Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical review

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Nikon 18-200AF-S

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical (abbreviated as Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G) is a good all-round lens for cropped Nikon DX cameras. Until June 2012, it had the largest zoom ratio of any versatile Nikon Nikkor lens until it was released Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical and then Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical.

At one time, Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G was introduced along with the camera Nikon D200 and sometimes met as a lens from the package supplied with this camera (i.e. was a whale lens for Nikon D200) Due to the fact that Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G uses a very wide range of focal lengths, it can cope with a large number of simple photo tasks. So, Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G can act as a lens for every day, serve as an excellent solution during travel and will surely appeal to those people who do not like or are not used to changing lenses on their camera.

A complete list of all-all Nikon DX lenses (for cropped cameras) can be viewed here.

Nikon 18-200AF-S

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Main technical specifications of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical:

Review Instance Name Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical Ø72 Made in Thailand 2124734
Basic properties
Front Filter Diameter 72 mm, plastic thread for filters
Focal length 18-200 mm, the EGF for Nikon DX cameras is 27-300 mm (exactly so, the EGF is recounted even for Nikon DX lenses!)
Zoom ratio 11.11 X (usually rounded to 11)
Designed by for digital cameras Nikon DX
Number of aperture blades 7 rounded petals
Labels focusing distance in meters and feet, focal lengths for 18, 24, 35, 50, 70, 135, 200 mm, bayonet mount tag and lens hood mounts
Diaphragm 18 mm from F / 3.5 to F / 22. 200 mm from F / 5.6 to F / 36. The lens is deprived of the aperture control ring, control is via the camera menu (G - lens type)
MDF 0.5 m over the entire range of focal lengths, maximum magnification ratio 1: 4.5
The weight 565 g
Optical design 16 elements in 12 groups, 3 aspherical elements (aspherical elements are shown in blue in the optical diagram) and 2 ED elements (shown in yellow in the optical diagram, the image is clickable).nikon-18-200-radojuva-scheme
Lens hood Nikon HB-35
Manufacturer country MADE IN Thailand, while the lenses were produced in Japan from 2005 to 2006 and are labeled 'Made in Japan'
Period From November 2005 to July 2009, it was subsequently replaced by a similar version Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical
Price

A lot of special optical elements have been added to the optical design. Optical design DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical and Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical completely identical.

Nikon 18-200AF-S

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Assembly

A copy of this review was made in Thailand. At the same time, the first batch of Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G lenses from 2005 to 2006 were produced in Japan. As far as I know, there are no differences between the Japanese and Thai versions of the lens. To the touch Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G is pleasant and weighty, its weight is a little more than 500 grams. The lens uses large enough filters with a diameter of 72 mm.

Please note that the Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G on the bayonet side has a special rubber gasket, which is a sign that the lens has dust and moisture protection. Unfortunately, the exact level of protection of the lens from environmental influences is not specified anywhere on official sources.

The focus ring is plastic, and the zoom lens is rubberized. Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G has metal bayonet mount. The retractable lens barrel consists of two sections, to the touch they are quite durable, without any backlash.

There is a bayonet mount mark and a mark on the case for quick installation of the hood. The lens uses a plastic hood HB-35, which is fixed in special grooves located near the front lens of the lens. The hood can be installed in the opposite direction for transportation. In this position, access to the zoom ring is practically not lost.

For review, I used a lens that has been in continuous use. This instance suffers from a spontaneous change in focal length under its own weight (the trunk of the lens itself lengthens or shortens). At one time, I used the new Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G, where such a problem did not exist. Most likely, the spontaneous movement of the trunk occurs only after a certain time of using the lens. And, most likely, for this reason in 2009 Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G was replaced by a modified version Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical (name changed to 'GII').

The Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G comes with a soft case CL-1018, and the lens itself comes in a small cardboard box with a characteristic Nikon coloring.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Diaphragm

Diaphragm lens consists of 7 rounded petalswhich form a fairly even hole. Diaphragm closes to F / 22 at 18mm and to F / 36 at 200mm of focal length.

Unfortunately, Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G cannot boast of good aperture.

