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18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 ED-IF AF-S VR DX

jbloom

Wethersfield, US
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jbloom Gold Member Awarded for the continuous and generous sharing of his high level expertise and his always encouraging comments in several forums. Donor Ribbon awarded for his generous support to the Fundraising Campaign 2014 Nikonian since 15th Jul 2004
Tue 01-Nov-05 10:22 AM

Last year I bought a Sigma 18-125 DC for use on my annual bicycle trip. Now, I may be replacing it with the just-announced Nikkor 18-200:
http://www.nikonusa.com/template.php?cat=1&grp=5&productNr=2159

While we have yet to see independent performance tests of this new lens, it certainly looks interesting. I'll be particularly interested in finding out how well distortion is controlled in this 11x zoom lens. With true AF-S (M/A mode), VR, a size and weight I can live with, and a zoom range that's ideal for my travel photography, this looks like what I've been wanting for my lightweight one-lens kit for my D70, and not unreasonably priced at an MSRP of $700, if it performs decently.

Edited to add:
And note the close-focusing distance: 20 in (50 cm) throughout the zoom range! At 200 mm zoom, that's not quite macro but it isn't far from it!

So, in summary:

Wide-angle (35-mm equivalent of 27 mm) to serious telephoto (35-mm equivalent of 300 mm) with a worst-case maximum aperture of f/5.6.

Near-macro close-up capability at a reasonable working distance

All that with AF-S and VR and at an MSRP of $700. I have to ask: What's the catch?


-- Jon
Wethersfield, CT, USA
Connecticut High School Sports Photos

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