When this lens was first reviewed in November 2006, it was pretty much in its own niche. Now though, there’s more competition...

Product Overview

Overall rating:

85%
Overall score:85%
Value:80%
Performance:85%
Features:90%
Image Quality:80%
Design:90%

Pros:

  • VR, good control over chromatic aberrations, quiet AF

Cons:

  • Low resolution at 200mm, price

Product:

Nikon AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Manufacturer:

Price as reviewed:

£475.00

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When this lens was first reviewed in November 2006, it was pretty much in its own niche: a long zoom with Vibration Reduction (VR) and designed specially for digital cameras. Now though, there’s more competition from the independent manufacturers.



Constructed from 16 elements in 12 groups, the lens features two Extra Low Dispersion (ED) and three aspherical elements. The VR has two modes, normal and active, with Nikon claiming four-stop effectiveness. This lens is also the fastest of the group with a maximum aperture of f/5.6 at 200mm. It’s swift to focus, based on use with a Nikon D80, and also quiet. It also has excellent build quality and a robust feel.



Image Quality

The resolution at 18mm is good, with a consistent performance peaking at f/11. At the opposite end of the zoom, results are less pleasing; while still consistent, the overall resolution is average. Where the lens scores well is in its control of chromatic aberration at 200mm, maintaining a low level of fringing across the frame. At 18mm it has good control in the centre but less so in corners.

Sample images


Verdict

A nice, quiet lens with good chromatic aberration control

Full Specification

Minimum Aperture:
f/32

Lens Mount:
Nikon
Filter Thread:
72mm

Focus Method:
M, AF, SWM
Other:
Lens hood: Included

Minimum Focus:
50cm
Lens Construction:
16:12, 2 ED, 3Asph, VR

Maximum Aperture:
f/3.5-5.6
Weight:
560g

(APS-C):
Yes
Diagonal Angle of View:
87-9

35mm Equivalent Focal Length:
27-300mm
Dimensions:
77 x 96.5mm

Focal Length:
18-200mm
Maximum Format Size:
APS-C

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  2. 2. Sample images
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