"The best all around walk-around lens available."3.5 starson by argus2968
Pros: - Zoom range, VR (normal and active), ease of use, metal mount, quiet focusing.
Cons: Severe problems focusing in situations: low light, low contrast surfaces (snow, beach, etc..), light directed down barrel.
Long focusing distance - must stand at least 3ft away at 18mm, 2.5ft at 200mm.
Questionable material choice on critical internal c
Summary: This has been my primary lens for the last 3 years on a D200 and now D90. While the 18-200 is a fantastic all-in-one lens it's internal construction quality coupled with it's weight worries me as I've already had to replace it once.
All in all I give it 3 and a half stars. I used to work at a camera store and have handled manylens for extended period of time. Nikon has the best version of the 18-200 and it has allowed me to capture a vast variaty of shots over the years. However, it's obvious problems cannot be over looked.