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Nikon AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 40mm f/2.8G

Image quality rating: 89,50%

Overall rating: 94,00%

Main points:
  • Excellent sharpness
  • Focusing can be slow
  • Light weight and compact


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Photography Life
'During my two month journey with the Nikon 40mm f/2.8G DX Micro, I had a number of opportunities to use the lens for different types of photography. I tried it out for macro and landscapes during my trips to Yellowstone and Colorado mountains, shot an engagement along with Lola and took pictures of my kids and other people. So I can say that I have a pretty good understanding of its capabilities and shortcomings. The focal length was the biggest problem for landscape photography when shooting on a DX camera, simply because I had a hard time fitting scenery into my frame; although, for distant scenery and panoramas (holding the camera vertically), it worked out quite well. I enjoyed shooting portraiture with it and despite being a macro lens, it snapped into focus rather quickly every time I pointed it at my subject. Using the focus limiter switch also helped increasing the AF speed quite a bit.'
Photozone
3.5/5
5/5
'The Micro-Nikkor AF-S DX 40mm f/2.8 G is a very nice addition to Nikon's line-up of dedicated DX lenses. Image sharpness is excellent in the image center wide open already, the borders and corners show very good resolution, too, when slightly stopped down. Vignetting is quite pronounced wide open, but no issue stopped down. CAs are moderate and easy to deal with in post-processing. Distortion is basically nonexistent and the bokeh very pleasing.'D7000
ePhotozine
5/5
4.5/5
'What is there not to like about this 40mm macro optic from Nikon? It's lightweight, compact and delivers images with excellent sharpness and contrast with low distortion, falloff and chromatic aberrations.'D300
Camera Stuff Review
8.7/10
'Optically, there is very little to criticize about the Nikon 40 mm f/2.8G AF-S VR Micro Nikkor. This small lens delivers sharp images; distortion is very low, the bokeh is beautiful and you do not have to worry about chromatic aberration and vignetting. In addition, because the effectiveness of image stabilization in the near field is very limited, it is - for the macro range - not a major disadvantage that no VR is built in.'D3200
SLR Gear
10/10
9/10
'Small, economical and excellent performance - there's a lot to like here. Nikon markets this lens as an introduction to macro photography, and I think they've done very well here to make that happen. Macro enthusiasts may want a bit more working room to accommodate lights and modifiers, but for a small lens that's easy to work with, you can't go wrong for the price.'D300S
Lens Tip
'When it comes to this lens I have mixed feelings. To tell you the truth I don’t know who to recommend it to. When you want to have a standard lens, the Nikkor 2.8/40 on DX sensor gives a bit too narrow angle of view and from that perspective it would be better if you got interested in the cheaper and faster Nikkor 1.8/35 or even more faster but also more expensive Sigma 1.4/30. If you care about a macro lens with 35-40 mm focal lengths the Nikkor can be a good choice but it has a serious rival in the shape of the Tokina 2.8/35 which features a definitely better build quality and is sharper in the frame centre. The Tokina won’t be a good choice only if you own the simplest Nikon reflex cameras because then its autofocus won’t work. If this 40 mm instrument has to be a macro lens and a substitute of a telephoto device in one I would rather recommend buying the Tamron 2/60 – a fully useful device with a good aperture speed of f/2.0'
Camera Labs
'Nikon's Micro-Nikkor 40mm f2.8 is a very compelling package: it's the cheapest macro-lens with 1:1 magnification you can buy and it delivers excellent performance with very contrasty and sharp images center to corner at every aperture at normal shooting distances. '
Pop Photo
'With its large aperture, quiet operation, compact size, and great price, this is a perfect everyday lens with a crucial trick up its sleeve—1:1 macro power. Its near-normal focal length promises minimal perspective distortion for half-length portraits, and for close-up fans it offers almost everything Nikon’s pricier 60mm f/2.8 full-frame macro does. This 40mm should appeal to many a DX shooter'
Ken Rockwell
5/5
5/5
'The Nikon 40mm f/2.8 DX G AF-S is a fantastic normal lens with extreme close-focus ability. Get it if ultra-close focus ability is important to you in a normal lens.'
Dxomark
Amateur Photographers
80/100
'Although the AF-S DX Micro Nikkor 40mm f/2.8G has obvious limitations when it comes to macro photography, the pros it offers to entry-level and enthusiast photographers outweigh the cons. The lens is sharp, resolving a great deal of detail, while the multicoated optics produce a good level of contrast and colour.'


Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G

Image quality rating: 84,14%

Overall rating: 92,89%

Main points:
  • Excellent optical quality
  • Light weight


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuoteCamera
byThom
4/5
4/5
'Message to Nikon: make more lenses like this, please. Simple, small, affordable, no terrible flaws.'
Nikon Glass
'I love this lens! It's a nice little lens with some very good characteristics. It's so sharp at times that you would think I used a more expensive lens (albeit in the center). It focuses fast and accurately, its tiny and light and basically does everything well - it's even well priced. A normal lens for DX cameras that excels in low light non flash photography. But don't restrict its use there, as I said, it does everything well. It can even be used on a full frame camera with some success (look further down for more info). I just wish all Nikon lenses were like this - inexpensive and well performing! Must have for DX users!'D7000
Photozone
4/5
5/5
'The Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 G ist able to deliver very sharp pictures wide open already. The bokeh, one of the primary aspects for a fast prime, is well developed and generally pleasing (at least slightly stopped down). There are some drawbacks, though, especially rather high distortions and CAs, both lateral and longitudinal. And allthough it's sonic wave driven, the AF is not really a speed demon. 'D300
Photozone
3.5/5
5/5
'The Nikkor AF-S DX 35mm f/1.8 G ist able to deliver very sharp pictures wide open already. Vignetting is quite well controlled for a dedicated fast DX lens, distortion is a bit higher than expected, though. This is also true for CAs, which can easily be removed in post processing, though.'D7000
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4.5/5
'With a price of around £170, this lens is a bit of a bargain for DX users looking for a compact high quality lens for low light shooting, or to isolate a subject by exploiting shallow depth of field. The optical quality is excellent for a lens at this price point, and that coupled with the good build quality and light weight should mean this lens finds its way into many a Nikon users' kit bag.'D300
Camera Stuff Review
8.9/10
'The Nikon 35 mm 1.8 is a very attractive, low-cost, compact, and lightweight lens. In combination with the Nikon D3200 , it yields high sharpness in the center. The Nikon D3200 corrected the jpg files for chromatic aberration (not adjustable) and distortion (adjustable). In terms of distortion and chromatic aberration, you will have to pay extra attention to the RAW files. The sharpness in the corners remains behind in comparison with the center, but from f/5.6, it will not visible to the naked eye.'D3200
SLR Gear
8.63/10
8.67/10
'The 35mm ƒ/1.8G DX fills an obvious hole in Nikon's lineup, and with its very reasonable price point Nikon may have found a way to ride out the recession. In our tests, the lens performs very well, with good results for sharpness at ƒ/1.8, becoming excellent at ƒ/2.8. Chromatic aberration is visible but not overly objectionable and light falloff is nicely controlled. Distortion is a little high for our tastes, especially if the lens is to be marketed as a ''standard'' lens. But for the money you can't beat it, especially if what you've had to work with has been an 18-55mm kit zoom.'D200
Lens Tip
'Looking at the list of pros and cons we can see that the latter are quite a number. Does it mean that Nikkor 1.8/35 DX is a hardly successful product? Definitely not. Most of all we need to remember that it’s a really cheap instrument addressed to amateur photographers. In the amount of money we have to pay, it gives us a lot. The sharpness at the center of the frame is especially impressive, compared to cult, but slightly darker Zeiss Distagon 2/35. In addition, you have to remember that the Nikon tested here has often been compared to full-frame lenses, it’s no wonder that at the edge of a DX sensor they had a little advantage. Potential competitors of the lens tested here, like for example Sigma 1.4/30 and Nikkor 2/35, have their faults too.'
DP Review
8/10
9/10
'Overall, though, it seems almost churlish to complain about these flaws in a lens so inexpensive, which gives otherwise such fine results. It's good to see Nikon finally addressing the lack of purpose-designed, inexpensive fast primes for DX format DSLRs, and we hope they - and other companies - continue with this trend. As it is the 35mm F1.8G DX is, for its winning combination of high image quality, large maximum aperture and low price, a lens which deserves to be on many a Nikon shooter's shopping list.'
Camera Labs
23/25
24/25
'Ultimately while owners (or potential owners) of full-frame bodies along with those who want a dedicated portrait lens should look elsewhere, the DX 35mm f/1.8G can almost universally be recommended to everyone else. DX body owners who want an affordable general-purpose lens that delivers a step-up in quality and low-light performance over a standard zoom should look no further. It's a great complement to any zoom, and one you'll quickly find using in preference for general-purpose shots. It deserves to be your standard lens.'
Camera Labs
'The unassuming Nikkor AF-S DX 35/1.8G puts in a surprise performance here. It is the clear choice if you are a DX-shooter and can even perform surprisingly well on a D700 if you know what you're doing. The nominal 2/3 larger aperture from the 1.4G does not sound like a huge incentive to get over the hurdle of investing almost 9x the money even if you factor in the better build quality, nano-coating, and the distance window. But keep in mind that the better transmission characteristics of the larger lens deliver almost 1.3EV more light. That is substantially more than the nominal values of f/1.4 vs f/1.8 suggest!'
Ken Rockwell
'This is a wonderful lens, and for only $200, every DX shooter deserves one of these.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.5/10
'This lens is, without question, the best lens I've ever owned. It was inexpensive, fast, light, consistent, provided great image quality and the colors were always bang on.'
Bjorn Rorslett
4.5/5
'Flare is in general well controlled, but shooting into bright light sources is rewarded by some rainbow-coloured ghosts and flare patches. The older lens handles this often much better. Chromatic fringing is also more evident with the new f/1.8, but my suspicion is that Nikon relies on its EXPEED engine and the fact that low-end camera often capture images in jpg format thus mitigating CA issues to a large extent.'
Dxomark


Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 12-24mm f/4G ED

Image quality rating: 82,64%

Overall rating: 74,77%

Main points:
  • Excellent sharpness, especially at 12mm
  • Light weight design
  • Decent flare performance with included hood


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuoteCamera
byThom
4/5
3/5
'You may be wondering why I haven't given the lens 5 stars in Performance. Well, it boils down to 12mm performance, which is very good, but not up to what this lens does at 24mm. Since most people will be buying this lens to go wide with an APS-sized digital camera, it's the 12mm performance that's most critical to them.'
Nikon Glass
'This is a “wide” lens that performs exceptionally well though it does have some issues as explained above. Is it worth 1000 €? I don’t think so, and lets not forget that this was a monopoly in the Nikon line up when it first came out.'
Photozone
4/5
2/5
'The Nikkor AF-S 12-24mm f/4G IF-ED DX proved to be a very good performer. Its center resolution figures are exceptionally high and apart from 12mm @ f/4 the border quality is also impressive though a little less field curvature may be desirable at 12mm. CAs as well as the distortion characteristic are very good for an ultra-wide zoom lens whereas vignetting is about average due to the reduced APS-C image circle.'
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4/5
'Despite being among the first of its kind, Nikon's 12-24mm f/4 DX still holds its own against competition from third party manufacturers and even other manufacturer's offerings'
ePhotozine
'Nikon were the first to produce a dedicated ultra wide angle lens for their cropped sensor cameras and they obviously put all their experience of both SLR lenses and wide angle for smaller sensor (Coolpix) lenses to full use. Despite some more recent very wide contenders, this offering from Nikon still looks like the Rolls-Royce of the pack.'
SLR Gear
8.32/10
8.47/10
'All in all, the 12-24mm DX is an excellent lens, a very worthy option for Nikon shooters looking for a true wide angle zoom for their DSLRs.'
Lenstip
'Paradoxically, the results of this test are good news for the owners of Nikon reflex cameras. No, you don’t have to spend more than 1000 $ to buy a good quality ultra wide-angle lens. Less than 500 will suffice – for that sum you can buy either the Sigma 10-20 mm or the Tokina 12-24 mm and with these instruments you can get results at least as good as those of the more expensive Nikkor.'
Pop photo
'Convenient to use with outstanding optical performance throughout except noticeable barrel distortion at 12mm, which may be expected from such a focal length.'
Ken Rockwell
'I love this lens. It's a must-have for every Nikon digital SLR. It cheerfully replaces my boat-anchor 17-35 AFS which will go live with my F100.'
Fredmiranda.com
8.7/10
'I finally got myself a real wide angle lens. Even though I am a prime lens fan, I traded a guy who went completely FX my 20mm F2.8 and $200 for this lens. On DX, 20mm is not really wide so I knew that I was missing out. This lens is so wide that it is fun and creative.'
Bjorn Rorslett
4/5
'The wildly exotic optical design, with plenty of aspherical and ED elements, produces high-contrast images with vividly saturated colours and low levels of flare and ghosting. Field curvature is negligible and evenness of illumination across the entire frame is remarkable. Set wide open at 12 mm, light fall-off into the corners is detectable, but a far cry from being troublesome. Under all other conditions there is virtually no vignetting. A spectacular achievement indeed.'


Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED

Image quality rating: 81,90%

Overall rating: 78,16%

Main points:
  • Very sharp
  • Fast AF speed


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byThom
5/5
3/5
'Sharpness is strong throughout the range, with f/8 being the point of maximum sharpness on my sample across the entire focal length range. Even at f/2.8 in the corners this lens remains an excellent performer. I'd be comfortable using this lens at f/2.8, but by f/4 there really aren't any big issues left to worry about. I have to magnify my images to 200% and beyond to see the chromatic aberration--it's there, but well controlled. Whereas I often see chromatic aberration effects over several pixels with some of my weaker lenses, on a D70 I'm seeing one-pixel impacts on edges near the corners. On the image, below, for example, the pixel boundary between the water and shoreline has a very slight one-pixel coloration in the water edge that's more prominent at the two sides (corners). In other words, it's there, but boy is it tough to see short of getting out the magnifier. Of course when you start post processing an image, especially sharpening, sometimes you can replicate those problems further from your edges.'
Nikon Glass
'The extended focal length range compared to other offerings, the outstanding wide open performance and pro build quality are the three factors that make this an excellent choice for all DX users. If you are a DX shooter and need this range, there is no better lens than this'
Photozone
3.5/5
2.5/5
'The Nikkor AF-S 17-55mm f/2.8G IF-ED DX is a professional grade lens and it certainly shows up regarding its exceptionally high build quality as well as very fast AF speed. Optically it is, without doubt, a very good lens but it has a few issues. The center performance is nothing short of stellar but the borders are a little worse than desirable at 24mm @ f/2.8 and at 55mm (for such a lens). The level of CAs, distortions as well as vignetting is quite typical for a lens in this class but then thing aren't substantially better either. So all-in-all there may be a few question marks regarding the price/performance ratio of this lens. It simply lacks the greatness suggested by its price tag.'
ePhotozine
4/5
4/5
'If you require professional build, including weather sealing and fast autofocus with full time manual override on your f/2.8 standard zoom lens, then you need not look any further than this Nikon optic.The sharpness it delivers in the centre from maximum aperture is excellent. It is by no means a perfect lens though. Levels of Chromatic Aberrations are quite high towards the edges of the frame and distortion is a little on the high side at either end of the zoom range. 'D300
ePhotozine
'Nikon recommend this lens for use as a standard on their top end cameras and with an approximate 30% improvement on performance over the 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5 we can see why. With lens quality fast becoming the limiting factor where top end digital imaging is concerned, 30% is a big step, but the improvement comes at a price. If you earn your living from your camera, then this lens is well worth considering but if not, and you don’t need the low light performance, the laws of diminishing returns may well come into play.'
Imagepower
'I do need the extended range as I do not have time to change lenses permanently and most of my photos are taken with aperture wide open.'
SLR Gear
8.83/10
8.77/10
'Bottom line, this is a very sharp lens with excellent characteristics wide open, although chromatic aberration, vignetting, and distortion are all a little high at 17mm. (DxO Optics Pro supports this lens on all current (10/18/2005) Nikon bodies except the D50, so the vignetting, CA, and distortion are easily dealt with.)'D2X
Lenstip
'The results of our test show that Nikkor 17-55 mm is the best lens in its class on the market. It is true that Canon 17-55 is only slightly worse and is additionally equipped with tempting image stabilizer but still Nikkor wins when it comes to optics and mechanics'D200
Ken Rockwell
4/5
5/5
'Personally, I shoot the 35/1.8 DX in low light, and pass on zooms in good light. If I do use a zoom, it's a lighter-weight 18-55mm, or longer-range 18-200mm VR.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.4/10
'Super sharp, right there with the 35 f1.8 I sold after I got this lens. It is heavy, but worth the trade-off to get the IQ.'
Bjorn Rorslett
4.25/5
'Optical performance clearly shows the clever engineering efforts gone into developing this lens. Thus, with help of its 14 elements (3 of which are ED, and another 3 are aspheric) in 10 groups, the detail sharpness, colour saturation, and image contrast all add up to an excellent imaging quality. Under direct side-by-side comparison with the 17-35 and 28-70 Nikkors, the new DX lens gives virtually identical results to these old champions in the longer range of each of them (28 to 35mm and 35 to 55 mm, respectively).'
Dxomark
Photozone
3.5/5
2.5/5
'Optically it is, without doubt, a very good lens but it has a few issues. The center performance is generally excellent but the borders are a little worse than desirable at 24mm @ f/2.8 and at 55mm (for such a lens). Some field curvature at 17mm can also spoil the results at this setting.'D7000


Nikon AF DX Fisheye-Nikkor 10.5mm f/2.8G ED

Image quality rating: 81,83%

Overall rating: 87,77%

Main points:
  • Excellent sharpness from maximum aperture
  • No silent wave motor means no AF on entry-level bodies
  • Compact and reasonably lightweight


