The Nikon Nikkor 18-200VR2 or the AF-S DX nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6g ed VR II, is an upgraded version of the very well-liked and useful 18-200mm VR lens. It is a super-zoom lens in the DX design. The lens has been upgraded mainly to address the zoom creep problem, which according to users, was the most annoying issue with the earlier lens. The new lens also comes with a switch that locks the zoom while in motion. With a new and better “super integrated coating”, the problems of flaring and ghosting are considerably reduced too. There isn’t any alteration in the size dimensions and the look too is similar to the predecessor. The lens was launched in September 2009 and was at the time sold for £729.99 / €887.00 / $849.95.
The Nikon Nikkor 18-200VR2 includes a never seen before zoom technique and this completely takes care of the zoom-creep problem in which the lens used to shift due to its bulkiness when placed at an angle. The zoom lock key helps to control the zoom exposure as and when needed. The “super integrated coating” which is a special covering for the lens on multiple layers helps better image quality by minimizing flaring and ghosting. Exclusive to Nikon, the VR 2 or the vibration reduction tool provides for shooting images at s four stop shutter speed. This greatly controls the blurring which may take place when the camera moves. The VR tool acts as a stabilizer and helps greatly in the auto-focus department as well. This allows the user to shoot in poor light conditions and that too without the help of a tripod.
At the mount, the lens is sealed with a rubber ring. This goes a long way in covering the sensor from dust and dirt. The lens boasts of a good focus. It can focus up to a distance of 0.5 m/1.6 ft, which is quite useful for a lens in this category. It even holds focus very well while on zoom. This is a unique feature of the Nikon Nikkor 18-200VR2. The lens works well with most of Nikon’s latest digital SLR cameras. It can be easily fitted to any camera and then used to click great pictures.
The specifications are similar to the 18-200mm VR. The length of focus, as already mentioned above, is 1.6 ft. It uses a Nikon F-Bayonet mount. The maximum and minimum apertures are f/3.5-5.6 and f/22-36 respectively. 16 elements in 12 groups complete the lens construction. The angle view stands at 76°-8° and the zoom ratio is 11.1x. The lens is fitted with 7 rounded diaphragm blades and uses a silent wave motor AF motor. At 565 g, it is a relatively light and easy to carry around device.
The Nikon Nikkor 18-200VR2 is a good lens for those who travel a lot. According to Robert Cristina, the Manager of Professional Products, Nikon Europe, “The 11.1x zoom ratio and beautifully balanced form factor make it ideal for anyone on the move and travelling light. The latest modifications in the new 18-200 come as a result of valuable feedback from customers.”
The best features of the popular 18-200mm VR are retained and the improvements have been incorporated into the AF-S DX nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6g ed VR II, making it a true winner.