Jun 21, 2010

Nikon 18-200mm VR II lens review

The Nikon DX 18-200mm VR II is an 11.1x super-zoom lens designed for Nikon's range of DX format DSLRs. Announced in July 2009, it's the update to one of the most popular lenses for the Nikon system. The Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR II is designed as a powerful all-round lens with an 11.1x super-zoom range. With the 1.5x field-reduction factor of Nikon's DX-format DSLRs, the DX 18-200mm VR II delivers equivalent coverage of 27-300mm, taking you from wide angle all the way to pretty respectable telephoto coverage.
An updated review for this updated lens has been posted over at Camera Labs. They say of the 18-55mm zoom-
"The Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR II may only represent a minor update over the original model – indeed it's essentially just the addition of a zoom lock switch – but this doesn't diminish its highly compelling nature in use. You get the convenience of an enormously flexible zoom range covering wide-angle to serious telephoto in a single lens, and as discussed above, Nikon's included a number of classy aspects including quiet focusing and a rubber ring on the mount for some environmental sealing.

So while the Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR II is without a doubt the classiest super-zoom lens for cropped-frame cameras, it's also one of the most expensive, so you have to think very carefully about the value of convenience, not to mention the quality level you're after. If you're happy to carry two or more lenses and swap them as required, then we'd recommend complementing an existing general-purpose lens with a telephoto zoom. You'll enjoy better quality and a potentially longer total range while saving money at the same time."
Nikon 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G AF-S ED VR II Telephoto Zoom Lens