There are marks with a focal length on the zoom ring, the following is a list with the minimum numbers F available for these marks:

  • 18 mm - F / 3.5
  • 24 mm - F / 3.8
  • 35 mm - F / 4.2
  • 50 mm - F / 4.5
  • 70 mm - F / 5
  • 135 mm - F / 5.6
  • 200 mm - F / 5.6
Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Stabilizer

Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G has a VR stabilizer (in fact, VR II - the second generation), which according to the instructions can compensate 3.5 stops by shutter speed (sometimes in brochures and other reviews they usually write 'up to 4 stops'). In values excerpts this means that you can shoot at shutter speeds 10-12 times longer than what the lens without a stabilizer requires.

To turn on / off the stabilizer on the lens there is a button 'VR ON / OFF'. The stabilizer can operate in two modes: 'Normal' and 'Active'.

'Normal' mode designed for most scenes and avoids movement when camera shake. Theoretically, the 'Normal' mode can still track the movement of the camera to create panoramas.

Active Mode most suitable for shooting when the camera can not only shake, but also move in different directions. Most often, it is advised to use this mode when shooting in motion.

The stabilizer itself works well. I was able to take pictures without grease and hard work at 200 mm focal length and 1/30 second.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical with original hood HB-35

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical with the original hood HB-35 in transport mode

Focusing

Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G focuses quite quietly thanks to 'SWM'-motor (Silent Wbird Motor - quiet wave motor) and refers to the lens'AF-S'type (with built-in motor focusing), and therefore it will automatically focus on any Nikon digital SLR camera.

Auto Focus Speed ​​- average. Unfortunately, many other Nikon DX universal lenses focus much faster than this Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G. Focusing time from MDF (minimum focusing distance) to infinity and vice versa is comparable to Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical. On cameras D700, D2xs и Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro the lens focuses rather tenaciously and does not release objects from the zone of sharpness.

During focusing, the front and rear lenses remain stationary, as the lens uses internal focusthat is indicated on the case by the letters'IF'-'Iinternal Focus' - 'Inner Focus'. The front lens does not rotate while zooming. It is possible to use any filters without problems.

The minimum focusing distance is only 50 cm, while you can shoot Macro with 1: 4.5 magnification. Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G has a window with a scale of distances in meters and feet. There is no IPIG scale as well as labels for working in the infrared spectrum. In manual focus mode, the ring rotates approximately 90 degrees, when it reaches the extreme positions it does not rest, but continues to slide, without affecting the focus.

On the lens housing you can find focus switch 'M / A - M'. In the 'M / A' position, auto focus works with constant manual focus priority. The 'M / A' mode is very convenient and useful - for manual focusing or focus correction, you do not need to additionally switch the lens to the 'M' mode. You can turn on the 'M / A' mode and forget about this switch forever.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Compatibility and Features

Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G will work correctly with all Nikon digital SLR cameras (full list here).

When using the lens on Nikon FX full-format cameras with the image area 'FX Format (36x24)' at all focal lengths, all focusing distances and all aperture values, a strong vignetting or completely black edges of the image will be noticeable. Minimum vignetting is available at 200 mm focal length, focus at infinity and aperture of F / 5.6. Using a lens hood only enhances vignetting. Work in the 'Format FX (36x24)' mode is undocumented and I write about it purely for educational purposes.

If on Nikon FX cameras select 'Image area' -> 'Auto. DX Crop '->' On ', then after attaching a Nikon DX lens to such a camera, the camera will automatically use' DX Format (24x16) '.

Native alternatives to Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G may be:

  1. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-105mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical
  2. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-140mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical
  3. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6GII ED SWM VR IF Aspherical
  4. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical
  5. Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-300mm 1: 3.5-6.3G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

All these lenses have a built-in image stabilizer and a large range of focal lengths, which starts with the same 18 mm.

Also, note that while changing the focal length, the rear lens moves in the middle of the lens body like a pump - it draws in and pushes out air. This behavior of the rear lens is called 'effect' of a vacuum cleaner, which can increase the amount of dust that accumulates in the camera.

Analogue for Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical for Nikon FX full-format cameras NIKON ED AF-S NIKKOR 28-300mm 1: 3.5-5.6G SWM VR IF Aspherical.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical with original hood HB-35

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical with original hood HB-35

Image quality

The lens gives good image quality, of course, with quality at fix lenses it does not compare. The lens is sharp in the center of the frame, even at maximum apertures of F / 3.5-F / 5.6. Excellent sharpness occurs at f / 8.0. Aberrations are well fixed, given the huge zoom ratio. Strong barrel-shaped visible at 18 mm distortion. Vignetting very noticeable on the same 18 mm and F / 3.5.

