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Info re: Help with Nikon 18-200 Lens

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Catz, Jan 6, 2006.

  1. BH now has this lens in stock and I about to purchase it because I have been wanting it but before I make the purchase, I wanted to know if others who have purchased it feel it has good contrast, sharp, and the VR is good and are you happy with it.

    Thanks for any input and any pictures you care to share taken with this lens.
  2. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    I have it. I love it! It is sharp, with good contrast. The VR works wonderfully! I have hand-held shots at incredibly slow shutter speed with excellent results! Even at 200mm it does great.

    It would not be fair at all to compare it to some other lenses. I have the 70-200VR/2.8 and it is terrific - but it's very long and heavy. As a walk-around lens, or just for general purpose, the 18-200VR is the Catz meow, if you will excuse the pun!
  3. marc

    marc Guest

    since you already own 17-55 and 70-200, why 18-200

    this is just duplicating your coverage, maybe something more esoteric, like 10.5 fisheye, this is cool lens, or a 12-24, has a lot of uses.

    or since you are going birding, go for the big glass, 300/2.8 or 200-400vr
    add 1.7 tele and wow, you could shoot almost anything.

    it's early, i am being lazy, on this damn computer, before leaving for office, have sore throat, google is 451. wow. it's only jan.5 and i am already crazy.

    go for the lens melissa, if it makes you happy, buy a d200 also, then you can carry all that stuff, and will never need to go to the gym.
    just use your photo toys., for exercise.

    happy new year:cool:  :smile: :biggrin:
  4. general


    Apr 30, 2005


    I have the lens (courtesy some action by Ken-L) and it is exceptional. It is sharp, has good contrast, and as others have said, this VR system is amazing. It may not be a Pro lens but for a walking around lens it fits my requirements completely.
  5. txbonds


    Dec 10, 2005

    These may not be the best representation of what the lens can do, but here are some shots I took yesterday evening just before dark when trying out the lens on my D200. I have a 17-55 and 70-200 also and bought the 18-200vr to try as both a travel and day to day lens, but also to see if it could replace my 17-55. Jury is still out on that one at the moment.

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  6. Ken-L

    Ken-L Guest

    I should have included this with my first response, it answers most of your questions....

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  7. Marc...I wanted the lens because it is lighter than the 70-200VR that I have plus it is would be a good all around lens...Perhaps I do need exercise and the 70-200 is the one to do it with:smile: As for D200. I have the D2X that I wouldn't trade for the world.
  8. Thanks to Ken, General and Txbonds. I think I will give the lens a try both outside and in a makeshift studio in the house to see how sharp it is on people.
  9. txbonds


    Dec 10, 2005
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  10. Thanks TX...Both sets of pictures looks the same. They are both very good and hard to tell the difference between the two cameras. Which is which?

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  11. txbonds


    Dec 10, 2005

    I just posted it but Lens A was the 17-55dx and Lens B was the 18-200vr.
  12. I had a test unit from Nikon for a couple of weeks; was seriously impressed by this lens. Still waiting for my own sample, unfortunately. :( 

  13. I really like the 18-200 as an all-around or family lens


    I purchased the lens just before Christmas and felt so confident that I used it for most of my Christmas shots at my daughter's family celebration. I'm pretty convinced that this lens replaces the traditionally great 28-105, the small 28-200G, the 24-120 VR, the D100's 24-85G, and the D70's 18-70 lenses.

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  14. Ming...BH did have them in stock...That is where I finally purchased mine.
  16. txbonds


    Dec 10, 2005

    This has me rethinking what I told you and again thinking of keeping the 18-200vr and going ahead and selling my 17-55dx.


    It will take some more testing to decide for sure, but for my non-pro usage I'm starting to think more and more that the 18-200vr makes more sense for me to pair with my 70-200vr than does the 17-55dx. Only things I dislike are 72mm barrel and double barrel zoom extension. Otherwise, it's looking to be very versatile, and some of the pics are looking better after PP.
  17. equetefue


    Sep 29, 2005
    Kissimmee, FL
    should I get rid of my 24-85mm f3.5-4.5 AF-S ?
  18. Mine will be here on Tues so I will let you know what I think after using it but I think it will turn out to be a good one however, if there are any soft spots, I will trade it in for something else.

    Good to hear that you might be changing your mind. Let's compare notes in a few days. Okay???
  19. Trish5


    Mar 31, 2005
    I just got this lens yesterday. I can tell you this will be my choice for all party, and most outing types of shots. I also have the 70-200VR but it is heavy and I don't like to use it in crowds...just too long! Takes really nice shots! You will LOVE it!!
  20. Trish...Thanks for the input...I have the 70-200 VR too and I love it but you are so right that the lens is too long for some places.
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