I had the oportunity of testing another D7000 and 18-200 VR2 lens. Conclusion was VR2 is slightly sharper at every focal distance. Focus is instant and accurate. At 200 mm focus is good. My problem lens does not focus distant at 200 mm. If focusing manual at end of turn still can not get focus indicating green dot. With VR2 lens focus ring can be turned past green dot. Using both cameras to test lenses result is 18-200 vr1 has a problem at long end but quality of image is also not as good as VR2 lens but acceptable. I am now considering to get 70-300mm lens.