Thom Hogan has recently posted a review of the Nikon DX VR 18-200 mm F/3.5-5.6G, a compact, lightweight and packed with an array of advanced features, the AF-S DZ VR Zoom-Nikkor lens offers 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED focal range length and 11.1x zoom coupled with Nikon ED glass, Silent Wave Motor and enhanced Vibration Reduction (VR II).
“Sharpness is excellent 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. (I should note that I’ve seen tests from others that say the opposite–that their sample was a tiny bit soft, especially in the corners at 18mm but pretty darned sharp across the board at 200mm. “
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