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Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR : Specifications and Opinions


Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR

The Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR is a superzoom lens for APS-C, manufactured from 2005 to 2009 (discontinued). The focus is done by Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM), it has image stabilization. The average price, when it has been added to the JuzaPhoto database, is 690 €;
29 users have given it an average vote of 7.9 out of 10.


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This lens is available with the following mounts:

Nikon F: this lens is compatible with reflex APS-C Nikon.



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 Specifications
 Focal lenght   18-200 mm
 Angle of view   77.3 - 8.2°  (equivalent to a 27-300mm in Fullframe 24x36mm format)
 Format   APS-C
 Max. aperture   f/3.5-5.6
 Aperture blades   7
 Lenses/Groups   16 elements in 12 groups
 Min. focus distance   0.50 meters
 Reproduction ratio   0.22x

 Features
 Zoom type   Ring, external
 Stabilization   Yes (built in lens)
 Focus   Ultrasonic AF Motor (Ring-USM)
 Internal Focus   Yes

 Built and notes
 Tripod ring   No
 Extenders   No
 Filters   72 mm
 Lens hood   Yes, supplied
 Weather sealing   No
 Weight   560 g
 Dimensions   77 x 97 mm

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sent on July 15, 2015

Pros: Focal length range, reasonable max speed of f5.6 at 200mm

Cons: General Performance, Distortion, Handling, Manual focussing

Opinion: If this Nikon superzoom is about the best available and about the only one that can deliver any sort of quality, then help the rest, ie, the independents! It does have a reasonable reputation though and if this is the only lens you have with you, for instance, when travelling, it can turn in OK results. I always need to add a sharpness mask to all images though, not because they are necessarily 'soft', but that they become more alive and look better, without looking too artificially sharp. There are no terrible stages either, you'll get something reasonable at 200mm f5.6, which would be a real challenge to all such lenses. Distortion is fairly dire at 18mm, more pronounced barrel distortion than my Nikkor 10-24mm, at 10mm!! At the other end, the pincushion distortion is obvious. I am comparing this lens (probably unfairly) with the results that I get daily with my usual combination that (more than) covers this range, both about the best available, for their price - Nikkor 16-85mm f3.5-5.6 VR & Tamron SP 70-300mm f4-5.6 VC. The sharpness and contrast difference is obvious between these two and the 18-200mm, but of course, the very idea for a superzoom is that it's one lens to carry about, and use. I don't regret buying the 18-200mm, and won't sell it - I actually use it for community event photography, as the official photographer, where getting the shot is a must and where changing/carrying other lenses is not possible. As I said, with some time and care taken in Photoshop, images can look very reasonable and as most images only end up as a thumbnail on the organiser's website, absolute sharpness is not the most important thing. Again, compared to the shorter range and better built 16-85mm VR, the 18-200 is not nice to handle, with a definite resistance at about 70-100mm when zooming, which takes your mind off the subject and shot. Polarisers are a very fair 72mm and a non rotating front helps. Focus isn't quick but does the job, but at least is very quiet. The VR is quietly effective, too. Weight and balance on my D7000 is a little front heavy, especially when zoomed all the way out. Manual focus is not nice and not easy. As far as I understand, the replacement VRII has the same optics and thus performance, but with some minor cosmetic improvements, including the upgraded VR. These old 18-200mm's are now cheap secondhand and plentiful and they can get a bit tatty. I'm not sure that I'd spend the extra on the newer model, which has a much higher price. I've never tried any of the new generation 18-300mm's, but my experiences with superzooms so far, that range is just pushing the physical and optical limits too far, but no doubt, one day I will be proven wrong. So, in the meantime, I'm carrying my usual 3 lens kit for DX (Nikkor 10-24, 16-85mm & Tamron SP 70-300mm) when and where I can, but will reach for this 18-200mm if I have to. 6.5/10

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avatarjunior
sent on September 01, 2023

Pros: Lens that replaces all others

Cons: He doesn't excel at anything

Opinion: Bought used by private (never again I will buy from private: not because it was cheated but because the description corresponded only in part, better RCE, pay more, of course, but at least you have warranty and testing carried out and the description of all the components supplied ... anyway mine works!). What about this goal? If you take it on a trip you start only with this and the others leave them at home but if you want well-made photographs I say that the best is obtained only with "prime" optics (yet Ken Rockwell of this 18-200 speaks so well ...). Returning to this lens I say that it is not bad at all but on long focal lengths it begins to show the rope: too soft whatever aperture it uses. If you make giant prints better avoid. Thank goodness that, at least mine, the autofocus works very well, the VR, always mine, I do not put my hand on the fire. If I had to give a grade to say 68/100: we are well beyond sufficiency, right?

avatarjunior
sent on February 26, 2020

Pros: Very versatile. Light, VR effective and good at f8.

Cons: Brightness, focus breathing and quality at maximum openness. Tents stretch with movement if not left specially stuck on 18mm.

Opinion: I've been using this lens for several years. And for a long time it was my only lens. Bought along with a D7000, which marked my return to Nikon after a few years of Minolta. For a while the "unique goal" solution seemed good to me. At least until I decided to invest something to buy fixed optics or classic zooms (70-200 2.8). At that point the quality limits emerged clearly. It remains a good combat target, but I wouldn't use that solution anymore. Don't get me wrong, I took thousands of beautiful photos using it, but then found that I could go further in terms of yield and flexibility.

avatarjunior
sent on February 26, 2020

Pros: Exit only with this lens

Cons: It's good for everything but it's not great at all.

Opinion: There's not much to say except that this lens does only one thing: mount it on the machine body and you are prepared for all the focal points. This is its convenience and its biggest limit together. My advice is: if I want to go out and shoot around without changing optics I carry it quietly already mounted. If you have specific uses in mind then take professional results out of your head.

avatarjunior
sent on March 24, 2015

Pros: Very light and versatile, you have so many in a single focal lens, stabilizer, sharpness very good (in my opinion), weather sealed

Cons: It does not have the lock on the zoom, abnormal play during zoommaggio

Opinion: I purchased it for versatile perspective, when I report in my town and the demonstrations that demand the various focal and where events happen very quickly ... if I did not lose important images, many criticize these zoom with great excursion for the poor quality, but unfortunately these people would bring home half of the images that this view allows you to do. With the stabilizer and the maximum focal I am able to use even 1/20 sec. of getting sharp photos, so I think it's great. Sharpness I find it good at all focal lengths, even to 200mm I did very engraved portraits. I do not think I'll sell it ever ...




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