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Unread postPosted: Tue Mar 21, 2006 10:16 pm 
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I am just thinking about buying a new lens... Image

And I need some Image
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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Pressrelease , specifications and photo's can be found here.
Have a look at Ken Rockwell's review as well.

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Unread postPosted: Wed Mar 22, 2006 6:25 pm 
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The Nikon AF-S DX VR 18–200 mm / 3.5–5.6 G IF ED is an amazing lens. I bought mine in December from Keith @ Kamaraz in Rosebank - he tends to get items when no other shop can help (if you're in South Africa you can get him on 011 880-2885).

I used the lens in December and again this last weekend - both times in the Kruger Park. You can check some of the images on my web site: www.krugertokalahari.co.za

Go to Portfolio and then click on Landscapes and then the 'Shingwedzi River near Bateleur camp' pic and the 'Dawn Baobab' pic. The 'Butterfly' pic under Insects & Reptiles was also taken with the 18-200 as the lens is also a good macro lens.

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Thanx DuQues and Mario!

@ Mario
Very nice homepage with beautiful pics.
Love your 'Shingwedzi River near Bateleur camp' pic.
I have to take some landscape pics as well during the next stay in Kruger.

I think my decision is already made.


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Thanks Katy!

A neat trick to use with the 18 – 200 when shooting wide angles is to zoom in to 200mm, focus on your subject, lock focus and then zoom out. I tend to get a sharper landscape than simply focusing at 20mm.

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Yipee! Just went to get mine! Had to wait for nearly six weeks for my new "precious" (saying it just the way smeagul does :lol: ). The lens is so popular that Nikkor is having a hell of a job to meet the demand!

Can't wait to try it out. Also my first experience with the VR function.

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Please let me know how you like the lens, Salva.
I am interested in buying it too...

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Salva wrote:
Yipee! Just went to get mine! Had to wait for nearly six weeks for my new "precious" (saying it just the way smeagul does :lol: ). The lens is so popular that Nikkor is having a hell of a job to meet the demand!

Can't wait to try it out. Also my first experience with the VR function.


Congratulations Salva ! :mrgreen:
I ordered mine on the 20.05. and I am still waiting :(
Please post your first results with this lens. :cam:

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@ both "Kat"jes :wink: , will do so! However, a bit of patience please: it's to hot to do anything for the moment.

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Have you used your lens yet, Salva? :D
If not, you can sell it to me. :wink:

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I have already tested it a bit, Katja! Won't post any pics here, most of them are taken from my balcony and thus not really worth posting :wink: .

But I can tell you it impresses me more and more. The VR function really does work! A little bit of practice and I was able to shoot sharp pics at 1/10th at 200mm, (of non moving objects that was :wink: ), handhold. Till now I only tried it in low light conditions. Be aware though that VR does not guarantee sharp images: even when putting the VR on active modus (you're supposed to gain 4 f/stops doing that) you will still sometimes have blurry pics!

Quality of images is great throughout the focal distance.

I didn't buy this lens to use in game reserves: over there it will still be the 300mm f/4. But it will be standard on the D70/s in all other conditions. Wit the 1.5 (more or less) magnification factor it gives me a 27-300 mm and that is almost every thing you can dream of. Done with changing lenses :D

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Thank you, Salva!

I think I'd better place my order for this lens soon so that I maybe get it in a year... :roll:

Salva wrote:
I didn't buy this lens to use in game reserves: over there it will still be the 300mm f/4. But it will be standard on the D70/s in all other conditions. Wit the 1.5 (more or less) magnification factor it gives me a 27-300 mm and that is almost every thing you can dream of. Done with changing lenses :D

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I don't want it for wildlife photography either but as a standard lens for other trips. This lens sounds like the ideal one. :D

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I ordered my lens on Saturday and just got an email that it was sent to me today.
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Fantastic news! You will enjoy this lens thouroughly! You can use it for close to anything! Let us know what you think about it once you've used it. Could be intresting for Katy.

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I hope the lens arrives quickly so that I can test it on Bornholm (Danish island) this weekend. :D
I will definitely let you know what I think about it.

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