NEW NIKON 18-200 VR2 LENS VS VRI?

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  1. HeY iTs ScOTtY

    HeY iTs ScOTtY TPF Noob!

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    HEY EVERYONE, JUST DOING SOME READING UP ON THIS NEW LENS FROM NIKON THE AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II AND WAS WONDERING HOW MUCH BETTER COULD IT REALLY BE? DONT EXPECT ANYONE TO KNOW SINCE I DONT THINK YOU CAN BUY IT YET . I WONDER HOW MUCH MORE IT WILL BE THAN THE AF-S DX VR Zoom-NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF-ED. I MEAN IT CAN'T BE THAT MUCH MORE ITS BASICALY THE SAME LENS EXCEPT THE NEW ONE HAS A LENS LOCK AND THE VRII TECH. IF SOMEONE HAS SEEN THE PRICE FOR THE NEW ONE OR KNOW A WEBSITE THAT HAS IT FOR SALE PLEASE LET ME KNOW. I WANTED TO GET THE 18-200 TO REPLACE MY 18-105. ITS ONE OF THE 2 LENSES I HAVE ON MY GOTTA BUY LIST. JUST NOT SURE IF ITS WORTH WAITING FOR AND PAYING EXTRA FOR. I CAN'T FIGURE OUT WHY NIKON DID THIS. MAYBE I WILL GWT LUCKY AND THE VRI WILL GO DOWN IN PRICE.

    -SCOTT
     
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    :grumpy:
     
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    I've had two Nikon 18-200's (obviously not the new one) but I'd seriously consider the Sigma 18-250 if I were you, I absolutely love this lens on my D90, D60 and N75.
     
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    it's $840.
    haven't heard if the optics were updated. but VRII adds a stop over VR
     
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    There is no optical difference between the old and new 18-200 other than a locking tab and VR II... neither of which make ANY real world difference in the final results.

    BTW what's up with the caps and bold (basically that is considered "screaming")? why you yellin' at me?? :grumpy: :lmao:
     
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    My Nikon 18-200 says VR on it, not VR II (not that it makes any difference, short of a little marketing BS), and the new lock retains ONLY when at the 18mm position. Funny thing... when I place my lens at 18mm, it doesn't creep at all, even if left hanging from my neck for hours walking/bouncing through the forest.

    The smarter people will pass on the new 18-200, get the older one and chuckle at the people that just tossed $300+ dollars out the window... lol
     
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    Yeah, mine only creeps when it's almost fully extended. Other than that, I don't have an issue, especially at 18mm.
     
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    wow... big time fail for whoever updated that page. that is definitely incorrect.

    the only usefulness of the lock tab being at 18mm is for travel. it would obviously be more useful at 200mm
     
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    Mine doesn't creep when I set it to 18mm either, but from about 24mm on it will.

    Hehe agreed.

    Or at various focal lengths in between. Although I never use the lock tab on my Sigma 18-50, so maybe it's kind of a pointless addition anyway.
     
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    from what i've read it gives you a few stops extra, and can lock for lens creep. I saw the price was roughly 800. But i'm sure it will replace the current 18-200mm all together eventually and the price will go down. I'd like one of these too =]
     
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    From what I've read the lock only works at 18mm so it will do bugger all for lens creep, but I never confirmed that.

    One thing though is while I hated every moment I had the 18-200 on my camera it did a wonderful job with the VR. It's not second gen as much as a refinement and an instance where it worked well. Nikons VR attempts have ranged from 2 stops to 4 stops without any difference in labelling. Apparently the VR2 are all "rated" to around 5 stops, but I'll see it before I believe it.
     

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