Nikon 18-200 not that sharp. Typical?

Started Feb 23, 2008 | Discussions thread
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Bill E Regular Member • Posts: 296
Nikon 18-200 not that sharp. Typical?

I just bought an Nikon 18-200 because I am going on a trip to Germany next summer and I wanted to minimize the lens changing. I already own a 28-200, but rarely use it because it doesnt match up to my 35-70f2.8, 70-200VR f2.8 and primes, particularly in sharpness. I had read about the 18-200VR and got the impression it is pretty sharp but had some distortion issues that didnt look too bad to me. I have taken some test shots and have been disapointed with its sharpness. In fact my 28-200 looks as good or better. (the distortion looks fine to my eye, however). Conceptually this seems like a really good lens for hauling around on vacation, but I will probably send it back. Is this just a bad copy or have others seen the same thing?

Bill

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