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Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6g IF-ED AF-S DX VR Lens Sample Photos

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Marketed: 01-Nov-2005
Lens Mount: AF-S
Lens: 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6
Random Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6g IF-ED AF-S DX VR Samples from 149632 available Photos more
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Comments
air ambulance20-Jun-2012 20:46
yes, need sample photos please!
Sunny Cloud31-Mar-2011 23:16
I was WOW'ed by this lens until I didn't get Nikon's 'old' ones - 35-70;180 and 80-200...
After that I simply can't use 18-200 at all! By this I mean - it is NOT sharp in comparison with mentioned lenses above! It is NOT! For getting more or less enjoyable pictures I have to add clarity for about 100% and to put 'unsharpen mask' filter on the top of it!
Well,I am just a serious amateur(or another words-one who loves photography very much),but it doesn't mean I have no feeling of what is good or what is bad,isn't it? I think that all the line of Nikon zoom VR is nothig but business of the company and they are playing on our consumers valets and fooling us! Nothing but this!
Yes-VR is great stuff - there couldn't be doubts! But I prefer to use a tripod for having really sharp images by natural colors instead of faky VR which do bring to me more work on CS4 and at the very end just wasting my time (well,yes-increasing a creativity! Ha!)!
Sorry about this note! Everyone have rights to personal opinion,but me - I am selling out this lens!
claudio197330-Jan-2011 03:16
It has some flaws (softness around 135 mm, overall corner softness at tele, pronounced distortion...) but it's a nice lens... VR seems effective. Very useful with my D300. The flaws were much less visible with the humble 6 mpx of my old D70s.
norbi23-Apr-2010 13:13
To Max Chau,
have a look on my galleries especially my nature- and tree-galleries.
This is a pretty sharp lens and I am really content with it.
Together with the D5000 it is a perfect combination for the journey, because its light weighted and handsome.
Ray30-Jan-2009 05:42
I have viewed quiet a number of samples put forward on this forum.
I have noticed with the Nikkor 18-200mm AF-S DX VR that there is a little shimmering on the edges on the night shots. For example: on the edges of the buildings contrasting with the darker sky. Kind of almost like some sort of transparent noise. It is annoying enough to me and detracts from what would normaly be sharp and clear edges. Perhaps the Camera settings? Is noise reduction on? Are you shooting in raw? Raw is the way to go for top quality finish.
I like to see some completed raw shots on this Lense. I am not convinced as yet to purchase one with this fussiness on the edges of night shot contrasts.
Ray
Ray30-Jan-2009 05:42
I have viewed quiet a number of samples put forward on this forum.
I have noticed with the Nikkor 18-200mm AF-S DX VR that there is a little shimmering on the edges on the night shots. For example: on the edges of the buildings contrasting with the darker sky. Kind of almost like some sort of transparent noise. It is annoying enough to me and detracts from what would normaly be sharp and clear edges. Perhaps the Camera settings? Is noise reduction on? Are you shooting in raw? Raw is the way to go for top quality finish.
I like to see some completed raw shots on this Lense. I am not convinced as yet to purchase one with this fussiness on the edges of night shot contrasts.
Ray
Max Chau16-Jan-2009 07:25
I am not impressed with the sharpness of this lens. I have used it twice, taking over 400 photos and the result were not acceptable to me. I own both 18-135mm and 55-200 vr and they produced much sharper images with better/more contrast colors. I further confirmed my suspicion by studying thousands of photos from all three lens galleries on PBASE. You may do the same and come to your own conclusion.
Max Chau16-Jan-2009 07:24
I am not impressed with the sharpness of this lens. I have used it twice, taking over 400 photos and the result were not acceptable to me. I own both 18-135mm and 55-200 vr and they produced much sharper images with better/more contrast colors. I further confirmed my suspicion by studying thousands of photos from all three lens galleries on PBASE. You may do the same and come to your own conclusion.
