Good "travel zoom" for Nikon DX Cameras?

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2yota Regular Member • Posts: 114
Re: Good "travel zoom" for Nikon DX Cameras?

embie wrote:

Craftsman70 wrote:

2yota wrote:

No one seems to like the 18-200 VR for today's modern camera's. The build quality of this lens is actually quite solid. Much closer to the build of the 16-80 lens whereas the 18-140 reflects a slightly "cheaper" build. When I'm pixel peeping, the 18-140 is a little sharper than the 18-200 in the centre. But for everyday shots, I wouldn't even know which lens was which. Having said that, it's still hard for me to recommend the 18-200 knowing that the 18-140 can be had for equal or lesser cost. So there's my vote.

I like the 18-200 as well for a decent travel/walkaround lens while travelling.

BTW> The general opinion on the 18-200 hasn't really changed over the years. Many people who have never tried the lens disliked it when it was first introduced and they may be the same type of people who dislike it now with the higher resolution bodies.

How can anybody dislikes a lens which they never have used ?

That makes no sense.

Personally I have used aswell the VR I as the VR II version of this lens on the D40X and the D90 bodies.

It was bearable on the D40X but I upgraded to the D90 and moved on to the VR II.

From then on I wasn't satisfied of the IQ at all, all due to the lack of sharpness.


In terms of sharpness (focus accuracy), I actually had some problems with my copy of the 18-200 when used on my dslr’s.  Despite using AF fine tune, I was never able to dial in a setting that would be perfectly sharp throughout the entire focal range.   If I could get it sharp at one end, it would be off at the other end.  This was verified with engaging live view and focusing using contrast detect which yielded perfectly sharp results out of my 18-200.  That’s why using the 18-200 on my Z50 now has resurrected new life into it as it shoots perfectly sharp both at the wide and long ends throughout the aperture range too.   See my photo posted in previous thread ... I think it captured a fair bit of detail in it along with decent corners too, no?

But once again, if it wasn’t for the fact that I already own this lens (18-200), I wouldn’t go out of my way today to buy one when there’s others that can be had for cheaper.

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Nikon Coolpix A Nikon Coolpix P340 Nikon D7500 Nikon Z50 Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G VR +11 more
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