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Nikon - AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Standard Zoom Lens - Black

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18–200mm f/3.5–5.6G ED VR II Standard Zoom Lens: This powerful and versatile Nikon standard zoom lens is a great one-lens solution for DX-format DSLRs. Its wide angle to telephoto focal range gives photographers a flexible tool to get the shot without having to switch lenses.

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    What's Included


    • 72mm snap-on front lens cap (LC-72), rear lens cap (LF-1)
    • Bayonet hood (HB-35), lens pouch (CL-1018)
    • Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Standard Zoom Lens
    • Owner's manual

    Ratings & Reviews


    Overall Customer Rating:
    99% of customers would recommend this product to a friend (185 out of 187)

    Features


    Compatible with a variety of Nikon DSLR cameras

    Works with any Nikon FX or DX-format DSLR camera with an F-bayonet mount. Also compatible with most Nikon 35mm SLR cameras.

    Standard zoom lens for wide angle shots

    Allows you to capture a wide field of view for stunning perspectives with virtually no distortion.

    18–200mm focal length

    This versatile, long-range zoom lens covers a broad range, enabling you to capture the perfect image from various distances.

    f/3.5 maximum aperture

    Provides clear landscape images and beautiful distance shots even in low-light situations, including indoor settings and on overcast days.

    Vibration Reduction II image stabilization

    Allows you to shoot at shutter speeds up to 3.5 stops slower without image blur. Ensures dramatically sharp still images and HD video capture, even for handheld shooting.

    Ideal one-lens solution for a range of image types

    With an 11x zoom versatility, capture anything from wide-angle cityscapes and landscapes to close-ups.

    SWM (Silent Wave Motor) ensures smooth, precise focusing

    Utilizes ultrasound vibrations to focus the lens, resulting in smooth, silent and precise autofocusing.

    ED (Extra-low Dispersion) glass for superior image quality

    Effectively corrects chromatic aberration for optimum lens performance.

    M/A focusing mode

    Allows you to switch from manual to automatic with virtually no lag time, by simply turning the focusing ring on the lens.

    Internal Focus for fast, smooth autofocusing

    Allows for a more compact, lightweight construction and a closer focusing distance without changes in the lens barrel length.

    Advanced lens coatings for improved optics

    Nikon Super Integrated Coating enhances light transmission and offers superior color consistency and reduced flare.

    1.6' minimum focusing distance

    Accommodates 72mm filters

    Compatible with screw-on filter types.

    Accessories included

    Comes with a bayonet hood, lens caps (front and rear) and flexible lens pouch.


    Customer rating

    Rating 4.8 out of 5 stars with 187 reviews

    99%
    would recommend to a friend

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    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great All-Around Lens

      Posted
      Fathernature1959
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I bought this Nikon - AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Standard Zoom Lens when it was on sale at Best Buy for $499.99 to be used as my general purpose, go to walk around lens. It has not disappointed whatsoever in that regard. I have been fully satisfied with the clarity, contrast, and color saturation of this piece of equipment. I am using it with my Nikon D70S and D3300 DSLR bodies. The ultra-sharp 24 mp sensor in the D3300 camera body will make or break a lens, and expose any flaws. This lens works well with both camera bodies. For a photography enthusiast like myself, this lens works very well for what I purchaced it for. The D3300 body is very light weight, so a lens like this one with with 16 pieces of glass in it will make a lightweight camera body feel a bit front-heavy. Unless you have severe arthritis in your hands and wrists, or are a nit-picker, it is a non-issue. This lens is a bit more balanced on my D70S, but that 6 mp body is rarely used anymore. As many other reviews have stated, there are compromises when such a range of zoom is implemented, so it will not be quite as sharp as a prime lens. The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II will suffice for everyone but ultra picky pixel-peepers, or those who need a large aperture telephoto. Those large aperture pixel fanatics can go out and spend thousands on a lens and be happy, but for those of us who want a "near" professional results on a budget, this lens will not dissappoint. If I need to have a low-light lens for less than optimally lit indoor events, or "sharp as a tack" images, I rely on my $200 gem, a Nikon 35mm f/1.8G AF-S DX. These two lenses will cover the needs of 99% of non-professional photographers. I did purchase a Hoya HMC UV filter for the 18-200mm to protect the objective lens glass and it has worked well to keep lens flare to a minimum. The lens creep which has plagued lenses like this one which have a lot of weight just in glass alone is not a major issue while taking photos. If I carry the camera strapped over my shoulder with the lens pointing down and do a lot of walking, the lens WILL slowly and eventually extend fully out. This is simply due to physics and gravity. That's where the 18mm lock button does its job to keep the lens fully retracted when not in use. It doesn't creep while I am composing shots, which is where it would be of most concern. The VR (Vibration Reduction) switch works well, and as intended. It is a must when using the long-end of the zoom range without a tripod. The VR can be shut off to save battery juice when in bright light and the zoom is below approximately 70mm zoom. If a small loss of battery time is not of a concern, then just leave the VR on all the time. If you are going to use a flash at wide angle zoom settings, you'll need a flash unit attached to the hot shoe to keep shadows from occurring. All-in-all, I have been very satisfied with the lens and the images it produces. I gave the lens a 5 star rating due to the quality to price ratio. If you need a lens that will stay on your camera most of the time, this is the one for you! The Nikon - AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II Standard Zoom Lens will satisfy the wide ranging needs of just about everybody but the aforementioned ultra picky pixel-peepers. They can spend their thousands of dollars for professional glass, but for the general population, prosumer equipment will suffice!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Great all around lens

