Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR II lens review

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Full review at http://www.cameralabs.com/reviews/Nikkor_DX_18-200mm_VR_II/ – an 11 minute tour around the Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR II, an 11.1x super-zoom lens for Nikon DX-format DSLRs, by Gordon Laing, Editor of Camera Labs. For more information on the lens, including sample images and comparisons with other zooms, please visit cameralabs . com or click the link at the start of this text! If you have any questions, please ask on the Camera Labs forums, but yes, it will work on all Nikon DX-format DSLRs, including the budget models, such as the D40(x), D60 and D3000!

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48 thoughts on “Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR II lens review”

  1. Thanks for the detailed review of this lens. As I understand, there's actually no reason to go for this second version. The predecessor shares most of its features.

    One quick question (more to Nikon than to you personally): What's the point of building in a switch that locks the lens at 18mm when there actually isn't any zoom creep at that position (unlocked lens)? As you demonstrate in this video, in order to provoke that zoom creep to happen you first have to turn the zoom ring away from 18mm. The zoom creep only starts at around 30-32mm it seems.

    By the way, zoom creep on any lens can be prevented by attaching a simple elastic band around the zoom ring. So, I'd rather buy the first version of this lens and an elastic band. And save the price difference.

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  2. Gordon very nice review. I am planning to buy one super zoom lens. I am confused which one to buy 18-200mm vr 2 or 18-300mm . Can you suggest me? I want to use it with my Nikon D5300 during travel.

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  3. Hi Gordon. I was looking at the Nikon D3300 for taking photos of art work for prints. The distance from camera to picture is about 3 meters. it comes with a stock lens 18-55 mm. do you think this is adequate or would you recommend a different lens. I'm so confused with all these lens.

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  4. Hi Gordon I purchased sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Nikon lens, it's my first as I am a new at photography what do you think of this lens? is it any good at distance as I will be travelling and need to get clarity from panorama and tall cathedrals and castles waiting your reply, Nance Pirrello

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  5. I'm thinking about buying an 18-200 lens, but I can't decide on which one to choose: VR I or VR II. I understand the most notable difference is the lock switch. Money matters, so I'm thinking about getting a used one. Used VR I is available for around 375 USD, whereas VR II is for 580 USD where I live. Do you think it'll be worth the extra money to keep safe the lens by the lock switch? If I understand correctly, as the time goes, the zoom creep gets worse, so I guess the risk is much more with a used VR I than with a used VR II in this case.

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  6. Have the 5100 with the Tamron 18-250, it surprised me beyond with its tack sharp at each end and stabilization worked perfect.
    Maybe got lucky but this is a fantastic lens. 

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  7. Just got my first dslr (D5200) with 18-200mm VR-II Nikorr lens… I was worried specifically about zoom creep and its one of the first test I did on the lens… Guess watt..?? I didn't observe creep at any focal length.. tested again and again.. lens just stayed in place.. 🙂 Not sure if this will change over time.. but it could also be that these newest batch of lens might have been corrected for zoom creep, which is the only major complaint with 18-200mm lens..

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  8. After this lens is used for awhile, zoom creep gets worse. It is just a matter of being "broken in". I have found that even sitting at a 30deg angle on a tripod, the lens can also creep – so much so that the rubber band trick is necessary.

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  9. On DX (d5100/d5200), does not distort 50mm? From what I know 50mm on FX format is to the human eye. And something else 24mm has less distortion than a 35mm on DX equivalent of 50mm on FX? sorry for any kind of mistakes

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  10. Yes it's compatible with the D5200. If you like your 18-55 but wished it zoomed-in longer, then the 18-200 would be a good choice. But for portraits you might want something which can blur the background like a 50mm f1.8. Head over to the lenses section at cameralabs . com and check out my Nikon lens guide for more ideas!

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