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

Zoom lens for DX format Nikon DSLRs

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Our take on the Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II

This Nikon AF-S series lens offers a broad focal range for versatile wide-angle and telephoto shooting with Nikon "DX" format digital SLR cameras. On the wide end, you can take panoramic photos of the countryside or fit a large group of people into a single frame. On the telephoto end, you can zoom in to highlight a single distant subject. You can even focus on objects as close as 20" away.

This Nikon AF-S series lens offers a broad focal range for versatile wide-angle and telephoto shooting with Nikon "DX" format digital SLR cameras. On the wide end, you can take panoramic photos of the countryside or fit a large group of people into a single frame. On the telephoto end, you can zoom in to highlight a single distant subject. You can even focus on objects as close as 20" away.

Great performance from Nikon
High-quality Nikon optics ensure accurate, razor-sharp results. A multi-coating on the lens minimizes flare and ghosting. Your photos will be clear and detailed across the entire field of view — from one edge to the other — thanks to ED (Extra-Low Dispersion) glass elements.

Built-in mechanism minimizes blurry photos
The lens has vibration reduction so your photos will come out crisp in all different sorts of lighting conditions. Built-in motion sensors steer a special set of optical elements inside the lens, neatly compensating for camera movement and stabilizing the image. You get much sharper pictures — even in low-light conditions where slower shutter speeds and hand motion can easily cause blurred images with a regular lens.

Product Highlights:

  • AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II wide-angle to telephoto zoom lens
  • Vibration Reduction II allows in-focus shots with longer exposure times (up to four stops slower shutter speed)
  • 35mm equivalent focal length of 27-300mm
  • contains two ED (extra-low dispersion) and three aspherical lens elements for high resolution and contrast
  • Silent Wave Motor for fast, quiet focusing
  • compatible with Nikon DX format digital SLR cameras
  • minimum focus distance: 20 inches
  • minimum aperture: f/22 (wide), f/36 (tele)
  • filter size: 72mm
  • lens is 3-7/8" long, 3" in diameter
  • weight: 19.7 ounces
  • warranty: 5 years with Nikon registration
  • Our 60-day money-back guarantee
Supplied Accessories:
  • lens hood
  • front and rear lens caps
  • soft lens pouch

What's in the Box:

  • AF-S DX 18-200mm VR II Zoom-Nikkor lens
  • HB-35 Bayonet hood
  • LC-72 72mm Snap-on front lens cap (installed)
  • LF-1 Rear lens cap (installed)
  • Soft lens pouch
  • User's Manual
  • Warranty information
  • Extended Warranty information
  • Online product registration sheet

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Excellent all-purpose lens. Very happy with this purchase, and expect this to be the lens I use 95% of the time.

Jerry, Pacific Palisades, CA


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

Average Customer Review(s):

(12 Reviews)

Great all-purpose lens.

Jerry from Pacific Palisades, CA on 11/15/2016

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Excellent all-purpose lens. Very happy with this purchase, and expect this to be the lens I use 95% of the time.

Pros: Broad range, from wide angle to telephoto. Reasonable weight, about 16 oz., given the outstanding.

Cons: None.


christopher from Pennsylvania on 8/28/2015

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great lens will be my goto lens picture clarity very good a little heavy on my 40dx but still worth for the quality



Nikon 18-200 DX Lens

HenryF from New York on 4/22/2015

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I have a number of full frame Nikon lenses to go with my D800E and 6 DX lenses for my D7100 or my D5500. Of these lenses, I would pick 3 to at the top of my list of superb glass, and one of those would be the 18-200 DX. I just seems to do it all and with that much range, I am amazed at how sharp and fast this lens is. The images are superb and the utility of this lens is great.

Pros: Great Zoom range and no sacrifice in quality of images, even when looked at under high magnification. Especially if you wish to choose just one lens, this would be my pick.

Cons: Slightly more weight, but not a deal breaker in anyway

Fantastic Lens

jlgad from Henderson Tn. on 11/4/2014

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My father in law has this lens and all his photo's look wonderful ! So I bought one for my wife & now one for me

Pros: Super Photos

Cons: None

Best all around lens!

