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

(based on 880 reviews)

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    (628)

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    (221)

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    (19)

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    (6)

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    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (346)
  • Easy to use (325)
  • 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 (397)
  • Wildlife photos (239)
  • Sports/action (234)
  • Weddings (198)
  • Travel (189)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (572), Yes (43)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (283), Casual photographer (121), Semi-pro photographer (88), 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

Great Lens

By Mitchell93

from New York

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Fast / Accurate Auto-Focus
  • Fast Shutter Speed
  • Good Image Quality
  • Good Image Stabilization
  • High ISO Performance
  • Large Clear LCD
  • Quiet
  • Tilt /Swivel LCD

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Indoors/Low Light
    • Landscape/Scenery

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

    Easy to use. I am just learning DSLR photography. My shots with this lens have been great. I love shooting and want to do it all day.

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    • No

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    5.0

    SHAZZAMMM

    By Norma the party planner

    from GA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Good Image Quality
    • Good Image Stabilization

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Weddings/Events

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

      Great for church events

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      • No

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      5.0

      the perfect lens for a basic photographe

      By thedoc

      from NYC

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Good Image Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          not too heavy and perfect for almost everything

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          • Yes

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          5.0

          would buy it again...

          By Will

          from Alabama

          Verified Buyer

          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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            • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                      • No

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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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                          • No

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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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