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Terry White
'I'm happy with my choice of the Nikon 10.5mm Fisheye Lens. If you plan to use one of these primarily on a full frame body, then you might want to look at the 16mm Fisheye.'
Photozone
3/5
3.5/5
'The Nikkor AF 10.5mm f/2.8G ED DX Fisheye is a very decent performer with a very high resolution for most of the image frame. The primary weaknesses are chromatic aberrations (color shadows at the borders) and purple fringing (color blooming). Lateral CAs can be reduced rather easily via imaging tools but this is more difficult with PF'
ePhotozine
4/5
3.5/5
'Even though this lens was one of the first diagonal fisheye lenses made available for DSLRs with a sensor smaller than 35mm film, it still holds up well against the competition, despite being more expensive. The sharpness across the frame is excellent from maximum aperture, making this lens suitable for low light shooting, as well as for landscapes and interiors, where the extra-wide field of view may come in handy, so long as the wild fisheye distortions can be lived with. Build quality is great too.'
Image Power
'As a conclusion there is only one thing I have been regretting since I bought this lens: not having it bought much earlier'
SLR Gear
9.73/10
9.73/10
'This lens, like all fish-eye lens, is all about understanding where it will be at its best. I love to use it in big spaces. The bigger the space, the less noticeable the lens will be without editing. The fish-eye effect is great, when that is what you want, but when you want to squeeze as much of the Grand Canyon into one picture, there is no better way.'
Ken Rockwell
'You know if you need this.'
Fredmiranda.com
9.6/10
'I don´t know, why I haven´t bought it earlier. '
Bjorn Rorslett
4.5/5
'I recently downrated the 10.5 mm lens on DX format because further experience shows it is more troubled with CA than I initially observed. '
Dxomark


Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Image quality rating: 81,21%

Overall rating: 80,90%

Main points:
  • Add extra compared to other DX standard zooms in the wide range
  • Add wide make sure to stop down
  • Best around f/8


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuoteCamera
byThom
4/5
3/5
'Nikon has produced a lot of good consumer zooms, and the 16-85mm is another of them. Unlike some of the others, it doesn't have any particular weakness that stands out. As you might expect, 16mm is the weakest focal length, but it's still very good overall. By 24mm the lens is excellent in almost every respect. At the telephoto end the lens is also mostly excellent. Overall, I wouldn't be afraid to use this lens at any of its settings.'
Photozone
4/5
4/5
'Despite some shortcomings the Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX is probably still the best DX standard zoom lens in Nikon mount to date. It is very sharp throughout the range although there could be a little less field curvature (curved focus field) at 16mm. The level of distortions and lateral CAs is comparatively moderate for such a lens (still a bit high in absolute terms). Vignetting is generally well controlled except at 16mm @ f/3.5. The rather slow max. aperture may be a bit unfortunate because the achievable bokeh is rather underdeveloped in conventional scenes. If you're after a (relatively) shallow depth-of-field you should also stick to the 85mm setting - the bokeh is rather harsh at 50mm f/5. The VR II (Vibration Reduction) can help to safe the day in low light situations (at cost of shutter speed) with a "gain" of ~3 f-stops in field conditions.'D200
Photozone
3.5/5
4/5
'Despite some shortcomings the Nikkor AF-S 16-85mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR DX is still one of the best standard zooms available for Nikon crop cameras. It is very sharp throughout the range although there could be a little less field curvature (curved focus field) at 16mm. The level of distortion and lateral CAs is comparatively moderate for such a lens (still a bit high in absolute terms).'D7000
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4/5
'As an all-round lens for day to day shooting, this 16-85mm optic from Nikon offers a very good solution. The 16mm focal length provides a useful wide field of view, equivalent to a 24mm lens on a 35mm camera, which adds to the appeal of this lens.'D300
CameraStuffReview
7.4/10
'On paper, the Nikon AF-S DX 16-85 mm seems very interesting. The zoom range is 2 mm larger at the bottom, where every millimeter counts, than the zoom range of the Nikkor 18-105 mm and the Nikkor 18-55 mm. The 16-85 mm feels more solid than the other two and the purchase price is considerably higher. Optically, the 16-85 mm performs little or no better than the much cheaper Nikkor 18-105 mm. The price/quality ratio of the Nikon 16-85 mm therefore receives an inadequate.'D7000
SLR Gear
9.45/10
9.26/10
'The 16-85mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 is an admirable lens; excellent sharpness and chromatic aberration results, marred only by some distortion and vignetting issues. However, I'm happy to see Nikon engineers giving sharpness the top priority, as this is the one factor that you can't really correct for in post-processing. The lens is a definite improvement over its predecessor, the 24-120mm, a lens which provided an excellent platform for a wide range of photographic styles. With the release of the 16-85mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, the bar has been raised.'D200
Lenstip
'On the one hand the Nikkor’s 16-85 VR advantages are numerous, and the most significant of them is high image quality, possible to achieve for most of usages. On the other hand, though, you could expect less slip-ups from a lens with averagely demanding parameters which costs more than 600 $.'D300
Camera Labs
'So it ultimately boils down to how much you want or need 24mm equivalent coverage at the wide-end of your general-purpose lens. While it may only be 3mm wider in equivalent coverage to the wealth of Nikkor DX lenses which start at 18mm, it really does make a big difference. You can capture comfortably larger fields-of-view and enjoy perspective effects which aren’t as dramatic at even slightly longer focal lengths. '
Pop photo
'If you're an ambitious amateur calling for more optical oomph from your everyday zoom, but you're not ready to take on the physical and financial burden of high-speed pro glass, Nikon has heard you.'
Ken Rockwell
'Performance is excellent. It's sharp, zooms and handles well, and VR works great. It never gets in the way of a great photo. My only reservation about this lens is what I could buy instead with the same money.'
Ken Rockwell
'If you're a tripod-hugger who looks at every image at 200% looking for flaws, you want the 16-85mm VR. You'll need another tele zoom to make up the lost zoom range.If you just want to get in and get out, get the 18-200mm VR. I've never had any issues with a lack of image quality. The slight differences I've noted above are only visible if I go out of my way looking for them. Getting the shot is far more important than how sharp it is. I'd rather have my shot than be jacking myself changing lenses.'
Fredmiranda.com
8.1/10
'I was using this lens on my Nikon D200 and then my Nikon D300 and I was happy with the lens. After applying a little digital magic via DXO/Photoshop I would rate the lens as very good.'
Bjorn Rorslett
4/5
'At the widest setting, there is modest barrel distortion but huge amounts of corner darkening (vignetting), the latter needs massive stopping down to clear, to beyond f/8 when the lens is set to 16 mm. The geometric distortion is minimal around 40 mm and then crosses over in the usual manner to become a distinct pincushion towards the 85 mm focal length. I observed a slight field curvature too, so refraining from using the lens wide open seems a prudent move anyway. Image detail, contrast, and colour saturation, are all good and in the peak range from f/5.6 to f/11 (wide end) to f/8-f/11 (long end), excellent image quality can be acquired. The lens achieves around 1:4 magnification when focused close at its longestend. Not "macro" by any stretch of imagination, but nifty for close portraits, animals, larger flowers, and suchlike.'
Dxomark
CameraStuffReview
'Partially because of in-camera correction of lens aberrations and the 24 megapixel senor of the Nikon D3200 , the Nikon 16-85 mm performs better in combination with the Nikon D3200 than with the Nikon D7000. The larger zoom range makes the Nikon AF-S DX 16-85 mm seem very interesting. The zoom range is 2 mm larger at the bottom, where every millimeter counts, than the zoom range of the Nikon 18-105 mm and the Nikon 18-55 mm. The Nikon 16-85 mm show a solid performance in our Nikon 16-85 mm review and feels more solid than the Nikon 18-55 mm and the Nikon 18-105 mm. But the purchase price is considerably higher. And the Nikon 18-300 mm / Nikon 18-200 mm are solid competitors for this lens, if you can afford their higher price .'D3200


Nikon AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 55-200mm f/4-5.6G IF-ED

