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

(based on 927 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (666)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (230)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (19)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (6)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Fast / accurate auto-focus (377)
  • Easy to use (334)
  • Durable (314)
  • Consistent output (248)
  • Strong construction (211)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (432)
  • Wildlife photos (258)
  • Sports/action (255)
  • Weddings (211)
  • Travel (194)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (301), Casual photographer (125), Semi-pro photographer (98), Enthusiast (69), Tech savvy (65)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (608), 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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5.0

Very Sharp Lens

By Ted

from Undisclosed

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

I use this on a D7200. This lens is very sharp. At wide angles there is some distortion. I have been able to correct the distortion in software with the exception of one photograph so far. I am very happy with this lens. I think this lens is exceptional for a lens with this wide a range of focal lengths. Recommended.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Five Years Later: Still a Terrific Investment

By Julian

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

First of all, I also own the magnificent AF-S 24-70mm f/2.8G ED, so that’s my comparison reference for the 18-200mm. The 24-70 is truly a beast, weighing in at a full two pounds, so I don’t understand why so many people think the 18-200 is “heavy” when it weighs nearly half as much. In fact, the 18-200 feels rather light and very well-balanced on my metal-bodied D300s, and is quite compact when locked down at 18mm. As others have pointed out, the 18-200’s image quality is a bit “soft” (particularly when compared to the tack-sharp 24-70), but you really have to be a “pixel peeper” zooming in to 100-200% to see the softness; under normal viewing conditions (on-screen or printed) the sharpness of the 18-200 is more than adequate. Considering that the 18-200 costs one-third of a 24-70, I would say that its sharpness is better than could be reasonably expected from a “budget” lens with an 11:1 zoom ratio and a whopping 16 elements in 12 groups.

But the real clincher is that the 18-200 typically spends more time on my D300s than the 24-70 does. That’s mainly because the 24-70 travels along with a small backpack containing two or three additional lenses and an SB-700 flash. More often than not, the D300s leaves home with only the 18-200 in front and a tiny (and sadly discontinued) SB-400 bounce flash on top, With this combination, I’m ready for practically ANYTHING, outdoors or indoors — with consistently excellent results — but the most extreme and unusual conditions. This is where the value of this versatile lens lies; you can reliably depend on consistent high-quality results in nearly any situation without lugging a lot of gear around.

This lens has also made my life much easier during outings with friends and family… I’m sure you’ve noticed that they will grudgingly accept brief pauses for you to compose and capture an interesting shot, but have little patience when you stop and rummage around in your backpack for a few minutes to put the right gear together for the same shot.

Finally, I’ve owned the 18-200mm for five years now (ever since the VR II version came out), so I’m writing based on longtime experience. This lens was a terrific investment, as was the 24-70.

(10 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Was my favorite lens.

By Dudley

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

I bought this lens from B&H about two or three years ago to use on my D90. I've since used it on my D5500 and D7200. I loved this lens especially on the D7200. Then I bought a D500 and was leafing through the manual and about two thirds the way in I found a list of lenses that Nikon suggest that you don't use. Right there in black and white was my 18-200. Now I'm using a 18-300 and that with a D500 and vertical grip.....well let's just say "boat anchor".

(5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

GREAT ALL DAY LENSE

By DAVE

from CHICAGO,IL..

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent Output

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:

    WORKS AS DESCRIBED, GREAT WALK AROUND LENSE

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (6 of 8 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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

       
      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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        • No

        (3 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        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.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

           
          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!

           
          5.0

          Great Lens for Portraits

          By Marie in RI

          from Middletown, RI

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          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!

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            My "Go To" Lens

            By Dee

            from Naples, Fl.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • Yes

            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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.

              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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              • No
               
              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.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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.

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    • No

                    (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    • No

                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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