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?
Yes, the numbers show the lens to be fairly slow with VR disabled, but with VRII this lens is up to four times faster than without VR. Defintely worth a place in the bag. Now let's hear a report on the optics. Good luck!
Tony -- "The only thing that the 18-200 has against it is the increased size/weight." Valid point, which makes me wonder if the VRII feature will compensate for the added size and weight. I also have a 28-200 G and have achieved excellent results with it. Looks like the two main advantages offered by the new 18-200 G are: 1. greater focus range on the wide end; and 2. VRII. Those features are very impressive and enticing to me personally, but I still am not sure if the new 18-200 G lens is worth triple the cost of the 28-200 G. Think I will wait until there are several reliable performance reviews and sample shots before considering a purchase. -- RNV
>The D200 seems to be made in Thailand. I recall seing a >picture of the D200 with Made in Thailand written on it, >somewhere. > >I can't see why this would be of any concern as long as the >quality is there. It probably helps the price to be as low >as it is.
I agree about Thailand; quality has never been an issue. However, I'd be more concerned about a China-made product after having seen a few cheap plastic lenses returning to Nikon in pretty bad shape for servicing. Namely a certain 28-80 F/3.5-5.6 D zoom...
I must admit though, the new 50mm lenses (1.8 and 1.4) with their recent production transfer to China seem to be reliable.
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