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NikonAF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens
 
4.7

(based on 923 reviews)

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    (662)

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    (230)

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    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

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    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (377)
  • Easy to use (334)
  • Durable (314)
  • Consistent output (247)
  • Strong construction (211)

Cons

  • Heavy (145)
  • Poor in low light (61)
  • Lens creep (55)
  • Heavy / bulky (35)
  • Slow focus (14)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (431)
  • Wildlife photos (257)
  • Sports/action (254)
  • Weddings (210)
  • Travel (194)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (300), Casual photographer (125), Semi-pro photographer (98), Enthusiast (69), Tech savvy (65)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (607), Yes (46)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good all around lens

When I received this lens, I immediately compared it to my 18~55mm lens that came with my Nikon D5100 canera, and my AFS Nikkor55~300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED DX lens. It...Read complete review

When I received this lens, I immediately compared it to my 18~55mm lens that came with my Nikon D5100 canera, and my AFS Nikkor55~300mm 1:4.5-5.6G ED DX lens. It was comparable in clarity and sharpness at 18mm and 55mm when compared to my stock lens. At 200mm, when compared to 200mm on my existing zoom lens, I had mixed results. When shooting at a typed sheet of paper at a distance of 12 feet; the old lens produced a sharpter image of fine text, the new lens seemed to be just slightly out of focus. In outside shots, also at 200mm, the 18~200mm lens produced comparable results (sharp images) and was able to focus correctly every time. The old zoom lens was not consistent, and was sometimes slightly out of focus. So, overall, I am pleased with the lens. This lens is able to focus much closer than my old zoom lens. One really odd thing happened; shooting outside at distant objects, at 200mm the new lens matched the field of view of the older zoom lens, and also a 70-300mm lens set to 200mm. However, when shooting the test at 12 feet, the new lens at 200mm had a field of view that was equal to about 150mm on the other lenses. It's as if the focal length varies from the markings on the lens, when shooting at close distances. Also related to this inconsistancy, when shooting inside at 12~15ft distance, the 18~200mm lens provided a slightly wider field of view than the stock lens when both were set at 18mm. Id say it was about 10% wider.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not sure this is an upgrade

I have owned the original version of this lens for over a year. The only problem with it was the zoom creep. The Nikon press announcement for this upgrade specifically indicated it employed an...Read complete review

I have owned the original version of this lens for over a year. The only problem with it was the zoom creep. The Nikon press announcement for this upgrade specifically indicated it employed an all new zoom mechanism to prevent zoom creep. The only change I can see is the lock at 18mm -- but I don't think anyone ever reported a problem with the lens creeping away from 18mm. The creep problem is between 35-150 or so -- and while this new model does seem somewhat more stiff zooming between 35-150, the copy I got will still creep out if set to 50 and the camera is left to hang naturally from the strap [no shaking necessary].

I was also looking forward to the improved contrast from the improved coatings also noted in the press announcement. In a/b comparisons with my original 18-200, I couldn't detect any difference -- even comparing histograms. Not to say it isn't better -- I just couldn't see it as better.

The one thing I did detect with the new model [I hope just a problem with the copy I got] was that out-of-focus pinpoint light sources are not circular, but rather, tear drop shaped. My original version, while not the best bokeh, is at least symmetric in this regard -- yes, somewhat darker in the center of the circles than at the edges, but at least symmetric. This is really annoying on high contrast out of focus horizontal lines which due to the uneven bokeh, appear to have ghosts drifting above them, as though the camera or object moved during the exposure. [Yes, VR was off for all these on-tripod, shutter-delay-on comparisons.]

I am somewhat surprised to see a re-design with this little impact.

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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

I love this lens

By Nevin

from Lancaster, PA

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Reviewer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Easily Interchangeable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Lens Creep
  • Poor in Low Light

Best Uses

  • Landscape/Scenery
  • Macro Photography
  • Wildlife Photos

Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

I have been using the Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 VR lens for over eight years. This lens worked well on my Nikon D60 and now it works well on my nikon D5200. The lens stayed on my camera for five years straight until I got the Nikkor 35MM f/1.8 for low light photos. I continue to use the nikkor 18-200mm a majority of the time because it covers such a large range. I do a lot of hiking, traveling and don't want to carry a bag full of lenses. I don't want shell out the cash for a bag full of lenses either. The 18-200mm is a great lens that does a little bit of everything for a low cost.