Image quality rating: 79,13%

Overall rating: 87,92%

Main points:
  • Very good centre sharpness
  • Plastic lens mount and build


Test/reviewerOpticsOverallQuoteCamera
byThom
3/5
3/5
'What do you expect from Nikon's least expensive telephoto zoom? Not much, probably. Fortunately, you get much more than that expectation, though perhaps not as much as you might expect from the AF-S designation.'
Photozone
3.5/5
5/5
'The Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED DX VR delivered a very sound performance with very few weaknesses. The resolution characteristic is generally very good and neither CAs not distortions are something to worry about. The vignetting is a bit more pronounced at 135mm @ f/5 but otherwise not a real problem. The bokeh (out-of-focus blur) is naturally a bit underdeveloped due to the slow max. aperture but apart from this limitation is seems pretty smooth. Fortunately Nikkor resisted the temptation to use super-cheap materials so while far from being as solid as a rock the build quality is actually fine for a lens in this class. A highly desirable new feature is naturally the VR (Vibration Reduction) mechanism. It doesn't help in all situations but it can often safe the day e.g. by enabling you to stick to low ISO settings or with an extra potential in low light situations. However, I'd state that it isn't quite as efficient as specified by Nikon though. The best thing of all is the very low price tag of the lens - by now it sells for less than 300€/US$. So you can get lots of bangs for you bucks if you can live with the comparatively slow max. aperture.'D200
ePhotozine
4.5/5
4/5
'Being priced at under £209, this lens represents a bit of a bargain, especially as it is so lightweight and the sharpness in the centre is good from maximum aperture. This lens is already popular amongst those looking for a lens to compliment their 18-55mm kit lens when their camera is purchased. The high performance this lens is capable of may also lead this lens to becoming part of the kit bag of more advanced photographers too.'D300
SLRGear
8.69/10
8.54/10
'If we haven't said it enough through this review, lenses that used to cost this much didn't have much to offer other than the savings in the wallet. The Nikon 55-200mm VR isn't a perfect lens - there are some obvious issues with vignetting, and its focus mechanism is a bit of a step backwards from even slightly more expensive AF-S models. However, it's sharper than most alternatives, controls chromatic aberration well, and distortion isn't a real issue. Paired with Nikon's basic 18-55mm kit lens, you would have a full range of focal lengths in two lenses, for half the overall price of the Nikon 18-200mm super-zoom. With a real improvement in optical characteristics from its predecessor design and the addition of VR image stabilization technology, you can't do much better for the price.'D200
Lenstip
'At the end let’s express one doubt in the role of a fly in the ointment. Perhaps instead of buying the 55-200 VR (in addition to a “kit lens” as a support) an amateur photographer should get more interested in a Nikkor 18-200 mm VR? The price is twice as high, it’s true, but we buy a more universal, better-made device, with a more efficient autofocus system and stabilization. In the range of 55-200 mm it doesn’t give in to the lens tested here and, additionally, its 18-55 mm range presents itself very well...'D200
Photoreview
7.5/10
8.5/10
'You want a general-purpose, medium-zoom lens for an entry-level Nikon DSLR'
Popphoto
'Even though it's the earlier version of VR, to get any VR at this price is a steal.'
Ken Rockwell
5/5
5/5
'Buy one, I did! It's the best deal in telephotos today.'
Fredmiranda.com
8.9/10
'I just bought this lens so cheap. Very light and sharp. Nice for walking around. The pictures are amazing for the price. Not 2.8 but VR really helps.'
Cameralabs
18/25
23/25
'The Nikkor DX 55-200mm VR is a great entry-level telephoto zoom for Nikon DSLR owners. It’s compact, very light, offers respectable quality, quick and quiet AF, decent VR, and best of all is available at a great price. If you have a DX 18-55mm kit lens, are happy with the build quality and simply want a longer range, it’s absolutely ideal. If you have one of the other Nikkor kit lenses though, there’s better choices.'


Nikkor AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G ED

Image quality rating: 78,68%

Overall rating: 68,80%

Main points:
  • f/8 max sharpness
  • Very good value for the money
  • Soft corners


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byThom
4/5
3/5
'Sharpness is very good but not great throughout the range, with f/8 being the point of maximum sharpness on my sample pretty much across the entire focal length range. Even at f/3.5 (or 5.6 at the tele end) in the corners this lens remains a fair performer--slightly better than you'd expect for the price. I'd be more comfortable about using this lens wide open if it weren't for the visible vignetting, but if you're a Capture user and shoot NEF, you can safely ignore that comment, as Capture's Vignette control handles this lens well. Otherwise be forewarned that you'll need to get to about f/8 to lose the vignetting effects'
Photozone
3.5/5
'There's no such thing as a free lunch and the Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED DX is no exception to the rule. The build quality is downright miserable which is probably a sufficient reason alone for some to think about the AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G DX straight from the start. However, the optical quality of the lens is not all that bad. The resolution figures are actually very good and not much worse compared to much higher priced models.'D200
CameraStuffReview
8.7/10
'The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 VR mm/3.5-5.6 G is compact and lightweight. The lens does have limitations. The zoom range is somewhat limited and the lens is not fast (f/3.5-f/5,6). We've tested this lens both with a Nikon D5100 and a Nikon D3200. The optical performance of this lens clearly benefits from the extra resolution of the 24 megapixel Nikon D3200 . The resolution is high, when mounted on a Nikon D3200 . The resolution in the center is higher than in the corners. Chromatic aberration can be an issue for jpg files at 18 mm, if the chromatic aberration is not corrected in the camera. The same applies for NEF files, which don't benefit from in-camera correction of chromatic aberration. If the Nikon 18-55 mm is purchased with a camera, the purchase price is low.'D5100, D3200
SLR Gear
7.77/10
7.32/10
'As noted above, the Nikkor 18-55mm is an excellent lens for the market it was designed for, namely entry-level dSLR users. While it suffers from soft corners at wide angle and maximum aperture, closing down one or two f-stops makes a world of difference: At f/8 - f/11, it's actually a very sharp lens.'D2X
Ken Rockwell
'This is the first lens I'd get if I wanted a mid length zoom for under $700. I prefer it to the more expensive 18 - 70 AFS. For $700 I got the $700 18 - 200 instead, which adds more zoom range and VR but has more distortion'


Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f/3.5-4.5G ED

Image quality rating: 77,00%

Overall rating: 76,25%

Main points:
  • Excellent sharpness in the centre
  • Softness in far corner regions at maximum aperture
  • Lightweight


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Photozone
3.5/5
2.5/5
'The Nikkor AF-S DX 10-24/3.5-4.5 is a welcome addition to the selection of ultra wide zoom lenses, a modern design with good build quality and fast sonic wave AF. It features impressive resolution figures at most focal lengths and a moderate level of vignetting and CAs. On the downside, barrel distortion is very high at 10 mm and the resolution at the extreme corners is poor wide open at 10 mm and recovers only partially stopped down.'
ePhotozine
3.5/5
4/5
'Overall the 10-24mm Nikkor puts in a respectable performance, producing images of excellent sharpness, especially when used at optimum apertures. The issue with softness towards the corners at maximum aperture is worth being aware of, but this shouldn't pose too may issues for most users. Optically it isn't as good as Nikon's 12-24mm, but then it is wider and cheaper, so should still win over many fans.'
SLR Gear
7.5/10
7/10
'Nikon has done well with its new ultra-wide angle zoom lens: it's a sharp lens, with corners that don't get significantly soft. CA performance is good, probably excellent on a D3, D300 or other Nikon body that employs CA reduction. Corner shading is a marginal factor, and distortion is typical of this class of lens. It may have taken Nikon a few years to get to the 10mm zoom party, but now that it's here, it's done very well.'
Lenstip
'On the one hand, the Nikkor 10-24 mm deserves some praise. The image quality in the frame centre is good and its borders are the best from all the APS-C/DX-designed ultra wide angle lenses tested here. It is significantly better and a bit cheaper than the older Nikkor 12-24 mm f/4.0. On the other hand, however, it doesn’t offer us much more than the slightly cheaper Canon 10-22 mm or the Tamron 10-24 mm. Especially the latter compares favourably here, as it is about 300 $ cheaper than the Nikkor.'
Pop photo
'It wasn't until we tested its close-up capabilities that we found this Nikkor's true forte. With an amazing 1:4.1 subject magnification power, it's nearly in macro range-significant, since one of the traditional uses of the ultrawide lens is playing large, close-in foreground subjects against distant backgrounds. This zoom lets such subjects loom even larger, and for such visually exciting perspective studies, it has few competitors.'
Ken Rockwell
4/5
5/5
'This Nikon 10-24mm is the new standard in DX wide zooms. Buy one; I did.'
Fredmiranda.com
8.5/10
'Good little lens for its purpose. I have used it with a D7k for interiors and if you stay away from flare points and shoot with a little care, the CA is not too bad (manageable with software corrections).'
Dxomark
Photography Blog
4.5/5
3.5/5
'The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 10-24mm f3.5-4.5G ED is a well-performing and thoroughly enjoyable ultrawide-to-widezoom lens. It's remarkably sharp in the image centre throughout the entire focal range, with edge sharpness also being commendably high at most settings, except wide open at the 10mm end. Vignetting is practically a non-issue as long as you use the lens on a DX body - for which it was designed - or an FX camera in DX crop mode.'


