Nikon AF-S DX VR II 18-200mm f3.5/5.6G IF ED £499 @ Wilkinson Cameras
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Nikon AF-S DX VR II 18-200mm f3.5/5.6G IF ED £499 @ Wilkinson Cameras

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Found 12th Dec 2010
Amazing lens at an amazing price.

I wasn't going to post this originally as I intend to buy one but Jacobs cameras said that they would match this price. So I can get it from there if I ever manage to sell the three lenses that this one will be replacing.

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Original Poster

Could be bought from John Lewis who would also price match Wilkinson Cameras.

And i was doing so well at saving ! Cant resist this at this price, was aiming on next summer but .. its Christmas, thanks.

Why's this a good price? I paid £100 less from Amazon 2 years ago, and that wasn't a special price.

On a side note, don't expect great results. It's a flawed lens. I still use mine, but am always thinking of replacing it.

Edit: I hadn't realised how much this has gone up in price! Now seems like a good time to sell....
Edited by: "normal" 12th Dec 2010

Original Poster

You don't have this lens and you certainly didn't pay £100 less for it 2 years ago as it was only released this year.

This is an excellent lens and has rave reviews. There is a VR MK1 version about that is cheaper and not as good.

The price is good because it's cheaper than every shop on the high street that I visited. Also the fact that this lens is under £600 almost everywhere is a bargain anyway.

Here are a couple of reviews of this lens bythom.comkenrockwell.com


Edited by: "RoBad" 12th Dec 2010

It is a "G" lens, which is traditionally the letter used by Nikon for their lower (amateur) quality lenses. Has this changed?

Original Poster

pet2000

It is a "G" lens, which is traditionally the letter used by Nikon for … It is a "G" lens, which is traditionally the letter used by Nikon for their lower (amateur) quality lenses. Has this changed?



It's not a professional lens but I think the equivalent professional grade lenses are over 3 times the price and they would have a much larger aperture. I'm not sure though as I haven't bothered to look at them as I know they are way too expensive for me to consider. They're really nice though.
I'm no camera expert but I think this is more of a do it all solution really.
Edited by: "RoBad" 12th Dec 2010

normal

Why's this a good price? I paid £100 less from Amazon 2 years ago, and … Why's this a good price? I paid £100 less from Amazon 2 years ago, and that wasn't a special price.On a side note, don't expect great results. It's a flawed lens. I still use mine, but am always thinking of replacing it.Edit: I hadn't realised how much this has gone up in price! Now seems like a good time to sell....


As Robad said, thre are two versions of this lens both say VR, the older version Has VR in Red (at top of barrel), and the New has VR in Gold. Also the new lens has the lock to stop lens creep mainly in locked/carried position.

I had choice of getting either the latest or older model in Feb this year. Opted for older model was about £100+ cheaper (I think I paid about £450ish) and I'm very happy with it and would recommend it - if you can still get it for a reasonable price compared to new one.

Haven't had problems with lens creep on mine, but other have said you could use a rubber band to stop the lens creep (on older version - not ideal on a £400 lens, but option there if you want to).

dpreview.com/new…asp
Also worth noting if you get a nikon lens on grey market it usually effects the warranty and who carries out repairs. When I was looking to purchase the original lens when it first came out from USA, was told warranty not covered in UK, so ended up getting it from Jessops in a special offer bundle with Hoya UV Filter.

Just did quick search and see that "Camerabox" family business based in Oxfordshire have it for £469.99 (never used them before so can't vouch for them - maybe others HUKD's can)
camerabox.co.uk/pro…F1g



To my knowledge, there is nothing in Nikon's range of professional lenses with this sort of range.

"G" isn't amateur only indicates it will not work on older bodies.

For example Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G £1358.99, certainly not an amateur price or quality.

My mistake. I didn't realise there was an update, but it's basically the same lens, but with a zoom lock. Lens creep has only occasionally been a problem for me with the original. I still wouldn't buy the lens again. Normally, you find owners raving about their purchases, I'm trying to be as honest as possible.

goodgrr

To my knowledge, there is nothing in Nikon's range of professional lenses … To my knowledge, there is nothing in Nikon's range of professional lenses with this sort of range."G" isn't amateur only indicates it will not work on older bodies.For example Nikon AF-S 85mm f/1.4G £1358.99, certainly not an amateur price or quality.



kenrockwell.com/nik…htm Look under G

quote: ...G is not a feature, G is a handicap. G stands for gelded.G … quote: ...G is not a feature, G is a handicap. G stands for gelded.G lenses are lenses which have been crippled by removing their aperture rings to save cost. This is a classic example of taking away features while making customers think they are getting something new. G eliminates many features with older cameras.The G series work fine on all current AF Nikon cameras on which the manual aperture rings were a pain. On legacy AF cameras like the 8008 and 6006 you may lose the A and M modes, you'll have to see. I forget if for those modes if one sets the aperture on the camera or on the lens aperture rings.


charlie brown

Also worth noting if you get a nikon lens on grey market it usually … Also worth noting if you get a nikon lens on grey market it usually effects the warranty and who carries out repairs. When I was looking to purchase the original lens when it first came out from USA, was told warranty not covered in UK, so ended up getting it from Jessops in a special offer bundle with Hoya UV Filter.



Nikon lens warranties are international, it is only the camera warranties which are limited.

Nikon Uk warranty details
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