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Nikon 18-200mm VR II AF-S Zoom-Nikkor ED (2009-)

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Nikon 18-200milimet VR II (DX only, 72milimet filters, 19.9oz/565g, $647). bigger. I got mine at Adorama. I"d also get it at Amazon, at B&H or at Crutchfield.

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NEW: Nikon 18-300milimet f/3.5-6.3 VR same kích thước as this 18-200, and goes to 300mm!

Nikon 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6 VR. Bigger than this 18-200.

Nikon 18-200 vs. 28-300 vs. 18-300 Comparison

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This Nikon 18-200mm VR II is an extraordinary do-everything lens for DX cameras.

It"s the same as the old 18-200milimet VR, with the addition of a zoom loông chồng at 18mm. Otherwise, it is identical, and you can read everything in even greater depth at my original Nikon 18-200milimet VR Reviews.

There isn"t anything this lens doesn"t vì well. If you think you want it, get it., but I"d get the newer 18-300mm which costs about the same và goes lớn 300milimet.

Nikon 18-200mm VR II. enlarge.

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Schematic diagram. Blue: aspherical; yellow: ED. enlarge.

16 elements in 12 groups.

Two are ED glass.

Three are aspherical.

Nikon Super-Intergrated Coating (SIC).


7 rounded blades.

Maximum aperture


Minimum aperture


Closest focusing distance

0.5 m/1.6 ft.

Maximum Reproduction ratio

1:4.5 (0.22x)

Focal length

18-200 mm.

When shot on DX as designed, sees the same angles of view as a 28-450mm lens sees when shot on FX or 35milimet.

Picture angle


Filter size



3.0" diameter x 3.8" extension from flange.

77mm diameter x 96.5 mm extension from flange.


19.832 oz (562.25g), measured.

Approximately 565 g/19.9oz, specified.

(original weighs 19.790 oz (561.1g))

Supplied accessories

72milimet Snap-on Front Lens Cap LC-72

Rear Lens Cap LF-1

Bayonet Hood HB-35

Flexible Lens Pouch CL-1018.

Nikon Product Number



30 July 2009.

Available since

Late September 2009.

Price, USA

$647, March 2018.

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$600, April 2014.

$760, November 2010.

$850, October 2009.

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It has the same optics & VR system as the original 18-200mm VR.

I compare the coatings, và they are the same.

When I compared the performance of my original made-in-nhật bản version to this brand-new version, they are the same. There are slight variations throughout the zoom range, but no more than the usual sample-to-sample variations seen between two samples of any zoom lens.

Even Nikon"s MTF figures are identical to lớn the original 18-200milimet VR. (see MTF for new lens và MTF for original, each at bottom of page.)

MTF, 18milimet at f/3.5.

MTF, 200mm at f/5.6.

The original 18-200mm also has the VR-II system, identical to the newer lens. Nikon claims 4 stops of improvement for both lenses.

Rear, showing zoom lock switch, Nikon 18-200mm VR II. enlarge.

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Versus 18-300milimet and 28-300mm Lenses

Nikon 18-200 VR DX, 28-300 VR and 18-300 VR DX. bigger.

See Nikon 18-200 vs. 28-300 vs. 18-300 for details.

Versus the Original 18-200 VR

This "II" version is the same as the original 18-200milimet VR, the only visible differences are the gold, versus red "VR," and that this new II version has a zoom lochồng at 28mm. Optics và performance are identical.

Just to lớn keep everyone confused, the original 18-200mm VR used Nikon"s second-generation VR system, called VR-II. Therefore you"ll see the that the original 18-200milimet VR with the VR-II system often sold as the 18-200milimet VR-II, which sounds identical to lớn this new version.

Gold VR và loông xã slide switch = new version, red VR & no lochồng button = original version.

The new version says "AF-S NIKKOR 18-200milimet 1:3.5-5.6GII ED" on it in gold, instead of "AF-S NIKKOR 18-200mm 1:3.5-5.6 G ED."

I"ll run that by you again: the real new II version says "II" in gold just below "DX" by the focus window, while the original version is identical, minus the "II."

For all I know, since the original version uses the VR-II system, the bottom of some of the original versions may also say VR II in silver. If it doesn"t have a zoom loông xã, it"s not the newer version.

So? Except for the zoom lochồng, both lenses have sầu identical optics, coatings & VR system.

I haven"t had a problem with zoom creep in my original 18-200milimet, but others have sầu. Heông xã, when I rethành viên lớn turn my original 18-200mm VR to 18mm it stays put, too, without needing a loông chồng.

Nikon 18-200milimet VR II and original Nikon 18-200mm VR. enlarge.

Nikon 18-200milimet VR II và original 18-200milimet VR. enlarge.

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This 18-200milimet is a superb do-everything lens for any DX Nikon.

If you already have sầu the original 18-200mm VR, don"t bother with this new II version. Get the 18-300milimet instead if you want a change of pace.

I"d also suggest the 18-300milimet over this lens, simply because it"s a newer kiến thiết & covers a longer range, for about the same price in about the same form size.

Other than the 18-300milimet option, this is a superior lens.

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