      Posted
      trs0722
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® Elite MemberElite Member

      I was seeking a new zoom lens to replace my Nikon 55-200 VRi with my D7100. I didn't really need something wide (have the Tokina 11-20) and the research boiled down to this lens. It has not disappointed. It is a little on the heavy side but I don't mind that because to me it feels more well built than my very light and cheap feeling 55-200 it is replacing. The zoom ring is a bit tight and not consistent throughout the zoom and it will "creep" while you're carrying it unless you engage the handy lock switch. But these aren't huge deals for me. The image quality is very good, especially at higher F stops (8, 11, etc.). It does ok in low light too but of course the 35mm 1.8 or 50mm 1.8 are much better in these cases. I considered the newer 55-200 VRII but gave this a try when I found it on sale at BB. (I lucked out in that one of my local Best Buys was closing and some merchandise that was not going to the newer store was on sale at really good prices). At full price, I would probably say it would not be worth it as 3rd party lenses or the Nikon 55-200 would be a better buy...at least for what I use it for. It is nice to have that wide focal range but you pay for it and it may be quite heavy to use as an all day walk around lens. For the same $ (or most likely less), you can buy the Nikon 35mm or 50mm which give excellent image quality, are cheap, and very lightweight and the Nikon 55-200 which is also light, cheap, and has good image quality.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Most versatile lens on the market!

      Posted
      loveinchristpj

      The Nikon 18-200 vr lens is the lens I grab when I am going on vacation, to an event which I cannot control the distance of my subject. The vibration reduction allows me to shoot steadily even in low light and allows me to use the long end of the lens 200mm without a tripod. The Nikon 18-200 is also a very sharp lens built with excellent quality. I also own a Tamron 18-200 and the Nikon is built better and produces better pictures. When I go shoot family portraits, I shoot with my Nikon 24-70 and my wife uses the Nikon 18-200 vr for different angles and perspectives. The combination makes for some excellent photographs. If you want a one lens does all lens, this is it. A plus, is on the Vibration Reduction a switch that says active, it allows you to shoot clear pictures from a moving car. So when you are on vacation and see that beautiful scene that God provides so often, you can shoot it without stopping on the side of the road.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      A wonderful all-around lens for any occasion

      Posted
      jcozn2
      • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
      • My Best Buy® MemberMember

      Nikon did a great job with the 18-200mm lens. The lens covers a broad range and is generally light enough for carrying around anytime, anywhere to capture almost any situation. The 18mm wide angle gives you the option for sweeping panoramas, and the 200mm zoom (especially when combined with the ability of the Nikon D7100 to do a 1.3x crop, making the effective range over 250mm) is a very nice telephoto to have. For the price, you probably won't find a better lens that covers such a large optical zoom range. I was going back and forth between this and the 18-300mm that Nikon makes. I decided on the 18-200 for two main reasons... first, the 18-300 is heavy as heck, much worse than this guy (my mom has the 18-300 and holding it around my neck for even 10 minutes was a little taxing), and second, I honestly don't do much shooting beyond a 200mm range. If you need it, the extra 100mm for the price is not a bad deal at all, but from other reviews I've read, you start to run into vignetting and some sharpness issues at full zoom of the 18-300. If you're not in need of 300mm zoom and fine with occasionally using some digital cropping to enhance zoom, the Nikon 18-200 is a worthy buy.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Perfect lens for nearly anyone

