July 30th, 2009
Nikon today announced an updated version of the AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G IF ED VR zoom lens. The AF-S DX Nikkor 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6GII IF ED VR, the next generation of Nikons all-time best-selling high-ratio zoom, combines an 11X zoom range with Vibration Reduction II to provide DX-format enthusiasts with an extremely versatile zoom range in a compact form-factor.
Nikon has enhanced the construction of the AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II to include a zoom lock switch, which allows photographers to secure the lens barrel at its minimum length, eliminating the natural gravitational effect that can draw the barrel downward during transport.
The inclusion of Nikons exclusive Super Integrated Coating reduces instances of ghosting or flaring. Whether shooting artistic landscapes or vacation snapshots, this lens provides fast and quiet AF operation with the help of Nikons Silent Wave Motor (SWM) technology.
Nikons VR II image stabilization technology is engineered and optimized for each individual lens design to substantially reduce camera shake-related image blur. Nikon VR II allows photographers to shoot handheld at as many as four shutter speeds slower than would otherwise be possible, offering dramatically sharper imageseven in challenging lighting conditions.
Two VR modes are available on the AF-S DX 18-200mm VR II: Normal mode, ideal for everyday use and panning a subject; and Active mode, for use in instances where more constant vibration (i.e. camera shake) is present, such as when shooting from a moving vehicle.
Designed to be a one-lens solution and weighing in at a scant 19.9 ounces and measuring only 3.8 inches in length, this lens provides an extraordinary (35mm equivalent) picture angle of 27-300mm when mounted on any Nikon DX-format camera such as the new D300s or D3000 D-SLR cameras. Additionally, the optical formula contains two ED glass elements and three aspherical lenses to minimize chromatic aberration and distortion.
Price and Availability
The AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6GII ED VR II lens is scheduled to be available at Nikon authorized dealers beginning September 2009 at an estimated selling price of $849.95 US. Check out the latest street price on the AF-S DX 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G VR II at B&H Photo.