Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR DX - Review / Test Report - Sample Images & Verdict
Lens Reviews - Nikon / Nikkor (APS-C)

Field impressions and Sample Shots

While the lens didn't totally convince under lab conditions the field performance was actually very decent when bypassing the critical aspects. Surprisingly the lens was quite resistant to flare showing only a few ghostings and a controllable loss of contrast.

Ok, finally here're some sample shots taken with the Nikon D200 (converted RAWs via RawShooter Essentials 2006). (please note that RSE applies some degree of CA correction)

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/125s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 24.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/750s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/8.0 @ 1/200s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 60.0mm
Exposure Data: f/10.0 @ 1/180s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/50s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/11.0 @ 1/160s
Size 3898x2613
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 200.0mm
Exposure Data: f/5.6 @ 1/250s
Size 2613x3898
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D200
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Exposure Data: f/10.0 @ 1/160s
Size 3898x2613

Verdict

Regarding some glowing reviews available on the web the expectation were rather high. Unfortunately the (tested sample of the) Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR DX wasn't able to convince completely. Weak points are rather hefty distortions and high vignetting (@ f/3.5) at 18mm. Apart from a few weak spots the resolution figures are quite good though and it is possible to get very decent images from this lens under field conditions. The VR can surely help to save the day in situations where similar zooms must fail utterly The build quality is a little soso for a lens in this price class and probably the biggest disappointment. All in all the Nikkor is a highly interesting lens but not without flaws (hardly surprising for a 11x zoom).

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