      Posted
      jboates86

      I have used this lens for a while now (going on 2 years of moderate use) with a Nikon D40 and a D90 and both have been outstanding. Of coarse you can go out and spend another $1000 on better lenses, but for those of us who are not making an income with this hobby, this is a terrific lens. The 18-200 allows you to take those far off and close-up shots of nearly anything WITHOUT having to change lenses as you would have to with the "kits" that are available. Those are nice but, for example, when shooting a wedding or something when you may want to change from close-up to further shots, it becomes a pain in the butt to change lenses (and to store them somewhere safe.) In the long run, BUY THIS LENS. (I would also recommend the accidental protection plan, just in case :) ) Also, the VR (Vibration Reduction or as other companies call it, "Image Stablization") is a great feature that is nearly required for any zoom length longer than 100 (this is up to 200!) for a steady, blur-free shot. Defintiely worth it!

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

      Good General Purpose Lens (but not for low light)

      Posted
      MasterNERDSteve

      Be honest with yourself about what your intended use of this lens will be. If you're looking for a "do it all" lens then this is about as close as you'll get. If you're shooting high school sports events you may want to look at other options. This lens quickly drops to the 5.6 f stop setting when you start to zoom and in a gymnasium, theater or foot ball field you'll quickly feel the pinch of not enough light to maintain a reasonably fast shutter speed so the action doesn't get blurred. I've had this lens for nearly a year now and use it for about 75% of my shots. If I had it to do over again I would probably get an f2.8 zoom to better deal with low light situations.

      I would recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 3 out of 5 stars

      Inadequate if you have high standards

      Posted
      jwheelphotos

      I shoot cars, which I've found to be some of the most difficult things to shoot. Or maybe, it seems difficult because of this lens. I originally had the D3100 with 18-55 and rarely the 55-300 as well, then "upgraded" to this so that I wouldn't have to switch lenses when I wanted diversity in my event photos. I bought this when it was ~$800. First problem, it came defective. The right side was blurry in every photo taken no matter the settings. Nikon repaired it for free and it came back as good as I thought it would be. But after a while I felt like the D3100 was holding me back and upgraded to the D7100 (which I love, by the way). Unfortunately, this lens brings down the D7100 to a level no better than what I had before it. The photos that come out in focus enough to share don't really jump out at all. They aren't tack-sharp, there isn't great detail unlike with my 50 1.8. But what's worse is the photos I miss. Panning is impossible because by the time it focuses, the car is by you; that is, if it even focuses on the right subject. I've seen it numerous times focusing on a tree in the background when a car is parked right there in the foreground. I've heard other people say this is "good enough at most things but not great at anything" and it's true. If you use it to carry around and shoot random stuff, go ahead. But don't even try anything risky because it can't do it. I'm stuck with it because I can't spring for a 24-70 2.8 just yet.

      No, I would not recommend this to a friend

    • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

      Great Lens - All In One Solution

      Posted
      JoeEriePA

      This lens is awesome. Yes, it is more expensive than the 18-55mm and 55-200mm lens combined but it has to be because it's doing much more than both of those lenses for its focal range. The pictures are sharp. The lens is quick. People have complained about lens creep (when the camera is pointed down, the lens "creeps" and extends itself) but this does not happen to my lens. When I retract it to 18mm, it stays put. The cam lock for the lens is in an easy position so I use it anyway just to be safe. The weight of the lens is nice and balanced. Not a super light lens like a 35mm prime but not totally out of whack either. I'm extremely pleased with this lens. It's on my camera 90% of the time and I use a 35mm prime while shooting low light indoors. The image quality of this lens at low light is good but the 35mm is faster so if I have a better lens for the situation, I'm going to use it. Definitely a great buy and I'm very happy with it.

      I would recommend this to a friend

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