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Old 18-02-2006, 15:05   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon 18-200mm VR - Sharp?

I (finally) got my 18-200mm VR lens yesterday and have just had a little play with it.

First things first, it feels very well built.. Not up to the standards of the 70-200mm VR, but certainly well above the 18-70mm in my opinion.

Here's a quick test shot I took. All I have done is use Auto WB in Nikon Capture, resize it and save as a jpeg.



Exif -

Model = NIKON D200
Exposure Time = 1/60"
F Number = F8
Focal Length = 200mm
Exposure Program = Aperture priority
ISO Speed Ratings = 400

Here is a 100% crop from the image -



Another impressive feature is the minimum focusing distance, which allows you to get incredibly close to your subject even at 200mm, meaning the f5.6 max aperture at 200mm isn't a major hindrance in terms of DOF.

So far, so good I think..will post some more when I've had a chance to shoot something interesting

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Old 18-02-2006, 15:21   #2 (permalink)
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looking promising there chez. thanks for keeping us up to date, im interested in this one as im wondering if it can justify itself over the sgma/tamron im considering for travelling.
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Looks good.

AP have their review next week.
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I've been buying AP ever since you mentioned it in the D200 thread Joe, so I look forward to that review

noah - for me, the clincher is VR. That alone means you will be able to get shots with this lens that you wouldn't with the Tamron/Sigma etc..
 
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Looks promising....I hate having to wait for toys
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Looking forward to have a play with this lense I have to admit.
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