Akumar1529 from New York, NY on 9/5/2013

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Can't get a better all around lens than this. Quality of images is fantastic.

Pros: Great image quality and zoom!

Cons: Expensive!

Nikon 18-200mm lens

Apollo from Charlottesville, VA on 6/12/2013

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This is a great all around lens for traveling and outdoor shots in good lighting situations. The lens has an 18mm lock which I like to prevent the lens from creeping. Also it seems to be quite tight when compared to the previous model. This is my go to lens when I am out and about.

Pros: The zoom range offers a wide variety of shots quickly.

Cons: It's a slow lens (as are all wide range zoom lenses) so if you want really sharp photos you will need to use a tripod. Hand holding is pretty good in bright conditions. In overcast the pictures can be pretty soft, but fine for a 5"x 7" print or your ipad. If you plan to display your photos on your big screen TV you will have to work in good lighting conditions.

Finally Got One

mikmax1 from Naperville, Il on 5/28/2013

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I have always wanted this lens, but was not willing to part with the $$. But when it was made available for less than the original price with a new camera, I finally jumped on it. Still putting it thru its paces, but so fare it is excellent for a versatile all-day lens. Unless I am shooting accross a soccer field, I rarely take it off.

Pros: Works very good for both indoors and fairly far away outdoor shots.

Cons: A tad heavy.

Wanted to Love this Lens

ConnieL from Frostburg, MD on 5/12/2013

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I used this lens with the D7100. This lens loved the light. So many of my photos showed the most lovely and beautiful images on my IPAD 3. However, the cropped and printed images were very soft. I was very disappointed in the sharpness of this lens. It was a good weight and size, focused quickly, wonderful walk around lens. If you aren't concerned with sharpness, this could be the lens for you.

Pros: Good saturated color, focuses fast, handles different lighting very well. Easy to handle and not too heavy given the 18-200mm range.

Cons: Too soft. Sharpness poor. Was looking for a versatile lens that would take sharp pictures that cropped and printed well. This is not that lens. The 18-300mm works much better with the 7100.

Nikon 18-200mm lens

PD from Illinois on 2/11/2013

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Haven't had much chance to use this lens as only had for couple of weeks but so far has been great. Thought I would have better close-up capability but can fix that in photo shop. Can't get as close-up as my 10X point & shoot but the quality is much, much better.



Great walk around lens

Ray from New York on 9/2/2011

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This is a very nice walk around lens. Gives you the ability to shoot wide angle all the way to 200mm without having to swap out the lens. The performance is good, not a crisp as some other lenses, but for the price and convince of a single else, it's nothing you cannot fix in post. This lens is on my D7000 90% of the time due to how versatile it is. Just a heads up. This is a rather heavy lens weighing in at 19.7oz so the convenience comes at the cost of weight. Also if you are using a D5100 or D3100, the extra 10 oz of weight from the 18-55mm kit lens could feel closer to 20 and make the camera very front heavy due to the lighter body. Just something to consider.



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

David from Kentucky on 5/22/2011

This lens is incredible. I have it paired up with the newer Nikon D3100. This does it all. It covers almost all the range that you will ever need plus the picture quality is amazing. Some people may say that it has a few small issues such as lens creep, but overall this lens is well worth your money. I did however buy this particular lens from Nikon's refurbished website ($100 cheaper) but I did buy my camera, filter and bag from Crutchfield. I have to say I am extremely pleased with the customer service that I received and will definitely buy from here again if the need arises.



Replaces two lenses for me

reayx5 from Apple Valley CA USA on 2/7/2011

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Paired this up with a new D90. It is a step-up from my D60. This one lens replaces my 18-55mm & 55-200mm. It is wonderful. I don't miss a shot. I don't have to hassle with carrying an extra lens tethered to my belt. I did have to purchase larger filters, but that is a small price to pay for this convenience. Chris




Hands-on research

Features and Specs

Mount Type Nikon F-mount
Sensor Size APS-C
Image Stabilization Yes
Lens Type Standard Zoom
Focal Length 18-200 mm
Maximum Aperture f/3.5-5.6
Weight 19.8 ounces
Parts Warranty 5 Years w/registration
Labor Warranty 5 Years w/registration