Nikkor AF-S DX Micro NIKKOR 85mm f/3.5G ED VR

Image quality rating: 76,38%

Overall rating: 76,20%

Main points:
  • Good sharpness at optimum apertures
  • No focus limiter switch
  • Lightweight


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Photozone
4/5
4/5
'The Micro Nikkor AF-S DX 85/3.5 VR is an attractive new option for DX shooters looking for a dedicated macro lens. It's rather light-weight and compact, delivers very sharp images wide open, which can be considered distortion free (at least for typical macro subjects) and show only minimal traces of CAs. The bokeh is nice and smooth, just a tad underdeveloped for normal tele use because of the lack of speed.'D3X
Photozone
3.75/5
4/5
'The Micro Nikkor AF-S DX 85/3.5 VR is an attractive option for DX shooters looking for a dedicated macro lens. It's rather light-weight and compact, delivers very sharp images wide open already, which can be considered distortion free (at least for typical macro subjects) and show only minimal traces of CAs. The bokeh is nice and smooth, just a tad underdeveloped for normal tele use due to the lack of speed.'D7000
ePhotozine
3.5/5
4/5
'Nikon's latest Micro Nikkor optic strikes a good compromise. It is a lens packed with the latest technology and features, but at a price that is really quite reasonable.'D300
SLRGear
9.33/10
8.67/10
'On its own merits, the Nikon 85mm ƒ/3.5 micro is a good lens; it shows a slight defect in the top left corner that could be distinct to just this sample. Apart from that, it's a sharp lens, especially when stopped down to ƒ/8 or smaller, and the addition of VR is very useful. The overall population of macro lenses in this focal length is becoming quite large, and compared to other lenses in the category, I'm not sure if there is any one feature which would make this lens a must-buy.'D200
Lenstip
'If you compare the number of pros and cons and realize it is one of the cheaper macro lenses with the focal lengths ranging from 60 to 105 mm, the Nikkor 3.5/85 VR can be a very interesting option for potential customers. If only the producer decided to use the focus limiter there would be simply nothing to complain about. Well, you could always include a f/2.8 aperture instead of that of f/3.5 among your wishes – with such increased fastness the lens would be a real hit - I doubt any owner of Nikon DX format reflex cameras would even look at the rival products.'D200
Cameralabs
'Nikon's Micro-Nikkor 85/3.5 is a very competent macro lens: it's the cheapest stabilized macro-lens you can buy and it delivers very good performance with sharp images center to corner albeit with somewhat reduced contrast when wide open. '
Popphoto
Ken Rockwell
3/5
3/5
'If you value size, weight, working distance and VR, get this lens only if you only plan to use DX cameras for quite some time.'
Dxomark
byThom
4/5
3/5
'As a macro lens, the 85mm f/3.5 is actually quite good.'


Nikkor AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR

Image quality rating: 76,25%

Overall rating: 88,00%

Main points:
  • Better than its to older brothers
  • But still step down to get better results


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Photozone
3.5/5
4/5
'The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-55 VR is a typical kit lens in the sense that it delivers a lot of value for rather little money. It's probably not the lens of anyone's dreams, especially regarding its rather poor build quality. However, there's nothing to complain about its performance regarding sharpness, CAs and also vignetting. The only real issue is probably the rather high amount of distortion at the short end of the focal range, but that's quite typical behaviour in this class.'D300
SLR Gear
7.5/10
9/10
'The chances are, if you bought a Nikon D40x or D60 in 2008, you already have this lens. I can't see a compelling reason to buy this lens separately unless you're really strapped for cash; there might be some on the used market as people upgrade to the more capable 18-200mm or 16-85mm VR lenses. Optically it's alright, maybe even better than alright if you get a good copy, but to get the best results you have to stop down to ƒ/8. Fortunately, the addition of VR does make that possible. In the final analysis it's a good lens, not a great lens, excellent for the beginning photographer.'D200
Lenstip
'You don’t need great deductive skills to find that Nikon offered us a really well-made lens. The new stabilized “kit” is really an interesting device you can get good quality shots with. It did have some faults and minor slip-ups but it is rather unavoidable in this price segment. Every amateur photographer who buys this lens in the set with a reflex camera won’t be forced to look for another one too soon because this device will allow him/her to get satisfying effects.'D200
DPReview
7.5/10
9/10
'But when all is said and done, it can't be denied that with this new VR version of the 18-55mm, Nikon have taken what was already a good lens and made it even better; it can't be overstated how useful VR can be in expanding photographic possibilities when using a camera handheld. Of course it won't help when you really need high shutter speeds to avoid motion blur, so don't expect it to perform miracles for indoor available-light people pictures, but it will help when you want to shoot in low light conditions and can tolerate slow shutter speeds. Indeed with the excellent high-ISO capabilities of modern dSLRS, VR will allow you to keep shooting in the fading light well past sunset.'D300
Photoreview
8.5/10
'Considering the diameter of the largest elements, the review lens turned in a creditable performance in our objective and subjective tests. Imatest testing showed it to be capable of matching the resolution of the D5000's sensor, with best performance at aperture settings larger than f/8.'D5000
Camera Labs
'The Nikkor DX 18-55mm VR is a classy budget kit lens which puts many rival models to shame. The 3x range and f3.5-5.6 focal ratio may be unremarkable, but with both SWM focusing and VR facilities, it’s a step above most models for the money.'
Pop photo
'Especially at longer focal lengths, distortion performance is better than that of many pro lenses in its zoom range. It's also superior to Nikon's earlier non-VR kit zoom by almost every metric. Whether you're new to Nikon or looking for an optical upgrade, the $80 extra for VR will be money very well spent.'
Fredmiranda.com
'This is a great starter lens. If you pair this up with a telephoto lens, you've got yourself a complete set at a reasonable price. The build quality is good and I can take pretty good pictures with this on my D40. If you're a beginner, go for this lens. VR is a nice touch when exposure times get longer.'
Dxomark
Ken Rockwell
'I'd get one! It's super-sharp, and can give images as good or better than the more expensive 16-85mm and 18-200mm lenses. You lose mechanical durability, not image quality, compared to the more expensive lenses.'


Nikon AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED

Image quality rating: 75,52%

Overall rating: 79,06%

Main points:
  • Great sharpness
  • But stop down to get high IQ


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byThom
4/5
4/5
'Sharpness is excellent throughout the range, with f/8 being the point of maximum sharpness on my sample pretty much across the entire focal length range. Even at f/3.5 (or 4.5 at the tele end) in the corners this lens remains an very good performer--much better than you'd expect for the price. I'd be more comfortable about using this lens wide open if it weren't for the vignetting, but if you're a Capture user and shoot NEF, you can safely ignore that comment, as Capture's Vignette control handles this lens perfectly.'
Photozone
3.5/5
4/5
'The Nikkor AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G IF-ED DX is a lens with many souls. The lens is capable to deliver very good resolution figures and low CAs but on the other hand distortions as well as vignetting are very pronounced specifically at 18mm. However, most users will rarely use large aperture settings at 18mm so the vignetting problem is usually no show stopper. The build quality of the lens is very decent and the Silent-Wave drive provides a speedy and silent AF. All-in-all the price performance ratio of the Nikkor is very sound.'D200
ePhotozine
3.5/5
3.5/5
'Although this isn't the latest lens design, it still holds up well against its contemporaries, producing images with excellent sharpness in the centre at maximum aperture, and across the frame at optimum apertures.'D300
SLR Gear
8.26/10
8.27/10
'Bottom line, the Nikkor 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G DX is a very high-quality optic, well worth the price, and is a real bargain when acquired as part of a D70/D70S bundle.'D2X
Lenstip
'What can we write in summary? We should congratulate users who have such a great lens, while others, for example, Canon users, are still waiting for an equivalent. When we compare the Nikkor 18-70 mm with the Canon 17-85 IS, the advantage goes to the former. Both of the lenses are sturdy, sharp and have a good autofocus. They both have visible vignetting. The Canon, however, has a bigger chromatic aberration and higher distortion; it is also much larger and more expensive. To look further we can compare the Nikkor with the Sigma 17-70 mm. Here the price is similar. The vignetting and the picture resolution are similar, but the chromatic aberration looks better in the Nikkor. The big advantage of Nikon over the Sigma is a reliable autofocus, and that would be the argument that would convince me to buy the Nikkor 18-70 mm.'D200
Camera Labs
'It is overall a far superior lens, but this is reflected in a higher price. If you’re after a superior general purpose zoom lens though and aren’t bothered about spending much extra for either the brighter DX 17-55mm f2.8 or the longer, stabilised DX 18-200mm, then it’s a great choice. If you’re buying a new Nikon body, look out for bundles with the DX 18-70mm, as they’re often cheaper than buying both separately.'
Ken Rockwell
'Today (2008) I'd suggest saving for the 18-200mm VR instead, or using the 18-55mm DX I usually use because it's so small.'
Fredmiranda.com
7.9/10
'I am quite disappointed with the softness of this lens. I owned 3 of these by now. Must be a copy variation as the 2nd one I owned was a little sharper of all 3, but still not as sharp as 18-105VR or even 18-55. '
Bjorn Rorslett
3.75/5
'This neat and well-designed lens is the "normal" lens for a starter kit together with the new D70, both of which are clearly targeted at the "keen amateur" end of the market. This description doesn't tell the whole story, however, because the end user will get an excellent optical performer at a bargain price.'
Dxomark


Nikkor AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Image quality rating: 75,26%

