My new 18-200mm VR lens

Last Saturday I went for a drive to Whangarei, the nearest large shopping centre to me, and bought a new lens for my Nikon D50 camera – an 18-200VR. I’ve been wanting one of these ever since I got my camera last year but, well, you know, these things have to be fitted into my budget.

Anyway, although I read about how hard these lens are to find, Harvey Norman’s store in Whangarei had 2 of them so I didn’t have to order one and wait. (I did phone and check first before going there.)

I have added a few new photos in the Whangarei section of my Photo Gallery taken while I was in Whangarei – some at the Town Basin of the boats, and some at Whangarei Falls.

It would have been nice to have had this lens a couple of weeks before at the Water Gardens. I have mostly used the 18-55mm kit lens that came with the camera and not only the extra reach of 200mm would have been nice, but this lens is of a higher quality than the kit lens and gives sharper cleaner looking pictures although you would not notice that on the smaller web sized photos.

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2 thoughts on “My new 18-200mm VR lens”

  1. Hi Denis – just wondering what you think of your new lens. I also have the D50 with 18-55mm kit lens, 70-300 zoom, and 50mm 1.8D prime. I’m thinking about the 18-200 as an all-round replacement but very interested in hearing about your ‘real-world’ experience, in particular the value of the VR.

    Any comments appreciated, cheers.


  2. Hi Greg,

    I’ve been more than happy with this lens, it hasn’t left my camera since I first used it. You do have to appreciate that I’d come from using a Panasonic FZ20 camera with a 12x stabilized zoom so this brings me back to a similiar capability with all the advantages of the Nikon D50. Two things I’ve noticed, both which can be corrected easily in post-processing. Some vignetting at highter zooms and pincushion distortion at wide angle – but it is only on some subject matter that you notice this. Otherwise perfect for my requirements.


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