Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II

Last updated (27 June’12):
- Review by Photocrati

The Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II features 18-200mm at focal length with maximum aperture of f/3.5-5.6. The lens construction has 16 elements in 12 groups and has diagonal angle of view at 76 degrees. Closest focusing distance at 0.5 m/1.6 ft and has a filter size of 72mm. The Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II lens weighs 565 g/19.9 oz and it measures 3.0 inches in diameter and 2.8 inches long.

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Reviews

Photocrati reviews the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II and writes;
“In tests made with a Nikon D200, chromatic aberration was visible in images made at very short and very long focal lengths. That was easy to correct by shooting in RAW capture mode and taking advantage of the aberration correction available with some of the converter programs.”
rating: N/A

Cameralabs reviews the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II and writes;
“In the meantime, the DX 16-85mm VR justifies its premium status here with pretty sharp corner results at all apertures, which are also bereft of fringing. Like the other lenses though, there’s noticeable darkening in the corners due to vignetting at larger apertures, although again this has pretty much been resolved between f5.6 and f8.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Bythom reviews the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II and writes;
“Sharpness is very good throughout most of the range, with f/11 being the point of maximum sharpness on my sample once you get to 100mm. At the wide angle end, though, there’s actually little to distinguish the central area in one aperture from another–go ahead and use maximum aperture if you’d like. At all apertures at 200mm you’ll see a bit of softness, with the best apertures being f/11 through f/16.”
Rating: ★★★★☆

Photozone reviews the Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II and writes;
“Weak points are rather hefty distortions and high vignetting (@ f/3.5) at 18mm. Apart from a few weak spots the resolution figures are quite good though and it is possible to get very decent images from this lens under field conditions…”
Rating: ★★★★☆

User Opinions

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II User Reviews

Perfect Lens for the Non-Professional | Rating: ★★★★★
“Pictures come out clear with no significant issues (nor minor issues as far as I can tell). Pair it with a 72mm filter and you are good to go. I have no issues with lens creep whatsoever. Took this lens skiing to Big Sky and recently to the Grand Canyon and it performed flawlessly..” – by Georgia Tech rules

Good Everyday Lens | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I’m quite happy with my purchase. It’s great for everyday use, with a huge range and solid VR. With my aperture set as high as possible (F 3.5), the bokeh is clear and circular, demonstrating how smooth and faultless the blades are.” – by Elle Zee

GOOD LENS | Rating: ★★★★☆
“I purchased this lens 6 weeks ago for my D90 and have been very satisfied with the pictures it has produced. I’ve shot a lot of “general” inside and outside pictures for family sporting events and fun gatherings. The picture quality has been excellent. Lens creep, as described by others. is a bit of an issue, but only if you’re facing the lens downward at a steep angle.” – by Old Dog

New lens for my D60 | Rating: ★★★★☆
“Bought this as an overall lens to use with my D60. It certainly is beefier and heavier than any other lens I’ve used on this camera. However, it serves its purpose. It is multi-functional and keeps me from having to pack any other lens when I travel. I really recommend it. If you have a smaller camera body like the D40 or D60, just be aware that this lens is on the larger side. Lastly, I’ve had no issues with lens creep. “ – by M. Migliore

perfect fit for Nikon D90 | Rating: ★★★★★
“It took me half year to choose a lens for my camera. I used Sigma 18-200 for NIKON D90 before which works ok but a little bit soft. Nikon is definitely much better in terms of sharpness and vibrate elimination.” – by gabby

Best Lens for your money! | Rating: ★★★★★
“Many other reviews do a very good job at analyzing the details of this lens. I will not spend time duplicating those reviews. This is a great lens for the amateur photographer who needs a good range of distances to take great pictures.” – by P. Roth

Great all-around lens | Rating: ★★★★★
“I use the full range quite often, even in a normal sized room, for framing a picture to my liking. Sure, you can crop the photo later on, but no one really does that. I have also found the the best portraits are taken from a far, by using the maximum zoom. This blurs the background and makes for an excellent picture..” – by Tal Lev-Ami

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Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II User Manual

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Features & Specifications

Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Specifications

The Nikon 18-200mm VR II lens is remarkable one-lens solution–adept in a wide variety of situations. It delivers 11x zoom versatility, for a picture angle equivalent of a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) image stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR Nikkor lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper images.

Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) elements
Offers superior sharpness and color correction by effectively minimizing chromatic aberration, even at wide aperture settings.

Three aspherical lens elements
Virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, even at wide apertures.

Zoom lock switch
Secures lens barrel at its minimum length.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC)
Enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

Exclusive Nikon Silent Wave Motor (SWM)
For fast, accurate and quiet autofocus.

Rounded 7-blade diaphragm
Renders more natural appearance of out-of-focus image elements.

Focus to 20 inches
Extends versatility.

M/A focus mode switch

Enables quick response to changing situations between manual and autofocus operation.

Flower-shaped lens hood
Included HB-35 lens hood shades the objective from unwanted, image-degrading light.

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