Overall rating: 80,48%

Main points:
  • Nice package
  • Softness in the corners


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byThom
4/5
4/5
'For its price, this is actually quite a well rounded lens. The most visible fault for most will be the barrel distortion at 18mm and perhaps some softness in the corners at 18mm and f/3.5. Beyond that, it falls into what I'd call the "very good and no noticeable flaws" range on almost everything.'
Photozone
3/5
4/5
'The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR offers a nice package of a comfortable focal range, optical stabilization and very high resolution figures. On the downside there're rather pronounced distortion and CAs. The build quality is Ok but not really something to rave about either. Given the very moderate price tag it's certainly an attractive offer if you can live with or work around its shortcomings. 'D300
Photozone
3/5
4/5
'The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED VR offers a nice package of a comfortable focal range, optical stabilization and very high resolution figures, excep for the longest focal length. On the downside there is rather pronounced distortion and CAs. The amount of vignetting is about average for this lens class.'D7000
ePhotozine
4/5
4.5/5
'In most cases, budget zooms and kit lenses aren't all that exciting in terms of specification and performance. In this case the 18-105mm surprised me at the quality achievable, especially at 18mm and at optimum apertures throughout the range.'D7000
CameraStuffReview
7.2/10
'The Nikkor AF-S DX 18-105 mm 3.5-5, 6 G ED VR is equipped with an effective image stabilization, and is practical in use due to the wide zoom range. This lens is not very fast and in terms of resolution and distortion, this lens performs only very moderately. The lens is sensitive to backlight, but the recommended retail price is attractive. For lovers of sharpnes, the Sigma 17-70 mm  is not an alternative to the Nikon 18-105 mm.'D7000
SLR Gear
8.48/10
8.39/10
'The Nikon 18-105mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 definitely raises the bar for Nikon's current lineup of kit lenses; consistently sharp, even at large apertures, with good resistance to chromatic aberration. Corner shading is prevalent, but it's not a noticeable problem. Distortion is evident and irregular, but again, you're probably only going to notice it if you need your straight lines to be absolutely straight.'D200
Lenstip
'If only Nikon decided to place this lens in a solid body, even raising the price twice, I would recommend it to all amateur photographers, who want to buy a universal lens for their Nikon D80/D90 or D40/D40x/D60 cameras without any reservations. What can be done, though? We got a less solid construction but at a very affordable price. Perhaps we shouldn’t carp about it too much because the lens’s fabulous performance places it among one of the best kit lenses I’ve ever tested. I think that everybody, who plans to make a purchase of a Nikon D90, should seriously consider buying it together with the Nikkor 18-105 VR.'D200
Photoreview
9/10
'A well-build general-purpose lens with above-average performance for Nikon's DX-format cameras.Designed for use with Nikon's DX-format cameras, the new AF-S DX Nikkor 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR lens will be offered in some Nikon DSLR kits - including with the new D90, which was used for our tests. Covering angles of view equivalent to 27mm to 157.5mm, it represents a good general-purpose lens for everyday photography and is priced accordingly. '
Ken Rockwell
'I'd pass on this 18-105mm lens. It's too expensive for what you get. $400 for a plastic mount lens? Not from my wallet, but if you want a light, do-almost everything lens for a DX camera and don't mind the price, this could be your ticket.'
Fredmiranda.com
7.3/10
'Mine is a Nikon refurb. I use this as my walk around lens on my d7000. It covers 80% of my casual shooting. I have successfully enlarged to 20x30. Although it is a plastic kits lens, it performs well for casual photography. I know some get nervous about the plastic mount, but they have been around for many years and appear to work well for the designated amateur audience. I get decent focus speeds and color rendition and contrast are all good on my copy. I am very satisfied for what it is, an inexpensive zoom with a convenient range and decent optics, but I don't push it, if I need something for early morning landscapes or I'm at absolute max/min zoom, I'll select a different lens for the shot. '
Dxomark


Nikkor AF-S DX VR Zoom nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF ED

Image quality rating: 74,82%

Overall rating: 74,83%

Main points:
  • Large zoom area
  • You pay a price for the large zoom


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Camera Labs
'The Nikkor DX 18-200mm is the most powerful and impressive lens in this group test, and indeed one of the most popular lenses on sale today. It offers a massive 11.1x optical zoom range and makes it usable under a variety of conditions thanks to built-in Vibration Reduction; this really works too, allowing you to handhold exposures three to four times slower than normal. The build quality and focusing are roughly equivalent to the DX 18-70mm, placing both well above the other two official kit lenses. The front section also doesn’t rotate when focusing and it additionally comes with a lens hood.'
byThom
3/5
3/5
'I alluded to it earlier, so let's cut to the chase: on almost every performance parameter this is a decent lens. Not nearly perfect, but quite decent at almost everything. On high megapixel DX cameras, the lens is an average performer at best. On low megapixel DX cameras, it performs in the good range.'
ePhotozine
'As a general lens that covers a large focal range, this one produced nice results and the quick, silent autofocus along with the upgraded Vibration Reduction made it a joy to use. While not really up to producing big enlargements, it did well enough up to A4 from a desktop printer and the advantages of not having to constantly change lenses will be a boon for many. Supplied with both a dedicated lens hood and soft leatherette string-top bag the lens, with it’s upgraded advantages seems good value for money and will likely come down in price a tad more once the initial supply problems are overcome'
SLR Gear
7.91/10
8.19/10
'This is Nikon's version of the 18-200mm "vacation lens", so-called because it's a great choice for those situations when you only want to pack along a single lens, to cover a wide range of shooting conditions. It competes against lower-cost, non-VR models from Sigma and Tamron. Like its competitors, this is a reduced image-circle lens, designed for use on cameras with APS-C sized sensors. Because of this, it's quite light and compact relative to its exceptional zoom range'D2X
DPReview
7/10
7/10
'So when all is said and done, we have to understand that superzooms are essentially about making some optical compromises to provide the broadest possible range in a single lens, and it's up to each individual to decide whether those compromises are acceptable. I wouldn't recommend the 18-200mm to someone whose primary interests were either architecture or wildlife, for example, but for the photographer who wants to shoot a little bit of everything and not have to change lenses, it's more than fit for purpose. Ultimately this is probably as good a superzoom as money can buy, so as long as its limitations are recognised and understood, it has to be recommended.'D300
Photoreview
8.5/10
'Overall image sharpness was good, with highest sharpness between f5.6 and f16, and lowest at the widest aperture. Resolution remained fairly high from f8 to f22 across all focal length settings. Interestingly, the difference between maximum and minimum aperture performance was relatively small, giving the Nikkor lens a clear performance advantage over competitors.'
Ken Rockwell
'If you're a tripod-hugger who looks at every image at 200% looking for flaws, you want the 16-85mm VR. You'll need another tele zoom to make up the lost zoom range.If you just want to get in and get out, get the 18-200mm VR. I've never had any issues with a lack of image quality. The slight differences I've noted above are only visible if I go out of my way looking for them. Getting the shot is far more important than how sharp it is. I'd rather have my shot than be jacking myself changing lenses.'
Ken Rockwell
'If you have the time to wait and the budget, the Nikon18-200mm VR is much more convenient than swapping between two lenses.'
Ken Rockwell
'It's fun, sharp and practical. It's enabled me to create more great photos than I ever thought possible. What more can I say?'
Fredmiranda.com
8/10
'This is the lens I use far and away the most. Indoor sports the Nikon 70-200 and outside field games and skiing are shot with the Sigma 100-300. Everything else is covered by this lens. I've even shot football where the wide angle makes for a better variety of shots. Using this for a dance is a much better choice than my 24-70 which is way too heavy to lug around all night.'
Bjorn Rorslett
4/5
'Image quality is remarkably good at the wide end and declines towards the telephoto end. This is the opposite behaviour compared to most modern zoom Nikkors. A fair amount of light fall-off into the corners of the image is seen towards the long end, too, and is present even at f/8-f/11 despite the telecentric principle of this lens. The very long lens barrel could be instrumental in giving this effect, acting like a mechanical vignette. Chromatic aberration (CA) is quite well controlled, but is easily seen for landscape subjects when you employ the longer end of the lens. Blue fringing occasionally was an issue for some high-contrast subjects, and is less easy to handle in your post-processing workflow than the traditional purple or red/cyan CA pattern.'


Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR

Image quality rating: 74,17%

Overall rating: 77,50%

Main points:
  • Very good centre sharpness
  • Plastic lens mount and build


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Photography Life
'Nikon released the new 55-300mm lens as an update to the existing 55-200mm lens and did a great job in keeping consistently good sharpness between 55mm and 200mm, with an added bonus of another 100mm for situations where additional reach is needed. Despite being a consumer zoom lens, the Nikon 55-300mm proved to be a great choice when it comes to optical performance, value and weight. It basically obsoletes the previous 55-200mm lens in all aspects and compares favorably against other similar lenses such as Nikon 70-300mm VR. While its focus speed and accuracy are not as good as on the Nikon 70-300mm or other pro-level lenses, it certainly does good enough of the job for capturing family pictures, events and travel at a very affordable price point. The slow autofocus performance and small maximum aperture are certainly not for low-light and fast-moving action photography, but if you learn how to focus with this lens, you will be able to capture great shots.'
byThom
4/5
4/5
'Some people were unhappy that Nikon would take engineering time to create the 55-300mm DX, thinking that the 55-200mm DX and the 70-300mm VR were enough. I happen to think that Nikon was wise to offer the in-between option. Even if the compromises aren't perfect for you, they will be for some people. I'm not afraid to shoot with this lens. It's what I took as a telephoto option on my Patagonia trip while shooting on a D7000. I was not dissatisfied with the results (other than having to duct tape the lens hood back together).'
SLRGear
7.25/10
8/10
'Considering the price point, you do get a good deal of lens for the money: it's fairly sharp wide open, sharper when stopped-down, and other traits such as tolerance to chromatic aberration, corner shading and distortion are as good or better than you'd expect for a lens in this class. It's not quite as good as its predecessor 55-200mm, but then, it's not just a matter of tacking on an extra 100mm of focal length; something's got to give, and thankfully, there's nothing that gives too much to make that happen. For the money, the lens makes an excellent companion to an 18-55mm for a two-lens system that runs the full gamut of wide-angle to telephoto.'D300s
Dxomark
ePhotozine
3.5/5
3.5/5
'During testing the Nikon 55-300mm lens proved itself capable of producing decent results. It fills a gap in Nikon's lens line up giving DX camera owners the popular 300mm focal without leaving a gap after the 18-55mm kits lenses provided with most of Nikon's entry-level SLRs. For this reason alone it will be popular, but also for its lightweight and decent build quality for the price point.'D300
Popphoto
'DX shooters craving a supertele won’t be disappointed. It’s well constructed, with admirable sharpness, distortion and vignetting control, magnification, and image stabilization. We call this $360 glass a steal. '
Ken Rockwell
'This is a swell lens, but really not much tougher or more useful than the much less expensive 55-200mm VR. Autofocus is slow in both these Chinese lenses, and will be frustrating for action shots.'


