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

Sample Shots

The following sample shots were taken with a D7000 and RAW-converted via CaptureOne.

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Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 80.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 120.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/160s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 70.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/100s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 100
Focal Length 36.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/400s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/6.3
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 170.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/800s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/320s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 200.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/640s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 18.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 28.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/200s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 80.0mm
Aperture: f/5.6
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 46.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 35.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1000s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 62.0mm
Aperture: f/7.1
Exposure 1/1250s
Make NIKON CORPORATION
Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 65.0mm
Aperture: f/9.0
Exposure 1/500s
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Model NIKON D7000
ISO Speed 200
Focal Length 20.0mm
Aperture: f/8.0
Exposure 1/1000s

Verdict

Zooom lenses often are lenses full of compromises and this is especially true for super zooms. The Nikkor 18-200 VR II clearly illustrates this with its mixture of strenghts and flaws.

The image center resolution is quite high, especially towards the short end of the focal range. The borders and corners are a different story though, offering a rollercoaster ride from poor to very good values throughout the zoom and aperture range.

Vignetting is actually quite well controlled, except at 18mm wide open. CAs are rather high, as is distortion.

The build quality is ok, especially now that Nikon adressed the issue of zoom creeping with the current VR II model. AF is virtually silent thanks to AF-S and quite fast for a super zoom (less so in absolute terms). The optical stabilization works very well, even though we were not able to confirm the promised efficiency of 4 stops. In our field tests it seemed more like 3 stops, but actual results will of course vary with the individual photographer.

In summary the Nikkor is a very capable super zoom lens, however one should be aware of its flaws and limitations in the field. They are the price to pay for the convenience of carrying just a single lens.

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