Max Chau16-Jan-2009 07:24
I am not impressed with the sharpness of this lens. I have used it twice, taking over 400 photos and the result were not acceptable to me. I own both 18-135mm and 55-200 vr and they produced much sharper images with better/more contrast colors. I further confirmed my suspicion by studying thousands of photos from all three lens galleries on PBASE. You may do the same and come to your own conclusion.
Max Chau16-Jan-2009 07:23
I am not impressed with the sharpness of this lens. I have used it twice, taking over 400 photos and the result were not acceptable to me. I own both 18-135mm and 55-200 vr and they produced much sharper images with better/more contrast colors. I further confirmed my suspicion by studying thousands of photos from all three lens galleries on PBASE. You may do the same and come to your own conclusion.
Max Chau16-Jan-2009 07:13
I am not impressed with the sharpness of this lens. I have used it twice, taking over 400 photos and the result were not acceptable to me. I own both 18-135mm and 55-200 vr and they produced much sharper images with better/more contrast colors. I further confirmed my suspicion by studying thousands of photos from all three lens galleries on PBASE. You may do the same and come to your own conclusion.
Barry Green Photography18-Aug-2008 16:50
This is a really great lens except for its 'distortion'. Barrel / pincushion distortion is AWEFUL. If you like to take photos of buildings with reflections in water with this lens then stick to Tudor Period.
Guest 30-Jul-2008 18:27
I'm having some troubles with this lens and wondering if anyone else is? or if you might know what I'm doing wrong? The problem is that my photos taken in wide angle are getting blue corners/edges to them and I have no idea why this is happening. This is a new problem that didn't happen in the first 2-3 months of using this lens with my D40X but now happens continuously but only when taking wide-angle shots. Please PM me if you have any ideas of how to fix this. I'm new to photography and am quite confused and disappointed that my photos all have blue corners now.
David Chin09-Jun-2008 11:05
If you get a good copy of this lens, it's a real keeper. I've collected some examples of photos plus user reviews / feedback at :>http://www.dpnotes.com/nikon-18-200mm-vr-nikkor/
Guest 28-Mar-2008 09:59
A beautiful lens. With a soul and a heart of technology
see comments herehttp://www.sardiniachannel.eu/nikon18_200.htm
Aaron Woodall11-Feb-2008 05:21
Tried this lens for about a month for house constuction, and the images of doorways were warped and distorted on the far wide angle "18mm". i was disappointed with the wide angle, but the zoom seemed very promising. i sent the lens back.
David T.21-Nov-2007 21:55
Just had my first shoot with this lens and I like it!http://www.pbase.com/daves88/ch_4
Less gear to carry, no lens swapping, pretty quick focus, no problems.
Happy shooting!
Guest 16-Oct-2007 22:02
These seem more than sharp enough to me
http://www.pbase.com/jimrob/melissa
yeroen30-Aug-2007 00:28
Honestly, I don't see what all the heavy breathing is about w/regards to the 18-200VR. By FAR the most overrated Nikkor, every sample I shot with gave images that are soft, low in contrast and high in distortion. Be sure to get DXO if you get the 18-200. You'll need it to get anything approaching the image quality from a fast prime, pro-level zoom, or heck even a less ambitious zoom like the 18-70 (which is sharper, btw). Put your $800 towards one of those instead.
SzPiNaK.OrG Photography19-Aug-2007 08:02
I would say, that for a compromise between a price and a quality this lens is a CHAMPIONSHIP ! I had this glass twice and I would never say - poor lens, or bad bokeh etc.
This glass is perfectly suitable for those of photography adepts who loves 200 mm. focal length w/o spending a huge money for 2.8 version of other glasses.
I shoot by this glass (with D80 & D200) examples like that:
D80: http://www.pbase.com/ccnp/image/77269998
D80: http://www.pbase.com/ccnp/image/74748543
D200: http://www.pbase.com/ccnp/image/79372649
D200: http://www.pbase.com/ccnp/image/78886157
D200: http://www.pbase.com/ccnp/image/78753993

