I've been shooting with this lens for a few days now. You can see the photos that I've taken with it on my photo site, the address of which is [...]. You can also see this review with photos taken with the lens side by side on my gadget blog, www.geekcrack.com. On to the review.
I'd just got into SLR photography and the first few months with the 35-90 lens that came with the Canon Rebel 2000 were outstanding. I never realised there was SO much difference between a point-and-shoot and an SLR. After reading p on some of the books about photography, I reaslied an important point was getting the right framing and getting close to the subject.
I am very impressed with this lens. It is wonderfully sharp. The auto focus can hunt slightly in dimmer conditions but you would probably expect this with a 4.5 lense. Don't let this stop you at all. I would by it all over again for sure. By the way, I bought mine from ritz camera (.com) on Sunday and delivered on Thurs. (I paid $504 due to the $25 off for using paypal plus free shipping and no tax). Many photos are better than my 18-200mm VR lens. I'm so glad I bought this as the extra reach is going to help me out on the softball field where my 200mm was just short.
The 11x AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II boasts a picture angle equivalent to a 27-300mm lens in the 35mm format, and offers VR II image stabilization, giving photographers the ability to shoot in challenging conditions at as many as 4 shutter speeds slower than would normally be necessary for striking image sharpness. Also new to its design is a zoom lock, allowing users to apply specific resistance to the zoom mechanism to avoid unwanted changes in focal length. The tremendously versatile AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-200mm f/3.5-5.6G ED VR II is an ideal, high-performance one-lens solution.