Using light filters does not enhance vignetting. The lens behaves well in side and backlight, creating a contrasting image, which is not surprising for a 'dark zoom lens'.

You can download RAW source files at this link (17 files in the '.RAF' format, 240 MB). All photos were shot on Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro. All photos in this gallery are on-camera JPEG without processing. You can see more examples of photos from this lens in the review Nikon D2xs.

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

My experience

Overall, the Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G is a nice all-rounder.

Personally, I would not change Nikon 18-105 / 3.5-5.6G, Nikon 18-140 / 3.5-5.6G on this Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G. If I would only have Nikon 18-55 / 3.5-5.6 (any version of it), or old Nikon 18-70 / 3.5-4.5G и Nikon 18-135 / 3.5-5.6G, then I would seriously think about the replacement.

Dimensions Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical with original HB-35 blend

Dimensions Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical with original HB-35 blend

A few more photos of the lens:

Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF Nano Crystal Coat and Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Enlightenment of lenses of lenses Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF Nano Crystal Coat and Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

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Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical on the legendary Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro camera

Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical on the legendary camera Fujifilm FinePix S5 Pro

Prices for Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

Actual lens prices are available see here, or in the price block below:

Dimensions Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical and Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF Nano Crystal Coat

The sizes of the Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical and Nikon N AF-S Nikkor 70-200mm 1: 4G ED SWM VR IF Nano Crystal Coat

Alternatives

Below is a list of all hyper-zooms for SLR or mirrorless cameras with an APS-C sensor and a range of focal lengths greater than or equal to the classic 18-200 mm.

Tamron (different mounts):

  1. Model A14 Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF (IF) Aspherical LD ​​XR DiII Macro, February 2005. Country of origin Japan or China. The Pentax version has a metal mount; for Nikon / Canon / Sony / Minolta, the mount is plastic. In March 2008, an improved model appears for Nikon cameras Tamron model A14 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch, 8 microprocessor pins and metal mount.
  2. PROMASTER 18-200/3.5-6.3 DIGITAL XR EDO AF Aspherical LD ​​(IF) Macrois a model Tamron model a14 under the brand Promaster. Japanese assembly.
  3. Model B018 Tamron 18-200/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VCAugust 2015.
  4. Model B011 Tamron 18-200 mm F / 3.5-6.3 Di III VC, black or silver, December 2011, for cameras with Sony E mount and Canon EOS M
  5. Model A18 Tamron 18-250/3.5-6.3 AF Di II LD Aspherical [IF] Macro, September 2006. Country of origin Japan or China. In December 2007 an improved model appears for Nikon cameras Tamron model A18 NII with built-in focus motor, focus mode switch and 8 microprocessor pins.
  6. Model B003 Tamron 18-270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II LD [IF] Aspherical VC MacroJuly 2008.
  7. Model B008 Tamron 18-270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZD, December 2010. Country of origin China or Vietnam.
  8. Model B008TS Tamron 18-270/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZDSeptember 2016.
  9. Model B016 Tamron 16-300/3.5-6.3 AF Di II VC PZD Macro, February 2014.
  10. Model B028 Tamron 18-400/3.5-6.3 Di II VC HLDJune 2017.

Sigma (different mounts):

  1. Sigma 18-200 mm/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC , February 2005.
  2. Quantaray 18-200/3.5-6.3 Dio Multi-Coated, previous lens under the delusion of 'Quantaray'
  3. Sigma 18-200/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC (+ -HSM) OS (Optical Stabilizer)September 2006 velvet or smooth black body. The HSM motor is only available on Nikon camera lenses.
  4. Quantaray 18-200/3.5-6.3 Dio OS (+ -HSM) Multi-Coated, previous lens under the delusion of 'Quantaray'.
  5. Sigma 18-200/3.5-6.3 II Zoom DC HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)October 2011.
  6. Sigma 18-200/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer), January 2014.
  7. Sigma 18-250/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)January 2009
  8. Sigma 18-250/3.5-6.3 Zoom DC Macro HSM OS (Optical Stabilizer)June 2012.
  9. Sigma 18-300/3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM MACRO | C (Contemporary, Optical Stabilizer)September 2014.

