost more annoying. The picture quality seems better than the kit lens and the zoom is great. Overall I would recommend it but I don't know if it takes the place of the 18-55mm in terms of portability.
Its a very good lens for start-up photographers...definetly better than the tamaron 18-270mm lens. very good image stabilization and great picture quality