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Old 27-01-2008, 07:24   #1 (permalink)
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Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

My next lens is hopefully to be the Nikon 18/200 vr. I'm looking for an all in one lens with good zoom range.

However ive heard wild opinions from 'its rubbish' all the way over to those who love it. Anyone have the lens on here? If they do whats your opinion on the subject?


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Old 27-01-2008, 10:04   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

I've not used this myself, but one of the Pros who I work with used one recently and thought it was very good. I guess it comes down to usage. I don't think that anyone would disagree that it is a general purpose 'walkabout' lens, so will not do certain things as well as a lens that is designed/more suited to a particular purpose.

If you accept this, it will not disappoint you. If you want more than it can deliver, it will.
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

Had use of one for a week & have to say a) it was built extremely well & b) for the wide focal range it offers the quality was very good. Only when you start to blow shots up to 100% on a screen & then compare with either prime lenses, or expensive pro glass can you see the differences.

So from your original quoted requirement I would say go for it

Note you can also read some reviews of the Nikon AF-S 18-200mm DX VR 3.5-5.6G IF-ED lens here
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Old 27-01-2008, 10:22   #4 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

Hi Just joined Pixalo today

anyone used 18-200vr for events say a christening or wedding even.
I have been asked to do a christening but I dont want the hassle of lens changing and I was thinking of buying this lens but not sure. Would appreciate your advice.
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

The 18-200VR is my main walkabout lense. I find it versatile and useful. There have been some reports of mild vignetting at 18mm @f3.5 but change to about f7 or narrower and its pretty good. As with most 'superzooms' the performance improves from about 35mm onwards and starts to suffer at the longest end again. These reports seem to apply to test conditions and I must say that apart from at the extremes, I haven't really noticed any major faults apart from some very slight softness. (this is not unpleasant and is only an issue for me if I am doing some major cropping/enlarging)

The build quality is good (way better than the Sigma/Tamron alternatives, which I tried out) and the VR works well. I think for the money (appx £440?) you can't go far wrong. A bonus is the fact that I rarely change lenses now and that lessens the risk of dust on the sensor of my D200.

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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

I also have the 18-200 VR as my walkabout lens and pretty much ditto what Hooky says
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

Bjørn Rørslett 18-200VR review

Bjorn has encapsulated the opinion of the pro photographer on this lens so I need not repeat it. It's not perfect but then again it wasn't designed to be.

Also bear in mind that a few of the 'flaws' stated with regards to this lens will only show up when viewing either very large prints or at 100% manginfication on screen. Some of the issues can be corrected by shooting RAW files and/or careful post-processing of your files.

For the current asking price of £450, though, you can't really go wrong.. considering that you'd need to spend around £2000 on two pro Nikkor lenses to get the same overall reach (based on 17-55DX and 70-200VR)
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Old 27-01-2008, 17:08   #8 (permalink)

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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

I HAVE HAD THIS LENS FOR ABOUT NINE MONTHS, I FIND IT A VERY GOOD LENS.
THE VR WORKS VERY WELL. THE ONLY PROBLEM I HAVE FOUND WITH MINE, IS IT
SUFFERS FROM LENS CREEP, IE SLIDES BACK AND FORTH WHEN YOU DON'T WANT IT TO.

I HAVE NOT FOUND A SOLUTION TO THIS PROBLEM, SO I LIVE WITH IT, COULD SEND IT
TO NIKON TO GET IT TIGHTENED UP, BUT IT WILL PROBABLY DO IT AGAIN,WHEN IT
LOOSENS UP. APART FROM THAT I WOULD RECOMMEND THIS LENS
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

I’ve have been very interested in this thread, only I am looking at buying the same lens myself. I’ve read a lot of reviews on the net over the last few weeks, the best one that I found was by Ken Rockwell
The price of the lens is also coming down here in Australia from $1500 last year to just over $800 this year (on eBay.) I hope to buy mine within the next two months,
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

Thank you for all your opinions.
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Old 28-01-2008, 11:24   #11 (permalink)
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

My sort of photography is opportunistic, one min im off to an airshow, the next im seeing my friends band play, plus general snaps inbetween, so this lens seems ideal for me.

