Nikon Zoom-Nikkor zoom lens - 18 mm - 200 mm F/3.5-5.6 for Nikon F

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Nikon Zoom-Nikkor zoom lens - 18 mm - 200 mm F/3.5-5.6 for Nikon F

Nicon introduces compact and lightweight high-power zoom lens for Nikon digital SLRs, featuring enhanced Vibration Reduction.

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published 23/12/2008 | matipp
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Pro great zoom range, good build quality, image stabilization, universal
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"Nikkor 18-200mm VR zoom lens user review"

At first, I just needed a universal lens for a two-week travel across Europe that would cover the full range from normal wide-angle to longish tele. I had the 18-55 and 55-200 lenses, but did not want to take them to the trip because of all the dirt and dust that would get into the camera body when changing them all the time. Since I did not have an option to rent or borrow some lens, I had to buy the Nikkor 18-200VR. Originally I planned on selling the lens again after I return from the trip but ended up keeping it and using it extensively. The price was high (around 750€ when I bought it a half year ago) but all in all the lens is well worth it.

I am using this lens on a Nikon D40 body, the two make a almost perfectly balanced pair. The lens is a bit heavier than the body thus when carried on a strap, the lens is always pointing down - which is a good thing in my book since it prevents most of the accidental bumps it might otherwise receive.

The lens has a metal mount and plastic construction, it feels sturdy and stable in hand. The zoom mechanish is of good quality, uses a double trombone design and when fully extended, the lens almost doubles its length. There is almost no wobble in the barrel when full extended. Lens front does not rotate when focussing or zooming. The filter thread is 72mm and a bayonet type shade is supplied in the box.

The zoom ring is located on the front half of the lens body, it is moderately stiff, with no uneven movement on my sample (I have heard of uneven zoom rings on other people's lenses though). There is some lens creep - when pointing the lens straight up or down with the barrel partly extended, the barrel will slowly creep in or out of the lens body. The creep only occurs when lens is zoomed to some focal lenght between 70 and 135mm.

The focus ring is located behind the zoom ring and can be used to manually tweak the focus in autofocus mode. The ring is a tiny bit loose, but moves smoothly and precisely. It does not rotate during autofocus. There is a distance scale marked both in feet and meters, but no depth of field scale.

The images produced by the lens are of good quality, although there is noticeable vignetting (darkening of the corners) when zoomed to 200mm and using wide apertures. The lens has a variable aperture, the maximum aperture is F3.5 at 18mm and F5.6 at 200mm. It is bright enough for daytime photography but requires assistance from flash when taking pictures indoors to avoid blurs. Sharpness is good across the image, with little softening in the long end. There is some distortion if you're looking for it (especially when the picture has straight lines going vertically or horizontally), especially in the wide ende, but in most situations it is neither visible nor disturbing.

The image stabilization works great, it has two modes - normal for everyday shots and active for shooting from a vehicle (it is supposed to only stabilize vertical shake). In very dark situations it is not effective, neither is is very usable for quick shots, but for everything else it works great.

Overall, the lens is a good piece of hardware which, while not on the professional level, is a very good universal tool for most amateur or hobby photographers. Especially when you hate changing lenses all the time.

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  • Expired-Account published 23/12/2008
    Nicely reviewed, I've just started getting back into my photography and I love it
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Product Information : Nikon Zoom-Nikkor zoom lens - 18 mm - 200 mm F/3.5-5.6 for Nikon F

Manufacturer's product description

Nicon introduces compact and lightweight high-power zoom lens for Nikon digital SLRs, featuring enhanced Vibration Reduction.

Product Details

Product Description: Nikon Zoom-Nikkor zoom lens - 18 mm - 200 mm

Lens System: Zoom lens

Intended For: 35mm SLR, digital SLR

Mounting Type: Nikon F

Lens Aperture: F/3.5-5.6

Focal Length: 18 mm - 200 mm

Optical Zoom: 11.1 x

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Lens Construction: 12 group(s) / 16 element(s)

Special Functions: Zoom

Filter Size: 72 mm

Length: 9.7 cm

Weight: 560 g, 0.565 kg, 0.56 kg

Manufacturer: Nikon

Long Name: AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm 1:3,5-5,6 G ED VR II

Designed For: Nikon D1, D100, D1H, D1X, D200, D2H, D2HS, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D300, D3000, D300S, D3s, D3X, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D700, D70s, D80, D90

Lens System / Type: Lens

Lens System Mounting / Mounting Type: Nikon

Product type: Camera Lenses

General

MPN: JAA794DA, JAA-813-DA, JAA831DA, 355-206N, 0018208021598, JAA794DC, 18200MMLENS

Length: 9.7 cm

Diameter: 7.7 cm

Weight: 560 g, 0.565 kg, 0.56 kg

Lens System

Type: Zoom lens

Special Functions: Zoom

Intended For: 35mm SLR, digital SLR

Focal Length: 18 mm - 200 mm

Lens Aperture: F/3.5-5.6

Optical Zoom: 11.1 x

Magnification: 1 / 4.5, 0.22

Min Focus Distance: 50 cm

Focus Adjustment: Automatic, manual

Zoom Adjustment: Manual

Max View Angle: 76 degree(s)

Min View Angle: 8 degree(s)

Lens Construction: 12 group(s) / 16 element(s)

Filter Size: 72 mm

Diaphragm Blades: 7

Lens Coating: Nikon Super Integrated Coating

Mounting Type: Nikon F

Features: Internal focusing system, ED glass, VR (Vibration Reduction), Silent Wave Motor (SWM), aspherical lens

Minimum Aperture: F/22 - f/36

Miscellaneous

Included Accessories: Lens hood, soft case, dust cap, lens cap

Compatibility Information

Designed For: Nikon D1, D100, D1H, D1X, D200, D2H, D2HS, D2X, D2Xs, D3, D300, D3000, D300S, D3s, D3X, D40, D40x, D50, D5000, D60, D70, D700, D70s, D80, D90

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