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Unread postPosted: Thu Aug 17, 2006 11:38 pm 
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I got my lens today.
Here are a few photos I took this evening.

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F3.5 1/15" handheld

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F3.5 1/2" leaning onto fence

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F3.5 0.7692" leaning onto fence

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F3.5 1/3" leaning onto fence

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F3.8 1/10" handheld

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 Post subject: Re: Nikon AF-S DX VR 18–200 mm / 3.5–5.6 G IF ED
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I am just thinking about buying a new lens... Image

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Does anyone has any experiences with the Nikon AF-S DX VR 18–200 mm / 3.5–5.6 G IF ED ?
Maybe some pics as well?
It is very hard to get one at the moment (it is very popular) so the delivery time is 6-8 weeks.But that gives me some extra time to make up my mind.

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Hi Katy,

This 18-200 VR lens is great but from reports is designed as a lens to stay on your camera all the time to keep the camera sensor clean.
Advantage: HUGE RANGE from ultra wide angle to telephoto
Disadvantages: A consumer lens
The front element rotates in focusing bad for filter use
The lens extends FAR out when Zooming = Bad for balance
Worst of all they say the images are soft at both ends so whats the point of the lens in the first place?
I'm just trying to help so my advice is
1. get onto this website www.bhphotovideo.com
2. look at the top of the range 70-700 f2.8 VR @US$ 1599
3. Shipping is quite expensive but then get a lot of "necessary items" like Memory cards as well to make it worthwhile.

Good Luck

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Unread postPosted: Tue Aug 22, 2006 1:17 pm 
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You are of course right about that awesome Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR! It is also high on my list! But unfortunately I sometimes have to pay food, water,...and living in a rather cold and rainy part of europe also results in quite high costs for heating my little appartment. :lol:

Hence the lens you quote is a tiny bit out of my range! The 18-200 VR wasn't! So I bought it and I'm actually very happy with it! Of course it will not be used as my preferred lens in game reserves, for that it will still be the 300mm f/4! The 18-200 VR will however for sure become my standard lens for those days when I'm just wandering around doing a bit of "happy snapping"!

Don't get me wrong, you are absolutely right about the quality difference between the lenses (allthough I don't find my images at 18 nor 200 flat and the VRII is fantastic after a bit of practising) but when somebody asks an opinion about a BMW 3 series he already KNOWS the BMW 7 series is a better car with more power etcetera...it does not need to be told!

btw, glad to have an extra Nikonian around here! Became a little uncomfortable with all those canonites! :lol:

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Salva wrote:
glad to have an extra Nikonian around here! Became a little uncomfortable with all those canonites! :lol:


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I was also considering the 18-200mm VR Nikon lens. Fortune however smiled on me for once (you will understand when you conitnue reading below) as I'm usually the shmow who buys something to have something better come out a month or two later.

Nikon released news of the following a week or two ago, a Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens.

The only problem; 18-200mm is such a nice range to have but 300mm is such a nice up close and personal. Decisions... decisions.


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Salva wrote:
You are of course right about that awesome Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR! It is also high on my list! But unfortunately I sometimes have to pay food, water,...and living in a rather cold and rainy part of europe also results in quite high costs for heating my little appartment. :lol:

Hence the lens you quote is a tiny bit out of my range! The 18-200 VR wasn't! So I bought it and I'm actually very happy with it! Of course it will not be used as my preferred lens in game reserves, for that it will still be the 300mm f/4! The 18-200 VR will however for sure become my standard lens for those days when I'm just wandering around doing a bit of "happy snapping"!

Don't get me wrong, you are absolutely right about the quality difference between the lenses (allthough I don't find my images at 18 nor 200 flat and the VRII is fantastic after a bit of practising) but when somebody asks an opinion about a BMW 3 series he already KNOWS the BMW 7 series is a better car with more power etcetera...it does not need to be told!

btw, glad to have an extra Nikonian around here! Became a little uncomfortable with all those canonites! :lol:



Hi Salva that 300mm f4 has only very few elements and is therefore PIN Sharp...what a lens and its very portable as well ... can't really take a 300f2.8 on a walking trail.!!! I'm real sorry about the 18-200 I forgot it has VR II because you wont ever get fuzzy pics with that on .... enjoy and come out to the Park soon.... I haven't been all year but will be there in a months time..... 2 nights at Pafuri River Camp right on the border of the Park 4 kms south of Pafuri Gate ....for Peace and tranquility and THE BIRDS.... big secret that place. then 2 nights at Shingwedzi then New York (Lower Sabie in the BUST CROWDED SOUTH for a night to get some plants at the Skukuza Nursery. Then I,ve got 13 nights from 18 Dec.... 4 nights at Punda Maria, I night at Shingwedzi, 3 nights at Shimuwini for Christmas and then 3 nights at Biyamiti (Trying to get better pics of the Barred Owl!!

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Sounds like a fantastic trip, Peter! Can't wait to see your owl pics! :wink:

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ceruleanwildfire wrote:
I was also considering the 18-200mm VR Nikon lens. Fortune however smiled on me for once (you will understand when you conitnue reading below) as I'm usually the shmow who buys something to have something better come out a month or two later.

Nikon released news of the following a week or two ago, a Nikkor 70-300mm VR lens.

The only problem; 18-200mm is such a nice range to have but 300mm is such a nice up close and personal. Decisions... decisions.


OK I'll make it a bit harder...the 18-200mm is a FANTASTIC range! Of course having a 300mm tele made it a little bit easier for me :lol:

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Salva wrote:
Let us know what you think about it once you've used it.

I am quite impressed with this lens. It is amazingly small and light, and the autofocus is fast and quiet. Image

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Could be intresting for Katy.

I have a feeling that she will hold her very own 18-200 mm lens in her hands very soon. Image

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katja wrote:
Salva wrote:
Could be intresting for Katy.

I have a feeling that she will hold her very own 18-200 mm lens in her hands very soon. Image


:lol: How could you possibly know?!

Katja was so kind to tell me where she ordered the Lens. Image

They delivered it yesterday and today I was able to pick it up.

Now I need a good opportunity to test it.Unfortunately the weather does not look too promissing. :?
But as soon as I got the first results I will post some pics.

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katydownunder wrote:
They delivered it yesterday and today I was able to pick it up.

Now I need a good opportunity to test it.Unfortunately the weather does not look too promissing. :?
But as soon as I got the first results I will post some pics.

Congratulations on your new lens! :D
I am looking forward to seeing some of your photos taken with it.

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I finally managed to go to the Zoo to test my new Lens.
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And I really like it. It feels good,it's not too heavy and the autofocus is fast and silent. I just listen to my inner voice, and do not so much rely on all the technical stuff. :redface:

Here are some pics I made during the last two days visiting the Zoo here in Cologne and nearby Duisburg.


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If you would like to see more, have a look here and here.

I would at anytime buy this lens again.
@ ceruleanwildfire I think the Nikkor 70-300mm VR is very nice as well, but as I already have a lens of that range (ok it's not VR, but..) but if you are looking for a lens of that range I think it's worth considering.
@ Peter Betts Of course I know the 70-700 f2.8 VR lens is a beauty but I also know that it is far over my budget.
And having the choice buying the lens or going to Africa for a holiday.... Guess what's my choice :wink:

Katy

{Links edited by DQ as they were too long.}

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Geez, this lens is like gold dust.

Is it really worth it?


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If it isin't, any other lenses for Nikon that you can recommend. No more than £600


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Have a look here, and of course here for the longer lenses.

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