Try to find out a BETTER glass for a less money - quite IMPOSSIBLE, believe me ... since 1 year I had a lot of Nikkor's, Sigma's, and other lenses with Nikon Bajonet,. All Nikkor lenses are simply the best with a comparise to the other "clones" of glasses.

If you buy 18-200 VR for your D50/70s/80/200 ... you will never sell this lens if an other 2.8 glasses will not arrive on your horizon of possible purchase,. :o)

Cheers,.

Jerry
Guest 18-Feb-2007 20:19
Just bought this lens. So far I am very happy with it. It will stay on my camera for quite a long time I think. Sample images here: www.pbase.com/michsyw/morningwalk
Frank Brault03-Feb-2007 18:08
I love my 18-200VR. It gives me a wonderful sense of freedom to know that I can cover virtually any situation with its wide range of focal lengths. It is sharp and I have never felt the resolution was insufficient in any picture I have taken. There is distortion, but I can pretty much get rid of it when I need to. There is virtually no flare. I have posted a review at the link below. It includes the Canon 500D 72mm close-up lens which works well with the 18-200VR. The review includes links to many more reviews of the 18-200VR.

http://www.digitaldingus.com/forums/viewtopic.php?t=3033
maki03-Dec-2006 00:01
I have tested Nikkor 18-200 VR lens WITH and WITHOUT filter. I used Hoya HMC UV(0) and HAMA SKY 1A fiters. 3 shoot per each combination. Nikon D50, focal lenght 200mm, f/6.3, VR ON (normal). Pure crops, no postprocessing. What do you think about it?

http://www.pbase.com/andrzejmakal/with_and_without_filter
Howard Sandler16-Nov-2006 05:46
My evaluation gallery:
http://www.pbase.com/hsandler/18_200
Albert Juwono13-Nov-2006 12:40
Certainly meets my expectations. But beware, this 11x zoom lens has considerable amount of distortions. Easily correctible with plug ins such as PT Lens.
Use with D200, I got vivid and contrasty image straight out of the camera. My first test is here (most taken with 18-200, except the ultrawide images taken with Tokina 12-24)
http://www.pbase.com/ajuwono/palabuhan_ratu
Mary (Montalvo) Feryan07-Nov-2006 00:48
Luckily I didn't have to wait for my Nikkor 18-200 mm lens. Originally my lens was bundled with the Nikon D200 at a local camera store. My husband convinced the relunctant sales person to sell the lens with my new Nikon D80 that was to be a gift to me. It has been an excellent lens and love my Nikon D80!
paularino27-Oct-2006 03:48
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Here are some of my shots with a Nikon D200 DSLR with Nikkor 18-200mm DX VR Lens -http://www.pbase.com/paularino/great_smoky_mountains

The Nikon D200 DSLR is my 1st camera, and it is absolutely amazing! I bought it in the box set with the Nikkor 18-200mm DX VR lens, so I shot most of my 1st pictures with it. I have to admit though, I use a tripod, and I did turn the VR function off in many of these shots, but I am completely satisfied with the optics so far. Now, let me get my hands on some $4000 lenses and I might have a different story but...

...don't just take anyone's word for it - compare some of the pictures on this site from everyone, and you will see what it can do (if they post the full orig size files to see detail).

Here are some of my shots with the Nikon D200 with Nikkor 18-200mm DX VR Lens -http://www.pbase.com/paularino/great_smoky_mountains
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Peter Wong03-Oct-2006 15:04
After a looooong wait, I finally have this lens and I'm definitely not as impressed as various reviewers lead me to believe. There's definitely strong distortions, and while correctable, it would add way too much time to workflow to replace having to carry other lenses. I would not take this lens to shoot any architectural work.

The VR is pretty good and the active mode really works, but again, there's no replacement for a steady hand. I've also almost always shot 2.8 or faster and the VR doesn't make up for fast glass.
Ivan Cholakov24-Jul-2006 18:23
I like it so far as long as you get to know your lens and adjust your picture taking to it. One of my favorite subjects is airplanes and because you deal with long straight lines quite a bit, I see pincushin distortion very highly pronounced all the way from 18 to 70mm. it's easy to fix and i attribute it to the wide zoom range. I just created a test gallery from metrozoo in Miami on a cloudy and rainy day, shutter speeds between 1/125 to 1/30
Guest 21-Jul-2006 13:02
I waited 6 weeks for mine to arrive and used it almost immediately at an airshow featuring the Blue Angels. I took about 3 gigibytes of pictures at that show. I used the Nikkor 18-200mm ED-IF AF-S VR DX with a D50 in sports mode to capture the fast moving planes. It was a great day with not a cloud in the sky. When I later looked at the pictures I was dismayed to see significant light fall off or vignetting on the shots taken at 200mm with the lens wide open at f5.6.

This light fall off is the most significant problem I have noticed with this lens. I contacted Nikon and they said it was ...

. . . . . .http://www.redopinion.com/digital-camera/nikon/lens-for-dslr/not-the-perfect-lens-but-close-nikkor-18-200mm-ed-if-af-s-vr-dx.htm