Product Research



Overview: This item is a 18-200mm, f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED (Extra-low Dispersion glass), AF-S DX VR II Zoom-Nikkor lens, compatible with the Nikon DX formatted Digital SLR cameras. The lens includes a 72mm snap-on front lens cap (LC-72), a rear lens cap (LF-1), and a bayonet hood (HB-35). Auto Focus-Silent Wave (AF-S) is a type of focusing motor used in a number of AF-Nikkor lenses; the AF-S motor is very fast and quiet. AF-S lenses also have an M/A mode selector which allows the user to switch from automatic to manual focus with almost no lag time.

11x Optical Zoom: 11x optical zoom coverage offers a perfect compact and lightweight "one lens" solution.

Focus Range: The lens has a broad 18-200mm focal range for use in a variety of situations (equivalent to a 27-300 lens in 35mm format).

Vibration Reduction: The VR II system offers a reduction of vibration while the shutter is button is slightly pressed and at the instant the shutter is released. This is the equivalent of using a shutter speed 4 stops faster.

Silent Wave Motor (SWM): New compact rod-type motor enables ultra-high speed autofocusing with exceptional accuracy and super-quiet operation.

AF G-type lens: Lenses that use D-Type technology provide the camera with precise distance information for flash and ambient light exposure processes.

ED Glass Elements: Two Extra-low Dispersion (ED) glass and three aspherical lens elements minimize chromatic aberration, astigmatism and other forms of distortion, while ensuring high resolution and contrast.

Coating: Lenses are coated with Nikon Super Integrated Coating which minimizes ghosting affects and flare, so that you can get even higher contrast and vivid images, even in challenging light operation.

Zoom Control: The lens features a large, textured manual zoom ring for ultimate zooming control.

Auto Focus with Manual Override (M/A): In the autofocus mode you can instantly switch to manual focus using the focus ring, for easy adjustment.

Note: Because there is no aperture ring on this lens, the aperture must be set on the camera.

Diaphragm: The lens is equipped with a fully-automatic, 7-bladed diaphragm that produces a nearly circular aperture. Out-of-focus images in front of or behind the subject are rendered as pleasing blurs.

Bayonet Hood: The supplied HB-35 bayonet hood extends approximately 1-5/8" beyond the front of the lens, and shades the aperture opening from direct sunlight that causes flaring. When not in use, the hood can be stored on the lens by mounting it in reverse position.

Optional Accessories (available from Nikon): Compatible optional accessories include 72mm screw-in filters.


  • Type of Lens: G-type AF-S DX VR II Zoom-Nikkor lens
  • Type of Mount: Nikon bayonet type
  • Filter Diameter: 72mm
  • Focal Length: 18mm to 200mm
  • Maximum Aperture: f/3.5-5.6
  • Minimum Aperture: f/22-36
  • Minimum Focus Distance: 1.6'
  • Lens Construction: 16 elements in 12 groups (3 aspherical lenses and 2 ED glass lens elements)
  • Picture Angle: 76°-8°
  • Focal Length Scale: 18, 24, 35, 50, 70, 135, and 200mm
  • Physical Dimensions:
    • Without Lens Hood or Lens Caps:
      • Length: 4.125" to 6.6875"
      • Diameter: 3.0625
    • With Lens Hood and Lens Caps:
      • Length: 5.75" to 8.3125"
      • Diameter: 3.9375"
  • Weight: approximately 19.9 ounces

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This lens offers a broad focal range for versatile wide-angle and telephoto shooting. Take panoramic photos of the countryside, or zoom in on a distant subject.

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This lens will give me the freedom from carrying more than one lens. [ CHRIS  Sep 19, 2017 ]

1 question already asked

Yes. [ WAYNE J  Mar 10, 2015 ]
Yes it does [ Andrew  Mar 02, 2015 ]
no it does not have. [ JAGDISH R  Mar 02, 2015 ]
Yes. The mount is just like that on every other Nikon SLR lens I've ever seen. I've used this lens for 2 years on my D90 and I've been very satisfied with it. I haven't used the 18-105 lens that came with the camera since getting this lens. [ James  Mar 02, 2015 ]