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

(based on 877 reviews)

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    (625)

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    (221)

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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 (345)
  • Easy to use (323)
  • Durable (298)
  • Consistent output (233)
  • Strong construction (198)

Cons

  • Heavy (137)
  • Poor in low light (57)
  • Lens creep (54)
  • Heavy / bulky (35)
  • Slow focus (14)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (396)
  • Wildlife photos (239)
  • Sports/action (234)
  • Weddings (197)
  • Travel (189)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (570), Yes (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (283), Casual photographer (119), Semi-pro photographer (87), Enthusiast (69), Tech savvy (65)

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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5.0

would buy it again...

By Will

from Alabama

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Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Wildlife photos

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

    works perfectly. no zoom creep..

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    5.0

    Good all around

    By Holy City Photog

    from Charleston, SC

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife photos

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

      I got this lens and a prime instead of the kit lenses on my D5200. It is amazing how quickly this lens will focus, how quick I can move between focal lengths, and that you can focus ~ 16 inches at full zoom. Pretty fun for just carrying around.

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      4.0

      Nikkor 18-200mm

      By Rob Scoot

      from Morganville, NJ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

      • Poor In Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Weddings/Events

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

      18-200mm zoom, great lens for all round shooting, mount and go and a great price.

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      3.0

      Good---not great

      By Steve P

      from Sarasota fl

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Pros

      • All-in-one lens
      • Reasonable Price For Size

      Cons

      • Heavy
      • Lens Creep
      • Shade Attaches Poorly
      • Slow Focus

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      This is a good lens. It is only good and not great or wonderful becuase of the following: Yes it is heavy and takes sometime to get used to the weight. In its defense it does 'feel' lighter after using it a few times.
      My lens is slow to react in focusing and I have been unable to determine why. It seems slow for different stationary subjects.
      The vibration reduction feature has multiple choices and can be a pain to remember where you set it last. I'm not sure the feature is needed but I have not taken comparative shots to determine.
      The entire set up of the lens is not designed ( in my opinion) for speed so using it for sports shots might be less than satisfying.
      On the good side the shots for the most part have been sharp at all the respective distances. And it is an 'all-in-one' lens, which by-iteslf eliminates or reduces some of the negatives

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      5.0

      Great lens

      By Rick

      from Waukesha, WI

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
      • Good Image Quality
      • Good Image Stabilization

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Indoors/Low Light
        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel
        • Wildlife photos

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

        I use the lens for landscapes, wildlife and family. It's easy to use and works great. It's a bit heavy, but if I carry it with the strap on my shoulder rather than around my neck I don't notice the weight.

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        5.0

        Nikkor 18-200

        By Eclipse

        from Maryland Heights, MO

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
        • Good Image Quality
        • Good Image Stabilization

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Landscape/Scenery

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

          It's my new walk around lens. It's sharp and not not too heavy.

          The one downside is that you must remove the lens hood to extend the lens.

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          5.0

          Excellent All Around Lens

          By Kid

          from Virginia

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

          Great all in one type of lens. A little heavy but personally that doesn't bother me.

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          5.0

          Very good lens

          By Boris

          from New York

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

          Best pictures, a very good zoom! Using with d5200

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          5.0

          Happy

          By Mo

          from Arkansas

          Verified Buyer

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

          Very pleased with this lens. I bought it before a once-in-a-lifetime trip, and used it exclusively. It allowed me to get the shots I wanted while quickly shifting from sunny landscapes to shady castle ruins to cathedral interiors to close-up candids. Versatile and fun to use.

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          4.0

          Excellent for all around lens

          By Naveentqp

          from Houston, TX

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Light weight

          Cons

          • Not great in low light

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

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

          Just got it last week. used it at the zoo. Works great as a one lens for all day use.

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          5.0

          Fantastic upgrade from 18-105

          By Naz

          from New York

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel
              • Wildlife photos

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

              Upgraded from 18-105 b/c I wanted more zoom. Really an incredible lens. Crisp pictures.

              Pros:
              1. VR with full zoom works incredibly well
              2. fantastic crisp pictures
              Cons:
              1. Sooooo heavy

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              5.0

              My first DSLR camera experience

              By Oleg_Z

              from Happy Valley, Oregon

              About Me Getting Started

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Durable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Traveling

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

                I know a lot about photography but just started to practice my knowledge with Nikon D300s + Nikkor 18-200mm lens.
                It works out very well for beginners.
                To be honest, it's not good for indoor shooting without a flash.
                My next purchase will be fixed 50mm f/1.8

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                5.0

                "Best money ever spent"

                By Shooter

                from Vienna, Ohio

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Award Cermonies
                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Macro Photography
                  • Traveling

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

                  This lens makes me look like a professional. Pictures are clear and sharp, I get requests from vintage car owners to "shoot" their cars, and are willing to pay for my shots. Although it's a little heavy, it's worth it's weight in gold and beautiful pictures...

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                  5.0

                  Better than the kit lens

                  By Phillip

                  from Houston, TX

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Home
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Traveling

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

                  I decided to buy the D7100 body only and this lens, rather than the kit lens. I just hear bad things about the kit lens. And if you're gonna upgrade anyway, why not upgrade from the start? So far this lens has been great. No complaints. I would recommend this to anyone.

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                  5.0

                  Great Lens

                  By Ron

                  from Edmond Oklahoma

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

                  Right out of the box new and everything was exactly as advertised. Impressed that it was so well packed during shipping to avoid damage. Lens worked perfectly with my Nikon 3000. Nice to get the filters along with the lens as bonus.

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                  5.0

                  Great price and a great lens!

                  By Forensic photographer

                  from Knoxville, TN

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Home
                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

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

                    We use theses lenses for our photography classes. These lenses are a great price and a quality lens for any photographer. If you are in the market for a lens that meets the needs of a professional photographer but at the price for a amateur then this is your lens!

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                    5.0

                    Great Lens

                    By AW

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Semi-Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use

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

                      Focal length covers almost all the needs and allows me to carry less equipment. The quality of the lens is as good as it gets. The service from B&H was great also. Thanks!

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                      4.0

                      Surpurb Lens

                      By Jack

                      from Long Island, NY

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Heavy
                      • Versatile

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Landscaping
                        • Portraits

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

                        I use his lens mainly for landscape and candid portrait work. I do most of my work on the coast of the north shore of Long Island. I need a lens with good mid range and the 18-200 fits the bill, It produces sharp images at all focal lenghts. On the down side it's a little heavy with my D7100 Nikon but saves me from carrying two three lenses

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                        5.0

                        Great product

                        By RJ

                        from Bentonville, AR

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

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

                          one lens that takes away the pain of changing the 18-55 and then 55-300.
                          great for families.

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                          5.0

                          gr8 lens

                          By aks

                          from austin, tx

                          About Me Casual user

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Everyday use
                            • Home
                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Traveling

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

                            so far i've used it only a few times ... its sharp, fast focus, gr8 build quality kindda what you would expect form NIkon, only issue i've seen right now is a click moment its done focusing .. not sure if this is how its suppose to be .. but no big deal ... read a lot of reviews talking about lens creep ... haven't noticed that yet on my lens

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