Nikkor AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED

Image quality rating: 74,00%

Overall rating: 76,00%

Main points:
  • Good performance in centre.
  • Edge performance not as good as the centre


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Photozone
3.5/5
3.5/5
'The Nikkor AF-S 55-200mm f/4-5.6G ED DX delivered a more convincing performance compared to its kit companion (18-55mm DX). The resolution is very high throughout the zoom range (best at 55mm) and there's only a slight decrease in contrast at large aperture settings (200mm). Vignetting at large aperture is quite pronounced though and there're very pronounced distortions towards the long end of the zoom range. CAs are very low. Corresponding to its price tag the build quality is quite a bit less impressive due to the extensive usage of rather cheap plastics and accurate manual focusing is next to impossible. All-in-all it is a good choice for casual users but the rather small max. aperture is a limiting factor for creative tele photography.'D200
ePhotozine
'Despite its lightweight construction this lens does not have a ‘cheap’ feel to it and the overall performance, although not stunning, is certainly not in the milk-bottle category. The autofocus performed satisfactorily and the manual mode proved usable. Supplied with both a hood and a soft bag for protection in the camera bag, it does seem good value for money.'D50
SLRGear
7.6/10
7.3/10
'The bottom line for the Nikkor 55-200mm DX is that it's a surprisingly good performer for its price point. Used in conjunction with the 18-55mm "kit" lens on the D50, it offers an excellent range of focal lengths with only two lenses, in a compact package, with decent optical performance, all at a very attractive price.'D2X
Photoreview
9/10
9/10
'For its construction and price, the review lens turned in a better-than-expected performance in our objective and subjective tests. Test shots were sharper-looking with better contrast and colour rendition than you would expect from the price of this lens and image quality was very even across the zoom range. '
Ken Rockwell
'VR, Vibration Reduction, is critical. I'd suggest the new Nikon 55-200mm VR instead.'
Dxomark
byThom
3/5
3/5
'What do you expect from Nikon's least expensive telephoto zoom? Not much, probably. Fortunately, you get much more than that expectation, though perhaps not as much as you might expect from the AF-S designation.'


Nikkor AF-S DX VR Zoom nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF ED II

Image quality rating: 69,33%

Overall rating: 80,80%

Main points:
  • Large zoom area
  • You pay a price for the large zoom


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Photozone
2.5/5
4/5
'Regarding some glowing reviews available on the web the expectation were rather high. Unfortunately the (tested sample of the) Nikkor AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED VR II DX wasn't able to convince completely. Weak points are rather hefty distortions and high vignetting (@ f/3.5) at 18mm. Apart from a few weak spots the resolution figures are quite good though and it is possible to get very decent images from this lens under field conditions. The VR can surely help to save the day in situations where similar zooms must fail utterly The build quality is a little soso for a lens in this price class and probably the biggest disappointment. All in all the Nikkor is a highly interesting lens but not without flaws (hardly surprising for a 11x zoom).'D200
Photozone
2.25/5
4/5
'Zooom lenses often are lenses full of compromises and this is especially true for super zooms. The Nikkor 18-200 VR II clearly illustrates this with its mixture of strenghts and flaws.'D7000
ePhotozine
4/5
4/5
'The first lens covering this range from Nikon was immensely popular, and with this new version, the issue with zoom creep and the lens extending during transport has been addressed. The addition of Nikon's latest VR II vibration reduction system is also welcome, with it ironing out hand-held shakes effectively.'D300
CameraStuffReview
8.1/10
'It is sometimes argued that an 18-200 mm holiday zoom lens cannot be good due to the large zoom range. Our test shows that this assertion is partly wrong. The resolution is, especially in the center, very high in combination with the Nikon D3200 . If you are going to stop down a bit, the corner resolution becomes better at most focal lengths. The Nikon D3200is partly responsible for the high resolution. Things like distortion and vignetting can be corrected and chromatic aberration is sufficiently low.'D3200
SLR Gear
8/10
8.2/10
'Nikon hasn't re-invented the 18-200mm ƒ/3.5-5.6 VR2 (II), but they've made some useful tweaks, addressing some complaints that have dogged this lens since it was first introduced. For its size and price point, it makes an excellent all-in-one lens.'D200
Lenstip
'In conclusion, we can easily recommend this lens to any, even very advanced, photo fan. If we use it as an alternative kit lens and add two or three fast fixed focal length lenses (for example the Nikkor 1.8/50 or something longer for macro pictures or portraits like the Tamron 2.8/90 or Tokina 2.8/100) we will never be taken aback by any situation and we will come back with great pictures and a clean detector from every adventurous trip'D200
Photoreview
8/10
'On test, this lens was well matched to the sensor in the D300s in terms of colour rendition and contrast. However, it was found to suffer from noticeable barrel distortion at the 18mm focal length setting. This was largely resolved by 24mm but changed to pincushion distortion, which was obvious from the 70mm focal length on. Rectilinear distortion is not uncommon in extended-range zoom lenses, although it is seldom quite so obvious over so much of the zoom range.'
Camera Labs
'The Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR II is an updated version of the best-selling super-zoom lens for the Nikon DX system. Unlike many version II lenses, the update here is minimal to say the least. The optical and physical construction is essentially unchanged with the only significant difference being a new switch on the side of the barrel which locks it at the 18mm focal length to prevent unwanted extension. With this switch unlocked, the DX 18-200mm VR II still suffers from creep when pointed vertically up or down within a certain focal range, so if you were hoping for a solution to this problem, or perhaps superior build and optics, you'll be disappointed.'
Ken Rockwell
'If you already have the original version (or find a deal on one), don't bother with this new II version.'
Dxomark


Nikkor AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED

Image quality rating: 68,67%

Overall rating: 76,40%

Main points:
  • Good center sharpness
  • Bad corner sharpnesss


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byThom
3/5
3/5
'I'll cut to the chase: This is a very, very sharp lens, but it has other drawbacks that unfortunately detract from all that edge-to-edge sharpness'
Photozone
3/5
4/5
'Quality-wise the Nikkor AF-S 18-135mm f/3.5-5.6 G IF-ED DX positioned itself between the AF-S 18-70mm f/3.5-4.5G and the AF-S 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR - just as you would/should expect it regarding the zoom range and complexity of design and there´s really nothing bad about it. The resolution figures alone are already pretty impressive and even more so when taking the rather extreme 7.5x zoom range into account. The center resolution is excellent throughout the range. As to be expected the border performance suffers a bit at 18mm and less so at 35mm but it´s still pretty good here. Resolution is a real strength of the lens. Typical for most dedicated APS-C zooms the vignetting figures aren´t quite as good - at 18mm and 135mm @ wide-open aperture the results are rather dismal to a degree where you may even call it under-designed - obviously a result of cost-cutting measure. 'D200
SLR Gear
8.6/10
8.12/10
'Looking at our test results for the Nikon 18-135mm, we can see that the lens engineers took a rather different approach than that used for a majority of SLR lenses. Rather than trying to keep all the performance parameters within a nominal (but not terribly exciting) range, they instead opted to go all-out for sharpness across the zoom and aperture range, at the expense of shading (aka vignetting), geometric distortion, and to some extent chromatic aberration. Or, if that wasn't their intent, that's what they ended up with. ;-)'D200
Lenstip
'To take the place of the Nikkor 18-70 mm, Nikon released a new model - the Nikkor 18-135 mm with more universal parameters and an equally good price. Unfortunately, nothing is for free. Very good picture quality in the center of the frame is offset by poor performance in the edges of the frame. There is huge vignetting and visible chromatic aberration at the ends of the focal length range. The distortion is visible at the whole range of focal lengths.'D80
Camera Labs
'It’s not all good news though. The DX 18-135mm suffers from greater geometric distortion than the others whether zoomed-in or out, and there’s greater coloured fringing when zoomed-in. Like the DX 18-55mm II, it employs a plastic lens mount and you should also watch out for camera shake when zoomed-into 135mm – that’s equivalent to over 200mm and remember this lens doesn’t have stabilisation. But it does offer many key advantages over the standard DX 18-55mm II kit lens and represents great value when bought in a bundle. It's undoubtedly one of the classiest official kit lenses from any manufacturer, but if you’re buying a new body and can afford to spend more, the DX 18-200mm VR is a more compelling choice.'
Pop photo
'Its sharp, relatively distortion-free images; ease of handling; quiet, swift, and sure operation; and all-around excellence should satisfy D80 owners and other Nikon shooters, at least until they're ready to step up to Nikon's truly all-star utility digital-only zoom, the 18-200mm VR.'
Ken Rockwell
'This 18-135mm is nice, but too expensive for what you get. Without VR the 135mmrange isn't very useful.'
Fredmiranda.com
7.8/10
'This is a sharp lens with a great range, but I sold mine due to a couple things I couldn't get over. The distortion at the wide end is horrible. I shoot alot of landscape/seascapes so this really bothered me. Corners are a bit soft wide open at 18mm too. Focus is fast and sure. Slow, so you generally need good light or a camera that can handle higher iso's. Not quite long enough to really make useful for many of natures applications, such as birds, wildlife, etc.'
Dxomark