Nikon (F):

  1. Nikon 18-200/3.5-5.6G DX VRNovember 2005.
  2. Nikon 18-200/3.5-5.6GII DX VRJuly 2009.
  3. Nikon 18-300/3.5-5.6G DX VRJune 2012.
  4. Nikon 18-300/3.5-6.3G DX VRApril 2014.

Sony ('A' or 'E'):

  1. Sony 18-200/3.5-6.3AF DT mount A is likely to use an optical circuit Tamron model a14.
  2. Minolta 18-200/3.5-6.3AF DT Dmount A is likely to use an optical circuit Tamron a14
  3. Sony 18-250/3.5-6.3AF DT, A mount, since 2007, most likely uses optical design Tamron model a18.
  4. Sony 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSSmount E + its copy in the face Hasselblad E 3.5-6.3 / 18-200 OSS
  5. Sony 18-200/3.5-6.3 OSS LE, E mount
  6. Sony 18-200/3.5-6.3 PZ OSS, E mount

Pentax (K):

  1. Pentax 18-250/3.5-6.3 AL SMC DA [IF], October 2007, most likely uses an optical circuit Tamron model a18.
  2. Pentax 18-270/3.5-6.3 ED SMC DA SDM, September 2012, most likely uses an optical circuit Tamron model b008.
  3. Samsung 18-250/ 3.5-6.3, with Pentax KAF2 mount, 2008, (most likely uses optical design Tamron model a18.

Canon (EFS):

  1. Canon 18-200/3.5-5.6 IS Zoom Lens EF-S (Image Sbabilizer)August 2008.

Samsung (NX):

  1. Samsung 18-200/3.5-5.6 ED OIS i-Functionmount Samsung NX

An accurate list of all Nikon DX Nikkor lenses

  1. 10.5 mm/ 2.8G AF Fisheye [gold ring]
  2. 35 mm/1.8G AF-S
  3. 40 mm/2.8G AF-S Microphone
  4. 85 mm/3.5G AF-S VR Microphone
  5. 10-20 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  6. 10-24 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  7. 12-24 mm/4G AF-S [gold ring]
  8. 16-80 mm/ 2.8-4IN AF-S VR [gold ring]
  9. 16-85 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  10. 17-55 mm/2.8G AF-S [gold ring]
  11. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S [black / silver]
  12. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S [black / silver]
  13. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  14. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  15. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P
  16. 18-55 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-P VR
  17. 18-70 mm/3.5-4.5G AF-S
  18. 18-105 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  19. 18-135 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S
  20. 18-140 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Thailand / China]
  21. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6G AF-S VR [Japan / China]
  22. 18-200 mm/3.5-5.6GII AF-S VR
  23. 18-300 mm/3.5-5.6G VR
  24. 18-300 mm/3.5-6.3G VR
  25. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S [black / silver, Japan / China]
  26. 55-200 mm/4-5.6G AF-S VR
  27. 55-200 mm/4-5.6GII ED VR
  28. 55-300 mm/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR
  29. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P
  30. 70-300 mm/4.5-6.3G AF-P VR

Results

Nikon 18-200 / 3.5-5.6G - good universal zoom lens for Nikon DX cameras. Attracts 11-fold zoom, image stabilizer and good quality photos. The lens is great for traveling and everyday shooting, especially if you do not want to change lenses often. On sale you can find only more new version of GII.

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Comments: 198, on the topic: Review of Nikon DX AF-S Nikkor 18-200mm 1: 3.5-5.6G ED SWM VR IF Aspherical

  • Oleg Yudin

    good afternoon. If I am not mistaken, the Nikon system is distinguished by the ability to focus at aperture “8”

    • Arkady Shapoval

      You are mistaken. An electronic rangefinder with apertures lower than F / 5.6 is available only on the Nikon D4 camera and only in terms of focus points. For other cameras, it is recommended to use lenses with an aperture of at least F / 5.6. This does not mean that focusing will not work with F / 6.3, it only means that difficulties are possible.

  • Alexander

    Good review, thinking about changing my 18-105 ...

  • Sergei

    Great review. Thanks. Is it possible to review 16-85?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I will try in the near future.

