sonyfever's reviews

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

    8 out of 10 points and recommended
    Flexibility, VR
    Distortion, weaker optical quailty at longer rang

    This lens, like all the consumer zooms I guess, performs well when you operate it in its sweet spot.

    After playing with some primes, I start thinking of this lens as 5 lens:
    1) 24-50mm f4-11
    2) 18mm f4
    3) 24mm f5.6-11
    4) 75-135mm f8
    5) 135-200mm f11

    This lens is quite good in 24-50mm optically, in the belief that distortion can be easily fixed by PTLens. The 24mm focal length is undoubtedly the best optically due to the benefit of negligible distortion.
    The constrast and sharpness fall noticeablly in the longer end, however, it still ok. Lastly, according to the review of, at 18mm the quality improves when stop down from f3.5 to f4+.

    On the other hand, this lens can just as well be used as one wishes. The range and VR really gives one wings.... I mean make one feel free in most cases. This is good and bad, though. Good for the convenience and bad for sharpening one's skills because it can make one not to think. However, I think this lens has the capability to grow with one's techniques, and it has an unique combination of strengths that easily outweigh its shortcomings.

    reviewed December 16th, 2006 (purchased for $750)