Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II review

The Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II is an ideal APS-C format travel lens

Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II
(Image: © Nikon)

Digital Camera World Verdict

I have to admit that this lens was my personal favorite ‘superzoom’ and my go-lens for walkabout and travel photography for many years, until Nikon’s Z system cameras came along, accompanied by the Z 24-200mm f/4-6.3 VR. Built for DX format DSLRs, the 18-200mm is more refined than the AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-6.3G ED VR and more manageable than the oversized AF-S DX 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR, while still giving a highly useful ‘effective’ zoom range of 27-300mm in full-frame terms.


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    Powerful zoom range

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    Compact, lightweight construction

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    Refined handling


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    Chunkier than Sigma/Tamron equivalents

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    Lacks the reach of an 18-300mm zoom

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The Nikon AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II is a subtle refresh of Nikon’s original 18-200mm lens, gaining a zoom lock switch but retaining the same optical design and image stabilizer. Nikon subsequently launched two 18-300mm superzooms. The bulkier f/3.5-5.6 is now obsolete and the f/3.5-6.3 is more basic, with no focus distance scale nor a supplied hood.


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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

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