DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G VRII

Yes another test! This time an AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f3.5-5.6G ED VRII. And yes I once had the older version of this lens too, but I got a very good offer for it some 6-months ago, so I let it go with an eye to upgrading to the new one. The upgrade has many benefits over the old lens but mostly the addition of a lens lock so that it does not slide out to the fully extended zoom position when carrying the camera on a strap with the lens in a pointed down position. I kept putting off getting the new model though, the image quality is no match for the 17-55 and 70-200 lenses I have that are f2.8s, but I was missing the convenience of this lens so I finally gave in. Very light and with an incredible range - you will not get the best quality shots from this lens - but you will get the shots!

So far the testing indicated the lens is a good copy. Images are a little softer than I hoped, you can see that in todays shot over yesterdays, but maybe the slow shutter speed on this one is a factor, or maybe I have simply been spoiled by the sharpness of the professional f/2.8 lenses I have been using. Exposure is off too. But once I get a change I will do some more extensive testing and give you verdicts.

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