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rufuscodd
19-03-10, 05:00 PM
Hi

This is my first posting and was wondering if anybody could help.

I have just made the step up from compact to DSLR and am looking to purchase the Nikon 18-200mm AF-S lens for my D5000, but am struggling with working out the difference between the 2 available lenses that re shown on this website in the reviews section, various other online retailers and the Nikon UK website.

I am aware that there are 2 identical lenses available with the only visual difference being that 1 has the VR badge in red and the other is in gold. I am also aware that there is 2 VR specifications from Nikon, VR I and VR II.

The Nikon website states the model name of the "gold" one as
"AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR II" and lists VR II stabilization as one of its features and the "red" one as "18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 IF-ED AF-S VR DX NIKKOR" also with VR II stabilisation.:confused:

There are 2 reviews on this website for these lenses with differing pro's and con's and and test scores along with 2 different prices, but they product photos both show the "red" lens albeit one reviews photo is lens with zoom in and the other with zoom out.

I am also aware that some websites or reviews or retailers use different model descriptions that may not be true to the actual lens which is also not helping me to work out which lenses are which and what the differences are.

I am half expecting someone to reply to this thread pointing out a blaring obvious difference that is right in front of my eyes, but I'm prepared for the embarrassment!

Hopefully someone will agree that this is all a bit confusing, highlighting the confusion that manufacturers cause with there product/model names and numbers. (Not just digital cameras but lots of different products).

Thank you for any help in advance:confused:

Nigel Atherton
20-03-10, 08:46 PM
Nikon released a minor update of the 18-200mm in July 2009. As far as I recall the only significant modification is the addition of a zoom lock to stop the lens extending when you're carrying it. That may also be when they changed the VR badge from red to gold. To be honest I hadn't noticed that.
The two reviews of the 18-200mm on here are both for the version one. It was re-tested a couple of years after the first test when other 18-200mm competitors became available that were cheaper (eg Sigma and Tamron).
We haven't yet retested the newer version.

rufuscodd
23-03-10, 10:11 PM
Makes sense.

Thanks for responding and clearing that up.:)