Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR


Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR


Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
This is a zoom lens manufactured by Nikon and the model was launched 2005.
The lens belongs to the category  superzoom lenses. A superzoom lens gives you a wide zoom range, from a wider field of view (wide angle) to a more narrow field of view (telephoto) and is usually appreciated as an all-in-one travel lens.
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Compability, auto focus and focal length
This lens is designed and meant for Nikon cameras with a smaller sensor (often referred to as 'APS-C') which means that the lens does not fit all camera models. By clicking on the link below you can make sure that the lens works with your camera model and you should do an additional check with your local dealer as well, before you buy the lens just to be sure.
The ability to use auto focus is available for all cameras.
The lens has a focal length of 18-200 mm. Since the lens is designed to be used on a camera with smaller sensor ('APS-C') the focal length will be equivalent to 27-300 mm on your Nikon camera.
A positive thing is that this lens has a versitale zoom range, where the difference between 'maximum zoomed out' to 'maximum zoomed in' increases the lens versatility since you as a photographer easily can compose your picture without moving yourself physically.
See compatible cameras and perceived/equivalent focal length
Read more about focal length and your field of view
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
 
Lens brightness and image stabilizer
The lens brightness and aperture value is f/3,5-5,6.
This lens is not considered to have a good aperture value and brightness. It is something to consider before you purchase the lens. To compensate for this you might, while photographing in less favorable light conditions, be forced to either use higher ISO settings (which generates more noise in the image), slower shutter speeds (which may give some motion blur) or flash lightning. Read more at the link below what lens brightness means to you as a photographer.
One thing to consider is that the lens has a variable brightness, which means that depending on how much you are zooming the lens will have a different maximum aperture value. At 18 mm the lens brightness is f/3,5 and at 200 mm the brightness is f/5,6. Through the link below you can read more about what this could mean for you as a photographer.
Inside the lens there is an image stabilizer, which helps to fend off possible movements and tremors. This is very positive and can be of great help in situations and conditions where the light is inadequate and not enough for decent shutter speeds.
Read more about the aperture and lens brightness
Read more about changing brightness at different focal lengths
Read more about how an image stabilizer works
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Filter and Lens Hood
The lens has a traditional filter thread on the front and its measuring 72 mm which also the filter you will use must have. If you use for example an UV filter can be a cheap insurance against scratches and dust.
If you buy this lens it will come with a lens hood, whose model name is "HB-35".
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Different versions of the lens
This lens has been replaced by a newer version. Prior to purchasing the lens, please compare the various editions.
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR (2005) << The lens you are currently viewing
Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR II  (2009)
 
Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Sample pictures taken with Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
 
Things to consider before buying
Below you will find some summarized points and facts that can be considered as the 'pros and cons' of this lens. These are based entirely on the facts and values that are accessible through the lens specification, so we highly recommend that you also read the reported reviews available (see tab 'Reviews'); this in order to get a more complete view of the lens and its capabilites. Reviewer opinions reflect the lens, its use and its optical performance in a more accurate way, but any way - here a few different points to consider before buying this lens.
A versatile lens for those who own their first DSLR camera
Has a built-in image stabilizer
An impressive focal range
Has a built-in auto focus motor
A lens hood is included
Works only on cameras with APS-C sensor
Poor aperture value with its f/5,6
A variable lens brightness at different focal lengths
This lens has been replaced by a newer version
The lens is not sealed against moisture and dust
Specification
Product Name:Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR (See dictionary)
Release date: 2005
Manufacturer:Nikon
Type of lens: Superzoom
Construction: Zoom lens (with the ability to zoom in and out)
Works with cameras from: Nikon (see compatible cameras)
1:1 at Macro:
No Macro lens
Compability:
Designed for APS-C cameras (see compatible cameras)
Auto focus:
Yes
Built-in auto focus (AF) motor:
Yes (more info)
Maximum aperture: f/3,5-5,6
The lens apeture and brightness varies at different focal lengths.
f/3,5 at 18 mm
f/5,6 at 200 mm
(Read more)
Focal Range: 18-200 mm
This is a "DXlens, designed for APS-C sensors, and will have a focal length equivalent to: 27-300 mm
Read more on the cameras impact on the perceived focal length
Lens Construction: 16 elements / 12 groups
Image Stabilizer:
Yes, VR II
Closest Focusing Distance:50 cm
Filter: Filter Thread, 72 mm
Lens Hood:
HB-35(included)
Tripod mount:
No (Read more)
Weather sealing:
No
Dimensions (diameter x length):77 x 96 mm
Vikt:560 g (see the total weight, camera+lens)
 
 
Product Page (Nikon):
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Text from Nikon:"This versatile, 11x zoom with VR image stabilization, is designed exclusively for use with Nikon’s DX-format, and makes for a perfect one-lens solution.

Offers broad 18 - 200mm focal range for use in a variety of situations, equivalent to a 27-300 lens in 35mm format.

Nikon VR II (Vibration Reduction) Image Stabilization
Vibration Reduction, engineered specifically for each VR NIKKOR lens, enables handheld shooting at up to 4 shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, assuring dramatically sharper still images and video capture.

Nikon Super Integrated Coating (SIC) offers superb color reproduction while minimizing ghosting and flare.

Delivers a high-level optical performance designed exclusively for use with Nikon DX digital format.

Enables focusing from as close as 50cm (20 in.) from the subject through its entire focal range.

Flower-shaped lens hood (HB-35) provides greatly reduced stray light.

11x zoom coverage offers a perfect compact and lightweight “one lens” solution.

Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast.

Incorporates a Silent Wave Motor (SWM) allows for fast, quiet focusing.

Employs a 7-blade rounded diaphragm opening that achieves a natural blur for out-of-focus elements.

M/A mode for rapid switching between auto focus (A) and manual focus (M) operation. "
 
Reviews
fotosidan.se (reviews by users)
 
bythom.com
http://www.bythom.com/18200lens.htm
 
ephotozine.com
http://www.ephotozine.com/article/Nikon-18-200-AF-S-DX-VR-f35-56-G
 
fredmiranda.com
http://www.fredmiranda.com/reviews/showproduct.php?product=343&sort=7&cat=28&page=1
 
kenrockwell.com
http://www.kenrockwell.com/nikon/18200.htm
 
olegnovikov.com
http://olegnovikov.com/technical/18200vr/18200vr.shtml
 
slrlensreview.com
http://slrlensreview.com/web/nikon-slr-lenses-40/telephoto-zoom-slr-lenses-69/117-nikon-18-200mm-f35-56-g-ed-if-af-s-vr-dx-zoom.html
 
sportsshooter.com
http://www.sportsshooter.com/gear_profile.html?id=169
 
 
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Pictures (product and sample images)
In order to see larger product images of the lens, click the link below.
Besides looking at product images it is also of interest to see pictures taken with this specific lens. This can give you a hint of what kind of images this lens can achieve, what the focal length will be like etc.
Images of Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Sample pictures taken with Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
Different versions of this lens
2005 Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR
2009 Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3,5-5,6 G IF-ED VR II

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