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Guest 12-Jun-2006 08:51
I have the same problem of "molgengen", a strong edge softness on the right side, not associated to a light fall-off.
The softness disapperars only stopping down about 2-3 f/stops.
Now the 18-200 is at Nikon assistance center, I hope they can fix this issue.
On the other side, this is a great all-in-one lens, good Af-s speed, acceptable AF precision, and great VRII action, and a very good resistance to flare and ghosts.
Imrola03-Jun-2006 20:53
Check my Icelandic photos. They were taken by this lens.
http://www.pbase.com/imrola
Guest 12-May-2006 15:09
Roastducks. If you want to see how this lens performs in the correct hands view
http://www.pbase.com/bwu/051225
As you should know DSLR`s have miles less depth of field compared to compacts because of their larger sensors. They are almost like 35mm film in their characteristics so if you have 1 person in focus and the person standing next to them is a little further back they won`t be in focus if your shooting wide open ie f3.5. You should stop down to avoid this ie use a higher f/number to give yourself greater depth of field ( more in focus ) and you will avoid this. The controls are all there for you to avoid these pitfalls. You can`t just use a DSLR like a point and shoot then complain the camera is`nt doing it right. There is more ajustment than you will ever need to use but you must have the experience to know when. DSLR`s are amazing but they can`t press their own buttons or turn their own dials.
Lou Giroud09-May-2006 10:18
This lens has qualities as well as disadvantages. It's major advantages is in first line that you have not to change the lens all the time and as an allround & all time lens it's just perfect.
It is excellent in portrait as well since it has a close field deepth. This can be a disadvantage if your goal is to shoot multiple subjects that are not alligned. Here, some will appear sharp and neat and others blurred. Note that other lenses in the same range do not offer that wide apperture as well. On 200 mm it is the most lightfull lens on the market yet for that zoomrange.
It's major disadvantage is allround loss of sharpness in corners and cromatic aberration that is unequal over the surface of the picture. In Photshop, when you redress CA with the raw tool, it takes it away on one side of the shot and in the mean time it apears on the other. Straigthen the CA in the center and it reapears on the edges and so on. This for sure makes it difficult to rework and remove CA effects all over the picture.
Thus, more a tourist lens as a pro use item. Note that Nikon claims this to be an allround universal lens and that's just what it is.
I love it as it is and I would not change to any similar lens or twinset of lenses to cover the same range.
Guest 04-May-2006 21:46
For me, the used 80-200 2.8 and Tokina 12-24 is a better deal...the trade off of image quality for convenience is not worth it for me, your better off getting a Panasonic point and shoot/ image stabilization if you’re looking for a one lens solution.
s reeves24-Apr-2006 01:29
Spent a week in DC and never thought about changing lenses. Easy to hand hold a slow shutter speeds. Lots of fun.http://www.pbase.com/sreeves31/dc_photos
legendz17-Apr-2006 17:11
A great walk around lens, will meet the needs of most photographers

http://www.pbase.com/legendz
roastducks05-Apr-2006 02:26
I too have problems using this lens for quite a while now. Isolated subject works great. Pictures taken with 2 or more subjects are pretty bad with focus. You'll end up with one in good focus the rest will be blurred. I don't have similar issues with 17-80 len as well as all other 2.8 lens. Thinking about put it on the shelve for now.
David Woo03-Apr-2006 03:16
I got the first batch of Made in Thailand which initially make me so disappointed. Since I feel it is not worth to paid 850USD for an Thailand made. However, after I use this lens for a vacation. I am quit satisfy with the quality. Looks same as the Japan made one. As long as you push to F8 on the wide side and F11 on the tele side, you got sharp image. Any one who interest to see the result, please visit my album.

http://www.pbase.com/dmcwoo/canada_2006
Photoland31-Mar-2006 19:04
Do we have to share some shots with wounded people ???
hejakma15-Mar-2006 10:23
Honestly i don't understand the hype about this lens. From what i've seen so far it performs quite well for a zoom with such a big range, but not better than a combo of two cheapo zooms like the 18-70 and 55-200 for example.Therefore it's expensive, heavy and with the compronises of all superzooms like higher distortions like others with smaller range.
Guest 22-Feb-2006 17:23
I agree that this is a decent lens. It appears to have nice sharpness, range, and color, but it has an important difficulty, absolutely horrendous corner sharpness. I've tried two different copies, and they both had the same problem, so bad that I thought of sending the second one in for service. This is far more important than most realize, especially when this difficulty is observable even in an 8x10 image! If all you shoot is people or isolated subjects against soft background, enjoy, it's great for this. However, it's quite problematic beyond this type of subject matter, and $749 is pricey considering the overall performance. As for me, I sold it on Ebay for a profit.
Guest 17-Feb-2006 14:55
Peter:
I ordered mine at adorama.com, in January's first week, but paid $38 for overnight shipping.....and got it after three days.... I think I had good luck.
Peter Wong17-Feb-2006 14:45
I've had mine on order from Adorama since 12/20. Anyone else who ordered around the same time from them receive theirs yet? Thanks.
James Chiu16-Feb-2006 07:50
I love this lens.Here are some pictures taken with my Nikon 18-200mmVR and D70.
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Sorry about that my galleries still under construction.