Yes i think im convinced now.
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

What everyone else says really,lens creep a nuisance,slightly soft when blown up.
If you want or demand pin sharp images,give it a miss,
but as a convenient walkabout,it cannot be beat.

PS,if you go to my profile and go to my flykr site,all the shots in the nikon italy set where with the 18-200.
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

I recently bought this lens, but haven't used it yet I read a lot of reviews first tho' + they all pointed to it being an excellent all-round lens + great value for money. I look forward to good things from this lens
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the best one that I found was by Ken Rockwell
The 18-200 is a great walk around lens. But I'd be careful about some (not all by any means) things he says. He likes to shock and be controversial. Indeed to his credit he does admit as much on his site "I only update things as I discover errors. I offer no warrantees of any kind, except that there are many deliberate gaffes, practical jokes and downright foolish and made-up things lurking. While this site is mostly accurate, it is neither legally binding nor guaranteed and the only thing I do guarantee is that there is plenty of stuff I simply make up out of thin air
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

I fully back you up about Ken Rockwell, VinnyP, I've learned to take what he says with a pinch of salt, or at least not let his site be my only pitstop when I'm reviewing a lens (or whatever)
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

I agree with both VinnyP and Charlotte about Ken Rockwell, I have been visiting his site for over a year, and he can be a bit over the top sometimes, but I found his report on the lens to be a good one.
Charlotte will you be sending in a post on your lens when you have time?
Only I would be most interested in reading what you have to say before I go and buy one.
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

Will do terryts In fact I should thank you for giving me a reason to give it a whirl ... been lacking motivation/inspiration lately
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

I could not wait any longer, just ordered one from eBay this morning; hope to get it by the end of the week.
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... I hope to buy mine within the next two months
Shortest "two months" I ever saw
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

He done well to last 16 posts I'd have had 1 ordered after the first positive response .......patience not one of my strong points
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I recently bought this lens, but haven't used it yet
Charlotte...how can you buy a lens and not have used it yet
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Re: Nikon VR 18-200 lens what are your opinions.

Bought mine in Nov 2006 and use it for my walkround lens. The VR is great and gives you confidence. The lens creep is abit annoying but you learn to live with it.

I have found the sweetspot being around f8-11 and up to 150mm. Abit soft at 200mm.

I paid top wack for it (£550) but now going for around the £440 mark.

Some people give it bad reviews but for an 11 x zoom with VR, i think its a corker.

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Can't complain at that shot slipstream
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Thanks Dave, I have had this printed to A3 from Photobox and im well pleased with the result.
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Charlotte...how can you buy a lens and not have used it yet
Three new lenses Stepheno Thought they'd get me motivated to get shooting, but they haven't done the trick yet I think it's because I found winter very unphotogenic this year ... but I saw the 1st sign of Spring today - daffodils

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Ken Rockwell! I think he's fantastic! You need to take everything with a barrowload of salt, but he challenges everything and slaughters sacred cows, and we need people like that.

Being tied into Canon I can't comment on the 18-200 VR except to say that I do have a Tamron 18-200 and it's incredibly useful. Changing lenses can be a real pain, especially if it's windy/dusty/raining/the UK, and with most of these wide-range zooms the IQ is perfectly alright if you can stick to around f/8 or so. The lower noise at high ISO of most modern DSLRs makes wide apertures far less important than it used to be (how's that for a Rockwellism? ) and the image stabilisation on the Nikon is a real bonus.

If I jumped ship, I'd buy one straight away.
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Talking of windy/dusty ... another tip I picked up along the way about wide ranging zooms like the 18-200 is to turn the zoom back down to the wide end while you're not actually shooting, to minimise dust getting into the zoom ring.
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Talking of windy/dusty ... another tip I picked up along the way about wide ranging zooms like the 18-200 is to turn the zoom back down to the wide end while you're not actually shooting, to minimise dust getting into the zoom ring.
I'll remember that next time I'm wearing shorts
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