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Video Review of Nikon Nikkor 18-200mm Lens

September 30, 2008

Thanks to QQQQcon of YouTube whom has done a great 5minute video review of the Nikon Nikkor 18-200mm lens. The review is accurate, precise and cuts through all the fluff common in video reviews of photography equipment to make the points that need to be in favour and against the Nikon 18-200 MM, while also doing a great job of explaining the meanings and effects of many of the various features to help amateurs understand just exactly what he’s talking about and what makes this a great all around lens.

The reviewer, although not a professional speaker by any means, presents the facts in a great way, making comparisons through his 18-200 review to the 18-55mm & 55-200mm which gives a great contrast to its features and what makes it different / unique… He does not go into a whole lot of technical detail, so if you’re a professional you will want to perhaps look for a more techy review from CameraLabs on YouTube or something similar, but for the average person, QQQQcons is simple yet rich with information and provides a solid unbiased review of Nikon’s Nikkor 18-200mm with his hands on review video above!

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Nikon’s Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5-5.6 Lens Review

September 5, 2008

Here is a great little youtube video review of Nikon’s Nikkor 18-200mm f3.5 – 5.6 VR Lens for DSLR cameras. The video reviewer is smooth, detailed and accurate (with the exception that he intros the wrong name – corrected in subtitles) in his review, and there is alot of good information for both complete newbies and experts alike.

He starts off going over the VR vibration reduction technology and why it is significant and gives us an idea of how it looks and feels; large, massive zoom, sturdy and weather proof. He moves onto explaining the other features and breaks down what makes it so versatile and powerful in strong detail in a very clear manner.

Nikon's Ultra Versatile 18-200mm lens

Nikon's Ultra Versatile 18-200mm lens

The Nikon 18-200 MM is easily one of the most popular and in demand lenses ever in the Nikon Nikkor lens lineup (and you might have a hard time finding one in stock seeing as how they are so popular and get bought up fast hehe) It covers almost all the focal lengths one could ever expect to encounter in a day-to-day fashion in a single lens and does them all quite well for your average day to day type of photography.

If you have a Nikon DSLR and are looking for an all-in-one type of walkaround lens, look no farther you have found it, as the Nikon 18-200mm is versatile enough that it could replace a whole set of lenses before it… now if only it were easier to find a store where they weren’t all sold out of this master-lens!

Nikon Nikkor 18-200MM Lens Review (Video)

August 21, 2008

Here’s a great little video review of the Nikkon 18-200MM VR zoom lens from highly respected editor Gordan Laing. It’s not comprehensive and techy, but is brief and to the points that need to be made, as he states in the movie found on youtube, the Nikkor 18 200 mm lens is one of the most popular options for Nikon body owners, offering a great mix of function, affordibility and range for the novice to professional photography fan.

A great all around and quite versatile lens due to it covering almost all the lengths one might encounter in a day to day scenario as well as some more professional shooting, its price point, quality & versatility is what makes this such a highly regarded and popular Nikkor Lens. Because of its reputation and the large demographic it can please, one of the more popular negative notes attached to Nikkon 18-200 MM VR lens is that its hard to find, not really so much of a negative as a testament to it being widely accepted as one of the best lenses from Nikon Nikkor.

Anyhow, a thanks to youtube and Gordan Laing from Camera Labs, a brief but accurate depiction for those interested in the AF 18-200 VR

Nikon 18-200mm VR Reviews

July 3, 2008

Nikon 18-200mm VR Reviews

“I love this lens!”

nikon nikkor 18-200

I bought this lens with the Nikon D200 DSLR. After only two weeks, I absolutely love it. Other than my wide angle 12-24mm lens, this is the only lens that I will carry around with me now.

I haven’t made any large prints yet, but the images look very sharp on the monitor, even when cropped and enlarged.

Best of all, the VR really works as advertised. Although I was skeptical of Nikon’s claim that the VR is worth 3-4 stops, I’m a believer now. Turn off the VR, zoom to 200mm, and focus on something. Visible shake. Now turn on the VR and focus on the same object. The shake is noticeably less. Amazing.

So far I’m 100% satisfied with this lens. I was using the Nikon 24-120mm VR as my regular lens, but I’m so happy with the 18-200mm lens that I’ve already sold the other lens.

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Nikkor 18-200mm Lens Review

June 25, 2008

Nikkor 18-200mm Lens Review

“Not the “Perfect Lens”, but close”

nikon nikkor 18-200

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 lens 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 normal. Since the lens is made for the smaller DX sensor the diameter of the lens is smaller. This causes mechanical shadowing at long zoom lengths with the lens at the wide open settings of f5.6 until about f11. All lenses have light fall off, to some degree, at the edges. When you use a regular lens made for 35mm with the smaller digital DX sensors the fall off is outside the sensor and not seen. The light fall off was especially noticable with the blue/uniform background. If the background was “busy” the falloff would be less noticable.

Vignetting/light fall off is also usually seen on the wide side of zooms like this. I have not seen any with this lens. I do use a Hoya Pro 1/2 thickness filter so that a shadow is not made when shooting wide angles of 18mm – 28mm or so. I saw a technical review of this lens that noted it had significant outer distortion on pictures taken at 18mm but I have not seen that.

Pros

-Light weight for range
-Large range
-Vibration Reduction
-Sharp, crisp pictures with vibrant colors
-Fast Focus with manual focus adjustment ring for fine tuning

Cons

-Light fall off at long telephoto settings and large f stops
-Vibration Reduction helps with handheld shots but does not stop subject motion in low light, you still need a fast lens for that
-High price and limited availability
-Might get light fall off at wide angles unless expensive 1/2
width filter is used
-Lens Creep (but most telephotos have this to some extent)

I have since used the lens to shoot the Special Olympics. The outside track and field photos are excellent. Inside shots where hit and miss with subject movement in low light being the biggest culprit (was shooting no flash at 1600 iso).

For about the same money you can get a Nikon or Sigma 2.8 lens that covers approx. 80-200mm. I have read several opinions that you will still have fewer bad pictures with the VR of this lens and I believe that is true. It is not a perfect lens, but it takes great pictures once you know its limitations.

One tip – If you get this lens, when you use it on a tripod turn VR off, it will actually cause your photos to be blurry.

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