      • Gordey

        Oh, I’d rather quickly get into your hands 16-80 2,8-4)))

    • Gordey

      so there is already

  • i-hero-in.narod.ru

    I took VR2 as a longer-range replacement for 18-70, but after buying fifty (50 / 1.8g) and width (20 / 2.8d) it is very rarely used. Mainly because of the 200mm focal length. The picture quality is mediocre, the photos are inexpressive. The aperture is low. At least some bokeh can be obtained only at 200 mm, but it loses to any fix. This glass is good to use for amateur reporting with a flash on the forehead like “Vasya was here”. If you have, for example, 18-55 and you are thinking about purchasing this glass - buy any fifty dollars. After him, you don't want to use such travel zooms.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      At least some bokeh can be obtained only at 200 mm, but it will lose to any fix.

      - as a counter example, take a 14mm fix and try to get a similar bokeh. The same goes for versatility.

      • i-hero-in.narod.ru

        Of course, you won't get good bokeh with a 14 mm fix, I admit it. But the fast Nikkor 20 mm / 2.8 blurs the background quite well. Here are my pictures of them and a comparison of bokeh with fifty dollars - http://fotki.yandex.ru/users/i-hero-in/view/639831?page=0
        Fifties have the most interesting bokeh, but with a larger focal point (135 mm, for example), the object often breaks off the background too much - this is not always pleasant. In general, in each case - its own lens. It is better to use higher aperture optics, ideally fixes. A couple of fixes - 20 (or 24) and 50, for example, will come out cheaper, but what a practice! And the photos will be more interesting and of better quality. It is more difficult to shoot a reportage with them, but also not fatal. And no need to waste time zooming :-)). A 18-200 is a simple station wagon. No quality claims.

        • Arkady Shapoval

          Yes, that's right :)

  • Zoner

    18-200 is inferior in quality to 18-105!
    18-105 is better in sharpness, 18-200 is a “soapy” mediocre superzoom for a very undemanding amateur.
    Taking into account its price ... ..

  • Vladimir

    Dobry vechir in portions of 70-300 is a picture in a kind of focus on maximum focus in the country.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      70-300 VR

  • Anatoly

    70-300 will be more beautiful at the maximum, even because of the fact that for FX and for cutting, the edge is not so bad. A yak universalny then more beautifully 18-200

  • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

    Thanks for the review, Arkady! This is one of my favorite zooms! This is the lens because of which I sometimes regretted switching to full format :-)

    • R'RёS,R ° F "RёR№

      So take 28-300 and you will have the same joy of versatility. The only thing is that the heavy reptile and the zoom turns VERY TIGHTLY, but it is convenient ... not to describe, especially when traveling.

  • Ivan

    Goodnight. Thanks so much for the review. I was waiting for him!
    The difference in Normal / Active modes according to the manual (I will not quote) is important when panning. The second is only recommended when shooting from a moving subject (such as a car).

    Now your feelings from the hood. Maybe the sock is upside down and allows you to keep it always at hand, but very uncomfortable. It completely closes the zoom ring and lock switch 18. You still have to remove it.

    Arkady, tell me, I plan to purchase a protective filter. Not too expensive but also of normal quality. This one is suitable Hoya HMC UV (0) Filter 72mm or advise another.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Will do. It is inexpensive.

  • Ivan

    Thank you very much for the quick response. At first I planned to buy Hoya HD UV 72 mm, but I think I will focus on this HMC UV (0).

  • Jury

    THANKS. . Very informative review.

  • Dmitriy

    Thanks for the reviews, VERY would like to see a review of the NIKON D3200.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      as soon as it falls into our hands, we will review.

  • Denis

    Arkady, well and with great examples of the photo you explained about 18-200! About the fact that he (18-200) is better for 18-105 and 18-135, the principle is not strong here, that the smaller the zoom ratio, the better?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The principle works, but there is still the factor of workmanship itself.

  • Alexander

    There is an opportunity now to purchase this lens. Tell me if it is suitable for studio shooting.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it does, but for the studio I would take something with less distortion.