small, light-weight, flexible, sharp than my old 24-120mm vr and Focus speed is great!. VR II..almost a miracle!.............
Photoland15-Feb-2006 20:48
I have 17-55mm f/2.8 but it's too heavy to carry specially with 70-210mm f/4-5.6. I was looking an alternative, finally I've found it. Normally superzooms are not recommended but I can't say the same thing for this lens.
I definitely recommend this lens for everyday use and travel. I doubt to use my 17-55mm again.
George12-Feb-2006 19:44
Here are some pictures taken with the new Nikon 18-200mmVR lens. I started at 1/30 of a second and worked my way down to 1/3 of a second. The pictures are shown in pairs with the first one taken without VR on and the second one did (which has a VR added to the file name). As part of the file name behind the underbar shown is the shutter speed used. All of them were taken at 200mm, untouched or sharpened, other than resized and adjusted contrast. I just happened to have a steadier hand when I was taking the one at 1/20 than 1/30 without VR. These samples should show this lens' capability at low light, very slow shutter speed and even at long focal length such as 200mm still produces a reasonably sharp image.... I love this lens. Any comments are welcome. http://www.pbase.com/uhjb/test_images
Guest 23-Jan-2006 19:49
Very good lens. Im totally satisfied with it. Some Cusco and Puno images on the link below:
D50+18-200VR
http://www.pbase.com/afukuda/cusco_puno

hope you like them
Guest 22-Jan-2006 04:05
I have posted some random images taken with this lens on a D70.
http://www.pbase.com/jsec/nikon_18200mm_vr
Roldan16-Jan-2006 09:32
Excellent lens! Have been using it on a Nikon D70 for about a week. I own the Sigma 18-125 prior and used it on several projects, but the Nikon lens with a bit more on the tele end and VR is a fabulous combination. (I can shoot 200m @ f5.6 in low light at 1/50th sec!)

Used it on a photo essay (gallery below) and was quite pleased with the lens. Very sharp, smooth auto-focus, excellent VR. I own several other Nikon lenses, but this is the one I will use most often.

Nikon 18-200 VR samples athttp://www.pbase.com/pozo/evening_in_dc
RH Photography15-Jan-2006 11:22
I have a new gallery of images taken with this impressive lens
Check it out here;
http://www.pbase.com/rhiggs1/bellarinepeninsula
Lou Giroud11-Jan-2006 15:42
:http://www.pbase.com/lou_giroud/18200vr

click here to go there
Ross Alford07-Jan-2006 13:18
Very sharp, high contrast, VR works very well. An excellent lens. Fairly high distortion at most focal lengths but mostly correctable if needed using Photoshop or PTlens. A few samples (more to come) in my galleries athttp://www.pbase.com/northqueenslandphotos
Claude Métivier06-Jan-2006 02:53
This lens is really a winner. Sharp (at least as good as the 18-70), compact and with a very performing Vibration Reduction system that cuts 4 fstop. The photos in the following gallery were all taken with the 18-200mm VR:http://www.pbase.com/cmetivier/scene_hiver .
RH Photography31-Dec-2005 05:15
This is a great all-round lens for Nikon dSLRs... Much sharper than the 18- 70mm kit lens in that range, and fairly good between 100 - 200mm.
The VR works really well giving allowing you about 4 stops in hand held low light.
The photos in this recent gallery were mainly taken with this lens;
http://www.pbase.com/rhiggs1/monsalvat
Guy Coniglio24-Dec-2005 23:20
I posted a small gallery o samples herehttp://www.pbase.com/bigconig/18-200
VR works very good. Good contrast and sharpness. Quite a bit of distortion around 18mm (to be expected) and light fall off at 200mm. Over all I am quite happy, certainly the best 11x zoom available for Nikon DX cameras.
Guest 24-Dec-2005 13:23
Has anyone got this lens in US and Canada yet? Love to see some reviews and sample photos.
andrew fildes23-Dec-2005 11:40
Tried a pre-production sample at 1/15th, f5.6, 100 ISO @ approx. 100mm with and without VR on a D200. With VR enabled it was quite acceptable - a portrait in front of a bookcase and the fine type on the book spines was easily read, despite the fact that they were out of the plane of focus (and totally blurred out with VR off). Most impressive result.

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