Nikkor AF-S DX Zoom-Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G II ED

Image quality rating: 68,13%

Overall rating: 80,60%

Main points:
  • Try to shoot at f/8
  • Good value


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Photozone
3.5/5
4/5
'The Nikkor AF-S 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED DX II is a marginal update to the original mk I variant. The optical design has not been changed so the general observations regarding image quality remain the same. The tested mk II sample has a sightly better centering thus resulting in an improved center quality but regarding the mechanical qualities of the lens this is a gamble rather than a new feature of the mk II series. The resolution figures are actually very good and no worse than those of much higher priced models - truly remarkable.'D200
Photozone
3/5
4/5
'The Nikon AF-S DX 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6 ED II shows the typical characteristics of an entry-level kit lens. The build quality is rather poor, but compensates for with a rather low price. However, there's not really much to complain about its performance regarding center sharpness and vignetting. On the current high resolution sensors however the border and corners resolution falls a bit behind. CAs are a bit on the high side, but can be taken care of in software.'D7000
ePhotozine
'Despite its lightweight construction this lens does not have too a ‘cheap’ feel to it and the overall performance, although not stunning, is certainly not in the milk-bottle category. The autofocus performed satisfactorily and the manual mode proved usable. For a ‘kit’ lens, the performance, especially at the wider end if you ignore the distortion, is quite good.'D40
SLR Gear
7.75/10
7.38/10
'Nikon professional user. This lens is a little cracker! Every camera bag should have one. Great on the D40, D300 and D200 if you want a portable bit of kit.'
Camera Labs
'But, and this is the big but, it’s actually very good for the money. The optical quality is surprisingly good and the focusing both quicker and quieter than, say, Canon’s EF-S 18-55mm kit lens. Sure the other lenses tested here are superior, but if budget demands you go for the DX 18-55mm II, you’ll at least be getting one of the best affordable kit lenses on the market. '
Ken Rockwell
'It's a no-brainer: get one with the D40, and in the USA you have no choice because that's the only way the D40 is sold. Just as well, everyone should have one of these little gems.'
Fredmiranda.com
8.8/10
'I got this lens in a kit with my camera. I completely fell in love with it after using it for not a long time. It's an amazing lens for almost everything, i use it a lot for landscapes and find it an excellent lens for that use.'
Bjorn Rorslett
3.25/5
'Image quality is slightly below average on the D2X, but improves markedly on its dedicated companion the D40. With the D2X, mild CA of the blue fringing kind can be seen at the longer end, whilst the short end has some purple/cyan fringes. Both are entirely correctable in post-processing. The colour rendition is quite good no doubt thanks to the ED glass inside. For best results, shoot around f/8 at the short and f/11 or so at the long end of the focal range.'
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Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR

Image quality rating: 65,50%

Overall rating: 63,75%

Main points:
  • To much in the package
  • Nice for casual shooters


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ePhotozine
3.5/5
3.5/5
'Performance is good for such an extreme zoom lens, especially in the centre of the frame. As far as sharpness is concerned, this lens delivers sharp enough images for general photography and casual users should be smitten with it. More discerning photographers may find issues with chromatic aberrations and distortion a little too much for them, and may be better sticking with multiple lenses covering shorter zoom ranges.'D300
CameraStuffReview
8.4/10
'We had mixed feelings at the start of testing the Nikon 18-300 mm f/3.5-5.6G ED AF-S DX VR. How much quality can you expect from such a small lens with such a large zoom range? Nevertheless, during testing we got excited. Indeed, the vignetting is not too bad and what is left can easily be corrected afterwards. This also applies to distortion and chromatic aberration. The center sharpness is undoubtedly high and in many cases, the corner sharpness more than sufficient. The construction is compact and the AF is fast enough. The lens is slightly weak; playing with the depth of field is difficult because you have much depth. In addition, while we are talking about image quality: the display of focus elements, called bokeh, is not very nice. Additionally, the surcharge for an 18-200 mm is large. Otherwise, the Nikon 18-300 mm is a fine holiday buddy! Currently, we are testing the Nikon 18-200 VR II, so you can compare the resolution of these two lenses. For those who cannot wait: as a telephoto lens, the Nikon 18-300 mm VR is better.'D3200
SLR Gear
7/10
7.5/10
'There is definitely a wide array of options in the travel zoom department, but it comes down to the age-old concession between image quality and convenience. The performance you get out of the Nikon, or any travel zoom, at its extreme telephoto range, is not going to be comparable to any dedicated zoom lens. But if you can only bring one lens, then it's probably better to have the all-in-one than miss the shot because you couldn't get close enough. As for whether you should go with Nikon or less expensive Sigma or Tamron: the third-party lenses are good, but small things like build quality and image stabilization performance are where Nikon justifies its existence. If these things aren't crucial to you, then you can certainly save some dollars, but you won't be wasting your money if you decide to spend the premium price for the Nikon.'D7000
Ken Rockwell
'For DX cameras, this lens is an easy recommendation. There is nothing on Earth like this lens. Nothing else covers this huge range with VR and instant manual-focus override. Mud brands like Tamron usually offer cheap copies, sometimes with even broader zoom ranges, but they usually lack full-time manual focus override or good VR, and certainly lack mechanical quality and often lack future compatibility with new Nikon cameras.'
Dxomark
byThom
3/5
2/5
'Overall, what a strange beast of a lens. I can't say I've seen a more unusual set of figures from a test. Varying sharpness, high chromatic aberration, irregular linear distortion, and very little light falloff considering the specifications. It seems clear to me that to build this compromise lens, Nikon made compromises. The real question is whether you can live with those compromises. I'm not sure I have a good answer for that. Obviously, the extreme focal length makes it versatile. Going from wide view to a tight composition (remember you're at 450mm equivalent at the long end) at a snap of the wrist is definitely addicting.'
DPReview
7.5/10
7.5/10
'The Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-300mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR is the most extreme superzoom lens for DX-format SLRs we've seen yet - not only in terms of focal length range, but also size, weight and price. That 300mm F5.6 long end inevitably results in a heavy, bulky lens, and the 18-300mm is substantially larger than its closest third-party competitors, the Sigma 18-250mm F3.5-6.5 DC Macro OS HSM and Tamron 18-270mm F/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD. It's notably more expensive too - indeed in some markets it's almost twice the price.'
Photozone
2.25/5
2.5/5
'It is hardly surprising that it is a difficult quest to optimize a lens with a 16.7x zoom ratio. Given this scope, Nikon did a decent job but the outcome is still a collection of compromises. The weak spots are, unsurprisingly, at the extreme ends of the zoom range. The image center is great at 18mm but the outer image region is softer than it should be here.'D7000
Photography Life
3/5
2.5/5
'As you may already know from my review of the Nikon 28-300mm VR, I am not a fan of superzoom lenses. Yes, they have their uses for people that travel or do not want to change lenses, but they come with too many problems for my taste. I have tried every single superzoom Nikon made so far, as well as some third party superzooms, and I found none of them to be appealing for my photography needs. In fact, I used to own the Nikon 18-200mm VR lens (the original version) a long time ago and I got rid of it fairly quickly, because I was not satisfied with its performance. With so many optical problems like distortion, vignetting, chromatic aberration, bad bokeh and decreased sharpness, I found myself spending more time editing pictures and not being fully satisfied with them, than enjoying photography. Most of these optical issues can now be easily removed or reduced today thanks to the automated lens correction module of Lightroom, but it still left a bad taste in my mouth.'
Amateur Photographers
60/100
'The AF-s DX Nikkor 18-300mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR is an ideal lens for those times when you don't know what you will be photographing and you want to keep your camera bag light. That said, the lens is heavier than its 18-200mm little brother, so if weight is an issue consider whether the extra 100mm focal range of the new lens will be used. I found the extra reach useful, particularly for the occasional wildlife photograph.'


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