      • Alexander

        What would you advise? within 7000gr

        • Arkady Shapoval

          For 7000 you can take some simple station wagon, for example 18-70, and a good fix without distortion, for example 50 1.4 or 85 1.8

          • Alexander

            What if one lens? maybe a little more expensive, but what would please both the studio and the street?
            Thanks for the help)

  • Ruslan

    Hello, I want to change the whale 18-55, take 18-200 instead (for all occasions) and 50 1.8 (for the soul). Camera D40. What do you think is a normal choice? I am not a professional!!!

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Yes, it is a good choice.

      • anonym

        Arkady, thank you for your answer. Only I accidentally sealed myself by changing the D50 and not the D40. But I think this is not essential, they are almost the same ...

  • Ruslan

    Arkady, sorry that is off topic, please advise a good tripod for the D50, for a reasonable price. I reviewed the entire site and did not find any tips on choosing tripods. The range of online stores is huge, to be honest, I'm completely confused.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      I use welbon-888, flimsy but cheap.

      • Ruslan

        And I have already swung at the Velbon Sherpa 450R / F with a sinful deed ... now I don't know if it's worth it ...

  • Natalia

    Arkady, in the review of the Nikkor 18-55 mm kit lens, you write:
    “The optical system should not have a zoom greater than 3x (that is, zoom greater than 3x), since such a system is very difficult to make ideally. The zoom is only 3x - the optimal zoom ”.
    Is this so important with an 18-200 mm lens? There is already an 11x zoom.
    Thank you.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      This is very important for top-end lenses, for 18-200 optical schemes are used that are designed to compensate for this defect.

  • Vladimir

    Arkady, I have the opportunity to purchase 18-200 second-hand Japanese inexpensively in excellent condition. Are there any restrictions in any longevity of the zoom mechanics, i.e. how much can he work out with intensive use? I do not buy from friends, so I worry, but buying a new one is expensive.
    Thank you.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      The lens should work for 10 years, but I can't say how long it was “killed” by the previous owners.

  • Oleg

    In Foxmart 18-300 costs only 7350 UAH. What is the problem, do you think?

    • Arkady Shapoval

      Ask them yourself, I can’t know.

    • Rostislav

      its real price for today is 7300-7500 UAH. on the Internet a bunch of offers ...

  • Alexander

    Arkady, are there any other competitors of the third-party Nikon 18-200mm VR lens for a lower price, but with approximately the same parameters? I have a D90 camera.
    Thank you.

    • Arkady Shapoval

      With about the same there, but all at 200mm give F / 6.3 they are indicated in the review.

    • Rostislav

      its real price for today is 7300-7500 UAH. on the Internet a bunch of offers ...

  • Alexander

    Sorry, I asked the wrong question (((

  • Rostislav

    hello Arkady. thanks for your reviews, they are always very interesting and informative. I have several questions for you at once: I am the owner of d90, I like to photograph a lot and everywhere - at weddings with friends, outdoors, at home ... sometimes I even work part-time in nightclubs as a photographer. my 18-105 gave me a very useful focal range. But the picture was not very good (especially in clubs, even with the use of the SB-910 flash), another thing is my little assistant 500mm f / 1.8d, but the room with it is a bit cramped. now I want to buy myself a good universal lens ... Please tell me Nikor 18-300 - is the picture much better?

    And one more question, maybe I'm not out of focus, but as I understand it, all light lenses - f / 1.4-2.8 go without image stabilizers? Is it so???

    • Arkady Shapoval

      18-300 is more versatile, but not fast.
      Most fast lenses are without a stub, but there are many with a stub, for example 70-200 2.8VR, 105 2.8 VR, etc. About lenses here - https://radojuva.com.ua/2012/04/kind-of-lens/

      • Svetlana

        but after all, the 18-105 is not fast? ... under low light conditions, one can say it does not take pictures without a flash ..))

        I have a similar story with Rostislav. Was 18-105 for Nikon D90, but is gone. And now the question is to buy the same or buy 18-200? you need a universal lens ...

    • The game

      Tell me where you can buy the "little helper 500mm f / 1.8d" very interesting must be a glass

  • Andrew

    Hello Arkady, tell me, please, how to detect the presence of a built-in motor in the lenses you listed above. Or do they all have? I have a D3100. I want to choose a cheaper option with autofocus.

  • Andrei

    200 euros for a used lens is a normal price? Sigma 18-200mm F3.5-6.3 DC OS HSM für Nikon AF D

  • Marina

    How much does it cost?

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