What a lens

by Volker Weber

Engadget has some photos of the soon to be released Nikon D200. Look at the second picture. Do you see it? A Nikon 18-200mm VR compact zoom lens.

I want one. ;-)


Yeah me too !

Some more pictures can be found at http://nikond200images.blogspot.com/

http://forums.clubsnap.com/showthread.php?t=142486&page=23 ( look for entry no 452)

Ashish Sidapara, 2005-10-27

I don't know if I'd want the 18-200/3.5-5.6 lens.
They either changed the laws of physics or they found a really good compromise there. I'm eager to see the transfer curves of this beast, but honestly, I don't expect much...

Karsten W. Rohrbach, 2005-10-27

While my powerbook is actually working very heavy on processing my D70's RAW files, I don't think I will upgrade my camera equipment without upgrading the computer (an Aperture-compatible 2x 2GHz G5 PowerMac would be great :-)). Anyways, this is great news, the D200 looks very professional and I think the commitment to the DX sized sensors is the step into the right direction. Somedays I will need a more professional camera, but at the moment the equipment is not the limiting factor for my pictures -- I am lacking experience and creativity.

The 18-200 will be a great lens. Of course this lens will have some significant CA and distortion, but it will be a great travel lens for most users: a lens covering most of the focal lengths required by the amateur and semi-professional photographer, combined with VR (vibration reduction) and a camera producing low-noise high-iso images will be great! Pro users may need a more shallow DOF, thus the minimum aperture tags this lens definitively as an amateur lens. But it is much more versatile than the D70's kit lens.

Moritz Petersen, 2005-10-27

The D200 will still have a crop factor of 1:1.5 so you might as well save a lot of cash by using the Tamron 18-200mm f/3.5-6.3 instead of the Nikon. Pretty decent allround lense.
-> http://www.tamron.de/index.php?id=106&kc_prid=457

Andreas Schaefer, 2005-10-27

Thanks, Andreas.

However, I try to buy Nikon brand lenses. They are much easier to sell when you don't want/need them anymore. Plus, the Nikon lens has VR (image stabilizer).

Volker Weber, 2005-10-27

Ah, thanks. I wondered yet for what reason a Nikon lens might need Virtual Reality ;-)

Oliver Regelmann, 2005-10-27

Of course we can't judge a new lens just by its product photo, but this could be quite a nice one-size-fits-all-lens. For lab tests of lenses, the new slrgear.com looks promising. As far as the new body is concerned: was about time, wasn' it?

Haiko Hebig, 2005-10-27

Doh. If my wife gets wind of this new lens, she will never allow me to take my 70-200mm 2.8 VR AFS lens on trips.

People always mock me when I take the d70s and the 70-200mm out at "regular" functions.

Ed Saipetch, 2005-10-27

Yup. The 70-210 looks like a serious voyeur lens. ;-)

Volker Weber, 2005-10-27

an 18-200 lens is bound to be comprimised. What about colour rendition, distortion, bokeh etc? I would rather have 2 shorter range zooms or a mix of primes and tele zoom lenses.

Chris Melikian, 2005-10-28

This may interest you: The Nikon Camera History 1948-2005 in one JPG.

Cem Basman, 2005-10-29

And now it is officially announced with an official price tag: 749,- Euro. Ouch. My D70 Kit was not much more expensive.

Dirk Steins, 2005-11-01

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