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Nikon D200 review Gordon Laing, January 2006
 
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Nikkor 18-200mm VR
Sigma 18-200mm OS for Nikon
 
Nikkor DX kit lens group test video tour

Not sure which lens to buy for your D200? Check out our video below which discusses four popular choices from the budget DX 18-55mm to the eternally popular DX 18-200mm super-zoom. The camera we used in the video was a D80, but all the lenses work on the D200 and the comments equally apply. If you're interested in seeing results from each model along with a detailed discussion of their pros and cons, check out our full Nikkor DX kit lens group test.

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Nikkor lens group test video - rotating end Nikkor lens group test video - 18-135mm zoomed in Nikkor lens group test video - 18-200mm creep





Nikkor DX 18-70mm


Good points

Slightly longer zoom range than basic kit lens
Brighter f4.5 aperture at telephoto
Superior build quality to standard kit lens
Fast and quiet SWM focusing motor

Bad points
Pricier than official kit lenses
Corner sharpness issues
DX 17-55mm f2.8 is brighter (but pricey)
DX 18-200mm is longer and has VR




Scores

(relative to DX 18-55mm II kit lens)
 

Build quality:
Optical quality:
Specification:
Value:

Overall:

22 / 25
20 / 25
18 / 25
17 / 25

77%
 



Nikkor DX 18-135mm


Good points

More flexible range than standard kit lens
Better build quality than standard kit lens
Fast and quiet SWM focusing motor
Affordable and supplied with lens hood

Bad points
No VR - so watch out for shake at 135mm
Below average geometric distortion
Only sold in bundle with new body
Nikkor DX 18-200mm more compelling




Scores

(relative to DX 18-55mm II kit lens)
 

Build quality:
Optical quality:
Specification:
Value:

Overall:

18 / 25
17 / 25
18 / 25
20 / 25

73%
 



Nikkor DX 18-200mm VR


Good points
Highly versatile 11.1x zoom range
Effective anti-shake VR feature
Fast and quiet SWM focusing motor
Polariser-friendly internal focusing

Bad points
Non-VR 18-200mm rivals at half the price
Modest macro performance
Heavier and larger than rivals
Smaller effective range at close focus




Scores

(relative to DX 18-55mm II kit lens)
 

Build quality:
Optical quality:
Specification:
Value:

Overall:

22 / 25
20 / 25
23 / 25
20 / 25

85%


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