Nikon has also revealed an update to its popular DX-format superzoom, in the shape of the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm F3.5-5.6G ED VR II. The revised version features a new zoom mechanism to combat 'zoom creep' (one of the most common user complaints about the original lens), along with a zoom lock switch to keep the lens compact when carried. Improved 'Super Integrated Coating' promises to reduce flare and ghosting while size, weight and optical construction remain unchanged. The lens will be on sale from September 2009 at an RRP of £729.99 / €887.00 / $849.95.

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Nikon launches the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM
F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II


NIKKOR VR superzoom lens for DX format cameras renewed

Amsterdam, the Netherlands, 30th July 2009 Nikon Europe has announced the introduction of the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II lens. This flexible 11.1x Vibration Reduction ‘superzoom’ NIKKOR lens replaces the popular AF-S DX VR Zoom NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G IF-ED, and improves functionality and image quality.
                  
Robert Cristina, Manager Professional Products, Nikon Europe says: “The 11.1x zoom ratio and beautifully balanced form factor make it ideal for anyone on the move and travelling light. The latest modifications in the new 18-200 come as a result of valuable feedback from customers.”

More practical, more quality
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II incorporates an all new zoom mechanism to prevent what is sometimes referred to as ‘zoom creep’ (the lens moves under its own weight when tilted). A new zoom lock switch keeps the lens compact when being carried as well.  The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II also features an improved Super Integrated Coating, an exclusive multi-layer lens element coating which reduces ghost and flare, ensuring improved image quality and contrast.

The lens features Nikon’s exclusive Vibration Reduction (VRII), giving users the ability to shoot at shutter speeds up to four stops* slower than would otherwise be possible, thereby minimizing image blur caused by camera shake. The optical VR system also stabilises the viewfinder image enabling more accurate autofocus acquisition and framing to make it ideal for shooting in low light conditions without a tripod.

*As determined in Nikon performance tests

Nikon AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200MM F/3.5-5.6G ED VR II specifications

Focal length 18-200mm (equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in 35mm format)
Mount Nikon F-Bayonet
Maximum aperture f/3.5-5.6
Minimum Aperture f/22-36
Lens construction 16 elements in 12 groups (two ED glass elements, three aspherical lens elements)
Angle of View

76°-8°

Zoom Ratio 11.1x
Minimum focus distance 0.5 m/1.6 ft.
No. diaphragm blades 7 (rounded)
AF motor Silent Wave Motor
Filter/attachment size 72mm
Dimensions (approx)

77 x 96.5mm (3.0 x 3.8 in.)

Weight (approx.) 565 g (19.9oz )
Included accessories

• 72mm Snap-on front lens cap (LC-72)
• Rear lens cap (LF-1)
• Bayonet hood (HB-35)
• Soft lens pouch (CL-1018)

Optional accessories

72mm screw-in filters

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