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Old Dec 16, 2005, 11:55 AM   #1
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I am an inexperienced user. I am graduating up to a better camera. I plan to take pictures in a boat and I am looking for the most versatile lens that is as little bulky as possible. This lens seems to be very flexible. It will be extremely rare for me to be taking pictures in low light conditions.

I have not bought a camera body yet. Some people I respect like the canon technology and I had been looking at the Rebelxt but none of the lenses for it seem as flexible as this one. I will buy a Nikon D70S if I go with this lens.

What do people think of this lens's specs (It was not suppose to ship until this month)
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Old Dec 16, 2005, 11:58 AM   #2
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I think the full name of the lens got truncated in the message it is:

Nikon Zoom Super Wide Angle-Telephone AF Zoom Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED-IF AF-S DX VR II Autofocus Lens


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Old Dec 17, 2005, 1:24 AM   #3
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To answer your question I must first go back in time. About 12 years ago now if my memory serves Nikon launched the 24/120 lens which at the beginning people criticised for not being a "professional" lens and there were doubts as to the quality of manufacturing. I see such criticisms already appearing in forums about the 18/200 although how these people have any knowledge escapes me - very few lenses have been shipped and sold as yet.

Despite the criticism of the 24/120 I will say that it served me brilliantly as a travelling lens for a decade with never a problem and has, literally, been round the world twice from freezing temperatures to desert conditions. This lens is now retired and the 18/200 on order since the overall practicality of this lens is amazing - from indoor photography at wide angle through portraiture and even sports given the VR2 technology. Sure it isn't as good as my 17/55 or my 70/200 but these are professional lenses, not consumer; I don't expect it to give me the same results, but as an every day "one size fits all" compromise it is fantastic.

I am not a "Canon basher" but for me there is no comparison - the Nikon fits my hand better than the Canon. I have both the D70 and D2X. If you decide to go Nikon (and I have been a user for over 20 years now) I am sure you will be more than satisfied, especially with the sheer versatility of the 18/200 lens. Best of luck.
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Old Dec 19, 2005, 10:35 PM   #4
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I use My 24/120 "VR" Nikon lens for everything and it just seems to do everything I need to do. I will look at the 18/200 "VR" when they are available and see if it is as good in the real world of taking pictures as the 24/120 "VR" is. The 18mm is what would probably make me do a change if it is any good without a lot of barrel distortion. I hear people bad mouth the 24/120 and then find out they have never personaly owned one. The people that own them seems to like them. That is why I will wait to use a 18/200 and make my desision for myself.
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Old Dec 26, 2005, 9:33 AM   #5
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I tried the 18-200 vr lens at work the other day on my d50. it focuses silently and amazingly fast from near to far. I didnt notice a real differnce in the VR on the lens from my tameron 28-300 at shooting at full focal length though. Didnt steady the image as much as i thought it would but maybe thats just me. Just my 2 cents worth.
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Old Dec 28, 2005, 8:31 AM   #6
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I just got the 18-200 a couple of days ago to replace my 24-120 for the extended reach. I agree with the other poster when he said the people that bash 24-120 don't own it. It lived on my D70 about 90% of the time for about 2yrs. Mine has been all over the country. I should say I also own the 70-200vr which I use when the ocassion calls for it.
As for the 18-200, I think it will turn out to be a great lens. The few pics I have taken with it were as expected, very sharp, good colors and contrast. It will not replace my 70-200 or 12-24, but it will be my travel and walk around lens. I bought mine from a brick and morter pro shop. They got 40 of them in last thurs and have about 15 left. They told me that at least half of the folks that purchased it were replacing the 24-120vr.

If you want a great deal on a 24-120, wait a few weeks and there will a lot of them on Ebay going cheap.
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Old Dec 28, 2005, 4:27 PM   #7
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Hello, I am new to this board..but not to Nikon cameras. I got this lens for Xmas (actually got it last Thursday ) to go on my D70 to replace the kit lens and give me more reach. I absolutely love it! I don't care if it's not a "pro" lens - it has excellent quality in my estimation and you just can't beat the versatility for the price. Here is a link to a gallery of shots I took over the weekend:

http://krnysgirl.smugmug.com/gallery/1063921/1/49423070

The pictures aren't the best in the world..I'm not a pro..just an enthusiastic amateur who has been told I have an eye for a photo. I am quite skilled at enhancing and fixing photos in PS - but I didn't have to touch these - they are straight out of the camera, just saved through Nikon Capture as JPEGS.

Diane Krny
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Old Jan 6, 2006, 2:04 PM   #8
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(Cut and pasted from the other thread I started because I didn't notice this one - sorry.)

I'm sweating dropping that much money on such a new lens.

How sharp is it at the ends of its range? Is 27mm (35mm equivalent) wide angle enough for landscape (and maybe architectural) photography?

How is it as a portrait lens?

Thanks!
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Old Feb 18, 2006, 12:52 AM   #9
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I am an inexperienced user and this is my first post on this forum. I Purchased a D200 and 18-200mm VR few weeks back. All photos I have taken so far have been hand held shots. I have attached some photos below. Any feedback is most appreciated.

IMHO this is an excellent lens for the money. Autofocus is very fast and the colors are well saturated.

I have attached some photos below. Any feedback is most appreciated. In both images below I have adjusted the levels in PhotoShop using 'auto levels'. Also, I quite like the bokeh in both the images.

Any thoughts?

DSC_0013.jpg (Hand Held)

EXIF:
Nikon D200
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Spot
1/60 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-C
Auto Flash Mode: Built-in TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode I (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto
Image Comment:
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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Old Feb 18, 2006, 12:53 AM   #10
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Another One

DSC_0018.jpg (Hand Held)

EXIF:
Nikon D200
JPEG (8-bit) Fine
Lens: VR 18-200mm F/3.5-5.6 G
Focal Length: 200mm
Exposure Mode: Programmed Auto
Metering Mode: Spot
1/60 sec - F/5.6
Exposure Comp.: 0 EV
Sensitivity: ISO 200
Optimize Image: Normal
White Balance: Auto
AF Mode: AF-S
Auto Flash Mode: Built-in TTL
Auto Flash Comp: 0 EV
Color Mode: Mode I (sRGB)
Tone Comp.: Auto
Hue Adjustment: 0°
Saturation: Auto
Sharpening: Auto
Long Exposure NR: Off
High ISO NR: Off

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