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5.0

Good lens

By PhotosaurusCara

from Montrose CO

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output
  • Durable
  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Night Photography
    • Sports/Action
    • Weddings/Events
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

    I've been a pro shooter for 30 years. This is my favorite lens as well as my 2nd identical lens. I had the first one for about 7 years and the only problem was the rubber focusing ring worked it's way loose. That's all! What you give up in aperture, you gain in less weight and size. The price is easy to work with as well as B&H. Always quick delivery. Never a problem.

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    5.0

    Great Replacement

    By Beagle Mom

    from Hillsboro, OR

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action

      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

      I had the original 18-105 lens which came as a kit lens to my D90 and after 6 years the plastic mount finally shattered. This had always been a good lightweight all purpose lens for my D90 and D7000. So, I bought the 18-200 to use on both those bodies and am as pleased as I was with the 18-105. A bit heavier but nothing too noticeable and a metal mount.

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      5.0

      Great produch

      By Chip

      from Savannah, GA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Macro Photography
        • Night Photography
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Weddings/Events
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

        I am a proffessional landscape/nauure photographer and it works great. However it is simple enough for geninners to use in the auto focus mode.

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        5.0

        Exactly what I ordered

        By RJ

        from Oregon

        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

        I needed an 'all situations' lens and this one is it!

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        5.0

        Great Lens for Portraits

        By Marie in RI

        from Middletown, RI

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Consistent Output
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Portraits
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

          This is actually my second lens like this. The first one literally fell apart in my hand after much use. My next lens was only 18-105 and I really missed the extra zoom. I hope this one lasts for a long time!

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          4.0

          My "Go To" Lens

          By Dee

          from Naples, Fl.

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Rugged
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

          Have used the lens for about a week. Captured an eagle who was circling and capturing its prey...Zoom worked well and focused quickly. I can see I will be using this lens most of the time

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          5.0

          's wonderful

          By PiratePhotographer

          from Columbia, South Carolina

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Easy to use
          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
          • Fun To Own
          • Looks cool
          • Nice Bokeh
          • Sharp

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Natural light

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

            I'd wanted this lens for years and now that I have it, it's all I dreamt it would be. Right out of the box it's been a joy to use, although I am still learning of its potential and power. Having used my Nikon D3100 with 18-55mm kit lens for ages, I was already spoiled. Yes, that's what I said: Nikon's entry-level DSLR with kit lens is impressive equipment and it spoiled me. I have a D7000 now but to be honest, I like the 18-200mm on the D3100 better. Takes off a few ounces of weight and just feels right. I'll keep a prime on the D7000 for now. To sum up, you can't go wrong with this wonderful lens. Get it while you can.

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            5.0

            I would buy and recommend this product

            By Dave

            from Northville, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable

            Cons

            • Heavy

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Sports/Action
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

            I was so pleased with this lens, it is on my Nikon D7 all the time as my go to lens. I an not a professional by any means but this lens does all that I need and my pictures have been awesome.

            If you are not used to a heaver lens it will feel heavy but soon becomes normal and ease to carry around.

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            5.0

            Good affordable lens

            By Mixed Art

            from New Jersey

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent Output
            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • NONE

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

            Great all purpose lens that I use on a dx body. Very versatile and easier to carry just this one lens instead of 2-3 to get the range this one gives me. I'm using it in rougher conditions of terrain and weather so I don't have to worry about damaging a more expensive prime lens. Great photos so far from a lens in this very affordable price range.

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            4.0

            awesome lens

            By Tugspotting on the Hudson

            from Highland, NY

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Night Photography
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                Super sharp. Wide angle to telephoto in one lens. Versatile.

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                5.0

                Excellent lens

                By Delsy R.

                from St Cloud, FL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Indoors/Low Light
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                  This is my working lens. Awesome, I don't know who classified this lens as heavy, but it is not. I use it in my D7000 and I am super happy with this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Great all-purpose lens

                  By LondonSE21

                  from Old Lyme, CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                  Very happy with this lens on D7000. I leave it on almost all the time and has become my default general purpose lens. If you don't mind a little bit of bulkiness this could almost be the only lens you would ever need for everyday photography.

