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

18-200dx
Review Date: Mar 18, 2009 Recommend? | Price paid: $780.00

 
Pros: Nikon finally satisfied this customer
Cons:
None, now

Now that I have a working version, my rating jumps to an 8.

I wrote about my adventures in Nikon-land (see review of the 18-200 below).

After two more back-and-forths, Nikon sent me a new lens as a replacement. I'm happy that they honored their warranty and that my 'regular lens' is back on the D200.

Thank you, Nikon.


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

18-200dx
Review Date: Jan 31, 2009 Recommend? no | Price paid: $780.00 | Rating: 4 

 
Pros: wide angle to telephoto (one lens for 90% of shots)
Cons:
did not work right, 3 times back to Nikon

Nikon made a kit lens for everyone ... the 18-200mm zoom. Great. I had to shoot a friend's wedding, so I bought one. It worked OK. I liked the shots.

However, I noticed that a lot of my pictures were out of focus, and the nose drooped when I aimed the camera down. I sent it to Nikon for repairs. It worked for a while, but after a couple of months, I had to send it to Nikon again with the same problems.

When I got the lens back, it was so tight I couldn't zoom it. Pretty terrible quality control at the Melville Repair Center, I guess.

Anyway, I sent it directly to Yoshio Ichikawa, the President of Nikon America, with a complaint letter. Well, they still have it. They've had it for 3 months and they won't answer my inquiries. Maybe I hurt their feelings?

After 40 years of using Nikons, I finally decided that I won't be buying any more Nikon products. It's not that their products are bad, but the company backing the products really DOES NOT care to have my business any longer.