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

18-200dx
Review Date: Aug 30, 2008 Recommend? yes | Price paid: Not Indicated | Rating: 7 

 
Pros: Light, compact and very versatile. VR is great.
Cons:
Soft at longer focal lengths, barrel slides way too easily

When I first got this lens I thought it was brilliant, all that I would ever need. I do a lot of travel and if going light I would just take this and a 50mm.

That was till I got hold of the Nikon 17-55 and 70-200. I actually thought there was something wrong with this lens afterwards, it just didn't seem sharp. I would even use manual focus to try and get sharper shots. Eventually I just realised I had been spoilt with higher quality lenses!

That said it is a brilliant all purpose travel lens and still only take the two if backpacking etc, but I know I won't get the IQ that I would prefer....guess you can't have everything.