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                  5.0

                  Do not need another lens

                  By Mari

                  from Peru

                  About Me Pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Night Photography
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Video

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                  If you own this lens you do not need another lens for a trip, it covers almost all your needs, love the sharpness! Very well made give you confidence to use and expose. I love this lens.

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                  5.0

                  Improvement over original

                  By duxomnium

                  from Middlebury, VT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                  Cons

                  • Heavy

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                  I bought this lens to replace an earlier version (VR, not a VR II), which I bought eight years ago and have used steadily first on a Nikon D80 and then a D90 (a couple of years ago both it and the camera made a trip to the Nikon repair place at Melville NY). A couple of months ago, the lens's autofocus began misbehaving and manual focus seemed not much better. So I decided to replace it because, heavy as it is, I find it very useful (I have also recently acquired a 35mm f/1.8.

                  My first impression of the new lens, and I've only had it about a week, is that it seems both more solidly built and sharper than the old one (though I've been told there's no optical difference between the VR and VRII models). It fits more snugly on the camera, and in a series of test shots (handheld) the sharpness of the zoom at 35mm seems just about as good as the sharpness of the 35mm lens. So too, distant (landscape, architecture) shots seem to be an improvement over my earlier lens, which sometimes seemed to have some trouble focusing to infinity. And the famous lens creep issue, which I found a real pain in the neck on the original, seems to have gone (I hope it stays away).

                  In other words, I am very pleased indeed. My only complaint is that I wish Nikon didn't feel it necessary to emboss their lenscaps with the maker's name. It makes it virtually impossible to stick a lenscap keeper on it, a very useful gadget. So if you buy the lens (which I would highly recomment) be sure that you buy also a plain-fronted 72mm cap, and keeper as well.

                  B and H was its usual quick and efficient self in getting the lens to me.

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                  5.0

                  Gets the Shots I couldn't Before

                  By Boxcar Willie

                  from Cass, WV

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                    Replaces my 18-55mm lens and all my other misc lenses into one so now I can get the distance shots and closeby without having to change lens. While it is a bit heavier than the 18-55 the heft gives it more stability when hand held, and with the vibraton reduction I get great distance shots that might otherwise be blurred from movement.

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                    4.0

                    good jack of all trades

                    By kartoos

                    from dubai

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Nice Bokeh
                    • Rugged
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Poor in Low Light

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Sports/Action
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                    got this along with my nikon d5500 along with a 35mm f1.8 afs lens...while the 35mm is better for inhouse and low light...this 18-200 vr2 pretty much is always on my cam..for every outdoor shoot..including indoor party shots where u wanna get candid shots of people from a good distance...this is the one..
                    though i did read a lot of refies of creep..my lens has no such issues and the 18mm lock i use very sparingly.
                    my tip..get a good uv filter for protection
                    since my d500 is hardly 420g..this lens with cam is around 900 gm..and pretty much easy to hold and feels solid to grip...if u want one lens to do all the stuff..this is the one:))

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                    5.0

                    Walkabout

                    By Bill

                    from North Georgia Mountains

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Reviewer

                    Pros

                    • Consistent Output
                    • Durable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Macro Photography
                      • Night Photography
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                      Keep calm and always carry a camera. The Nikkor 18-200mm is not the only lens I carry, but it is the one that is always on my Nikon D7100 or D200 when I leave the house. Its versatility, quick AF, and VR make it the perfect lens for when the unexpected shot opportunity presens itself. If I could only own one lens this would be the one, and it has never disappointed.

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                      5.0

                      Nikon 18-200mm

                      By cjn

                      from bklyn ny

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Output
                      • Durable
                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                      • Lightweight
                      • Nice Bokeh
                      • Rugged
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Indoors/Low Light
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                        Great clarity, smooth barrel and excellent in low lite.

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                        5.0

                        Great replacement for the kit lenses

                        By Jim

                        from PA

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Lens:

                          I bought this lens to replace the two kit lenses that came with my D5300. I plan on using out west next month and I will be able to comment more after this trip.

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