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

(based on 859 reviews)

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    (611)

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    (218)

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    (18)

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    (6)

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    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (340)
  • Easy to use (313)
  • Durable (292)
  • Consistent output (233)
  • Strong construction (198)

Cons

  • Heavy (136)
  • Poor in low light (55)
  • Lens creep (53)
  • Heavy / bulky (35)
  • Slow focus (13)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (388)
  • Wildlife photos (238)
  • Sports/action (233)
  • Weddings (196)
  • Travel (181)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (556), Yes (42)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (280), Casual photographer (116), Semi-pro photographer (86), Enthusiast (67), 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 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 Zoom Lens:

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

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    • No

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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 Zoom 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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      5.0

      Great All-Around Lens!

      By ChrisMoSquad

      from Pittsburgh, Pa

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

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

        Excellent lens! It covers everything from 18mm (Wide) all the way to 200mm (Zoom). I never truly realized how much I enjoy shooting wide until I purchased a Nikon 35mm Prime Lens. Primes are great, but you are limited on how close you can get before having physically move your feet. The 18-200mm gives you a nice close-up zoom and a respectable wide to get that extra sense of "space" & "size". It's not too heavy and works well with a Nikon D7100.

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        5.0

        Best lens I've owned.

        By Rich

        from Las Vegas, NV

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        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

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

          I'm an amateur DSLR photographer, who loves to take photos, but does not like carrying multiple lens.
          This Nikkor 18-200 mm is just right for me.

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          5.0

          Great Versatile Lens

          By Adam

          from New Jersey

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Heavy

          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 Zoom Lens:

          This is a great all around versatile lens for my Nikon 5100, I really wish I had gotten this right away, instead of the 18-55 & 55-200 package.
          Having to bring the other lens, and change it at some times wasn't convienent at all.
          And I was worried this lens wouldn't take as good a pictures, but I did some tests and I think the pictures with the 18-200 lens are better than the other two.
          My only con so far having used it for a couple of weeks is that its a bit heavy, it has to be with all the extra glass, but it will take a little getting used to.

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          3.0

          Good Lens

          By Ttownmom

          from Tulsa, OK

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          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

          • Difficult To Use

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Traveling

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

          I am using this lens to capture everyday life.

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          5.0

          18-200 Nikon lens

          By Louise Lens

          from MN

          About Me Professional

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          Pros

          • Fast
          • Reliable
          • VR
          • Wide range

          Cons

          • Heavy

          Best Uses

          • Landscape Photography
          • Studio

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

          Excellent! Nikon 18-200mm is an all in one zoom lens. Frames range from wide angle to close-up.

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          5.0

          The best zoom lens you can get for your

          By Gal

          from Sunnyvale, CA

          About Me Semi-Professional

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use

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

            I originally purchased the Nikon D60 that came with 2 lenses (18-55 & 55-200) but I didn't like the idea I had to change lenses all the time. The 18-200 zoom lens give me exactly what I'm looking for.

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            5.0

            Love it!

            By Izzy

            from Commonwealth of Dominica

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            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

            • Lens Creep Over 5 Years

            Best Uses

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

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

            My kit lens, lives on one body and is the "go anywhere do anything lens" for me.
            The hard working Images Dominica lenses

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            4.0

            Excellent for travel

            By PrincessNat

            from Australia

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Traveling

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

              Replacement for my 70-200 2.8 lens for holidays by aeroplane where weight is a consideration.

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              4.0

              great all around lensfor every day use

              By mike

              from chesterton,in

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              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 Zoom Lens:

                this lens is working out great for most of my uses.

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                5.0

                As I wanted

                By Jim

                from Estes Park Colorado

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                  Cons

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

                      Works as I expected

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Exactly what I wanted!

                      By Gladesrunner

                      from Davie, Florida

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                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                      • Slightly Heavy

                      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 Zoom Lens:

                      Love this lens! Was looking for a lens that I could carry easily without bringing a bag with other lenses. works perfectly for what I wanted.

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                      3.0

                      Just getting started with lens & D5300

                      By PG

                      from California

                      About Me Casual user

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                          3 stars for now. Still experimenting. Seems soft at 18 and 200. On the VR, I previously had a Tamron - the image would jerk and then stay still. Although the image for this lens jerks sometimes, it does not stay still like the Tamron. Don't know if that is just the way Nikon handles it, or if it actually is not as good a vibration control as Tamron.

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                          4.0

                          As complete a lens as you can get

                          By brian3i

                          from Pennsylvania

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

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

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

                            I have had this lens for several years and use it almost exclusively, forgoing most of my fixed length lenses except for "super telephoto". The lens is fast, versatile and provides clear sharp images, while zooming quickly and steadily. I seldom use the autofocus, so I can't really comment on that, but otherwise I would recommend this lens for almost any use short of full professional.

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                            4.0

                            I would buy it again

                            By photoenthusiast

                            from Phia, PA

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                            Pros

                              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 Zoom Lens:

                                Good:
                                covers almost all my needs
                                Very good quality pictures
                                No creeping
                                Not so good:
                                Zoom adjustment ring hard to use with lens hood in storage position

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                                5.0

                                Second One Bought..First New One

                                By Happy Nikon Owner

                                from Kentucky

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Everyday use
                                  • Home

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

                                  I previously had an 18-200 that I bought used and it was great although it had fuzzy focus on left edge. It was damaged and I bought this one new to replace it. Zoom is tighter...no creep at all. Focus is right on.
                                  I keep it mounted on my D7000 full time unless I need another lens, which is rare.
                                  B&H processed my order quickly and it arrived exactly when they said it would...another winning transaction from the best...B&H.

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                                  4.0

                                  Like Well Enough to Order Two

                                  By Raptor in Paradise

                                  from Florida Keys

                                  About Me Semi-Professional

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Everyday use
                                    • Landscape Photography
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Sunsetsunrise
                                    • Traveling

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

                                    This lens was originally a gift coupled with the Nikon D90 camera from my boyfriend. After using it for almost 2 years, the lens unexplainably fell off the body, hitting the steel deck of a ship. Horrified, I put the lens back together and figured from then on, it was a great paperweight.

                                    Miraculously, I was still able to shoot with this lens for another year, but figured my luck would eventually run out. I loved it well enough to purchase another one for my D7100 and now keep the original as a back-up to both the D90 and D7000. Now THAT'S a durable lens!

                                    The versatility of this lens makes it a great "walk-about" lens and has fit almost all of the day-to-day shooting opportunities I have.

                                    I'm very happy with it, with the exception of a bit of lens creep when tripod mounted shooting the night skies. To be fair, I experience the same lens creep with my Sigma 150-500mm as well.

                                    Bottom line - I loved the 18-200 enough to buy it again after having received it as a gift!

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                                    5.0

                                    Vesatile lens 4 Nikon 5000 series camera

                                    By Bill

                                    from Concord, CA

                                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                    • Bulky

                                    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 Zoom Lens:

                                    The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Zoom is a versatile lens for Nikon 5000 and 3000 series cameras. It saves time and reduces the need to carry multiple lenses when traveling. It helps you get that shot you might have missed by having the wrong lens on your camera.

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                                    5.0

                                    Great all around lens!

                                    By Phil

                                    from Tempe, AZ

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Landscape Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Traveling

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

                                      This lens is great for walking around, general use. I can go from wide angle scenic shot to close up on flowers without changing lenses. Works great for a model shoot also. Great quality, crisp photos.

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